Welcome behind the scenes in the life of an exotic pet keeper!


"How not to hatch turtles"

Back in April I was thrilled to find a clutch of Red Cheek Mud turtle eggs (Kinosternon scorpioides cruentatum) in the next box of one of my females. Getting them to hatch however, was definitely not what I imagined...

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SUNDAY, 17 JUNE 2018

What a year it's been insectivore, turtle room, reptile room, DIY vivarium, garage conversion

I can't believe it's been almost 12 months since I last got the time to write an update on here. So much has changed, including a new house, new turtle room and of course, new turtles...

FRIDAY, 30 JUNE 2017

Monsters from the Golden Coast

Back to Doncaster for a pair of Ivory Coast Mud Turtles! With monstrous heads and a surprisingly gentle nature, these newly described turtles are my latest additions.

FRIDAY, 19 MAY 2017

Lessons learned from incubation

Most of the time I get to talk about all the positives. In the interests of transparency, and rather painfully, I have to share how I came to lose 5 clutches of turtle eggs...

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Keeping snakes in plastic boxes -
a scientific review

snake rub, plastic storage box, suitability, racking, size, habitat, housing, husbandry

Evaluating the use of plastic storage boxes as captive snake habitats, based on scientific literature.


Kapok Tree Sapling

A giant among tropical plants, with quick growth and sturdy leaves.

Malabar Climbing Spinach

A fast growing vine from tropical Asia, with impressive red-purple stems. Well suited to covering vivarium backgrounds.

Cuban Burrowing Cockroach

A tropical forest cockroach, ideal for livefood culture and bioactive substrates.

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