White’s/Dumpy Tree Frog

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  Click Here for PDF. White’s/Dumpy Tree Frog Litoria caerulea LIFE SPAN: 16+ years AVERAGE SIZE: 4-6 inches CAGE TEMPS: 68-77 degrees HUMDITY: 50-70% * If temp falls below 65° at night, may need supplemental infrared or ceramic heat WILD HISTORY: Originally native to Australia and New Guinea. They are called green tree frogs in … Continued

Veiled Chameleon

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Click Here for PDF. Veiled Chameleons Chamaeleo calyptratus LIFE SPAN: 3-8 years Males live much longer than females AVERAGE SIZE: females – up to 14 inches males – up to 24 inches HUMIDITY: 80% * If temp falls below 70° at night, may need supplemental infrared or ceramic heat. WILD HISTORY: Veiled chameleons are native … Continued

Uromastyx

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Click Here for PDF. Uromastyx Genus Uromastyx SPECIES: There are six species (U. aegyptius, U. ornatus, U. ocellatus, U. acanthinurus, U. hardwicki, and U. benti) which are occasionally available in the United States. The other seven species are seldom, if ever, imported LIFE SPAN: at least 10-15 years, possibly AVERAGE SIZE: 10-36 inches, depending on … Continued

Turtles (aquatic, semi-aquatic)

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Click Here for PDF. Turtles (aquatic, semi-aquatic) Genus: Trachemys (sliders), Pseudemys (cooters), Chrysemys (painteds), Graptemys (maps) **Many subspecies of these turtles are protected and are illegal to own in many states without special license to keep. If one of these turtles is indigenous to the state you live in, they are most likely illegal to … Continued

Grassland Tortoise

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Click Here for PDF. Grassland Tortoises Genus: Testudo and Malacochersus There are many tortoises available in the pet trade, however many of theses tortoises grow far too large for the average pet owner to take care of properly for the long term. For instance, African sulcata tortoises can grow to be 24 to 30 inches … Continued

Steppe Runner

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Click Here for PDF. Steppe Runner Eremias arguta LIFE SPAN: steppe runners are relatively new to the pet trade but it is thought that they can live up to 10 years in captivity CAGE TEMPS: Warm side – 78-82 0 F Basking – 100 0 F AVERAGE ADULT SIZE: up to 6 inches CAGE HUMIDITY: … Continued

Fire Skinks

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Click Here for PDF. Fire Skinks, Red-Sided Skinks, Schneider Skinks, Ocellated Skinks Family Scincidae These species of skink are cared for similarly, as they are all terrestrial and grow to a similar size between 8-18 inches. Additionally, all of these skinks require a similar humidity, temperature and enclosure set-up. Although this sheet outlines general care … Continued

Savannah Monitor (Bosc’s Monitor)

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Click Here for PDF. Savannah Monitor (Bosc’s Monitor) Varanus exanthematicus LIFE SPAN: 15 + years AVERAGE SIZE: up to four feet CAGE HUMIDITY: low (hot side, basking area) high (cool side and moist box) * If temp falls below 75° at night, may need supplemental infrared or ceramic heat for night-time WILD HISTORY: The natural … Continued

Solomon Island Prehensile-Tailed Skink

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Click Here for PDF. Solomon Island Prehensile-Tailed Skink Aka: Monkey-tailed skink Corucia zebrata NOTE: In recent years, prehensile-tailed skinks have been listed under CITES appendix II, indicating that the species may become threatened – due to extensive logging in their native habitat. Because of this, it is important to be sure that your lizard was … Continued

Pac Man Frog / Ornate Horned Frog

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Click Here for PDF. Pac Man Frog / Ornate Horned Frog Ceratophrys ornata LIFE SPAN: about 6-10 years AVERAGE SIZE: 6-7 inches Males are a bit smaller than females. CAGETEMPS: 81o HUMDITY:60-70% * If temp falls below 70° at night, may need supplemental infrared or ceramic heat WILD HISTORY: Native to the rainforests of Brazil, … Continued

Mountain Horned Lizard (Dragon)

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Click Here for PDF. Mountain Horned Lizard (Dragon) Acanthosaura armata, capra, crucigera and lepidogaster NOTE: Most mountain horned lizards available for purchase are wild-caught specimens and carry a heavy parasite load and are extremely stressed. Be sure to have your lizard examined and de-wormed by an exotic veterinarian soon after purchase. LIFE SPAN: 10-20 years AVERAGE … Continued

Long-Tailed Grass Lizard

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Click Here for PDF. Long-Tailed Grass Lizard (Asian Grass Lizard, Six-Striped Long-Tailed Lizard) Takydromus sexlineatus LIFE SPAN: 5+ years AVERAGE SIZE: 8-12 inches (mostly tail) CAGE TEMPS: Daytime – 75-800 F CAGE HUMIDITY: 60%-70% Basking – 85-900 F Cool side – 65-75 0 F If temp falls below 65° at night, may need supplemental infrared … Continued

Leopard Gecko

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  Click Here for PDF. Leopard Gecko Eublepharis macularius LIFE SPAN: 7 – 20 years CAGE TEMPS: Warm side – 85 0 F Basking – 90 0 F AVERAGE ADULT SIZE: 6-10 inches CAGE HUMIDITY: 65-70% Cool side – 75 0 F * If temp falls below 70 at night, may need supplemental infrared or … Continued

King Snakes and Milk Snakes

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Click Here for PDF. King Snakes and Milk Snakes Genus: Lampropeltis AVERAGE LIFE SPAN: 15 – 20 years AVERAGE ADULT SIZE: 6 – 7 feet CAGE TEMPS: Warm side – 85 0 F CAGE HUMIDITY: No specific requirements Cool side – 75 0 F * If room temperature falls below 70 degrees at night, a … Continued

House Gecko

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  Click Here for PDF. Crested Gecko Rhacodactylus ciliatus LIFE SPAN: 15-20 years AVERAGE SIZE: 8-10 inches CAGE TEMPS: Day Temps – 75-80 0 F HUMIDITY: 85% *If temp falls below 70° at night, may need supplemental infrared or ceramic heat. WILD HISTORY: These little geckos are arboreal (tree dwelling) and nocturnal (most active at … Continued

Hermit Crab

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Click Here for PDF. Hermit Crab Coenobita clypeatus LIFE SPAN: can live to be over 30 to 40 years old! “Jumbos” are thought to already be over 20 years old. AVERAGE ADULT SIZE: 1-5 inches CAGE TEMPS: 75 0 F CAGE HUMIDITY: 75-80% * If temp falls below 75 degrees at night, may need supplemental … Continued

Green Iguana

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Click Here for PDF. Green Iguana Iguana iguana Green Iguanas are one of the top “disposable pets” in the world – which means they are often disposed of when the owners tire of caring for them or when the owner feels they have grown too large for their home. LIFE SPAN: 15-20 years AVERAGE SIZE: … Continued

Green Anole

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Click Here for PDF. Green Anole Anolis carolinensis LIFE SPAN: 4-8 years CAGE TEMPS: Daytime – 75-800 F Basking – 85-900 F AVERAGE SIZE: 6-9 inches CAGE HUMIDITY: 60%-70% Cool side – 65-75 0 F *If temp falls below 65° at night, may need supplemental infrared or ceramic heat. WILD HISTORY: The green anole is … Continued

Fire Bellied Toad

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Click here for PDF. Fire Bellied Toad Bombina orientalis LIFE SPAN: 10-15 years AVERAGE SIZE: 2 – 3 inches CAGE TEMPS: 68-70 degrees HUMDITY: 60-70% * If temp falls below 65° at night, may need supplemental infrared or ceramic heat WILD HISTORY: Native to Southern and Southeastern Asia; Korea, Northern China, parts of Russia. These … Continued

Emperor Scorpion

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Click Here for PDF. Emperor Scorpion Pandinus imperator LIFE SPAN: 6-8 years AVERAGE ADULT SIZE: 5-8 inches CAGE TEMPS: 75-90 0 F CAGE HUMIDITY: 75-80% * If temp falls below 70 at night, may need supplemental infrared or ceramic heat. WILD HISTORY: Emperor Scorpions are from the tropical rainforests of West Africa – the Ivory … Continued

Crested Gecko

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Click Here for PDF. Crested Gecko Rhacodactylus ciliatus LIFE SPAN: 15-20 years AVERAGE SIZE: 8-10 inches CAGE TEMPS: Day Temps – 75-80 0 F HUMIDITY: 85% *If temp falls below 70° at night, may need supplemental infrared or ceramic heat. WILD HISTORY: These little geckos are arboreal (tree dwelling) and nocturnal (most active at night). … Continued

Corn Snake, Rat Snake

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Click Here for PDF. Corn Snake, Rat Snake Elaphae guttata NOTE: Corn snakes and rat snakes are basically the same snake; they just differ in coloration and a bit in size. They belong to the same family and genus, Elaphae guttata. It is thought by most that corn snakes are red rat snakes, others believe … Continued

Collared Lizards

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Click Here for PDF. Collared Lizards Crotaphytus collaris LIFE SPAN: 5 – 10+ years CAGE TEMPS: Day Temps – 75-90 0 F Basking – 95-104 F AVERAGE SIZE: 8 – 14 inches HUMIDITY: 80% Night Temps – 70-85 F * If temp falls below 75° at night, may need supplemental infrared or ceramic heat. WILD … Continued

Chinese Water Dragon

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Click Here for PDF. Chinese Water Dragon Physignathus cocincinus LIFE SPAN: 10-20 years CAGE TEMPS: Day Temps – 84-88 0 F Basking – 90 F AVERAGE SIZE: females approx. 2 feet males approx. 3 feet Tail comprises 79% – 75% of total length HUMIDITY: 80% Night Temps – 75-80 F * If temp falls below … Continued

Box Turtle

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Click Here for PDF. Box Turtles Genus Terrapene and Cuora **Many subspecies of box turtle are protected and are illegal to own in many states without special license to keep. If one of these turtles are indigenous to the state you live in, chances are high that it is illegal to keep as a pet. … Continued