Respiratory Infections in Reptiles

For those who keep reptiles as captive pets respiratory infections are of most prevalent ailments seen today. Because of this simple fact we asked our ‘in house’ veterinarian Dr. Sean McCormack to discuss with us in depth about the issue. Without going too much into detail and spoiling the piece. We are giving you this article on respiratory infections in reptiles as free download. This preview is directly taken from the magazine itself and is one of our most talked about works when it comes to reptile care. As far as we know, no other media has ever covered this issue this in-depth outside of a veterinary manual.

“Respiratory diseases in captive reptiles are all too common unfortunately and are a great source of frustration for owners and vets alike, as well as being a serious welfare concern for the animals affected. There are many causes including parasitic, bacterial, viral and fungal infections as well as traumatic injury, tumours and cardiac disease. Reptile respiratory disease is often more severe and difficult to treat than in mammals due to differences in anatomy and physiology, outlined below. As a vet with a special interest in reptiles, I often look at online herpetological forums. Treatment of respiratory infections, or R.I’s, is one of the most frequent topics provoking debate and disagreements, prompting criticism of vets as well as hobbyists, and often resulting in potentially harmful or at least misleading information being spread by so called experts. I am writing this article to provide an overview on respiratory conditions and treatments in reptiles. Hopefully this will give a better understanding of how such conditions can be prevented, what to look for when they do occur, how they can be treated and why they can be so difficult to treat. I will also attempt to dispel any misconceptions and answer some of the most common questions I encounter in clinical practice as well as on hobbyist forums. Similarly I will try to explain the decision making process and give an insight from the vet’s side of the consult table as I do see this as an area where the vet-client relationship is frequently strained due to poor communication on both sides.”

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Reptile Veterinarian Awareness

Reptile Veterinarian Awareness is not something that we often think about when we purchase a reptile and this topic actually was brought up in one of the social networks in a conversation with John Paul of Infinity Reptiles when discussing another article I had done regarding the medicating of reptiles in captivity. I of course thought this was a brilliant idea and one that every single person who is considering the ownership of a reptile must absolutely take into consideration. Myself am lucky enough to know many local vets who specialize in reptiles and amphibians but never thought of those first time buyers as John pointed out that may not have the same access to those resources. So I asked John to write about his experience for the magazine and below you can now download the article as it appears in the magazine. If you still haven’t subscribed to the magazine 2013 is the time to do so we are going to have a banner year with some new expansion coming and some amazing authors taking us through the year. Now then before downloading the article I would be remiss if we didn’t make it known that Dr. McCormack is available to answer all your herpetoculture needs right there in the Contact Us button to the left of the screen

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Lillie Nyte Reader Review

Lillie Nyte was one of our first subscribers and has now become a columnist for Herpetoculture House magazine she had this to say when she first started reading.

“Herpetoculture House eZine was made by herp keepers for herp keepers. Their dedication truly shows in the quality articles contained within each issue. The best thing about this zine is that it focuses deeply on proper care of these amazing creatures. All too often information about proper caging and husbandry are glossed over in favor of breeding information or attempts to “sell” a species to those who are unprepared for a life long commitment to these animals. There are also very insightful articles about recent scientific findings and reptile interest (rather than human interest) stories. And the best part is? No need to flip through pages of advertisements as ads are kept to one page at the end of the zine.”

Lillie now authors our Herpetoculture 101 column!

My Observations on the Captive Care of Common Bush Vipers

For issue 5 of Herpetoculture House Magazine Graeme Lotter penned our first piece on captive care of a venomous species. He writes in depth regarding the Captive Care of the Common Bush Viper Atheris squamigera download the complete article for free right here! Graeme takes us on a journey within the world of the Common Bush Viper in captivity from start to finish as it were, telling us about how they are collected to their behaviors in the captive environment.

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Frank Indiviglio Reviews Herpetoculture House!

Frank Indiviglio


13 August 2012

Review, Herpetoculture House Magazine, V2, I4

Frank Indiviglio, a herpetologist, zoological park consultant, and author of 5 books, has recently retired from a career of over 20 years with the Bronx and Staten Island Zoos.  Frank writes and manages ThatReptileBlog, where he addresses amphibian, invertebrate, and reptile conservation, natural history and captive care, and answers readers’ questions pertaining thereto.  His bio is posted at

I must admit to a bit of hesitation upon being asked to review Herpetoculture House Magazine.  As a career herpetologist and lifelong herpetoculturist, I view the explosion of interest in my field with both admiration and skepticism.  On the one hand, wonderful books and magazines have been published in recent years, and these are much appreciated by those of us who grew up scouring libraries and used bookstores for the works of Raymond Ditmars and the other legendary authors.  However, the current prevalence of often poorly-researched and hastily-published books and internet material is very disheartening.  Even in well-respected zoos, where I have spent much of my career, the quality of the entry-level staff often leaves something to be desired (although there are, happily, many serious young people about as well). Continue reading

Herpetoculture 101 by Lillie Nyte

Herpetoculture House Vol. 2 Issue 4 CoverWe at Herpetoculture House recently expanded our magazine to include several new columns such as Conservation Concepts, Breeders Spotlight, Jungle Jo’s Activity Pages, & Jim Shiver’s Reptile Journal. Lillie Nyte’s debut of Herpetoculture 101 features Corn Snakes and takes the beginning keeper from A-Z when it comes to understanding this incredibly diverse species as well as the changes in the taxonomy that many are still unaware of today! You can download the entire piece exactly at is it appears in the magazine. After reading it and having your mind blown you can come back and buy the whole issue or even better subscribe!

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African House Snake

Issue #3 of Herpetoculture House brought to us Erik Paterson the author of the African House Snake. Graciously he wrote an article for our magazine which appeared in issue #3 and it was so well received we simply couldn’t not share it with you, so here it is as it appears in the magazine available for a complimentary download Download African House Snake Erik Paterson. To keep up with our magazine and not miss the next great issue why not subscribe!

Carpet Pythons by Bruce Riker: Full Article

Carpet Python Morelia sp.If you are considering keeping the Morelia sp. known as the Carpet Pythons then we suggest you read this incredible article on captive care of Carpet Pythons Morelia sp. written by Bruce Riker. Bruce has numerous years of experience with the species. Download the article now for free! Download Bruce Riker: Carpet Pythons

Field Herping Ethics

When I’m not out in the field stalking snakes and other fascinating creatures, I can often be found teaching Ethics in a classroom at the local community college.  Ethics is a branch of philosophy that focuses on how human beings “ought” to act.  During the last semester I started to think about combining these two interests in terms of “field herping ethics”.  Field herping ethics includes conversation and consideration of the following:  destruction of natural habitat, handling or not handling the animals, dealing with invasive species, and field collecting.  Below I consider each one of these issues.  This is a difficult and heavily debated subject and my goal is simply to illuminate the issues.  I try, when possible, to remain neutral keeping my opinion to myself as I feel it is best for herpers to weight the issues personally.   Continue reading

The Mystery & Nature of Boa Constrictors By Sarah Hagen

General Information: Wild Boas (Boa constrictor) are found throughout central and south america. Most of the boa constrictors in the pet trade are descendants from the variety found in Colombia and central america, often called Colombian or Central American Boas (Both are B. c. imperator). There are many other boas available as well, most of which are the same species but different subspecies because they have evolved into a variety of colors, patterns and sizes depending on their native locality. Some other popular varieties that are often commonly available are True Red-tail Boas from Peru, Guyana, Colombia and Suriname (All are B. c. constrictor), Island Boas such as the Hog Island Boa or the Cay Caulker Boa (Both are B. c. imperator) and Argentine Boas (Boa constrictor occidentalis). Boas are generally found in the humid jungles that exist throughout south and central america, surviving mainly on a diet of rodents and birds. Most boas reach sizes around 8 ft but there are varieties that range in adult size from 4 ft (Central American Boas) to as much as 12+ feet (True Red-tails). Boas can live as long as 30 years with record ages being as high as 40.

Boas As Pets: Boas are probably the perfect pet for someone who wants an easy, exotic, friendly pet. They reach average sizes of 6-10 ft making them extremely impressive yet still manageable for a single individual. Even as babies they are usually extremely tame and even the most nippy individuals can be tamed with minimal handling. They eat only once a week but it is important that the owner is comfortable with the idea of feeding their boa mice, rats or even rabbits or chickens eventually.

Argentine Boa

Housing: A twenty gallon terrarium is an excellent starter size for a baby boa. This size tank will last about a year. Most boas ultimately will need a cage six feet long and about 15-24 inches high. Smaller boas, such as the Central American Boa or the Cay Caulker Boa, can be kept in a smaller four foot long terrarium.

Substrate: The best choice for a boa cage in Arizona is bark. Many books and even some breeders who are based in more humid areas will recommend aspen or newspaper but it tends to be too dry. Reptibark, Eco Earth, or Cypress mulch all make great choices. They will all absorb moisture when misted and help keep the terrarium humid.

Guyana and Suriname True Redtails

Heating: The ambient air temperature in a boa enclosure should be between 80-85 degrees F during the day. At night, the enclosure should not be allowed to drop lower than 78 degrees. The basking spot should be 95-100 degrees. As long as your boa is in a room where it is light enough to have a day and night cycle, fluorescent lighting is not necessary. Heat bulbs or ceramic heat emitters are usually best for daytime lighting. Heat pads, and ceramic heat emitters or a combination of the three can be used at night.