December 2012

December 2012

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.


"New arrival planning and gecko handling"

Never trust the weather, especially when you're waiting on a new animal arrival.

I mentioned in my last update that I'd ordered an early Christmas present for myself, which I was hoping to get delivered shortly.

Anyway, here's some info on the setup so far. I am using a 70x50x20cm (LxWxH) plastic underbed storage box for the enclosure, which used to house my Chinese Softshell turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) until recently when I moved him into something larger. For good practice, I sterilised this tub by allowing it to air dry, before filling with a strong solution of aquarium salt and water (approximately 2 teaspoons of salt per litre). This was allowed to sit overnight, before siphoning it all off, and rinsing the tub several times with clean tap water.

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As you can see from the first photo, the tub looks good as new now, and ready to be set up for the new arrival. I blended together a mixture of playsand and building sand (both washed thoroughly!) to use as the substrate, to create a muddy looking floor. To give a small hint as to what will be living in this setup, I am aiming for a creek-style setup, with bog plants and a shallow layer of water, but I'll have to save the details for a future update...

It's been a long time since I've been able to take a good look at my Vietnamese Golden Geckos (Gekko ulikovskii), so this week I decided to try and handle them and give them a check over. Both seem to be in good health, and flightly as ever, although they seemed to calm down with gentle handling. I am not a big advocate of handling reptiles much; I prefer to leave them to it and simply observe, but I do make sure to check them over once in a blue moon.

My Chinese Softshell 'Pancake' seems very happy in his new setup, and I managed to get a quick photo of him enjoying the new space. He is continuing to grow, but just about adult size; hopefully I won't have to upgrade him again for a little while!

Always happy to answer questions, just pop me an email at the address below!

Paul Edmondson

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