Back to the Doncaster Breeder's Meeting to collect a whopping pair of Ivory Coast Mud Turtles (Pelusios cupulatta)! With monstrous heads and a surprisingly gentle nature, this newly described African species is the latest addition to my turtle room.
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Most of the time with my animals 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, and the steps I took to save what I could.
Not only did my 26th birthday completely sneak up on me, 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...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.