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RHACODACTYLUS CARE

Rhacodactylus Geckos Juveniles are best started in smaller enclosures such as plastic terrarium or tanks 10 gallons or less. Adults best in minimum 20 gallon tanks with screen tops or screen cages. R. leachianus require larger 29 gallons and up terrariums. Substrate: paper or peat based potting soil mixed with coir. 

Landscape: They need cork bark for climbing and shelters both vertical and horizontal.Temperature 78-84º F during the day. Will tolerate night drops into the 60s. Use a small reptile heat pad on one side of tank for supplemental heat . You can also use an overhead red incandescent bulb of low wattage. 

Diet: Repashy Crested Gecko Diet or T-Rex crested Geckos diet 3 times a week as much as they will eat in 24 hours. You can also offer crickets once a week coated with a reptile vitamin/mineral supplement. For optimal growth feed babies every other day.  

Water: In a shallow easy to access container. Mist babies every other day.  

 Handling: Do not handle until they are 3-4 inches svl. No more than ten minutes at a time and no more than three times a week. 

Note: Newly received leachianus may go off feed for up to three weeks until settled in. Entice them by adding banana or peach baby food to their diet.

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Giant Iberian Ribbed Newt (Pleurodeles waltli)This is the largest of the newts reaching up to 12 inches. Keep in an aquarium with floating plants or artifical plants that reach the surface.For adults minimum size tnak is 10 gallons but 20 gallons is even better. Dechlorinate the water. Keep water in the low to mid- 70s. They willl stress in the 80s and will do better with a land area at warm temperatures. A sponge or other filter is recommended or change water weekly.

Feed live blackworms, chopped earthworms, newt pellets every one to two days. These newts are pigs and tend to get fat if overfed.

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 Horned frogs and African bullfrogs (Ceratophrys  and Pyxicephalus) 

Keep in plastic terrarium or small tank when young. In a 10-20 gallon tank when older. 

Substrate: Moist coir (coconut peat, sold in reptile stores) fine grade deep enough for a frog to be half buried. 

Heat: A small subtank reptile heating pad can be placed under one side of the tank. 

Feeding: Offer crickets coated with a vitamin/mineral reptile supplement, superworms and prekilled mice of the appropriate size when they get older. African bullfrogs can be raised on feeder goldfish once they reach 2 inches. Start with small feeders and increase size as the frog grows.  Feed every one to two days when young. Feed adults once a week.

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Budgett’s frogs (Lepidobatrachus laevis) 

Keep in a ten gallon tank with two (juveniles) to three inches of water. Dechlorinate water. 

Temperature: Keep at 78-82 F using a small submersible water heater. 

Feeding: Feed three times a week supplemented crickets, small feeder fish, earthworms, prekilled mice. Size of prey equal to width of head is a good gauge for prey size. In winter the frogs may want to burrow. Switch them to a terrarium with a coir substrate and a shallow water dish. 

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White’s Treefrogs and waxy monkey frogs 

Keep in a ten gallon tank with screen top when young. For adults a 20 gallon tank or larger is recommended. Landscape: Offer thick branches and pothos plant to rest on for White’s treefrogs. Waxy monkey require thinner branches.Offer cork bark as climbing and shelters areas. 

Heat: Place a low wattage incandescent bulb over a exposed branch area on one side of the enclosure. The temperature should measure 85-90 F at the area closest to the bulb. 

Light: These frogs benefit form a UVB source at one side of the tank. Water: Offer a shallow water container the frog can easily enter and exit..

Feeding: Crickets lightly coated with a reptile vitamin/mineral supplement with a full complement of vitamins. Avoid pure calcium D3 powder. UVB lighting a better source of D3. Feed three to four time a week. Cricket size about width of head.

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Vampire crabs (Geosesarma species)

These are mostly terrestrial crabs that like to climb wood. Keep in a 10 gallon or larger terrarium or aquarium.You can use an aquarium filled with up to three inches of water and a sponge filters. Add lots of aquarium wood for climbing. Or use a terrarium with a couple of inches of coir and a shallow large water container with wood to access easily.

Heat: Use a submersible small  water heater set at 78º F or a reptile subtank heat pad. Water: Dechlorinated fresh water . Add one drop Kent;s iodine per 5 gallons every 3-4 weeks to facilitate molting or every time you change water. 

Food: They love pre-killed crickets coated with a calcium supplement. Also sinking fish wafers (Hikari), brine shrimp, corn, peas zucchini, guppies.Anyone working with these crabs will experience some losses. With persistence you will end up with a breeding group.   ______________________________________________________________________________________  Australian Blue Crayfish (Cherax destructor) 

Keep in a ten gallon aquarium with dechlorinated water.. Make sure tank is covered. Crayfish are notorious escape artists.

Temperature: Adaptable from 60-80º F. Comfortable room temp works fine..Filter: A sponge filter works well but any filter will do. You can use no filter if you change the water two to three times a week.

Feeding: Feed 3-7 times a week sinking fish pellets, shrimp pellets, boiled zucchini or romaine lettuce Feed only amount equal to about 3% of body weight daily. Feed daily if keeping more than one together. Keeep water clean.

 

 

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