I realized I did not make a post regarding my female U. thomasi laying eggs. On May 14th she laid 8 rather large eggs. At first I was not sure if all 8 were good, mostly because they were squishy and somewhat deflated. But after just a few short hours they had all plumped up and had pink rings visible on top. I am very excited and hope to have some baby thomasi in a couple short months!
Today a good friend of mine and I set off for a quick trip out east to do some herping. This was a great time and we found a few very cool snakes! Below are a few photos of some of the animals we found.
I am going to try to make a few more trips this year, not 100% sure where to though! Thanks for looking!
A lot of things have been going on here since I returned from my herp trip to California!
Most exciting to me was catching my Uromastyx Thomasi mating. These guys have been a dream of mine for a long time. I did not expect them to breed so soon, which made this a surprise. They spent 10-12 days copulating mostly every day. I can't be certain they mated daily during that time, but I caught them several times and I was not home constantly, so I imagine they likely made use of the time. It's been nearly a month, the female has stopped eating and is digging like crazy, so laying is getting very close. You can see in the pictures below how lumpy she is from the eggs.
Along with this, many of my geckos are laying eggs still. The nephrurus, the banded geckos, and the fat tails are all in full swing. Here are some random pictures from them.
I was fortunate enough to spend the second week of April in Southern California on a great herp trip!
The purpose of this trip was to find Baja Collared Lizards and Chuckwallas as well as find out what other amazing reptiles we could observe. We were able to find Baja Collared Lizards, Chuckwallas, Leopard Lizards, Zebra Tailed Lizards, Side-Blotched Lizards, Granite Spiny Lizards, Coachwhips, Glossy Snakes, Desert Iguanas, Fringe Toed Lizards, Scorpions and several other animals.
One interesting event we witnessed was a large adult female Leopard Lizard hunting an adult Zebra Tailed Lizard. We were hiking a wash area and spooked the Zebra Tailed and a chase ensued. Both lizards dove into a crevice, so who knows if the Zebra Tailed got away!
This trip was both relaxing and educational. I learned so much on this trip and I can't wait to do it again! Fortunately, I was also able to obtain a very nice pair of Chuckwallas for my own collection. I will have pictures of them up very soon once they settle in.
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Woke up this morning and checked the incubator to find these two awesome little geckos running around. These Nephrurus Wheeleri Cinctus babies are the first hatchlings of that species for me, so I am very excited!
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I came home yesterday evening to find my first ever Nephrurus Amyae had hatched!
This species had been out of my price range for a long time, but I always wanted to keep and breed them. To open the incubator and see the first hatchling was really joyful! Coolest geckos ever!
This also happens to be the first hatchling of the 2014 season for me. Next in line should be Nephrurus Wheeleri Cinctus and hopefully followed up by some Uromastyx in the months to come!
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It's amazing to see how much a lizard's color can change with temperature and/or mood. It seems that every lizard I have ever kept, from the smallest gecko to the largest iguana or monitor, have a range of color that tends to change based on temperature, mood, and season.
I thought it would be interesting to post some example photos of just how much change can occur in one lizard throughout the course of an average day.
Below are some picture examples: The pictures are of my male uromastyx thomasi, Borris. My male uromastyx ornata, Frank. And my male uromastyx flavofasciata, Bacon. The first picture of each is the more average color, mostly because of it being early in the day and they are still cold. The next picture or two is the color they show for between 1-3 hours a day due to them being more "fired up" from a lot of activity at optimum body temperature or showing some breeding behavior. Not quite as impressive as a panther chameleon, but dramatic none the less!
Here are a few shots of the two species of Knobtail geckos that I keep. Nephrurus Amyae and Nephrurus Wheeleri Cinctus. My geckos came from a few different sources, and I hope to get more in the future. They have started breeding, and I have eggs from both species incubating.
This is my first year working with these geckos and I am fascinated by them. The Amyae have a very interesting raspy growl and push up style display they use when they are upset or startled. The wheeleri go through very dramatic color changes throughout the day. Some nights they are almost pure white and black banded but then go back to their normal pink and red during the day. The Amyae I have been feeding mostly dubia roaches and some super worms while the wheeleri seem to prefer crickets and super worms.
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I have been throwing around the idea of making a reptile related blog for some time now. It feels great to finally have it up and running. I think there are plenty of good reptile sites and blogs out there, and I have always wanted to contribute in some way. Reptiles have been a part of my life since childhood. And although I wouldn't necessarily consider myself an expert just yet, the sharing of experiences can always be beneficial. That's what this blog is about, and partially it's to help me keep records of my progress.
To kick things off, I would like to share something I offer my uromastyx at feeding time. It is very common for uromastyx owners to grind up Mazuri Brand Tortoise Chow and sprinkle it on the top of greens. While this is great, I started to do it a little differently. I still offer the Mazuri Tortoise Chow, but I grind it into small pieces and offer it a few times a week on a bowl, sometimes wet (for the record, this was at the advice of UroVers). I no longer offer this on their greens. My uromastyx are a little picky about having stuff on top of their greens. They will eat a little less when something powdery and dry is on the food. Instead I take ZooMed brand Grassland Tortoise Chow, grind it up into a powder and sprinkle this on the bottom of the bowl underneath the greens.
Below you can see an example picture of the ground chow, the chow on the food bowl and a picture of a female uromastyx thomasi feeding on greens with the chow underneath.
I started doing this to help keep the food from sticking to the bottom of the bowl. As a benefit, the chow sticks to the bottom of the greens as they eat it. I don't know that this is of any major benefit, but the lizards don't seem as picky as when it's on top of the salad. I have also heard many stories about uromastyx and chuckwallas getting infections in their mouths from Mazuri Chow sticking to the insides of lips and gums. Perhaps this is caused by the greens wetting the chow. I don't know with certainty, but I don't want to take the risk.
The uromastyx can also be seen snacking on the small bits of grass and hay from the ZooMed brand Chow after the food bowl has been emptied. This kind of added variation in the diet is probably a very good thing.
Below you will see a picture of my male Uromastyx Thomasi, Borris. He's the king ;]
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