Tag Archives: Madagascar

Dumeril’s Ground Boa

Acrantophis dumerili Order: Squamata Family: Boidae Natural History Information Range and Habitat Dumeril’s ground boas are found in the dry forests in southwest Madagascar. It has also been found living in very degraded habitats, often close to villages. Longevity Dumeril’s ground boas live approximately 20 to 30 years. Ecosystem Role They are important for population control of prey species. Husbandry

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Tomato Frog

Dyscophus Order: Anura Family: Microhylidae Species: Dyscophus guineti– False Tomato Frog Dyscophus antongilii Dyscophus insularis Natural History Information Range and Habitat Madagascan rainforests, forest floor. Longevity Expected adult lifespan 6-8 yrs. Ecosystem Role Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Life Cycle Natural History Relevant Information D. guineti: Brown or pale orange in color as juveniles; develop brilliant red color by a few

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Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Gromphadorhina portentosa Order: Blattodea Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Housing: Zoo Atlanta keeps a breeding colony in a 20 gallon long tank. Program roaches are housed in an approximately 11×8 inch kritter keeper. Austin Zoo: 10 gallon tank lined with reptile carpet Brandywine Zoo: the top 2-3″ of the inside rim of the tank are coated with petroleum jelly to prevent

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Red River Hog

Potamochoerus porcus Order: Artiodactyla Husbandry Information Housing Requirements An enclosure that is proof against extensive rooting and general destruction. No exposed or buried pipes or wires. Square footage is important as this is a terrestrial animal. Some like spacious caves or overhangs. Heat in cool temperatures. May or may not enjoy pools/mud wallows. Diet Requirements Herbivore pellets, fresh produce of

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Greater Hedgehog Tenrec

Setifer setosus Order: Afrosoricida Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony or Breeding Management Notes species is housed or managed socially or for breeding purposes. Individual Identification Dimorphism or practiced ways to individually mark species (such as those in colonies, like giant millipedes). Programmatic Information Transportation Temperature Guidelines   Crating: Tips on Presentation

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Madagascar Tree Boa

Sanzinia madagascarensis Order: Squamata Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Temperature, Humidity, & Lighting: Temperature: Humidity: Lighting: Substrate: Diet Requirements In the wild, these snakes prey on small mammals. In captivity, they are fed mice. Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Check out the Reptelligence Facebook page and Reptelligence website for enrichment and training inspiration. Advancing Herpetological Husbandry July 2018 Quarterly Newsletter- Article Environmental Enrichment for Reptiles By

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Radiated Tortoise

Geochelone radiata Order: Testudines Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Temperature, Humidity, & Lighting: Temperature: Humidity: Lighting: Exposure to natural sunlight or UVB light plays an important role in how the body absorbs and uses calcium. UVB light or natural sunlight allows the tortoise to produce vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is critical to the tortoise in its ability to absorb and use the available

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Henkel’s Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Uroplatus henkeli Order: Squamata Family: Eublepharidae Husbandry Information Housing Requirements While husbandry practices for Uroplatus are similar, caging requirements does differ depending on the species being kept. Uroplatus are largely endemic to the rain forests of eastern Madagascar, and many species can be kept and bred under similar conditions Freshly cut oak and maple tree branches, or bamboo, situated vertically throughout the

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