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  1. page Box Turtle edited ... Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Substrate: sphagnum moss and vermiculite |||| T…
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    Husbandry Information
    Housing Requirements
    Substrate: sphagnum moss and vermiculite
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    Humidity
    Requirements
    Lighting
    Requirements
    Daytime:
    70-90°F
    Daytime:
    60-80%
    Daytime:
    Evening:
    Other:
    Basking:
    85-90°F
    Other:
    need at least 5% UVA/UVB lighting

    Diet Requirements
    In the wild, box turtles eat insects and other small creatures (worms and slugs are a favorite,) leafy plants, berries, and other fruts.
    In captivity, they are fed an Omnivore's salad and nightcrawlers.
    Veterinary Concerns
    Juveniles may need extra calcium supplementation as they grow. They're highly carnivorous as juveniles and become less so as adults.
    Notes on Enrichment & Training
    This species enjoys burrowing, so providing deep substrate into which they can burrow is ideal.
    Programmatic Information
    Tips on Presentation
    Never flip over on their backs, but instead raise vertically to show/display their plastron hinge.
    Tips on Handling
    Potential Messaging
    In general, animals seen at the zoo do not make good pets. Most have specialized dietary, veterinary, housing, and social needs that are difficult or impossible for even dedicated pet owners to meet. Always ensure that your future pet has not been taken from the wild. Captured animals are typically mistreated by profit-motivated traffickers and dealers, resulting in many animal deaths; well-meaning animal lovers may feel like they are rescuing animals by purchasing them but are really perpetuating the cruelty. In addition, many exotic pets are released by their owners when they become too dangerous or demanding, often with devastating effects on local ecosystems. Animals that should never be kept as pets include all bats, primates, and exotic carnivores. Birds, fish, and reptiles have specialized needs, are frequently wild-caught, and damage the local environment if released; guests should be advised to educate themselves and proceed with caution. Domestic dogs and cats are almost always the best option! Many deserving animals are available for adoption at animal shelters. http://www.philadelphiazoo.org/Save-Wildlife/Images/PetWalletBro2012.aspx http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/aboutp/pets/index.html
    Acquisition Information
    This species is widely available from wildlife rehabilitators.
    Comments from the Rating System
    Buffalo Zoo: we have the Eastern subspecies
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    Zoo America: Ours are picky eaters!
    Zoo New England, Stone Zoo: A great native species that can be used outside for more of the year. Great adaptations to talk about!
    Brandywine Zoo: We have Eastern subspecies, acquired at ages 2 and 3 yrs from local rehabilitator.
    Natural History Information
    Range and Habitat
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  2. page Uromastyx edited ... http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/aboutp/pets/index.html Acquisition Information There is a group…
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    http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/aboutp/pets/index.html
    Acquisition Information
    There is a group on Facebook called "Uromastyx Club" which has a breeder list in the group files. Can find breeders for many of the various spp. here.
    Comments from the Rating System
    Downtown Aquarium, Denver: Very good for anyone to handle, a little more exotic than bearded dragons. A favorite among staff! More of a touching animal, not as clear messaging.
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  3. page Uromastyx edited ... Notes on Enrichment & Training Be careful with or do not give dried alfalfa or hay. Ours …
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    Notes on Enrichment & Training
    Be careful with or do not give dried alfalfa or hay. Ours will gorge on it.
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    mulberry or hackberry.hackberry, or dandelion greens and flowers (untreated).
    Programmatic Information
    Tips on Presentation
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  4. page Reptiles edited ... Frilled Lizard Mali Spiny-tailed Lizard (aka Uromastyx) Saharan Spiny-tailed Uromastyx/Spi…
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    Frilled Lizard
    Mali Spiny-tailed Lizard (aka Uromastyx)
    Saharan Spiny-tailedUromastyx/Spiny-tailed Lizard
    Iguanas/Chuckwallas
    Blue Spiny Lizard
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