September 2013

September 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.


"Back in the game"

It seems like a long time since I've been able to sit down and write an update! After a lengthy break, it's time for me to play catch up, and explain what's been going on both in and out of the reptile room...

So where do I start? For the past few months, animals have not only been my passion, but also my livelihood. Animal husbandry is now my career, and despite the hard work, it's fantastic. I couldn't have gotten to this point without building Insectivore, and now the challenge is to continue growing the website, both as a personal journal and a resource for others.

On a personal note, I also had a brief jaunt down to London courtesy of the Anthony Nolan register, to donate bone marrow. It's not exactly a topic for this site, but the donation process rendered me pretty useless for a few days and prevented me from keeping the site as updated as I'd wished. However, it's a great cause, and I hope that I've been able to help someone in the process.

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Getting to the animals, I've made a hefty investment in a shiny new D-SLR camera, which should (fingers crossed!) mean that lots of pretty pictures will be appearing on the website. Hopefully, from the pictures above, you can see the amount of detail the new camera is able to capture. I've still got a lot to learn with it, but I'm really impressed with it's capabilities so far.

The Central/South American enclosure which houses my breeding group of Rhinoclemmys wood turtles and a bunch of endemic lizards is starting to look great, with a number of new bromeliads and orchids beginning to take hold. I'm still occasionally catching glimpses of Brown Anoles (Anolis sangrei), which is wonderful to see. I may add a few more at some point to boost their populations.

My Mozambique Mouthbrooders (Oreochromis mossambicus) are growing well, and I've begun introducing them to a few of my turtle setups to see how they get along. I've also added a shoal of Buenos Aires Tetras (Hyphessobrycon anisitsi) to my Red Eared Slider setup, which seem to be doing well, and keeping out of trouble.

There are a few new additions to the online shop, including some Kangaroo Vines (Cissus antarctica) and a limited number of Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron hederaceum 'brasil') which are a great climbing species for tropical setups.

If you have any questions, pop me an email using the address below.

Paul Edmondson

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