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What are the minimum requirements for keeping a snake?

The exact details of the environment and requirements will vary from species to species, reflecting the different sizes, natures and natural habitats of the different kinds of snakes, but the ...
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What is the basic proper aquarium setup for a turtle?

One thing to consider first before having an outline of a turtle's enclosure is its natural habitat. Some turtles, like softshell turtles, have evolved to be burrowers and should be supplied with a ...
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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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Suitable heat source for young blood python

Disclaimer, I linked a few example products. These were the first items I found, I do not own or sell these specific products, or am in any way affiliated with them. There are roughly four ways to ...
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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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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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How can I keep my 3 month old leopard gecko warm

A few options at hand: 1) Increase the temperature of your room, can use your regular home heating system, space heaters (do not use unsupervised) etc.. 2) Use hot water bottles (wrapped in a towel ...
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How can I keep my 3 month old leopard gecko warm

You might try some of the 40-hour heat packs used for shipping reptiles, which you can get in a pet store or online; you would still have to buy it, but they are not very expensive. Using a floor ...
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What are the minimum requirements for keeping a snake?

Since the previous answer was so thorough about snake care, I'm just going to focus on what kind of snake is best for a beginner and where to get one! General agreement is that the best beginner ...
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What is a good substrate for a bearded dragon terrarium?

I have found ground up corn cob (dried) that I found at bimart in the bird section to be a great substrate for my bearded dragons cage. ( I have a open cage wood and chicken wire wrap so air is always ...
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How much height is required for an American green tree frog habitat?

American green tree frogs stay relatively small. I would say you could go with a relatively small tank. 5 gallon would work but a 10 gallon would be ideal more than likely. The standard 10 gallon ...
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How do you calculate the terrarium size needed for a lizard?

Short answer: Not really, because it all depends on the reptile and how active the species is. Basically, there are going to be two options for the type of terrarium you would use. Long or tall. A ...
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Is my lighting correct for a bearded dragon?

Reptiles need to thermoregulate so you should always have a daytime basking light along with the tube UVB light for the cooler end. Mercury vapor bulbs or metal halide bulbs for basking are the ...
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How to warm up a snail terrarium?

Ideally your snail-neglecting roommate would have gotten a low wattage heating mat (similar to this one) for their tank. You may or may not be up for spending ~$15 on one. If you do get a heating ...
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Can crushed egg shell be used as a substrate for aquariums and terrariums?

It depends on what you want to have in your tank. If you are housing fish that need a very high pH (cichlids), then it might work. All other fish will probably suffer because the shells are either ...
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How do I prepare store-bought plants for use in a terrarium?

The way to do this is to cut back the oldest leaves if it is possible. This depends on the type of plant you have. If this is impossible to do, you have to rinse it in cold water and fully submerge ...
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How Important is Natural Sunlight to Tortoises?

Natural sunlight is the best source for reptiles to obtain D3 however for indoor tortoises you can use artificial uv lighting. Mercury vapour bulbs are ideal as they pump out a ton of uvb and can be ...
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Boa Imperator terrarium cold end temperature – is 22°C enough?

I am no snake expert, but from what I have found, your night temperature should be a little warmer. If we look at the graphs on this site about the temperatures the Boa Imperator lives in naturally we ...
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Can boa constrictor imperator live happily in vertical vivarium?

It would probably be ok for a young and juvenile snake, but might be too small for an adult snake. Young boa constrictors are at least semi-arboreal and many people report that their snakes like to ...
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How Important is Natural Sunlight to Tortoises?

According to this website, Tortoises synthesise their own vitamin D3 from the UV component of sunlight. Vitamin D3 is essential for the effective metabolism of dietary calcium in reptiles. .....
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Is hot water enough to clean a reptile's water bowl?

Technically hot water would be enough to clean the bowl, but not really sanitize it. Unless we're talking about boiling hot water. It also might be a bit different with snakes, but my lizards defecate ...
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Can I leave a water dish in a Kenyan Sand Boa's tank?

Wouldn't worry about it and just try it. Considering it's still water (no sprinkler or any other movement) it should be fine, especially short term, without causing any significant and global change. ...
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Can crushed egg shell be used as a substrate for aquariums and terrariums?

A better option is diatomaceous earth. It's crushed seashells; you can buy it at any pool supply store and it's non-toxic and super fine. I have used it many times. I even put it on my dogs and on ...
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