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October 15 2006 Reptiles and Amphibians Newsletter

Greetings! Remember, there is no article next week. Im rehabbing my chinchilla room and working on a big assignment, so Im skipping a weekend. Articles will resume the following week. In the mean time, Ive included show information for this week and next week. Take care!

Newest Article: The Worst of the Worst Beginner Lizards

URL: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art46740.asp

Synopsis: The fourth in a four part series profiling the best and worst beginner lizards. This article features Iguanas, Monitor Lizards, and True Chameleons.

Herp of the Week: Veiled Chameleon

Scientific Name: Chamaeleo Calyptratus

Informational Site: Veiled Chameleon Pet Care Guide

Description: A large, aggressive, beautiful true chameleon. Its one of the easiest to care for, but that doesnt make it easy to care for. Finally, were giving them more comfortable lifestyles, and theyre living longer. When I kept my first veiled (a Metabolic Bone Disease victim prior to coming to live with me) its post MDB survival of 3+ years made it the oldest living member of its clutch. His name was Gordon, and I miss him still.

Chameleons are not for the lazy herp owner. They require multiple prey items, high UV levels, privacy, and moving water. In addition Veileds requires vegetation. If you do decide to tackle a True Chameleon, research thoroughly, give it as large and as well ventilated a cage as possible, feed it well (be picky), and give it plenty of privacy. It will reward you by living a long life.

Site of the Week: Images by Werner Krutein

Review: A small but great collection of monitor images. There are also links to other categories such as salamanders, snakes, and turtles. I highly recommend checking out the salamander images once youre finished with the monitors.

Item of the Week: RepCal Foods

Review: I must state that I am not a huge fan of processed reptile foods unless used when youre boarding your animal or asking someone else to care for it for a short time. Im also not a fan of dyes. Pretty Pet foods notoriously cause loose stool. Those things not withstanding, RepCal is an excellent manufacturer. Its possible they could be using natural methods to produce the colors. I also appreciate that they have formulated the vitamins to make supplementation un-necessary making this an even better food for when you need to board your pet or trust it to a house-sitter. Still, READ the ingredients and watch your animal. Im still wary based on the colors and possible dyes in these processed foods.

Herp Shows this Week:

Date: October 16th 29th


Orlando, FL Oct 21st and 22nd

Peoria, IL Oct 28th
River City Reptile Show

Wheaton, IL Oct 29th
Chicagoland Animal Expo

Indianapolis, IN Oct 29th
Midwest Reptile Show

Valparaiso, IN Oct 28th
Exotic Animal, Reptile, and Bird Swap/Sale

Kalamazoo, MI Oct 21st
Kalamazoo Reptile and Exotic Animal Show

Broken Arrow, OK Oct 21st and 22nd
Oklahoma Reptile Expo

Butler, PA Oct 22nd
Wester PA Reptile Expo

Hamburg, PA Oct 21st
Northwestern Berks Reptile Show and Sale

Providence, RI Oct. 29th
Regals Semi-Annual Sale and Swap
NOTE: If you attend this one, Id love to hear your opinions. Its a new one on my list.

Arlington, TX Oct 28th and 29th
Texas Reptile Expo

Seattle, WA Oct 21-22
Northwest Captive Breeders Expo


Marknesse -Oct 29th
Terrarria Eindhoven/Veldhoven


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This newsletter is a work in progress. Comments and suggestions are welcome. Please feel free to comment either in the forum or in response to this email message. I thrive on your feedback!

Please pass this on to your reptile and amphibian loving friends and family. I'm trying to grow this area, but I need your help!

Peyton Creadick, Reptiles and Amphibians Editor


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