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Found this skink in my tomato plant bucket. Is he trapped? Or could he leave if he wanted?

I think it needs some help getting out of there,maybe you can put some thing in there for it to climb on. They do an important job eating bugs and snails protecting your tomato plant(s). Try not to ...
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My Indian flapshell turtle fell from 3rd floor. How to know there's any internal damage by his behaviour?

It's impossible to tell if an animal - especially a reptile like a turtle - has internal injuries from it's behavior, unless it's currently dying. A vet must examine the animal to find internal damage....
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How do I tell the sex of a bearded dragon?

Some people will say that there are ways to tell the sex of a bearded dragon based on it's behaviour. Males in general might be more likely to show their beard, females in general might be more likely ...
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Alligator as a pet

Tell your children that wildlife should be kept in the wild. bornfreeusa.org Ohio Category: B Summary of Law: It is unlawful to possess a dangerous wild animal after Jan. 1, 2014. Persons in ...
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What are snake morphs?

Within the snake trade there is a lot of effort going towards breeding animals with different coloration. A well known example of this is an albino mutation. Albino means that the animal is missing ...
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Differences between taking care of a California king snake and a corn snake

I did some research comparing the two different kinds of snakes. My research is showed below. Everything highlighted is cited and everything not cited is from my own experience and handling snakes ...
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Snake died suddenly. I have no idea what happened

I'm sorry to hear about your snake. It is possible that the evergreen branch still posed a threat. I work as a reptile keeper in a zoo, and we as a rule will not use any evergreen regardless of its ...
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Safe hot-rock for corn snake

To answer your question, it is a little of both. The reason hot rocks are frowned upon more than UTHs and basking lights is because they fail to spread heat as much as the previous. To feel the ...
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Should juvenile bearded dragons have heat rocks?

If you mean heat rocks that are electric powered and function to provide a place for the dragons to sit on to warm up, then generally the answer is no. These devices are often made with no thermostat, ...
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Can a rabbit be safe drinking water that a turtle and fish live in?

Turtles carry salmonella as well as other bacteria that can be harmful to your rabbit, both animals carry very different gut flora. Rabbits are so so sensitive with their GI tract, that's like the #...
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Mali Uromastyx: Stick thing sticking out of Femoral Pore

Waxy Secretions From the photos you have provided it looks like a waxy secretion from one of the femoral pores, this is normal. These secretions are used to attract mates and mark territory, both ...
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My leopard gecko is digging. Does this mean she's gravid and trying to lay eggs?

My female leopard gecko is about 9mo, and she digs all the time at night. I thought at first she was stressed, and then being as she is female I was thinking, she was digging because nature was taking ...
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My pet snake seems to have some sort of bugs crawling on its face; do I need to worry?

I saw this post resurrected and I want to put in a resource I found. Mite Eradication 101: Permethrin Permethrin comes in many forms - Provent-A-Mite (PAM), NIX/RID head lice treatment, Permethrin-...
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Is it possible to gut-load a mouse?

Mice are one of the most nutritious food that can be fed to a snake. Gut loading mice is definitely a thing, though not as simple as gut loading insects. Insects can be gut loaded within 24 hours, ...
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Is there any evidence to suggest that lizards can recognize a human face?

I can't say I'm any expert on the subject, but I did own a bearded dragon for several years. He too would occasionally glance up and look at my face. It is entirely possible that your lizard does ...
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I have heard people talk about "candling" eggs. What is this?

Basically candling a egg is when you use a candle or a light to see through the egg shell and see the creature inside. By viewing the inside of the egg you can see if it is still alive, what animal it ...
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How can I clean the slate tile in my terrarium without damaging it?

I just wouldn't use the scouring brush, it's meant to be abrasive in order to scrub baked on food off pots and pans so it's a bit overkill in my opinion. Here is my cleaning routine for my bearded ...
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When my leopard gecko sheds he can't see, is that okay?

As stated Deirdra Strangio, if the gecko can and does still eat while in shed, it's not much of a real problem. One thing you can do to help speed the shedding process up is include a "damp" hide. ...
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When my leopard gecko sheds he can't see, is that okay?

If he is eating and drinking he should be ok. If the skin on his eyes seem to take a long time compared to the rest of his shedding body parts, you can try using saline solution by dropping little ...
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What antiseptic is safe to use on reptiles?

Be careful using human products on reptiles, as they have sensitivities to particular chemicals. I'm not familiar with TCP but "phenol" is part of the name and phenols (like in Listerine, Pine-Sol, ...
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How can I diminish my dragon's reflection?

I've personally had this problem with my turtle when I moved him to a tank during a storm, he's been outside alone in his outdoor enclosure with no reflection so he didn't react the best he could to ...
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Leopard gecko is wounded, can't move its back legs

Okay, there's really nothing you can specifically do to treat your lizard since you lack the proper equipment to do any diagnosis and determine what the actual injury is. Given the lack of movement, I ...
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Alligator as a pet

Alligator is inappropriate from many points of view. Consider an iguana or something like that -- herbivorous, maximum size still managable. Or there are smaller lizards which have a more crocodilian ...
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My female red eared slider's awkward behavior is concerning me

It sounds like your Red Ear Slider might be carrying eggs. One of the signs is going from calm to hyper, nonstop like you described. IF you can take her outside and let her roam around she might nest. ...
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Feeding live insects from outside to reptiles?

I would not feed wild insects to a reptile in captivity. The use of pesticides are very common on residential areas which will be ingested by your gecko, and you have no control over what the ...
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How to choose the right size of mice for my snakes?

General rule for snakes is you feed them food that is as wide as their widest dimension. If my snake at it's widest was the size of a toiletpaper roll, I should feed it rats that would fit inside the ...
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Diet and care for bearded dragon

Bearded dragon setup includes: 55 gallon (210 liters) tank. Repti-Carpet or newspaper bedding. UVA/UVB tube lighting with a mercury vapor bulb basking light (also includes UVA/UVB). These lights ...
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My bearded dragon ate BARK?

She can pass it but sometimes it can get lodged - keep an eye on appetite and stool production, a good indication of a blockage would be vomiting, inappetence, diarrhea or stopped making stool all ...
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Baby leopard gecko won't eat!

I would stay away from the mealworms - they aren't very nutritious and are hard to digest. As your little guy grows a variety of small crickets, waxworms, silkworms and butterworms will be a delicacy....
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