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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





White’s Tree Frog

Genus Name: Litoria

Species: caerulea

Party Name: Pudge

Home: Australia

Environment: Humid Arboreal

More Information: White’s Tree Frogs (commonly referred to as Dumpy Tree Frogs) are a reasonably sized species with males averaging 4 in and Females 5 in. They can range from olive green, purple-brown, mint colored, and even albino. They have a loud chirping call and are relatively unagressive. Whites Tree frogs are carnivores and adults will crickets and small roaches three times a week. They should be kept in a terrarium with plenty of foliage and climbing material. They need a semi moist aquarium with tropical temperatures. The temperature of the basking area should not exceed 85F 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.





Milksnake Facts

Genus Name: Lampropeltis

Species: Triangulum

Party Name: Bessie

Home: North and South America

Environment: Forest

More Information: These snakes can range in size from 6 inches to a little over 2 feet. 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.





Kingsnake Facts

Genus Name: Lampropeltis

Species: getula

Party Name: Prince

Home: North and South America

Environment: Semi-arid

More Information: There are a variety of kingsnake species that range from Mexico up throughout North America. Most species do not exceed 5 feet in length but occasional exceptions can occur. Kingsnakes are named for their ability and propensity to eat other snakes, even the occasional venomous species, despite being colubrids themselves. They come in a variety of colors and patterns. California Kingsnakes are generally banded with dark brown to black and white stripes, but can come in different “phases” such as the Newport Phase California Kingsnake, which has a black head and long dorsal stripe on an otherwise white or cream colored body.





   

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 (their skeleton is 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, so never place the tarantula on bare skin! Tarantulas 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; they usually spend 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 easiest species of snake to keep in captivity and they 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. They are relatively small, rarely exceeding five feet in length, active feeders, tolerate a wide variety of environmental conditions, 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.





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: bugs, frogs, small rodents, carrion, vegetables, and even 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 completely sweet with people. Most of the time they will just hang out on your shirt while you go about your day. 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.





Sulcata Tortoise Facts

Genus Name: Centrochelys

Species: sulcata

Party Name: Tank

Home: Africa

Environment: Sahara

More Information: Sulcata or African Spur Thigh Tortoises are the third largest tortoises in the world. They can grow up the three feet in length and weigh around 200lbs. Their lifespan can easily stretch to over 100 years old! These big tortoises do most of their growing in the first couple years of their life, so the baby tortoise that fits in your palm one day will be too heavy to lift in just a few years. These big bruisers like to chow down on all kinds of leafy weedy greens. They need huge enclosures, as in the wild they can command territories of over a mile square. These tortoises like to burrow as well, so if you want your yard to stay nice, this isn’t the pet for you!





Russian Tortoise Facts

Genus Name: Agrionemys

Species: horsfieldii

Party Name: Ivan

Home: Russia and Uzbekistan

Environment: Rugged lowlands

More Information: The Russian Tortoise is one of the hardiest tortoise species and the easiest to keep as a pet. They stay relatively small, can tolerate a large range of temperatures, and are very social. However, these tortoises need a lot of space and a good amount of room to roam. Their toenails are like little shovels and are excellent for digging, which comes in handy as this tortoise tends to hibernate in a burrow in the winter. Russian tortoises eat a variety of leafy greens, the best of which are weedy like dandelion greens or kale. Fruit may be given as the occasional treat, but cannot make up more than 10% of the tortoises diet as it will cause shell deformities.





Rosy Boa Facts

Genus Name: Lichanura

Species: trivirgata

Party Name: Rosa

Home: California and Mexico

Environment: Desert

More Information: Rosy Boas get their name from the reddish to salmon color of their bellies and ventral stripes. They only grow to about 3 feet long. Rosy boas are one of two Boa species that can be found in the United States, the other being the Rubber Boa. These snakes are very hard to find in the wild, not due to being threatened but because they hide under rocks or in burrows. They are incredibly docile and can behave like a ball python when threatened, by curling up into a little ball. They make very good pets as they stay small and are very sweet. They will eat small mice in captivity, and a variety of lizards, birds, and rodent species in the wild.





Gopher Snake Facts

Genus Name: Pituophis

Species: catenifer

Party Name: Toro

Home: North America

Environment: Semi-arid scrubland

More Information: Gopher snakes have a large distribution and several different subspecies. While their patterns may vary, they are generally a sandy color with dark brown or black blotches, and may superficially resemble a rattlesnake. They use this to their advantage when scaring away predators. They will draw themselves up into a coil and shake their tails, creating a fairly convincing rattling noise that often fools most predators. They can grow up to 6 feet long, and make fairly good pets due to their hardiness and tendency to strike with their mouths closed rather than full-out bite.





Black and White Tegu Facts

Genus Name: Tupinambis

Species: merianae

Party Name: Oreo

Home: Argentina

Environment: Tropical Rain Forest

More Information: Tegus are the largest species of lizard in the whiptail family. While superficially they look like monitor lizards, they are unrelated to the monitor family, and are an example of how similar habitats can create similar, unrelated animals. Black and white tegus are omnivores, eating a variety of fruits and proteins, usually in the form of eggs, small birds, or rodents. This species has shown a high intelligence level, and has been known to seek out their owners or handlers for food or affection. With proper handling and attention, this species can become cat or dog tame, but the large size and impressive teeth can make it a nightmare for the wrong owner. Males will grow impressive jowls as they reach maturity, and these are used in courtship and to compete with other males.





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 unlikely to bite. Ball pythons are very popular pets in the reptile industry because there are so many different color and pattern morphs available. They can be fed mice or small to medium sized rats and only need to be fed every week or two. Moving 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.





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 remain super sweet. 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.







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