This update is dedicated to another beautiful species I added to my menagerie in November, Mesoclemmys gibba (previously Phrynops gibbus), more commonly known as the Toad Headed Turtle or simply the Gibba turtle.
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Between the prehistoric appearance and the bad temper, there's something that makes snapping turtles fascinating, 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...
The Doncaster IHS breeders meetings are full of surprises, and I got to collect a couple of very, very special turtles: Pangshura tecta tecta...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.