January 2013

January 2013

All the information listed here is based on my own experience, please carry out your own research before attempting to replicate anything on this site.

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"Waterproofing woes"

Life in the reptilarium is somewhat manic at the moment. The pondliner inside my Honduran Wood Turtle (Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima incisa) enclosure seemed to be in bad shape, and not wanting to risk a leak, I decided to completely gut the vivarium and line it with plastic boards similar to greenhouse polycarbonate.

I've actually started putting together a video to explain the process and the ideas behind it, however at the moment the vivarium looks like a shadow of its former self. Due to the amount of lighting in the vivarium, the plastic appears very shiny and light coloured in comparison to the underlying plywood. Truth be told, I'm not happy at all with the way this looks at the moment, but I have some new background materials on order to hopefully make the whole thing look like a Central American forest floor again.

Bourbon, my common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) is still doing well. I've been feeding him large meals every few days, and he's getting quite confident in feeding from tweezers. Oddly, he's taken to basking quite frequently, and given me more than a few shocks, seeming especially difficult to wake up while basking; once he gets back in the water however he acts completely normal. I'm keeping a close eye on this just incase it's a symptom of anything, but at the moment it just seems like a quirky behaviour.

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I've also introduced a new pair of Tokay geckos (Gekko gecko) to each other in the hopes of establishing some captive breeding. Both seem to be doing well on a diet of mealworms and adult male Blaptica dubia roaches. Fingers crossed!

Lastly, my Red Eared Slider (Trachemys scripta elegans) is having a hard time being bossed around. It seems the solitary Convict Cichlid (Amatitlania nigrofasciata) in her tank has decided to lay eggs on some of the rockwork, and relentlessly tries to keep the turtle from standing on them. Unfortunately I don't think the turtle is getting the message, and keeps clumsily causing a problem.

If you have any questions just pop me an email at the address below,

Paul Edmondson


"Up the creek with a Snapper"

It's been a long overdue arrival of my latest addition, but after several weeks of waiting for a break in the weather, my new Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) has arrived safe and sound!

This species has been on my animal-wishlist for longer than most, and with the upgrade of my Chinese Softshell turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) into a larger setup, I decided to take the plunge and purchase this young Snapper to raise in the spare enclosure, for now at least! The little guy has been named 'Bourbon' and is eating readily on bloodworms and a specially prepared 'turtle pudding'.

The decision to take on one of these remarkable turtles was not something I took lightly; not only are they preceeded by a troublesome reputation, but they can also grow to a considerable size, quickly, and live 50+ years. I'm already invested in other turtle species, and committed to Chelonia care for the long haul, so, combined with a good working understanding of turtle husbandry, bulk food supplies, and a few fantastic contacts with specific knowledge of Snappers, I'm hoping to do my very best with this species.

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I'm hoping to keep a detailed online log of Bourbon's progress, to discuss both my own husbandry methods, and also to provide a guide for other keepers. There are far too many myths about this species; hopefully by keeping an open record of their care and behaviour in captivity this can be somewhat reduced.

Anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays as much as me, if you have any questions just pop me an email at the address below!

Paul Edmondson

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