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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: Leopard Geckos
Leopard Geckos are one of the most popular species of reptiles kept as pets. This article will answer some of your most frequently asked questions about these geckos, including how to house them, what they eat, and how to sex them . Learn more >
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.
FAQs: Lizards
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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African Fat-Tailed Gecko
The African Fat-Tailed Gecko is one of the best species of Gecko to keep. They are tamer, more docile, and more comfortable with being held and handled than most other tropical geckos.
Argentine Black & White Tegu
Also known as the "Giant Tegu," the Argentine Black & White Tegu is the largest species of tegu. Intelligent and curious, they make wonderful pets and are fun to interact with.
Bearded Dragon
Bearded Dragons originate in Australia. The most common species in the pet industry is the Inland Bearded Dragon, Pogona vitticeps, which was formerly called Amphibolurus vitticeps.
Bearded Dragon Diet Requirements
Bearded Dragons are omnivores, meaning that they need a balanced diet of meat and vegetable matter.
Bearded Dragon Habitat Checklist
A checklist that matches up the basic behaviors of the Bearded Dragon with the habitat requirements necessary to accommodate them.
Bearded Dragon Habitats, How to Create
Your Bearded Dragon has unique requirements to stay healthy and happy. The following tips can help you provide your pet with a proper, hospitable home.
Bearded Dragon Profile: In-Depth
The Bearded Dragon, a mid-size lizard, comprised of seven species, all native to arid regions of Australia
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 >
East African Spiny-tailed Lizard
The East African Spiny-tailed Lizard is known by many names, including Dwarf Sungazer Lizard and Tropical Girdled Lizard. They are often mistakenly sold as Armadillo Lizards in pet stores.
Frilled Lizard
Learn how to create the ideal Frilled Lizard habitat. In this article you'll get expert advice about how to select a terrarium, what type of lighting to use, what habitat accessories to include, proper temperature and humidity and more. Learn more >
Gargoyle Gecko
Gargoyle Geckos are rapidly gaining in popularity among reptile owners. They are easy to handle and care for, and they don't require the complicated care regimens that many reptiles do.
Green Anole
Also known as the Carolina Anole, the Green Anole is a fun and interesting pet, and it is the only anole native to the US. Though they are cheap to purchase, they are fairly expensive to house and care for properly.
Green Iguana
Often called "Giant Green Iguanas", Green Iguanas can grow up to 6 ft long and live up to 20 years or more. Since Green Iguanas come from exotic, tropical lands they require very specific housing, food, light, and other care requirements.
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.
Iguana Habitats, How to Create
Iguanas can be some of the most difficult reptiles to house correctly. As such, they're often kept in enclosures that are entirely too small. Make sure you house your pet properly by following our simple housing guide.
Inland Bearded Dragon
The Inland Bearded Dragon is the most common species of all Bearded Dragon pets.
Leopard Gecko
The Leopard Gecko is one of the easiest lizards to care for. They're small, easy to handle and are fun to watch when active at night. Like many lizards, Leopard Geckos also have the ability to lose their tails.
Leopard Gecko Habitats, How to Create
Learn how to create the ideal Leopard Gecko habitat. In this article you'll find expert advice on all your Leopard Gecko needs, including how to select the proper terrarium, what type of lighting to use, what cage accessories to include, and what tem
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.
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.
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.
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.
Veiled Chameleon
Veiled Chameleons are shy and solitary, they should only be handled for short amounts of time. When startled or threatened, they curl up into a tight fetal position and darken in color.
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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