Category Archives: Reptile

Common Myths About Snakes

snakeSnakes are often misunderstood. This may be due to human fear or the way snakes have been portrayed throughout history. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying that there are a lot of misconceptions about snakes.

Here’s a look at some myths about snakes that have been debunked.

They Don’t Have Maternal Instincts
You’ve probably heard snakes aren’t exactly maternal animals. The female lays her eggs and slithers away or snakes that are born alive head off on their own. While many species of snake don’t care for their young (snakes are mostly self-sufficient when born), a recent discovery showed one species does have a maternal instinct. The African rock python, which resides in central Africa, has been studied protecting their egg clutches and keeping their young close by for the first few months. It might not be common, but there are maternal snakes.

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Turtle Care 101


Turtles are beautiful animals that can live up to 10 years or more with proper care. The tips that follow will give you a foundation for basic turtle care. Be sure to also research specific care information for your turtle’s species.

Turtle or Tortoise?

Unlike land-dwelling tortoises, turtles live in or near water, have webbed feet and eat meat or a combination of meat and vegetation. Some of the most popular species include Red Ear Sliders, Painted Turtles, Northern Map Turtles and Wood Turtles.

Turtle housing

Turtles should be kept in tanks that provide water for swimming and a dry area for basking. Make sure the water area is large enough for swimming and diving. Tanks should also be at least 20 gallons or larger, especially as the turtles gain in size. Red Ear Sliders, for example, can Continue reading

The Difference Between Reptiles and Amphibians


Which animal has dry, scaly skin, usually with bony plates? If you know the difference between reptiles and amphibians, you’d answer reptile. Read on to learn more about the difference between these two animals.


  • Have dry skin with scales and bony plates.
  • Are cold-blooded and depend on the sun to maintain their body temperatures.
  • Some reptiles lay eggs, while others deliver live young.
  • Vary greatly in size, from 2-inch lizards to 20-foot pythons.
  • Are most often in the tropics, although some species live in forests & deserts.
  • Include alligators, crocodiles, lizards, snakes and turtles. Continue reading