hyacynthus asked: Does the same (the timing of winter hibernation) apply to Mandarin Rat Snakes (Euprepiophis mandarinus)? Many of the care sheets that I've found recommend to put them in brumation. We only just got it last Saturday and it is around a foot long and was born sometime this year in captivity.
I have personally never worked with this species of snake before but in general I recommend reptiles be a year or two old and in excellent physical condition before brumating or hibernating them. Because it is late in the season and your snake is still young, it is fine just to keep it at normal temperatures this year. Honestly, unless you are breeding animals it is not super important to hibernate them and many animals that hibernate in the wild do fine not doing so in captivity.
It’s a species of jumping spider, Simaetha sp., found in the Sraburi Province of Thailand. Again, not sure of the exact species so not much info on this guy except that these particular fellows were only 4mm in length.
marilize asked: I need some winter housing advice for some box turtles, please! Is moist sphagnum moss and a water pan appropriate housing? [Plus six hours of UV-B, 12 hours of heat lamp (85 degrees), and an ambient temperature of 75 degrees.] There are five turtles in a 18" x 60" tank. They had them on a layered system of rocks on the bottom, AC filter material for drainage, and moist potting soil on top but they said it was hard to clean and I'm not sure that sounds like the healthiest system? Thoughts?
Just so you know, it is always important to list which species of animal you are talking about (there are 4 Box Turtle species in N.A.), their age, sex, where they were obtained, plus what type of food they are eating-how often, how much, etc. etc. All of this information makes it much easier to give advice and of course without actually seeing an animal and doing an exam it is only an educated guess using what info I am provided with.
Generally, I am of the opinion that box turtles do much better outdoors than inside. They are native to North America and are of the few herps that can be kept in a “natural” environment. Very nice outdoor setups can be constructed for them and then they can be hibernated a lot easier than those turtles kept inside.
I am confused by what you mean by “winter housing” since it is already December, it is too late to start hibernating them and so they will need to be kept active. 75 F is much too warm for hibernating anyway so they just need to be housed like normal. You can use eco earth or a similar substrate and then place some sphagnum moss on top. Provide them with a water dish they can soak in if they want and feed them.
Next year around September-October you can try to hibernate them as long as they are healthy.
Rio Chingual Valley tree frog, Hyloscirtus pantostictus.
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farmeranita asked: Hi, I've recently acquired some tadpoles but I have to leave for a holiday for 5 days over Christmas. What should I do about the feeding situation? I think they're striped marsh frogs.
I am assuming you live in Australia, please be careful about the laws for keeping wildlife. If you live in Victoria it is against the law to own or interfere with any frog, frog spawn, or tadpoles and other territories require a license. Also be very careful about not letting them back into the wild after you have had them in captivity, this will help prevent the spread of Chytrid and other diseases.
With that out of the way your tadpoles should be fine for just 5 days. In the wild they eat algae so maybe get some rocks covered in algae and place them in the tank or let a wall or two of the tank get covered in algae so they have some to eat while you are gone. Just make sure they have plenty of water and there is no danger of it evaporating before you come back
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A mandarin rat snake. These are gorgeous animals and I would love to have one some day.
Red back salamander (Plethodon cinereus) in a defensive posture,
in a forest in Houghton, Allegany County, NY, USA.
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The December 2013 issue of Herpetological Review, now at the printer, features a cover shot of Lanthanotus borneensis (Bornean Earless Monitor), one of herpetology’s “holy grails.”
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Banded Kingfishers. Photos by K S Kong
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