Journal Index

FRIDAY, 19 MAY 2017

"Lessons learned with incubation"

Trying to consolidate my Rhinoclemmys eggs proves a costly mistake. 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. (read more)

THURSDAY, 13 APRIL 2017

"Getting Gibba"

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. (read more)

TUESDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2017

"Snapped for cash"

Between the prehistoric appearance and the bad temper that makes snapping turtles fascinating, there's something that can interrupt a harmless trip to Ikea for furniture and make your re-evaluate your life choices... (read more)

FRIDAY, 06 JANUARY 2017

"Titan: Trionyx Softshells"

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! (read more)

SATURDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2016

"Raising the Roof"

The IHS breeders meetings in Doncaster are full of surprises; not only did I send the last of my captive bred Rhinoclemmys off to new homes in Germany, but I got the opportunity to collect a couple of very, very special turtles, and it's about time I introduced them... (read more)

SATURDAY, 02 JULY 2016

"Doncaster reptile show and new additions"

My first insight into the Doncaster reptile show / IHS Breeder's meeting; It's always been something I've wanted to attend, and this year with all my surplus Honduran wood turtles, I got the chance to look around, exhibit, and pick up some new species... (read more)



FRIDAY, 10 JUNE 2016

"Serious shell damage and healings"

One of the objectives of this website is to look both at the highlights and the challenges of keeping exotic pets, and this week I had some serious concerns about the health of one of my Amazon Twist Neck turtles. (read more)



SUNDAY, 15 MAY 2016

"Turtles in a twist"

Where has the time gone? This year has flown in so far, and in between my rather hectic work schedule, my menagerie has exploded with hatchlings and some new shelled addtions. (read more)



WEDNESDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2015

"Like a crab out of water"

Some unsual critters catch my eye, leaving me fascinated with the colourful species of Geosesarma land crabs, native to Sulawesi, and the latest resident in my largest tropical planted vivarium...the Disco Vampire! (read more)



FRIDAY, 27 NOVEMBER 2015

"Neotropical neonates"

One of my absolute favourite turtle species has to be the Rhinoclemmys Wood Turtles. Here's a look at the success of my captive breeding project for the Honduran Wood Turtle (Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima incisa), and what a project it has become! (read more)



SUNDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2015

"What's been the Mata?"

After a long absence, it's high time I gave a little insight into what's been happening over the last year, including some welcome new additions and a few changes to my exotic animal collection... (read more)



FRIDAY, 28 FEBRUARY 2014

"Finding freckles"

Sometimes, being patient when looking for an animal really pays off. For several months now, I've been trying to source a species which has been on my so-called 'wish list' for a long time... (read more)



FRIDAY, 10 JANUARY 2014

"2014; Year of expansion!"

With the new year only beginning to emerge, hopefully the first of many successes in captive breeding is beginning... (read more)


THURSDAY, 31 OCTOBER 2013

"A little bit of Africa"

Showcasing a little side project of mine - an arid, African enclosure for Stenodacylis petrii... (read more)