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I'm an animator living in New York that also happens to love reptiles with all her heart. I love Dragon Quest, Pokemon, Monster Hunter and PURPLE THINGS??!

My career is animation, but my hobby is reptile keeping. If you have a question, I will answer it to the best of my ability! My knowledge is best on the species I've actually kept, but I know a bit about other species and I can point you in the right direction if I can't answer a question!

As always, feel free to call me out if you notice me making husbandry mistakes. I'm in this to teach about reptiles, but I want to learn about them, too!
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Asker marilize Asks:
Ethical question: I am considering getting a Williams Blue Day Gecko, but they are an endangered species because of the pet trade. The one I want is captive-bred, however the parents are not. The breeder says captive-bred ones are rare ($$$), but they are not difficult to breed. So I think I will also get a female so I can contribute to the captive-bred population (I know how much work it is, but I feel morally obligated). Would getting one be condoning exploitation, despite my breeding them?
flygex-eatin-on-softies flygex-eatin-on-softies Said:

theexoticvet:

First of all I appreciate you even thinking about the ethics of purchasing an animal, that’s really great.

You having a single pair of breeding geckos is honestly not going to make that much of a difference. In order to have any effect you would need to produce and sell hundreds of geckos a year and that simply is not possible.

Should you purchase this animal anyway? I guess it depends how you look at it. It is a captive bred animal and so you are telling the breeder that there is a market for this and so hopefully more will be produced. All reptile lines began as wild caught individuals so it’s difficult to condemn someone for purchasing first generation captive born animal. When there are more CBB animals available on the market and people purchase them eventually importing WC animals will stop.

To make a long story short, you as a single individual do not have that much control on the industry unfortunately. Regardless of your choice hundreds of other people will make their own choices. I think buying CB animals is a great start and you will have healthier pets in the long run.

I might be naive, but I think he would be making a difference.  If you’re loud about the fact that you’re one of the few breeders of a commonly imported species, I think people will start purchasing CBB animals and maybe the trend will spread.  If you think you can make a difference, DO IT!!!  Be loud! Be proud!  Tell everyone everywhere that you’re breeding them!  

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I recently made the decision to create a quick mini animation in both Paint Tool Sai + Photoshop. It turned out pretty good, it definitely could be better, but I’m too tired to work on it any further. I also threw some text on top of the gif to show you what effects I used, plus animation thumbnails below it. Enjoy!

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Characters that share the same personality type as you.

If you don’t know your personality type, take this test.

Rules: Find out what characters share the same personality type as you here and list the characters that you find relevant below. Then tag five friends and let them know you…

I’m ENFP, so here’s my characters

And so on. Ya’ll better not fuck with me, I’M A MAIN CHARACTER.

INFP.. thought I tend to get a different answer every time..

some of my favorite characters from that list: 

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rainweatherreptiles:

However, instead of leaping on someone who uses sand, how about offering a -good- viable alternative?

I say this with 100% seriousness because you guys are super rad but saying NO. IS BAD. isn’t helpful.

There are a lot of burrowing reptiles.

Did you know that…

I really like carefresh!  It holds burrows and is large enough that it’s probably not going to cause impaction.  Even when Plinko gets a bit in his mouth, he spits it out.  Bumble on the other hand would eat 10 lbs of carefresh if it was stuck to her food, so I have to feed her in a separate bin.  Shredded aspen also seems to hold burrows pretty well, but I just like carefresh more.  It’s easier to store and easier to clean up.  Sani-chips are pretty messy and I don’t really like them that much.  They tend to get everywhere like sand, and don’t really hold burrows.  They smell nice though!

It’s gonna be different for every animal, but for the MOST part, I really like carefresh the best.  It seems the safest and holds burrows the best.  That’s just my opinion though!

I use aspen for both my burrowers (a hog and a kenyan sand boa), it is so good at holding burows! I’ve never actually seen carefresh available near me. I’m not sure if it’s strictly an american thing or if it’s just more common across the pond, though.

Our bearded dragon is on paper towels with a piece of slate for his nails. He’s… not a particularly healthy young man so we haven’t given him a burrowing box yet for fear he’ll get stuck in it or flip himself over or something, but when it gets bigger we’ll stick in a box of something. alfalfa pellets, maybe.

Aspen is indeed a great option for burrowing snakes as it really does hold structure excellently, however I’m not sure how well it would work for beardies.

They’re diggers really, so I imagine they’d probably kick it everywhere rather than really burrowing. Ideally for digging/nesting types it needs to be something solid that they can dig a burrow out of. In the wild that’d be hard packed dirt which is, for obvious reasons, very difficult to emulate in a captive habitat.

Burrowing clay, for example is an interesting option worth considering. It’s only “loose” whilst it’s still setting but allows your animals to create their own burrows which then set. Long term it’s not really different from tile/slate + hides. The alfalfa pellets is an interesting idea. It wouldn’t really hold structure in terms of the burrow itself but it would satisfy that digging need and the box itself would be the burrow, I guess is the logic behind that?

This is a really good discussion!

I used to keep my Beardie on beach chips, as advised by my local specialist store, but I was advised (by a Beardie blog) that wood chips are bad, so I switched to paper towel based on their recommendation.

Ziggy, my Beardie, now scratches around his Viv to keep his claws down, which isn’t really ideal. It’s a 3ft x 2ft beach wood vivarium with a glass front, and two metal runners holding the glass in place. (There’s plenty pictures on the blog of him in it). He has a big stone feeding plate he can scratch as well as a stone water dish and a big wooden basking log/sleeping hide. But I’m looking for an alternative to the paper towel due to it being impossible to spot clean and so requiring me (a disabled person) to completely clean and replace the bedding every time he poops. Which of course I do (because the alternative is leaving it and that’s just not good), but as you can imagine it’s draining and time consuming and could be avoided with a loose substrate that could be spot cleaned, meaning I’d have to fully clean it less often.

Tile doesn’t sound like a better option, reading the above.

Locally I can get sand, aspen, reptile carpet, reptile bark, beach wood chips (large cut and small), and I think a type of reptile dirt? Not sure with that one as I only spotted it recently, in passing. I can ofc order online as long as I can get shipping to the UK.

I’d appreciate any advice on offer :)

Oh gosh no, I wouldn’t put aspen in with the beardie! I was told that alfalfa pellets are safe for a dig box because with any luck they won’t be ingested often, and when they are they’re safe, and I’m reasonably sure this is true.

Right now though he mostly scratches at everything. It would require a huge reworking of his viv to put in a digbox (mostly we would need to raise the floor level and sink the digbox in so he can crawl in without having to mount the sides - like I said, he’s not well so we have to take that into account) so we’re waiting until he’s a bit bigger so we can put in something that will last him.

Yeah I think aspen is probably too fine and loose for a beardie. Alfalfa pellets are just condensed alfalfa and vegetable matter so they’re 100% digestible (we used to own chinchillas and that was what they ate!) and I doubt they’d cause a beardie any problems if ingested, since beardies eat veggies anyway.

I just wonder if I could get away with repti-bark, as it’s too large to really swallow by accident. And I buy it anyway for my python, who thrives on it.

I could provide Ziggy with a dig box as well, but I would like to change off paper substrate if I can.

I forgot to add that Ziggy has a feeding dish for his veggies, iwhich is removed and wiped down before every feeding anyway, and he’s fed his locusts outside his tank every time. So it’s highly unlikely, bordering on impossible, for him to swallow a piece of substrate.

Ofc something like sand or aspen, he could lick and therefore ingest. So I would never use something like that for those reasons. I stopped using bark chips the second I heard they were bad, but now I’m questioning that. And if they are bad, what is a good substrate? (Aside tile/paper towel)

Gyahh! I know nothing about bearded dragons, I wasn’t suggesting using aspen lol.  I don’t know if I’ve ever seen someone use aspen for beardies??? I just meant it holds burrows and is good for burrowing reptiles orz