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  1. Cat001

    Are Captive Toads Happy?

    Brumation is like the ‘cold-blooded’ version of hibernation, as the processes for winter dormancy for mammals and reptiles/amphibians is a little different owing to their physiological differences, although the terms are often used interchangeably with reptiles and amphibians anyway.
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    Are Captive Toads Happy?

    I’m not exactly sure what the answer is, but I am aware that some populations of herptiles that usually enter a state of brumation during the winter ‘can’ be active year-round in areas such as Florida if the winters are clement enough. Brumation is a triggered process requiring an adequately low...
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    Are Captive Toads Happy?

    I can try to, what's the question?
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    My new African dwarf frogs!

    Super cute! I think I'd name one 'Bridget' because it sounds a bit like "ribbit" lol.
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    Are Captive Toads Happy?

    Thought I'd post this video as a matter of interest as someone just uploaded one on the subject of free-roaming snakes and them choosing to take themselves back, emphasising exactly what I said about my own experiences. (captive herptiles can see their enclosures as safe homes). For amphibians...
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    Art

    Thanks, it had a few people convinced it was real for a second on a gecko group so am pretty pleased with it. :) Thank you. :giggle: I've always been terrified of putting paint to paper and ruining an image so tend to avoid paint if I can help it lol.
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    Art

    I'm not much of a painter but recently I sculpted a gecko. My first real attempt making anything out of clay but I think it's come out pretty well... The next challenge will be to paint it. My niece also got my a 3D pen for my birthday so I drew her dog for her And also drew Mbezi...
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    Are Captive Toads Happy?

    I'm personally more of a reptile person myself, and although reptiles and amphibians are not especially closely related (reptiles being amniotes, along with birds and mammals), they're still often studied together owing to their similarities, so some of what I know of reptiles can be applied to...
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    I miss my snails...

    Any pet is still family, so it's understandable to miss them, regardless of whatever form a pet takes. Hopefully you'll be in a better position to have snailies again in the not too distant future!
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    My Reptile Enclosure Upgrades!

    Thanks. :) My family were pretty impartial to reptiles, didn't think much of them one way or the other. Our first snake, JD, changed that though! One day my sister came home with a corn snake she was given by a friend, my mum wasn't too pleased but later she was probably spending more time with...
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    Fish photos!

    Very nice pictures of your fishy friends :)
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    My Reptile Enclosure Upgrades!

    Now for Spikes enclosure... Fitting in the background, creating the warm hide/basking area and working out where to put other ledges Finished the ledges separately and fixed them in place, started work on the 'tree' and placing the 'branches' Grouting/painting/add the sand in segments...
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    My Reptile Enclosure Upgrades!

    I've not been on for a while but thought I'd post some of the projects I've been working on while I've been away from the forums... I've been working on my snakes and geckos enclosure upgrades, this is the first one I did, which was originally for Benny, but now is home to Rupert. Laying down...
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    Help with crested Crested gecko handling

    I'd go with the above advice. You want to build that reptile-keeper bond slowly through small interactions at first, then gradually building to handling. Usually you don't want to handle a new reptile at all for the first 3 or 4 weeks as this is usually the most stressful time for them, with...
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    Help Conservation, Adopt a Rhino :)

    Some of the other wildlife on the reserve...
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    Help Conservation, Adopt a Rhino :)

    I thought I'd also share some of my shots from my previous visits to Mankwe... Bruno keeping a watchful eye over the reserve Anti-poaching dogs in training (Shiela and Bullet) Splodge likes to help out too Always remembering those that have been lost Some of the residents that...
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    Help Conservation, Adopt a Rhino :)

    I wanted to spread the word for one of my favourite places on Earth, as they're currently struggling to make up the funds to continue their Rhino protection with the country being on lockdown. Nature Reserves like Mankwe make their money from visitors, but sadly the camps now run empty with zero...
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    Making a new home for Benny

    Recently I started work on upgrading all my snakes homes, starting with Benny. A friend suggested making it greek themed so here's my attempt. First I fit in the base for the background Then add on the stone wall detail Warm/cool hide and basking shelf are made All the carving done and...
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    Back from South Africa

    So from the 15th - 25th I've been in South Africa. I went to Mankwe Wildlife reserve in 2010 with my university and saw a post on facebook by Lynne, the operations manager, inviting ex-students back. My mum wanted to come too so she came along for the trip. I've got so many pictures I'd like to...
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    Snake update: Benny

    It's been a while since I last posted so I'll start with an update on the snakes. Benny had a faecal sample tested a few months ago, he's been ill off and on since last year, so during his last wobble I had a sample sent off to test for parasites. The vet initially came back stating there may...
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