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Legless Lizard Facts

Genus Name: Ophisaurus

Species: Apodus

Party Name: Slink

Home: Europe and Asia

Environment: Grasslands

More Information: Adult legless lizards range in size from three to four feet in length. Captive specimens can often live 20 years or more. The first apparent feature of the legless lizard is the lack of legs. To the untrained eye it can resemble a snake. It does have eyelids, external ears, a large tail and uniform scale size like most other lizards. It is brown to olive green in appearance with a lateral fold that runs the length of the body, but not the tail. The tail often makes up half the length of the lizard. A variety of invertebrates can be offered as food, including crickets, mealworms and earthworms. In addition mice will also be readily accepted. Pinkies or fuzzies are often a good choice but adult mice may also be offered if it is cut into suitable sized pieces for the lizard to eat. Fresh water should be offered daily.

Veiled Chameleon Facts

Genus Name: Chamaeleo

Species: Calyptratus

Party Name: Leon

Home: Saudi Arabia and Yemen

Environment: Jungles

More Information: Chameleons catch their prey by using camouflage and a very long tongue. They are able to launch their tongue a distance as long as their body length. At the end of their tongue is a sticky knob that attaches to the prey, and then the chameleon pulls their tongue back, prey and all. They have a prehensile tail that gives them the ability to hang by just their tails, which makes it easy for them to move about in trees and bushes. They also have the ability to move each eye separately from the other, so they can focus on their prey that they are trying to catch, as well as keep an eye out for any predators that might be sneaking up on them. They do not change the color of their environment. Many times the reason they change color is dependant on what mood they are in. They move in a rocking motion when they walk so as to mimic the branches and leaves blowing in the wind.

Savannah Monitor Facts

Genus Name: Varainus

Species: Exanthematicus

Party Name: Anna

Home: Africa

Environment: Savannah

More Information: The Savannah monitor gets its name from the semi-arid grasslands they inhabit. They are the most popular monitor in the pet trade due mostly to their medium size and general good temperament. They are very different form the rest of the monitor family in that they have a short box like head and stout neck and body as opposed to the long sleek head, neck and body that is typical of most monitors. They have a natural built in “Leather Armor” due to the large scales around the neck and head. They are solitary by nature and specimens should be hosed individually except for brief breeding visits. They are sluggish in nature but are capable of brief explosions of activity, especially when chasing their prey. They become “dog Tame” with handling and age. It is quite impressive to see one walking on a leash or wrapped up in a baby blanket over its owners shoulder.

Asian Water Monitor Facts

Genus Name: Varanusv

Species: Salvator

Party Name: Sally

Home: Asia


More Information: They grow large and have a voracious appetite. They require large housing areas and large soaking area as well. However, these Monitors are generally the most sought after of all the larger Monitors because they’re impressive and easily tamed. Salvator Monitors are opportunistic feeders. Juveniles feed on Insects, like Crickets, Mealworms, Wax worms, Pinkies and just about anything that will fit in their mouth. In the wild they will consume any animal prey they can overcome and using their sharp teeth they will rip the flesh of larger animals

African Bull Frog Facts

Genus Name: Pyxicephalus

Species: Adspersus

Party Name: Tiny

Home: Africa

Environment: Grasslands

More Information: African Bull Frogs (commonly referred to as Pixie Frogs) are a very large species with males averaging 24CM and Females 12 CM. They are olive green, and albino varieties also exist. They have a loud deep voice and are highly aggressive and can inflict serious bites. Pixie frogs are carnivore and adults will take mice of the size that can fit in their mouth. They can actually swallow prey that is their own body size and feed on mice, frogs, lizards and large insects. They should be kept in a deep loose substrate such as gravel or moss for burrowing and a water bowl for soaking. They need a semi moist aquarium with tropical temperatures. The temperature of the basking area should not exceed 90F degrees and placed at one end of the cage so as to allow your pet to thermal regulate themselves by moving back and forth between the hot spot and the cooler end of the tank

African Giant Millipede Facts

Genus Name: Archispirostreptus

Species: Gigas

Party Name: Little Foot

Home: Africa

Environment: Tropical

More Information: African Giant Black Millipedes are beautiful, extremely docile, moisture-loving giants. These millipedes have the ability to curl themselves up into a ball if disturbed, and can secrete a defensive liquid that could be dangerous if put into the eyes or mouth. Make sure to wash your hands if exposed to the liquid. To find the number of legs on your millipede, count the body segments, multiply by 4, and subtract 10. African Giant Black Millipedes are some of the largest millipedes in the world, if not the largest. They can grow to be as thick around as your thumb. African Giant Black Millipedes should be the first millipede considered if you are a newcomer to the hobby. Babies and adults eat bananas, tomatoes, melons, romaine lettuce, apples, cucumbers, and other fruits and vegetables. Millipedes should have a supply of calcium added to their diet.

Milksnake Facts

Genus Name: Lampropeltis

Species: Triangulum

Party Name: Bessie

Home: North and South America

Environment: Forest

More Information: Size range from 6” to 28” for the Scarlet Kingsnake to 16” to 48” for the Black Milk Snake and the Honduran Milk Snake. Life span is 20+ years, with an average of 15 years. Milk snakes are represented by three general pattern types: tri-colored in which the snake possesses bold rings of white/yellow, black, and red/orange, which may or may not extend onto the belly and completely encircle the snake. The other commonly encountered pattern type for this species is that of a light tan, gray or cream background color with darker red, russet or brown dorsal and lateral blotches. The last pattern type belongs only to the black milk snake. This snake starts out tri-colored but turns into a completely patternless black snake by two years of age. In nature, milk snakes feed on a number of small vertebrates, including frogs, small rodents, other snakes and lizards.

Emperor Scorpion Facts

Genus Name: Pandinus

Species: Imperator

Party Name: Thor

Home: Africa

Environment: Tropical

More Information: These large, impressive arachnids are the most sought after of all the scorpions because they’re easily kept and easily handled. These scorpions are NOT deadly! They are no more harmful than a bee and are extremely docile. However, always handle with caution to avoid being stung. The only deadly scorpions native to the United States are found in Arizona. Rule of thumb: Large stinger, small pincers...potentially dangerous! Weak pincers mean the scorpion needs a higher toxic level of venom in order subdue it’s prey. A scorpion with large pincers can kill its prey with ease. Emperor Scorpions are nocturnal (active at night and sleep during the day). Although they appear black, under black lights Emperor Scorpions will glow green!

Rose Hair Tarantula Facts

Genus Name: Grammostola

Species: Cala

Party Name: Fuzzy

Home: Chile

Environment: Tropical

More Information: These large, impressive arachnids are the most sought after of all the tarantulas because of their color, calm temperament, and lower price compared to other tarantulas. Tarantulas have exoskeletons (on the outside) and a fall of even a couple of inches can be fatal. If a tarantula loses a limb, it can regenerate one while in the molting process. Tarantulas defend themselves in two ways: One is that have a large set of fangs which can deliver a toxin which is very painful. The fangs themselves can also be very large which can cause a painful bite. Secondly, they can rub off hairs from their abdomen which can irritate the eyes and skin. Some people are very sensitive to the hairs and never place the tarantula on bare skin! Tarantualas enjoy to each crickets and an occasional pink mouse.

Leopard Gecko Facts

Genus Name: Eublepharis

Species: Macularius

Party Name: Spot

Home: Middle East

Environment: Desert

More Information: Leopard Geckos generally live 10-15 years but some in captivity have lived as long as 25 years. In the wild Leopard Geckos are nocturnal becoming most active during the night. They do this because of the extreme daytime heat, usually spending the day hiding from the sun under rocks. Leopard Geckos eat a variety of invertebrates, including crickets, mealworms, and phoenix worms. In the wild Leopard Geckos can even eat small mice. Fresh water should be offered daily. Leopard Geckos can use their tongue to lick their eyes. If the Leopard Gecko feels threatened by a predator they can “drop” their tail. The tail can demonstrate autonomy (break) on command without bleeding or further damage. This would create a distraction for the predator and the Leopard Gecko could run free. Leopard Geckos are also able to re-grow this tail in time.

Cornsnake Facts

Genus Name: Elaphe

Species: Guttata Guttata

Party Name: Kernel

Home: North America

Environment: Fields

More Information: Corn snakes are one of the hardiest species of snake to keep in captivity. Corn snakes come in a huge variety of colors and patterns. Corn snakes are bred by the tens of thousands each year by private breeders and hobbyists. Corn snakes are relatively small, rarely exceeding five feet in length, active feeders, tolerate a wide variety of environmental conditions, come in a dazzling array of color morphs, and are very easy to breed. All of these factors combined make the corn snake an excellent choice for both the beginning and advanced reptile hobbyist. Corn snakes are rarely picky eaters if they have the proper heat and enclosure. One important aspect of feeding that is often overlooked is the addition of hiding areas to the cage. Corn snakes, like most snakes, like to feel secure in their environment.

Burmese Python Facts

Genus Name: Python

Species: Molurus Bivittatus

Party Name: Bob

Home: Southeast Asia

Environment: Rainforest

More Information: The Burmese Python is found mostly throughout Southern Asia. They are one of the easier large snakes to tame down, and make perfect party animals with handling because once tamed they tend to keep the tameness. They have one of the best appetites and will very rarely refuse a meal, even when they are going to shed. Females can lay anywhere from 25-75 eggs per clutch. Expect an adult size of 15-20 feet long, and 100 to 200 pounds or more. Most Burmese Pythons, especially males, will be at the lower end of this range, but owners need to be prepared to deal with a snake at the larger end of the range if necessary. Hatchlings can be fed mice or fuzzy rats, moving up to rats, and eventually rabbits as the snake grows. The prey should be no larger than the width of the snake.

Blue Tounge Skink Facts

Genus Name: Scincidae

Species: Tiliqua

Party Name: Smurf

Home: Australia

Environment: Woodlands

More Information: The blue tongue skink is named as such because of his large, flat blue tongue He will eat just about anything from bugs to frogs to small rodents to dead things to vegetables to cat or dog food. Most skinks are easy to recognize because of their fat bodies and short stubby legs, and also because of their skin type. Their tail is semi-prehensile and they can use it to help themselves balance or to help lower themselves from a high point to a lower point. They generally stay hidden unless they are basking or looking for food. They like to bury themselves in their bark or mulch to feel more secure and safe. They have very powerful jaws and can clamp them down very hard. The diversity of colors and their tolerance of handling make them favorites among advanced and beginning herpers alike. They are long lived animals, 20+ years, especially when given a diverse diet.

Bearded Dragon Facts

Genus Name: Pogona

Species: Vitticeps

Party Name: Spike

Home: Australia

Environment: Desert

More Information: Bearded Dragons grow very quickly and can reach adulthood within 12-18 months. They are one of the best pet reptiles to have because 99% of them are awesome pets. Most of the time they will just hang out on your shirt while you are doing whatever activity you are doing. They will eat more bugs and less vegetables and fruits as babies, but as they get older, their diet needs change and they tend to eat a more balanced diet of vegetables and bugs. Sometimes they will even eat baby rodents, small frogs and smaller lizards. Bearded Dragons do not release their tails. Instead they rely on intimidation to get them out of situations with predators or other dragons. If they do lose part of their tail, it will not grow back. They also get very flat and show their spikes when confronted by a predator to try and intimidate and scare away the predator.

Ball Python Facts

Genus Name: Python

Species: Regius

Party Name: Buddy

Home: Africa

Environment: Savannahs

More Information: Ball pythons are named as such because when they are scared, they will curl themselves into a tightly closed ball, hiding their head from any danger. Ball pythons make really good pets because they generally have a good temperament and are not very likely to bite. Ball pythons are very popular pets in the reptile industry because there are so many different color and pattern morphs available. Ball pythons can be fed mice or small to medium sized rats and only need to be fed every week or two. YMoving the snake out of its cage into a separate enclosure for feeding is a good idea and will help in the taming process. The snake will associate eating with the other enclosure, and is less likely to confuse your hand for prey when you put your hand into the cage. This will make it easier to reach into the cage to get the ball python out for handling.