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Herpetology Club at NCSU. Meetings every other Monday 7:30pm in DCL 101. What is Herpetology?. Study of reptiles and amphibians Includes: Snakes Lizards Crocodilians Turtles/Tortoises Frogs/Toads Salamanders Caecilians. Herps As Pets.

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Herpetology Club at NCSU

Meetings every other Monday

7:30pm in DCL 101


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What is Herpetology?

Study of reptiles and amphibians

Includes:

Snakes

Lizards

Crocodilians

Turtles/Tortoises

Frogs/Toads

Salamanders

Caecilians


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Herps As Pets

Lizards and snakes are the most popular herps to keep as pets.

Herps are less common as pets in general because people often fear them because they are so different from the average furry pets, and also because they have many specific requirements in regards to husbandry.


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Lizards

Popular lizard species:

Bearded Dragon

Leopard Geckos

Iguanas


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Bearded Dragons

Housing:

  • Minimum 40gal tank

  • UVA/UVB lighting with red night bulb

  • Basking spot of 105o F

  • Substrate such as reptibark, repticarpet, or sand.

    Diet:

  • Young: 80% insects, 20% veggies

  • Adult: 40% insects, 60% veggies

  • Ideal foods: crickets, mealworms, superworms, cabbage, greens (collards, mustards, turnip).


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Leopard Geckos

Housing:

  • 10 – 20gal tank with a hide box

  • Heat lamp for 80-90o basking spot

  • Under the tank heating pad

  • Substrate such as aspen, reptibark, repticarpet, or sand.

    Diet:

  • Insects (crickets,

    mealworms, etc)


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Iguanas

Housing:

  • Custom caging for 6 foot lizard (adult size)

  • Full spectrum heat lighting (90 – 100o basking spot)

  • Climbing space

    Diet:

    - Veggies


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Snakes

Popular snake species:

Corn Snake

Ball Python


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Corn Snakes

Housing:

  • 20 – 30 gal tank

  • Optional heat pad for warm spot of 75-80o

  • Temps should not get below 60

  • Hide

    Diet:

    - Appropriately sized mice (approx 1.5x the width of the widest part of the snake)


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Rainbowof Corns


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Ball Pythons

Housing:

  • 20 - 30 gal tank

  • Heating pad on one side of the tank

  • Hide box

    Diet:

    - Mice or Rats


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Frogs

Popular species:

Tree frogs

Firebelly Toads


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Frogs

Housing:

  • 10 – 20gal tank (depending on

  • number of frogs)

  • High humidity,

  • basking light

  • Swimming area (firebellies)

    Diet:

  • Crickets

  • Fruit flies (small frogs like dart frogs)

  • Mice (for Broccoli)


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Turtles and Tortoises

Turtles

Tortoises


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Turtles

Housing

  • Aquatic needs large tank for swimming with filter, plus basking spot on land

  • Terrestrial need appropriately sized tank with basking spot

    Diet:

    - Depends on species, but ranges from meat to insects to veggies


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Tortoises

Housing:

  • Range all sizes of tanks depending on size

  • Adults too big to fit in tanks

  • Basking spot (full range radiation)

    Diet:

    - Predominantly veggies


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Other Herps as Pets

  • REALLY big lizards

    ex: tegus, monitors

  • Arboreal boas

    ex: amazon tree boas, green tree pythons

    - Crocodilians

  • Venomous

  • REALLY large snakes

    ex: retics, burms


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REALLY big lizards

Monitors

  • Get up to 10.5 feet, 50 lbs (water monitor)

  • Can have really nasty temperaments

    Tegus

  • 4.5 feet, 30lbs

  • Probably the most docile pet lizard


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Arboreal Boas

Very beautiful, but more of a display snake. Can be nippy.


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Crocodilians

Huge and might eat you 


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Venemous

Beautifully deadly


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REALLY big snakes

- Burmese pythons, anacondas, retics

  • 20+ feet long

  • Some are mean, some are nice. Hopefully you get lucky

    SONNY!!! 


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