Tag Archives: Tropical

Green-winged Macaw

Green-winged Macaw Ara chloroptera Order: Psittaciformes Family: Psittacidae Overview With regard to their availability and suitability as ambassador animals: Contact the Parrot TAG for availability of macaws through AZA facilities. Macaws do not need to be hand-reared from hatch to make good ambassador birds, in fact, allowing birds to remain with their parents until weaned makes for a healthier individual

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Indian Walking Stick

Carausius morosus Order: Phasmatodea Husbandry Information Housing Requirements A double tank system is better as they are excellent climbers. Screening should be fine mesh. Taller tanks are preferred to provide adequate climbing space. Coconut bedding or Soil can be used for substrate if you prefer, however, after any substrate changes, old soil should be frozen at -120*F for several days to

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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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Brazilian Black Tarantula

Grammostola pulchra Order: Araneae Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements Wild Diet: they eat a variety of invertebrates, including insects. May also eat small mammals, reptiles and other spiders. Zoo/Aquarium Diet: insects (crickets, dubias, butterworms, etc). After a molt, we do not feed or handle for 2 weeks. Our adults are fed 1 cricket or butterworm/week and our spiderlings were

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Emperor Scorpion

Pandinus imperator Order: Scorpiones Husbandry Information Housing Requirements This is one of the few scorpions that can be housed in small groups. Use a 5-15 gallon terrarium, depending on the number you house. Use a substrate of damp sand and peat moss with a top layer of cypress mulch. Substrate should be 3-6 inches deep. Temperature should be between 75-80

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Hingeback Tortoise (Home’s)

Kinixys homeana Order: Testudines Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Enclosure 4 feet long, 2 feet wide and 18 inches tall can house up to three or four adults. Provide ample hides Temperature, Humidity, & Lighting: Temperature: These tortoises are not big fans of intense lighting, so use a ceramic heat emitter to create a basking spot of about 85 F placed in center

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Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaw Anodorhynchus hyacinthinus Order: Psittaciformes Family: Psittacidae Overview With regard to their availability and suitability as ambassador animals: Contact the Parrot TAG for availability of macaws through AZA facilities. Macaws do not need to be hand-reared from hatch to make good ambassador birds, in fact, allowing birds to remain with their parents until weaned makes for a healthier individual

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Argentine Black and White Tegu

Tupinambis merianae Order:   Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Fresh water from the tap is fine. Remove any feces that appear. Monitor temps/humidity. Heavily mist holding area 3 times a week. Animal can be placed in a shallow tub of room temperature water twice a week for a soak. No need to soak longer than 15 minutes. The minimum length of

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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-tongued Skink

Tiliqua scincoides Order: Squamata There are 3 subspecies of Tiliqua scincoides, Australian blue-tongued skink [1]  T. s. chimaerea, Tanimbar blue-tongued skink, T. s. intermedia, northern blue-tongued skink, T. s. scincoides, eastern blue-tongued skink Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Blue-tongued skinks can be easily housed in plastic commercial reptile enclosures, minimum size for adults approximately 32″ by 18″. Skinks are reclusive so should

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