Tag Archives: Crepuscular

3-Banded Armadillo

Species Latin Name Tolypeutes matacus Order: Edentata or Xenarthra Family: Dasypodidae Overview The unique look of these mammals, as well as many interesting facts about this species, makes the Southern Three-Banded Armadillo a good addition to an education team. When hormonal behavior is presented, staff must take into consideration that the armadillo might not be willing to sit still during

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Mandarin Rat Snake

Elaphe mandarina Order: Sauria — Family Colubridae Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Mandarin rat snakes can be kept in the same kind of enclosure that we would keep a Milk Snake, Kingsnake or Corn Snake. The Brandywine Zoo houses theirs in a Vision Cage. This species is fossorial and montane, therefore providing opportunities for burrowing in hides or substrate is appropriate either

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Kingsnake

Lampropeltis getulus Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Temperature, Humidity, & Lighting: Temperature: Humidity: Lighting: Substrate: Diet Requirements In the wild, kingsnakes eat lizards, mice, eggs, and birds. They can also eat venomous snakes, including rattlesnakes, copperheads, and coral snakes. They can do this because they are immune to the venom of these snakes. (This is why they are the “king

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Striped Skunk

Mephitis mephitis Order: Carnivora Husbandry Information Housing Requirements It is important to have some sort of dig box and hide box. Many skunks can be litter box trained. Cincinnati Zoo: keeps their skunks outside year-round. They have a heated water bowl and heat shield for the winter, and misters, frozen granite blocks and fans in the summer. They’re housed on concrete

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Prehensile-tailed Skink

Corucia zebrata Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements This species is highly arboreal and required plenty of vertical space with a variety of climbing opportunities. From the PTS Studbook: Prehensile-tailed skinks being mostly arboreal do best in enclosures that allow them to climb; one that is well furnished with many branches (diameter greater than 10 cm) and suspended horizontal platforms. The

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Blue Spiny Lizard

Sceloporus cyanogenys Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements 30-50 gallon sized enclosure, at least. In daytime, need a basking spot of 100-108°F or more (daytime only), with general hot side temps between 88°F, and a cooler side around 80°F. Nighttime temp around 70-80 degrees. Use a temperature gun to check for variation. Provide a pile of rocks under the basking spot,

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Uromastyx

Uromastyx spp. Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements In daytime, need a basking spot of 120°F  or more, with general hot side temps between 100-110°F, and a cooler side around 80°F. Nighttime temp around 70 degrees. Use a temperature gun to check for variation. Provide a pile of rocks under the basking spot, preferably also with a cave, to act as

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Serval

Leptailurus serval Order: Carnivora Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Servals are ground-dwelling cats but do enjoy resting in high places, such as hammocks or platforms. They have poor balance, so make sure branches or ramps leading to such places are fairly wide. Servals can also easily jump up to and down from areas six or more feet above the ground. They need

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Binturong

Arctictis binturong Order: Carnivora Order: Carnivora Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Require climbing structures and high platforms, hammocks, nest boxes, etc. Provide a quiet area for down time when the binturong is not being trained. Diet Requirements Omnivorous: feed fruits, vegetables, leaf-eater biscuits, dog kibble, meat, eggs. Veterinary Concerns Diabetes is a major concern with older binturongs. Too much protein can

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