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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: Snakes
There are many different species of snakes kept as pets. This article will answer some of your most frequently asked questions about snakes, including how to house them, how to hold them, and what kind of diet they need.
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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Amazon Tree Boa
The Amazon Tree Boa is a beautiful snake, that can be found in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Due to their temperment, they are better suited for an experienced reptile owner.
Ball Python
Keeping your pet python happy and healthy.
Ball Python Habitats, How to Create
Learn how to create the ideal Ball Python habitat. In this article you'll find expert advice on all your Ball Python needs.
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 >
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.
Milk Snake
In nature, milk snakes have a wider geographical range than most other species of snake and can thrive in a variety of habitats.
Mites & Ticks on Snakes: What to Do
Ticks and mites are the most common external parasites found on snakes and can pose a real threat to the health of your snake.
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.
New Pets: 10 Reptile Considerations
Snakes, lizards, amphibians, or other herp can make a great pet if you are a suitable match.
Nocturnal Lighting for Reptiles & Amphibians
Nocturnal lighting is meant to recreate natural nighttime conditions for your herp in captivity. Read this article to learn about the benefit and uses of nocturnal lighting.
Pre-killed vs. Live Prey for Reptiles: Which is the Better Choice?
There are many reptiles that require whole prey items as part of a balanced diet. However, reptile owners often differ in their opinions of whether pre-killed or live prey is better. We recommend feeding pre-killed prey for a number of reasons.
Red-Tailed Boa Constrictor
The Red-Tailed Boa Constrictor is a beautiful species and can make a wonderful pet when the proper channels are taken.
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.
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.
Shedding in Snakes: What to Expect
The shedding of skin, or ecdysis, occurs in all reptiles including snakes. It is a natural process associated with growth and as such, it is dependent upon many factors.
Snake Feeding Tips
This feeding guide for snakes provides helpful tips about how to feed your pet snake, including when and where to feed it, whether it's better to feed live or pre-killed prey, and more.
Snakes: Considerations Before Buying
Snakes have particular requirements and each species have specialized needs that differ from one species to the next.
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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