6 Care Tips for Green & Brown Anoles


Let other people have cats and dogs! Jungle Bob is here to show you that owning a pet reptile or amphibian is not as complicated as you might think. In this video, he shares six tips about caring for a green or brown anole.

For many reptile keepers, their journey starts with a very simple animal: simple to keep, small size. And that certainly, for me, was the green or brown anoles. These are very common animals in the pet trade. I hesitate to say they’re disposable, but sometimes with the lack of proper knowledge, animals don’t make their journey.

So, green and brown anoles are simple to keep because of their small size. They’re insectivores, so it’s a lot of fun to watch them eat. You keep them in maybe a 10-gallon fish tank. They need very minimal light, but they love to eat those insects. So, watching the feeding time is certainly a lot of fun in the household when dad comes home with a bag of crickets from the pet store. The anoles look almost like Velociraptor when they come out of their trees.

They are arboreal by nature, meaning they stay up in the air of the terrarium. They are in the leaves. They are hanging in the lid of the tank. Sometimes you can’t see them very well. But when the crickets come out, they come diving down like the little dinosaurs they look like and, wham, they’ve nailed the crickets one after the other.

So, I can think of a lot of people who are professional herpetologists that have started their journey in their lives by catching green and brown Anoles in the Southeast or by buying them at the local pet store. This is the one that’s about under $10 to start with. Again, we want to stress that people do their homework before they buy a pet such as this.

Unfortunately, it’s a very short-lived animal. Three to five years is its entire lifespan, so you can’t get too upset after a few years of having the anole if it meets its demise. If you’re smart enough to get a pair of them, a male and a female, you’ll find that they are very simple to breed. They’ll lay eggs in the substrate and sometimes you’ll see Junior popping out of the bedding after a couple of months.

So, green Anoles are one of our starter animals in the reptile world. We love these. They are animated. You do not have to spend $500 to get into the hobby. It is an excellent little pet, particularly for families with young children. The brown and green anole.


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Care Tips for Pixie Frogs


Let other people have cats and dogs! Jungle Bob is here to show you that owning a pet reptile or amphibian is not as complicated as you might think. In this video, he shares four tips about caring for a pixie frog.

A lot of people come in to buy pets, they want that wow factor pet, and they’re looking for a frog that’s easy to keep while often pointing to a Pixie or a South African bullfrog. I do that because, I do it with a smirk on my face, because I’m going to see them a lot in the future, because these little guys here do one thing well, and that’s eat.

There’s a misnomer in the amphibian world, and that is frogs eat nothing but flies. We often see pictures in kid’s books and frogs smiling happily, shooting flies out of the air with their elongated tongues This is not true. Frogs are predators, frogs have teeth in their mouth, and they’ll just about anything.

And a little, baby Pixie frog like this, in about a year or two, will turn into a monster like this. Everybody, meet Jabba, we call him Jabba, the African Bullfrog. The African bullfrog, or Pixie frog, is a true predator, that will eat just about anything that gets in front of him. We’ve seen him eat fish, we’ve seen him pick birds that fell out of their nest. Once in a while, he’ll eat a snake, a lizard, anything that he can get his formidable mouth on, he will grab.

He does not shoot his tongue, that’s a mistake. People think frogs shoot their tongues way up into the air to catch flies that go by. You think Jabba is living on flies here? No, flies are really hard to catch for an animal his size, and we’d have to feed him a thousand of them a day to maintain that body weight. So, instead, he sits there, burns no calories, and waits for food to be deposited.

So, therefore, if he’s in a terrarium, wow, what a great animal, because no matter what you drop in front of him, he’s going to make a meal out of it. It’s extremely animated and a lot of fun to watch, and the variety of foods, anything you could find, even something you find outside in the garden, you drop in front of Jabba and down the chute it goes.

So, the African bullfrog is a wonder of the pet world these days. You need a pretty good size tank for a guy this big, they will get 2/12 to 3 pounds in size. The African bullfrog.


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Care Tips for Green Iguanas


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Throughout the decades that reptiles have been popular pets, I think the number one seller probably has been the green iguana. Green iguanas hold the stigma from those old Japanese B movies, where they put an iguana across a model of Tokyo and pretended that he was Godzilla. Iguanas have fascinated Americans and have become the number one pet, for sure, over the last 20, 30 years.

Personally, I don’t think they make the best pets. And the reason why is because there is a lot of husbandry needed; these are tropical animals, they require the proper humidity and heat. They need ultraviolet lights, they need a specialized diet. But, really, it’s because they sometimes have an attitude. When they get about 6 feet long, a male iguana suddenly isn’t as calm as my little friend here. A male iguana will potentially turn on its owner, and establish its territory in the home.

If it’s in a fish tank, he’s absolutely going to be upset. They really have to be outside in an 8 by 8 foot, 8 foot high room, sitting on a limb, looking down on their owner. And then they’re perfectly fine pets. But if you want to keep them in a fish tank and approach them from the top, they sometimes get skittish. When they are skittish, the number one thing they do is whip their tail in your direction. The second thing they’ll do is try to bite. And the third thing is rake you with their claws.

Either one of those things is an event you don’t want to experience, because a 6-foot iguana, this guy is about 2, maybe, a 6-foot iguana is a formidable creature that can inflict harm. We also have seen that male iguanas when they get old, when they become sexually mature, turn on their owners because they’re territorial and want to establish their own area. And that is usually the time they end up coming back to the pet store, or back where they came from.

If no one will take them back, people will let them go. And in northern climates, that’s a death sentence for the animal. In southern climates, like Florida, they have procreated, and they have now established, and they are now truly an invasive species. So, I always say, if you want an iguana, please go get one. My choice for an iguana would be the rock iguanas.

The rock iguanas are a big bodied creature that comes form the Caribbean Islands. And here I’ve got a good friend of mine, and the green iguana is scared of him, I would imagine so. This is Castro; he’s a Cuban rock iguana. And you see Castro, who is now 15 years old, has a much different temperament than our green iguana friend. A 15 year old iguana would not be as tolerant to be touched in this nature. Castro is not trying to whip me with his tail, Castro is not trying to run away. He is a really sure of himself type of lizard who makes a wonderful pet or companion.

We choose not to keep an animal this big in a cage, unless you build something custom for him. They freely can roam a home, and know where to do their business. They’re straight herbivores; they love their veggies and fruits, and they really are an incredible companion and pet. We take him to the park and walk him like a dog all the time. So, if you’re going to go for an iguana, think twice about the green types. There are some dessert species that are great, but the rock iguanas truly rock. Here’s the Cuban iguana, Castro.


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Vietnamese Centipede Facts & Care Tips


I’ve handled a lot of interesting animals in my career, but none of them raises by consciousness and my awarenees more than a centipede, from the genus Scolopendra. We have here the Vietnamese centipede. There’s a lot of different names for this animal, because it’s range is so wide. It’s all throughout southeast Asia, Indonesia. Even into Central and South America, you’ll see the same genus. There are many types of centipedes out there. The illusion about them, or the misconception about them is that they are friendly.

They are not. Centipedes are a nasty predator, as a matter of fact. They are a venomous creature that has to be handled very infrequently if at all. Centipedes, why they get the name centipede, which really should translate to “100 feet” or “100 legs.” There’s nowhere near that. They’re composed of about 20, 21 body parts, and there is one pair of legs on each on. So I guess “42-legipede” wasn’t a good name. Scientists came up with “centipede” instead. And the many, many species in the genus, all of them are composed the same way, with that segmental body with one pair of legs, one on each side. But the business end of this animal really is the top. He’s got feelers there, if you can see, two pair of feelers that allow him to root around and look for his favorite prey, right, which is anything he can get his mouth on.

These are predators not just looking for insects like most of their counterparts are. They’ll eat small snakes. They’ll east a little lizard. We’ve seen them eat mice here at the store. They are consummate predators. And anything he can grasp, he will try to eat. They’re legs are always splayed out to the side. That’s how you tell it’s a centipede. As we move up at the top, those two pieces there are not legs. Those are the antennae and next to them are the mandibles, the jaws. They have an incredibly sharp jaw, incredibly strong jaw, and right in the back of that jaw is the venom gland. It’s a painful, painful bite. I stopped saying that it would be fatal to a human being, although there was one reported case of a person dying from a centipede bite. That was probably due to an allergic reaction. But still, it’s not something to take lightly.

A centipede bite could send you to the hospital. It’s certainly send you crying into the corner because of the jaw pressure and the venom combined. You can see how quickly it moves with the slightest touch. It flails with those legs. They’re pointy and sharp. They can dig into you. It almost grabs its prey in a snakelike manner, wrapping around it, stabbing it with those legs. And once the jaws come into contact with the prey, it’s pretty much lights out. Centipedes are not my favorite pet, but people do keep them sometimes as a novelty item, just because they want to watch them eat. It’s just God forbid if it ever gets out in your house.

The Vietnamese centipede, a wide-ranged animal with many, many different names. They call it the big-headed Chinese centipede. In Central America, they have a Latin name for it. Regardless, centipedes are all dangerous Even the smaller species that you see in your backyard in North America is a predator that can bite with a slight amount of venom. So take care when you’re picking up this particular arachnid, the Vietnamese centipede.


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Care Tips for Bearded Dragons


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The number one pet lizard in the world is certainly the Bearded Dragon. This is a phenomenon that started about 25 years ago when these animals were imported from their native country of Australia. But very soon we found that they bred readily in captivity and now you’ll never see an animal in the US marketplace, the pet marketplace, that comes from Australia. Their ancestors did. They are bred in captivity and bred readily.

And the reason for their popularity is twofold, really. Number one, the bottom one here is pretty much an adult; 18 inches is where they max out. But they come from a very dry habitat, almost desert-like. They’ll live on sand. So anybody’s ever kept a tropical lizard like an iguana knows what a mess it can be when they do their business. When a Bearded Dragon uses the bathroom, he does it in a tank where there’s sand and heat lamps, and it’s extremely easier to pick that up than it is something that’s tropical in a wet environment. So he’s very hygienic.

But, really, the number one reason for their popularity is they are extremely friendly creatures. Nothing you see before you here is a trained animal. This is just the nature of them. We have customers in our store that come in this time of the year, summer time, they have them on their shoulders, they have them under their hats, under their jackets, and they walk around with them. We just recently created, as a matter of fact, a carry bag called a Beardie Bag that we produce here, to carry your Bearded Dragon with you wherever you go, to the super market, to the shopping center and the movies. People keep their dragons with them.

It’s got a wow factor because it looks kind of dinosaur-like, but really, all those little appendages and spikes on the side of them are not there for anything but to stop an animal from biting it and swallowing it if it was out in nature. So. it really is not as rough looking as it seems. They are omnivorous in their diet, so they’re easy to keep. Any type of insects, crickets, worms, et cetera., they’ll gobble up. And they love their greens. So moms love Bearded Dragons because they encourage salad eating throughout the family. The Bearded Dragon’s going to eat salad, so do you. So kids have to learn how to do that as well as Dragons do.

The Bearded Dragon has supplanted and taken the place of the Green Iguana, that for decades dominated the industry. Green Iguanas are a difficult animal to keep in comparison to these, and we really promote the use of Bearded Dragons as a pet for a child. These are excellent.

They come now in a variety of colors. In their native land they would be more sand colored, but through captive and selective breeding, we see yellow, orange, and red dragons that are striking in color and just make a tremendous companion.

We call them study buddies here. We call them lap lizards. We call them anything we want as far as to show people they are fantastic companion animals. The Bearded Dragon: easy to keep, never going to bite you, and long-lived, 15, 20 years.


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Care Tips for Leopard Geckos


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An extremely popular lizard pet these days is the Leopard Gecko. They come in such a wide variety of colors right now. The ones way back when were always just yellow with black spots, but now we get a variety of different color patterns, eye colorations, pupil types, all different types that I won’t bore you with here today.

But this is what I really want to stress with these is their calm nature and this is a great beginner lizard because it just stays in a very small enclosure. A 10-gallon tank is more than sufficient for its whole life. And it’s a meal worm and cricket eater. It doesn’t like greens, it doesn’t like meat, it just wants to eat its insects. It’s a hygienic little animal in captivity in that when it defecates, it tends to do it in one corner. It almost makes a toilet area. So, that pleases a lot of the owners. In terms of cleaning up after it, it’s very simple.

Simple sand on the bottom, a pretty strong heat lamp on the top. They are more of a nocturnal creature so they’ll stay inside of a hide spot. And if there’s one mistake people make with these all the time it’s keeping them too hot. They are an animal that comes from a hot area of the planet, no doubt about it. But they do not lay in a lounge chair and try to bask in the sun. They get out of that sun as fast as they can. And they do that by going underground.

So, to keep them happy and healthy, you have to give them, not only a hide spot, but you have to humidify it. What we use usually is clumped up moss. We run it under the faucet and make it very wet, stuff the moss inside of a hide spot, and that’s where the burrow where the animal will stay most of the time. At night is when he comes out and forages, so we put usually a red light over his tank. So, if you own him, you can watch him eat at night. The red light not bothering a reptile. Hopefully, it doesn’t bother you. But he can’t see the red light. He can see the prey, he can sense where it is, and he eats. And you can enjoy the Leopard Gecko at night.

So, this is really an extremely popular animal, totally, totally captive bred. You do not see any imported ones ever because they’re prolific breeders, that’s for sure. The Leopard Gecko has also got one of the softest underbellies of anything I’ve ever felt. A female gecko, if it was to be a pregnant one or a gravid one, as we say in the reptile business, you would actually see the eggs. It’s almost a transparent stomach. So very easy animal to keep and one I would highly recommend, the Leopard Gecko.


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3 Care Tips for Sulcata Tortoises


Let other people have cats and dogs! Jungle Bob is here to show you that owning a pet reptile or amphibian is not as complicated as you might think. In this video, he shares three tips about caring for a Sulcata tortoise, also known as an African spurred tortoise and African spur thigh tortoise.

Certainly, we get a lot of calls from people that want turtles or tortoises as pets. And we love turtles, but the reality of turtles is they swim in water and that’s also where they do their business in the water. So, sometimes, it’s not the most hygienic animal for families that have young children. We tend to move them towards tortoises, which are land creatures.

And, often times, it’s an easy decision to pick up an animal as cute as a baby Spur Thigh Tortoise. This is adorable because it’s so cute and if you look at it closely, you’re going to want to buy this because it’s got a cute face, it eats grass, vegetables, fruits of that nature, and it’s an easy purchase.

Although you should buy an animal that’s over four inches by law, often times, these animals are sold in pet stores to unsuspecting owners, who think either, A, he’s going to stay in a small fish tank, therefore, he’s going to stay small or, B, that he can’t possibly get that big. Well, the reality is these tortoises grow fast. And though they’re long-lived, it doesn’t take more than five, ten years before you’ve got quite a nightmare on your hands.

So, this can quickly turn into this. And this is something you really have to think twice about before owning. This is cute. This could be a nightmare. If you’re an apartment dweller or living in the northern latitudes of the United States, where you can’t let this thing out during the winter months, he’s in your house, and it’s the equivalent of owning a pony in your house. That’s how much he eats and that’s how much he’s going to make his business.

So, you’ve really got to think twice when you’re buying something as small as this, as to what species is it. African Spur Thigh Tortoises, this is still a young one. He’s going to get three to four times larger than this and live a century and a half. You have to will it to your great-grandchild the day you buy it.

So, if that’s your idea of a quality pet, go for it. Otherwise, look at the many other species of tortoises that are available that do stay a reasonable size. The Sulcata Tortoise is a magnificent animal, but I don’t think it really makes the best pet.


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Tips for Chameleons


Let other people have cats and dogs! Owning a pet reptile or amphibian is not as difficult as you might think. However, Jungle Bob says a chameleon is one of the exceptions. In this video, he explains why.

Chameleons are sought-after pets and I really have to interview people long and hard to make sure they know what they’re getting into. Because of all the animals in the pet world, chameleons are certainly the hardest to stay alive. By nature, they’re extremely skittish.

You see this one doesn’t want to be out in the limelight here he doesn’t like the bright lights that are on him. He wants to be in a tree and he wants to hide. But that’s not possible today, so he’ll be okay for a few minutes.

As a keeper, he needs a couple of things to keep him alive. First, they really don’t do well in a glass enclosure. Chameleons like airflow so a screen is much better for them. A screened enclosure where the air can flow through is great. They can also grab on to the screen with their nails and climb all around, it which they can’t do with glass.

Worse than that, though, in order to keep them happy is they will need a water source to drink from and that is not a bowl. Chameleons like this do not drink from standing water. They drink drips. When it rains they drink as much water as they can. But the only other water they get is basically dew in the morning that will form on the leaves and will start to drip off of it. And we will often see them licking the leaves inside their enclosures to get their moisture.

If we forgot to mist them and forget to put that moisture on, put a bowl of water and go away for three days, they will die of thirst. They do not know enough to go down to a standing body of water and take a drink. Some species yes, Veiled chameleons, no.

So, you really have to be a diligent keeper and keep your animal watered as best as possible. There are a number of devices on the market to do that automatically. But there’s nothing like an old plant Mister that you use with your hand to make sure your lizard is drinking every day. As they get to know you they will take it right out of the end of the bottle in order to get their much needed water source.

Chameleons are really an advanced lizard keepers pet. You cannot be a beginner and keep a chameleon happy. They have very fragile legs and arms. They need to be totally camouflaged and have places to hide inside or they become very short-lived. Even in the best of conditions chameleons are not long-lived creatures. Some only a couple of years. Some, five, six, seven years is about as much as you’re going to get as chameleon pet. So, a wonderful, “Wow, what is that?” type of animal, but extremely fragile and you have to think twice whether or not you want to buy a chameleon.

Of all the chameleon species veiled chameleons are absolutely the most hearty. The males actually this beautiful crest on top of their hand. And they can actually be taught to eat out of your hand by holding the food item here. They’ll shoot it out of your hand. He’s a little bit too nervous to do it today, but he’ll eat it right out of your hand and that’s a wonderful thing to observe in captivity. So there’s the veiled chameleon, one of the best chameleons on the market.


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