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.


SUNDAY, 9 DECEMBER 2012 >>


"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!

Best,
Paul Edmondson
info@insectivore.co.uk





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