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FAQS: YOUR MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS Close expanded article descriptions
FAQs: Heating
This article will help you to understand why heating is so important and what you can do to meet your herp's heating needs.
FAQs: Tortoises
There are many different species of tortoises kept as pets. This article will answer some of your most frequently asked questions about turtles, including how to house them, how long they live, and what kind of diet they need.
FAQs: Turtles
There are many different species of turtles kept as pets. This article will answer some of your most frequently asked questions about turtles, including how to house them, how long they live, and what kind of diet they need. Learn more >
Reptile Humidity Level Comparison Chart
Reptile species from different regions have very different humidity level requirements. View this chart to learn what humidity level your reptile needs and how to maintain it.

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Aquatic & Semi-Aquatic Turtle Habitats, How to Create
Aquatic and semi-aquatic turtles require housing that incorporates both land and water. Learn how to choose the right terrarium, decorations, lighting, cage accessories and other turtle habitat essentials.
Bacterial Infections Common to Turtles and Tortoises
Learn how to recognize the symptoms of eight common bacterial infections in turtles and tortoises.
Behavior Terms Glossary: Reptiles
When you are reading information about reptiles, it helps to know the jargon so you can better understand what is being said. The following list of terms will clue you in on the lingo of reptile housing.
Captive Bred vs. Wild Caught Reptiles: Which are better?
There are two main sources of pet reptiles: wild caught and captive bred. Though many people own wild caught reptiles, it is much better to purchase captive bred reptiles for a variety of reasons.
Children & Reptiles: What to Expect If You're Thinking About Getting Your Child a Reptile
While reptiles are not suitable pets for children to care for by themselves, that doesn't mean that reptiles can't fit into your household at all. Many children can help to take care of a reptile. Learn more >
Feeding Recommendations for Turtles & Tortoises
When a turtle or tortoise owner brings their sick animal to the veterinarian, the cause of illness can almost always be traced back to one of two causes, improper housing or improper nutrition.
Greek Tortoise
Also known as the Spur-Thigh Tortoise, the Greek Tortoise (Testudo graeca) can make a great pet. Follow these general care guidelines to learn how to provide proper housing, lighting, foods, substrates, and more.
Greek Tortoise Habitats, How to Create
Learn how to create a natural habitat for your Greek Tortoise (Testudo graeca). These housing tips will help you decide what type of cage to buy, what lighting to use, what temperature to keep the terrarium, and what habitat accessories to include.
Handling Reptiles Safely (Part 1): Proper Handling
Many pet reptiles can be handled and even tamed to a certain degree. However, it is important that you always handle your reptiles correctly, both for your safety and theirs.
Handling Reptiles Safely (Part 2): Tips for Proper Handling
Each kind of reptile will need to be handled differently. Some can be handled extensively, and some should only be handled when necessary, such as when you need to move them to clean their habitat.
Housing Multiple Reptiles of the Same Species
Pet owners who are used to having dogs, cats, and other animals may find it hard to understand that reptiles don't actually need "friends." However, it is possible to house multiples reptiles from the same species in one enclosure.
Lighting for Turtles & Tortoises: Why UV is Key
Absolutely essential to their health and growth, UV plays a key role in the production of Vitamin D3, which is necessary in the absorption and metabolism of calcium as well as other essential vitamins and minerals.
Mixing Herp Species: Why You Shouldn't Do It
There are a number of reasons why different reptile species are not compatible, including habitat requirements, dietary needs and practices, diseases, and more.
Musk Turtle
"Musk Turtle" can actually refer to one of five different species, but their care is fairly similar. This profile covers general information regarding overall genus Sternotherus).
New Pets: 10 Reptile Considerations
Snakes, lizards, amphibians, or other herp can make a great pet if you are a suitable match.
Painted Turtle
Painted Turtles are the most common and widely distributed turtles in North America. Painted Turtles are more adaptable than most turtles and can make excellent pets.
Red-eared Slider
Red-eared Sliders are part of the Emydidae family. An aquatic turtle, the Red-eared Slider is cold-blooded and a strong swimmer. They are very popular as pets in the United States and require a high level of care.
Reptile Hide Boxes: Uses, Sizes, and Placement
The hide box is a very important part of your reptile's habitat. Learn why you need to provide one, what it's used for, how to make one, what size it should be, and more.
Reptile Myths and Misconceptions
There are many myths floating around about reptiles, which can be detrimental to herps. In this article, we will debunk some of these myths to clear up the misconceptions you may have about herps and herp care.
Reptile Substrate Selection Guide
There are a number of substrates available for reptiles today. Though marketed specifically for reptiles, many of these substrates may not be safe for use in your reptile's habitat. Here is a guide to choosing the correct substrate for your reptile.
Reptile Type Terms Glossary: Reptile
When you are reading information about reptiles, it helps to know the jargon, so you can better understand what is being said. The following list of terms will clue you in on the lingo of different types of reptiles.
Russian Tortoise
Russian Tortoises are active, friendly, and outgoing creatures who like to burrow and roam amidst their habitat. With gentle, patient handling, they can easily become tame and friendly.
Russian Tortoise Habitats, How to Create
The Russian Tortoise is native to dry, arid regions, so it's important to create a terrarium environment with a relatively low humidity. In this article you'll find all the tips you need to start creating a natural habitat for your pet tortoise.
Salmonella Prevention Checklist
The spread of Salmonella can be easily prevented. Learn how reptile owners can reduce the risk of spreading Salmonella bacteria by following these simple tips.
Turtle & Tortoise Fun Facts
Interesting information about turtles and tortoises. Learn about their history, anatomy, and more.
Turtle Care Guide
Environmental factors, such as temperature, humidity, and lighting, play a huge role in the health of your pet turtle or tortoise.
Turtle, Tortoise, or Terrapin: How to Tell the Difference
Explore the wonderful and often confusing world of turtles and tortoises. Find out if your interest is in keeping a pet turtle, tortoise or perhaps a terrapin?
Turtles as Pets: Is a Turtle the Best Pet for Me?
Turtles and tortoises are very complex organisms with very specialized set of needs. Learn what it takes to provide for your pet turtle or tortoise so they can lead a quality life.
Understanding Reptile Behavior: What Reptile Body Language Can Tell You
Reptile behavior can be hard to interpret if you don't know what to look for. This article will go over how to recognize if your reptiles are upset, content, or ill.
Why Reptiles Shouldn't be Released Into the Wild
Though it is illegal to release non-native wildlife into the wild, many reptile owners who no longer want their pets often do it. Aside from the legality of the issue, there are many other problems with this practice.

 
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