take good care of your pets. keep them warm and happy. feed them the right stuff. pet them and tell them how much you love them and how good they are. you are all this animal has. they love you and their life is in your hands. don’t take your pets for granted.
Any good reptile vet worth their salt would not say
‘As long as the lizards needs are met they would be fine on sand’
Impaction is always a risk no matter what, do not risk ur reptiles health for a 'natural’ look that isn’t even their natural habitat.
Keep ur reptiles on safe substrate like tile, paper towel, etc.
That is all.
I know with the reptile breeding season starting, a lot of people get really interested in hatching out their own cute little baby reptiles! There are plenty of reasons to breed your reptiles, but I think a lot of prospective breeders don’t take the time to consider the possibilities for problems that arise from breeding. This is mainly for animals that have large pet populations - ball pythons, leopard geckos, bearded dragons, crested geckos, etc., but can apply to many other species as well. Here are a few reasons why you should reconsider breeding your pets.
1. Breeding takes a toll. It’s important to be well versed on reptile body condition, general health, proper breeding weights, and ages before pairing up your reptiles. Pair them too early, and the potential for breeding related complications drastically increases. Egg binding, calcium crashes, death of the mother, failure to regain weight, poor calcification of the eggs, and hatchlings that fail to thrive can all be issues that pop up from breeding unhealthy or unfit animals. Are you prepared to deal with these issues, both emotionally and financially? Are your animals healthy enough to deal with the strain on their bodies?
2. Are your reptiles “breeder quality”? A lot of people want to breed their reptiles to see the cute babies they produce! This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s important to keep in mind that if your animals aren’t prime examples of their morph (or if you don’t know the morph or genetic history of the animal) they shouldn’t be bred. One of the reasons is…
3. The market is flooded with “pet quality” and unhealthy animals looking for homes. Do you really want to contribute to overproduced populations of animals seeking homes? If you aren’t able to sell your animals you have to be prepared to house however many you produce for the entirety of their lives. Is it ethical for you to be breeding pet quality animals?
4. Breeding is inherently expensive and you are unlikely to make a profit, even if you’re breeding top quality animals. You’ve got to buy incubators, thermostats, hatchling racks, breeder quality animals, feeders for those animals, cleaning supplies, husbandry supplies, etc! That’s just scratching the surface of the things you need before you begin breeding!
5. Always keep in mind the reason you want to breed your reptiles. If your reason is “because I want to” with no real goal in mind, you probably aren’t ready to breed them.
((this post isn’t directed at anyone in particular, it’s just something I see happen every year when the breeding season begins!))
So, to practice my skills, I’d like to do a giveaway of one (1) custom pet portrait with the pet’s name on a wood slab. It can be any type of pet reptile, amphibian, mammal, anything! 🦎🐍🐠🐕🐈
The rules are:
you have to be following me
only reblogs count as an entry
you can reblog as much as you want
you’ll have to send me a few pictures of your chosen pet
must send me address if chosen
the giveaway ends July 10th and the winner will be notified at 1PM MST
@tser What’s wrong with Brian’s channel? It’s Brian Barczyk right? Cuz I watch it a good amount and if it’s misleading I’d like to know why so I don’t do the wrong stuff when I get a snake or gecko. ☹️
Ah, he’s not only giving wrong information, he is abusive to his animals.
He has giant snakes and lizards (monitors) in tiny drawers, he has filthy tiny tubs for all his animals, tubs full of leopard geckos and bearded dragons (should not be cohabbed), he promotes irresponsible handling (his poor care makes his snakes very defensive etc.), and is generally all around an awful guy to people who interact with him including in person. He set up an “experiment” to “prove” something that was set up so poorly and biased it didn’t prove anything but I still hear people quoting it.
His animals are also extremely low quality which he floods the market with because he is basically the reptile equivalent of a puppy mill.
He withholds information (Mr. Smooth, the scaleless ball python that was super unhealthy, and then the other one which mysteriously disappeared and was never mentioned again).
Some links to others who have discussed it as well (and there are lots of discussions):
Warning: These links do have pictures (screenshots from his videos) of injured animals and feces riddled enclosures and abusive husbandry.
In addition there’s a lot of discussion about him on Board of Inquiry (major breeder review forum) – people have purchased hets that didn’t prove out from him, gotten sick animals, deformed animals, animals with parasites, etc. I can’t handle reading too much of that forum (there’s always going to be some sexist or other disgusting comments from someone somewhere in the thread) but if you search I’m sure you can find it.