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FAQs: Lizard Shedding
All lizards grow continuously throughtout their lives. However, their skin doesn't grow to accomodate theier changing size, so they must shed their skin regularly to allow for proper growth. This is called ecdysis.
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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Anatomy Terms Glossary: Reptiles
When you are reading through information pertaining to reptiles, it helps to know the jargon so you will understand what is being said. The following list of terms will clue you in on the lingo of reptile anatomy.
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.
Cancer in Reptiles & Amphibians: Feeding for the Cure
Did you know that even reptiles and amphibians can get cancer? In fact, half of all cancers in amphibians are skin cancer. Ovarian, liver, and kidney cancers are other common cancers in amphibians.
Cleaning Terrariums: How to Disinfect
Many people may not make a distinction between cleaning and disinfecting, but when it comes to proper reptile care, it is important to know the difference and do both.
Cooling Your Reptile
Reptile heating needs change from season to season as the ambient temperature in your house changes. Heating and lighting systems that create the proper temperature during cooler months may produce too much heat for warmer summer months.
Create a Reptile Cleaning Supply Tool Kit
The following items will help create a special tool kit to make cleaning more convenient and efficient.
First Aid Kits for Reptiles: What to Include
The best way to help your herp survive an emergency is to be prepared.
General Terms Glossary: Reptiles
When you are reading through information pertaining to reptiles, it helps to know the jargon so you can better understand what is being said. The following list of general terms will clue you in on the lingo of the reptile world.
Health & Diseases Terms Glossary: Reptiles
When you are reading through information pertaining to reptiles, it helps to know the jargon so you will better understand what is being said. The following list of terms will clue you in on the lingo of reptile health and diseases.
Healthy Herps: How to Examine at Home
Close personal observations help you tailor your cleaning routine to match the needs of your herp as well as detect any abnormal behavior or early signs of illness.
Humidity Requirements for Herps
Practice the three M's for good health…monitor, measure, and moisturize
Hypovitaminosis A Prevention Tips
Although affecting mostly turtles and tortoises, any reptile can show the effects of Vitamin A deficiency.
Lighting Requirements for Reptiles
Exposure to full-spectrum sunlight with UVB light enables herps to produce essential vitamins, synthesize Vitamin D, and properly use calcium.
Lizard Tail Loss: Why It Happens & What To Do
Many lizards have developed a defense mechanism called "autotomy," or, more simply, they're able to drop their tail when threatened by a predator.
Metabolic Bone Disease in Reptiles
Metabolic bone disease, aslso known as Fibrous Osteodystrophy, MBD is one of the most commonly diagnosed illnesses among reptiles. Learn how to prevent it and recognize the symptoms.
Mite & Tick Control Tips for Reptiles
Internal parasitic infestations in heerp's are most often signaled by emaciation or changes in the feces. If you notice any change in color, consistency, or frequency of urine or feces, consult your veterinarian.
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.
Mouth Rot (Stomatitis) In Reptiles
Infectious stomatitis usually occurs as a response to stress such as an inappropriately temperature-regulated environment, overcrowding, internal or external parasites, trauma, or especially, poor nutrition.
New Pets: Are Reptiles Right for You?
Reptile care includes creature comforts such as their unique needs in habitat, nutrition, temperature, and lighting for a happy and healthy herp.
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.
Oral Healthcare for Herps
Poor husbandry leads to stress, which suppresses the body's immune system and makes the animal more susceptible to disease. By paying careful attention to the following aspects of your herp's care, you can help maintain his oral health.
Poison Prevention
Prevention is the simplest – and safest – way to protect your pet from household poisons. Use this guide to ensure you're doing all you can to keep your pet and family safe from accidental poisonings.
Reproduction 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 reproduction.
Reptile Cage Cleaning Recommendations
Reptile Cage Cleaning Recommendations
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.
Safety Concerns for Reptiles: 8 Dangers
Safety and habitat size are the first considerations for proper herp healthcare. Make certain the habitat is escape-proof but adequately ventilated, large enough for your pet to move around and grow, and properly cleaned and maintained.
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.
Salmonellosis (Salmonella): How to Prevent
This article will explore the risk of Salmonella to turtles owners as well as give tips for preventing infections.
Temperature Fluctuations & Herp Health
How to create the warm and cool zones your pet needs for health and comfort.
Terrariums, How to Clean
One aspect of reptile care and husbandry that deserves particular attention is cleaning and disinfection.
The Importance of UV Lighting for Reptiles
Learn why the light in your reptile's habitat is so important to its overall health. Plus, use our helpful tips for providing proper UV lighting.
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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