A Hawaiian Day gecko at my house drinking my brother’s orange juice!
(via the-goggles)Source: animalgraphy
White-bellied Worm Lizard (Amphisbaena alba)
is not a snake but a species of Amphisbaenian or worm lizard found throughout South America. Other than their obvious lack of limbs these reptiles live similar lives to their lizard relatives. Moving their loose skin in an accordion-like motion to move around and hunt for their prey.
There have been tons of Caiman Lizard posts on Tumblr and they are becoming much more popular in the pet trade as well. These photos demonstrate the very unusual dentition of the lizards; they have molariform teeth. These teeth evolved to crush a very specialized prey: snails and other hard shelled aquatic creatures.
Anyone purchasing one of these guys needs to be able to provide them with live or fresh frozen snails and other shelled prey items. This can prove very expensive and sometimes hard to do. There are care sheets and reptile folk out there who will say you can convert them to cat food, rat pups, and other prey. Please, do not buy an animal unless you are willing to feed it what it eats in the wild or a very close substitution. Lizards fed dog/cat food and other improper diets often have hepatic lipidosis and other nutritional issues that cause shortened lifespans and health problems. If these guys were meant to be more generalized feeders their teeth would reflect that. Their entire GI systems have evolved to extract nutrients from snails and crustaceans.
In reptile exhibits at zoos these animals are fed snails, crayfish, crabs, and vitamin supplements. I promise that if there was a way to save money and feed something else zoos (especially the herp departments) would do it.
These are really amazing lizards and they can do pretty well in captivity but you must feed them what they are meant to eat. If you are willing and able to do that then more power to you, enjoy them.
(Top photo from Exoticpetvetblog.worpress.com, bottom by Udo M. Savalli)
Preach. Too many people get exotic animals, like skunks or wolves, and thinks they’re going to eat (and act) just like a normal cat or dog. There’s a reason it took thousands of years to domesticate cats and dogs to the point they are today, and why it can’t be done in a singular wild animal.
I’ve seen too many exotic animals go to zoos injured permanently and sick because their previous owners didn’t know how to take care of them. Please, if you want to get an exotic pet, know how to take care of it correctly.
This applies to anyone interested in a fox as a pet, “domesticated” variety or not.