How to Quarantine Reptiles

disposable gloves for quarantined reptiles

One of the most overlooked aspects of this hobby — especially considering that most people here have more than one pet reptile — is good reptile quarantine procedures. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, I think we’re all familiar with the word “quarantine” by now. We’ve become much more familiar with the concept of quarantine in reference to ourselves, but what about our reptiles? Do they need quarantining?Absolutely! Continue Reading


What You Need to Know About Plant Lighting for Bioactive Vivariums

600x400 feature bioactive plant lights

Plant lights are often recommended — even required — for bioactive enclosures. Many new keepers will ask, “Why do I need a plant light? Doesn’t the UVB light already provide enough light?” As a bioactive reptile keeper, you need to know how to care for your reptile as well as the plants that share its enclosure. Learn about why plants need light and how you can meet their needs here! Continue Reading


Essay: Why All Pet Reptiles Need UVB Light

boa under UVB

Many people mistakenly argue that UVB is not necessary for reptiles in captivity, and that it is optional or should not be used at all for certain species. These outdated, folklore-based beliefs harm hundreds and thousands of pet reptiles every year. In this guest post, Liam Sinclair of Reptiles and Research provides a brief essay on how UVB works and why it should be a requirement for all pet reptiles, not just some. Continue Reading