Promoting BEST care rather than BASIC care – This is what we want people to take from this, and what we want to offer as a much better alternative to the minimalist, battery farming style of keeping prevalent today.
This site contains a large collection of scientific papers relating to reptile husbandry. Some are freely available, some are only available to members of our founding facebook group. Only members of that group will be accepted to access this site, but it’s Facebook, so it’s free so what’s stopping you?
We run an annual event, kindly hosted by Drayton Manor Park Zoo, which gives opportunities to hear the latest in lighting and heating research, network with like minded people, learn new things and see the zoo of course!
*What to do if you believe your animal is ill/injured:
1. Make an appointment with a veterinarian. Don’t delay, don’t waste time trying to look up symptoms, don’t ask for diagnoses on the internet – VET FIRST!
2. Separate the animal from your collection, and any cohabited animals. If disease or parasites are suspected, quarantine (individually) every animal that has been in contact with the affected animal. If injury, it is essential the animal (and any cohab animals) are removed from the environment/cohab that injured it until the cause is identified and corrected.
3. Keep quarantine enclosures very basic. Paper substrates, easily sterilised hides and water bowls, any decor must either be disposable or easily sterilised. Quarantine in a different room and take measures to ensure ectoparasites are not able to migrate between enclosures. Do not move tools/decor/substrate between rooms unless sterilised, and wash your hands thoroughly before moving to another vivarium.
4. If veterinary treatment cannot be obtained immediately from your regular vet, attempt to find one that will see the animal sooner. It is a good idea to keep a list of local vets handy that are willing to see your pet.
5. Ensure you have all relevant information to hand. Give accurate temperatures and humidity readings across your gradients and basking spots, provide feeding records if you keep them, or at least the last few meals. Including prey type and when the animal last defecated and was it normal or unusual. Know the brand, percentage and type of your UVB and whether it is fitted with a reflector, if there is anything between it and the animal, such as mesh or glass, and when was it last changed. Any character or behavioral changes will also be of use. If possible, try to take a series of pictures of the enclosure showing as much as possible.
6. Once an appointment has been booked for as soon as possible, then you can ask the community for assistance in making the animal comfortable until such time as the vet can see it. Avoid looking for diagnoses as you will be inundated with bleak outlooks, why add stress to an already stressful situation? Wait to hear what the vet says.
7. NEVER attempt to treat a condition yourself without veterinary advice. You could be aggravating the condition unknowingly.
Following these guidelines will maximise your animal’s chances of recovery.