About ReptiFiles

Welcome to ReptiFiles, where better reptile care begins!

I understand if you’re a bit skeptical. After all, a lot of people will tell you not to get your reptile care information from the Internet.

That’s why I started ReptiFiles, actually — so people would be able to find reliable, high-quality reptile care information from the convenience from their computer or smartphone. 

You might notice that some of the care advice and articles provided on ReptiFiles are a bit different from other sources that you’ve read and advice you’ve received.

That’s because a lot of the advice out there is outdated, minimalistic, or based on a misunderstanding of how reptiles work.

We don’t do that here.

As a reptile husbandry specialist, I work every day to determine the most up-to-date, factual, and science-based methods of reptile care.

Some say that ReptiFiles is a biased source of information. And if you consider promoting optimal reptile welfare a bias, then yes, I am biased! Because that’s what our reptiles deserve, right?

As part of our effort to promote a higher standard of reptile care (especially in the US), ReptiFiles’ core mission is to replicate the conditions of each reptile’s natural habitat in captivity. This is because reptiles are not domesticated animals like cats, dogs, horses, etc. — they are still very much wild animals, and have the same needs in captivity as in the wild. 

And what do wild reptiles need? They need the elements of their natural habitat. Each species of reptile evolved slowly over the course of literally millions of years to thrive within a very specific habitat, utilizing everything that habitat had to offer in order to maximize their chances of survival. My research has led me to believe that re-creating the conditions of each reptile’s natural habitat — light, temperatures, humidity, shelters, plants, etc. — is the key to promoting optimal physical and mental health for reptiles in captivity. 

(For more info about how I create ReptiFiles care guides, go here.)

Join me on this journey — there is so much yet to do, and the end is nowhere in sight! Together we will raise the standard of reptile care and pave the way to a world where reptiles are no longer just throwaways or hidden in the basements of weirdos, but embraced as the beautiful, incredible, unique creatures that they are.




Mariah Healey

Reptile Husbandry Specialist

Owner/Author of ReptiFiles.com

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And if you have any questions, please email me at reptifiles@gmail.com. I’m always happy to help!


  1. Hi Brad. Most starter kits are inadequate for meeting reptiles’ needs, and often need to be partially or even wholly replaced to achieve good husbandry. For more information, I recommend reading ReptiFiles’ article, “Why Reptile Kits Are a Useless Waste of Money.” Meanwhile I recommend housing your anole in no smaller than a tall 18″x18″x24″ front-opening terrarium, as these are a fairly active, arboreal species.

  2. Hi Mariah, just curious if a Temperate Reptile 10 gallon Starter kit would be fine to use for 1-2 Female Green Anoles? I have no intention of putting a snake or a different species in this tank, only 1-2 Green Anoles

  3. My leopard gecko’s life was diagnosed with only 6 months to live with MBD that was almost 2 years ago. TODAY he’s Healthy an gained weight. However he decided about 2 weeks ago to stop eating I have given his Worms to him he’ll occasionally have 1-2 every few days. I’m not sure if it’s his way of saying that he only wants crickets (those are treats). What do you suggest before I begin force feeding him I’d rather not do that to Titan he has always been a good eater.