Most of the time with my animals I get to talk about all the positives; the progress, the new additions, the breeding successes. So in the interests of transparency, and rather painfully, I have to share how I came to lose 5 clutches of turtle eggs, and the steps I took to save what I could.
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Life has a way of flying past me lately. Not only did my 26th birthday completely sneak up on me (another year wiser), but several baby turtles which I've been meaning to write about have outgrown their 'baby' status.
Between the prehistoric appearance and the bad temper, there's something that can interrupt a harmless trip to Ikea for furniture...
There's something about soft-shell turtles which is absolutely fascinating, and the Nile Softshell is a giant among them...View all journal entries >>
Evaluating the use of plastic storage boxes as captive snake habitats, based on scientific literature.
A guide to treating turtle shell injuries with iodine or salt treatments, for situations such as bites, and shell rot.
How the turtle's unique shell has aided and sculpted the turtle's biology for millions of years.
A tropical forest cockroach, ideal for livefood culture and bioactive substrates.
A natural antibacterial and antifungal additive for aquatic setups and bioactive substrates, ideal for lowering pH.
Catappa leaves are packed with antimicrobial compounds and tannic acids, ideal as a preventative for shellrot and fungal infections.