There's something about soft-shell turtles which is absolutely fascinating. Everything we instantly recognise as a turtle is wrong; the domed, plated shell is instead a flat, smooth layer of skin. The webbed, clawed feet are drawn to extremes, resembling flippers with huge spiked claws, and the Nile Softshell is a giant among them...meet my newest addition!
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The Doncaster IHS breeders meetings are full of surprises, and I got to collect a couple of very, very special turtles: Pangshura tecta tecta...
My first insight into the Doncaster reptile show / IHS Breeder's meeting; I got the chance to look around, exhibit, and pick up some new species...
This week I had some serious concerns about the health of one of my Amazon Twist Neck turtles (Platemys platycephala)...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.