Reptiles and more

Commonly carried in store

 

Frogs and Toads

IMG_3324.JPGGreen Tree Frog is  medium-sized, up to 6 cm (2.5 in) long. Their bodies are usually green in shades ranging from bright yellowish olive to lime green. The darkness of the color can change depending on lighting or temperature. There may be small patches of gold or white on the skin, and they may also have a white, pale yellow, or cream-colored line running from the jaw or upper lip to the groin. They have smooth skin and large toe pads. The abdomen is pale yellow to white. Males have wrinkled throats (indicating the vocal pouch) and are slightly smaller than females.

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Fire-bellied Toads is a group comprising eight species of small toads belonging to the genus Bombina. Common variants of the name 'Fire-bellied toad' include 'firebelly toad' and 'firebellied toad'.

"Fire-bellied" is derived from the brightly coloured red- or yellow-and-black patterns on the toads' ventral regions, which act as aposematic coloration, a warning to predators of the toads' reputedly foul taste. The other parts of the toads' skins are green or dark brown. When confronted with a potential predator, these toads commonly engage in an Unkenreflex, "Unken" being the plural form of "Unke", German for firebellied toad. In the Unkenreflex, the toad arches its back, raising its front and back legs to display the aposematic coloration of its ventral side.

Geckos

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Crested Geckos are a medium sized gecko ranging form 5 to 6 inches in length, and are noted for their ability to withstand colder temperatures. Their propensity for climbing and jumping, along with their simple maintenance, make the Crested Gecko an excellent pet for all ages.

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Golden geckos reach an adult length of around 7-8 inches, though females tend to be a bit smaller than males. Males can be yellow-golden in color (sometimes with markings), while females tend to be darker and have more green. They have specialized toe pads that allow them to effortlessly move along vertical surfaces and upside down.

Leopard_Gecko.jpgLeopard Geckos is another common gecko, with a size ranging form 7 to 10 inches. These nocturnal, ground-dwelling geckos from the desserts of southern and central Asia prefer temperatures ranging from 78 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. They are insectivores and require a diet of crickets, meal worms, and wax worms.  Their gentle nature and low maintenance care make them the perfect starter pet for children looking for that perfect first pet.

IMG_3303.JPGAfrican fat tailed gecko (Hemitheconyx Caudicinctus) originates in West Africa, and has steadily been making its mark in the pet trade as a reptile enthusiast favorite. They have not yet achieved the notoriety or popularity of the leopard gecko, but they are gaining ground! These little guys reach an average length of 8-10 inches, and can keep you company for 15 years.

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Tokay Gecko is the second largest Gecko species, attaining lengths of about 30–40 cm for males, and 20–30 cm for females. They are distinctive in appearance, with a bluish or grayish body, sporting spots ranging from light yellow to bright red. The male is more brightly colored than the female. They have large eyes with a vertical slit pupil. Eyes are brown to greenish brown and can be orange or yellow. Males are very territorial, and will attack other male Tokays as well as other Gecko species, as well as anything else in their territory. They are solitary and only meet during the mating season.

Lizards

baby_bearded_dragon2.jpgBearded Dragons are large (13 to 24 inches) lizards. Unlike most lizards, the Bearded Dragon is an omnivore, needing a diet of both protein, such as crickets, meal worms, and wax worms, fruits and vegetables. Their docile nature and low maintenance care make them the perfect starter reptile for all ages.

 

GeckoChinese Water Dragons grow up to three feet in length. They have a tail that is over half the length of their body. Like most lizards, Water Dragons are insectivores need a variety or crickets, meal warms, super warms, and roaches. Though they have a propensity for jumping, and special care considerations, their docile nature make them an excellent addition to any collection or for those just starting.

Iguanas are a popular species of lizards and one of the largest growing anywhere between six to eight feet in length. They are one of the few species of lizard that are actually vegetarian, preferring a diet of fruits and vegetables. Given that they need plenty of space and a specialized climate, careful consideration should be taken before bringing one home.

IMG_3292.JPGSkinks are among the most diverse group of lizards with over 1,200 species. They are unique in that they have no pronounced neck with proportionally small legs with movement more resembling that of a snake rather than a lizard. Like most lizards they are insectivores and prefer a widely varied insect diet. Though they are easy to keep in captivity some research should be done before acquiring one.

Iguana and LizardUromastyx are most noted for their spiny tails which they use to fend off predators. Though these lizards may look like fierce predators, they are actually primarily vegetarians liking an assortment of fruits and vegetables. Given the right environment and diet, Uromastyxs are fairly easy to keep and great for all enthusiasts.

 

IMG_3297.JPGArmadillo Lizards are found in arid rocky areas of South Africa’s W. Cape Province. Armadillo Lizards stay in family groups, and they will all live in the same rock crevice. The head, body, and club-like tail are all flattened, enabling it to wriggle easily into rock crevices for shelter. It may also adopt a curious defensive posture when threatened by rolling itself up like an Armadillo, with its tail tightly held in its jaws, presenting a spiny ring to the predator and protecting the softer, vulnerable belly area. That's why it’s called the Armadillo Lizard. When the lizards give birth, the babies are live-born, but do have a thin membranous shell that they need to break through.

IMG_3391.JPGNile Monitor look like dragons and behave like any other large carnivore. They’re imported indiscriminately, with thousands sold each year. They grow quickly from charmer to liability, and outgrow any habitat smaller than a room.alert and intelligent, Nile monitors’ place in herpetoculture should be at the pinnacle, in the capable hands of experienced, responsible and dedicated keepers. Large monitors, however, continue to be popular in the pet trade as highly affordable juveniles.  

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Green Anole A delightful small lizard, the green anole (Anolis carolinensis) makes a popular choice for an easy care reptile pet. They're the kind of pet that will entertain you with their busy antics during daylight colors and their beautiful color is lovely to behold. Odds are, you will probably see this type of lizard in your garden. They are very common, and they enjoy sitting on branches of large, leafy plants. A green anole has a life expectancy between 3 to 5 years (with some reported to live up to 8 years) and while that's a daily commitment for the upcoming years, they are reasonably easy to care for provided you get the set-up correct (which requires a bit of expenditure).

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The Green Basilisk lizard is also called a plumed or double-crested basilisk; but its amazing ability to run on water gives this species its most recognizable moniker: the Jesus Christ lizard. Abundant in the tropical rain forests of Central America, from southern Mexico to Panama, green basilisks spend much of their time in the trees and are never far from a body of water. When threatened, they can drop from a tree into the water and sprint, upright, about 5 feet (1.5 meters) per second across the surface.

Turtles and Tortoises

 

red_eared2.jpgRed ear slider turtle is an aquatic turtle found in the eastern three-quarters of the United States. Because of its popularity, incredible hardiness and ability to survive despite the odds, however, it is now found the world over. The slider is one of the few pets being exported from the United States, rather than imported. This turtle is popular because it does very well in captivity, is relatively easy to take care of when compared to some other exotic pets, and has a clownish, playful demeanor uncommon among reptiles.

Tarantulas and Invertebrates

IMG_3304.JPGTarantulas are a member of the arachnid family. Their hairy and large leg spans (3-12 inches) give them a distinct look. All species of tarantulas produce a silk which they line their homes with to facilitates climbing as well as capturing prey, which includes insects and often small lizards. They can be found all over the world in tropical and desert climate primarily living in borrows or in trees. While many species are very docile and relatively non-toxic to humans, handling is still not recommended. Many of the commonly kept, in store, tarantulas include the Chilean Rose Hair, Pink-Toe, Mexican Red-Knee, Starburst Baboon tarantulas.