Hot Reptiles How-Tos

How To: Create a desert tortoise habitat

If you need to make a desert tortoise habitat you should be sure to do it properly since they are endangered animals. Desert tortoises like to eat plants because 90% of their diet should come from natural grasses. You should make sure they have dandelion, muellen and a bit of alfalfa. You can also feed them lettuce and make sure they get the right vitamins. You also need to make sure the soil is right for the desert tortoise. To build a habitat properly you need PVC pipes and slice these in h...

How To: Check the health of your bearded dragon lizard

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is certainly the case with your Bearded Dragon. In this program, Host Israel Dupont and Herpetologist Hillary discuss the most important aspects of your dragon's health, including proactive suggestions for maintaining your pet's well-being and avoiding those costly visits to the veterinarian.

How To: Make a terrarium waterfall at home

If you own any bored reptiles and want to zest up their terrarium environment on a budget, this video will teach you how to make a cool waterfall for their terrarium using basic materials. It should take a couple of hours, and the results are very pretty (depending on your painting skills) and sure to entertain any small-to-medium-sized lizard. Not recommended for dinosaurs.

How To: Care for an Iguana Without a Cage

First of all, I would like you all to meet my good friend Iggy. There he is, in all his scaly reptilian glory. As you can see, he spends a lot more time on top of his cage than inside of it. You see, Iggy here doesn't deal well AT ALL with confinement. I don't know if it's possible for a lizard to be claustrophobic, but if it is possible, then Iggy definitely is. When his previous owner gave him to me, I tried to keep him in the cage, but I quickly realized that it was a bad idea. When confin...

How To: Set up a habitat for a baby Green Iguana

Possibly the most popular reptile pet in the world, the Green Iguana is beautiful and interesting lizard. Senior Herpetologist Ron Dupont passionately conducts a four-part tutorial on the lizard's habitat, lighting, diet and health. Ron, with the aid of his daughter Hillary, begins the tutorial on creating an iguana habitat, covering topics like enclosure choice, substrate concerns, background decoration, plants, and wood piece.

How To: Build a habitat for your Leopard Gecko

Do you know what part of the world the Leopard Gecko comes from? Does it like its home to be dry, wet, or somewhere in between? Do they like to climb trees and plants? Follow Host Hillary Dupont and ReptilesTV's Senior Herpetologist Ron Dupont as they discuss the environmental and habitat needs of your Leopard Gecko.

How To: Spot problems in an African Spur-thighed tortoise

How do you examine a tortoise to determine its level of health? Does the tortoise need real sunlight or is a UV lamp alone adequate? Is dog food okay as a diet item? What about mites? How can you determine the sex of the tortoise? All this and more is answered by Herpetologist Hillary Dupont, with the help of Host Israel Dupont.

How To: Care for snakes and build a snake habitat

Watch and learn how to make your very own snake habitat. This is an OUTDOOR habitat and not one for an indoor pet snake. It may look like a pile of sticks but apparently, if you build it, they will come... Hosted by David and Molly from the Discovery Channel's Backyard Habitat. Care for snakes and build a snake habitat.

How To: Design an African spur-thighed tortoise habitat

Join Host Israel Dupont with herpetologist Hillary Dupont as they discuss creating a habitat for your African spur-thighed/G. Sulcata tortoise. Hillary explains the tortoise's natural geographic location, its environmental requirements. And she and Israel begin designing the habitat with the substrate (bedding) and décor/enrichment elements.

How To: Use the Solarmeter 6.2 for reptile habitats

In this video, we learn how to use the Solarmeter 6.2 for reptile habitats. This is the most accurate hand held meter on the market. Make sure you use UV blocking sunglasses while using this. This type of light will provide the reptile with needed vitamin D. Make sure you set this up without the reptile in the cage. Move the device until you find the center, then see how far down the UV light goes. Move the light according to where the light hits. Check until you have the right amount of ligh...

How To: Handle encounters with poisonous reptiles in the wild

The Bigfoot Field Guide presents an Informational Video about Dangerous Creatures-Snakes, Lizards, Spiders and Scorpions. This video is designed to let people know about what types of creatures out there are poisonous in the event they come across one in the field. Learn how to handle encounters with dangerous snakes, scorpions, lizards, and other poisonous creatures out in the wild by watching this video tutorial.

How To: Care for Green Iguanas

Our expert, Nichole Bragg, shows you how to care for a pet iguana. Learn how to handle this lizard, and learn the best diet of an iguana. Nichole shows you how to spot a healthy iguana and how to tell the difference between males and females. She also shows you how to build a habitat for your iguana.

How To: Build a turtle raft

Learn how to build a turtle raft to attract water turtles for sun bathing. Pull in an old raft and rebuild it to withstand continuous use for the next couple of years. Turtles use it almost immediately. This is nature watching made simple! The turtles using this raft are Eastern Painted and Red-Eared Sliders.

How To: Build a bearded dragon habitat

Creating a safe and appropriate environment for your bearded dragon requires knowledge of the animal's place of origin, as well as elements of an artificial habitat that enrich the lizard's daily living. Host Israel Dupont and herpetologist Hillary Dupont take you through step by step in what turns out to be a fun experience of science mixed with reptile interior decorating.

How To: Survive a venomous snake bite

In this series of outdoor safety videos, our expert on venomous snakes tells you how to treat a snake bite. You will learn what to do if you get bitten and how to use an extractor to remove the venom. But your first priority is to keep from getting bit in the first place.

How To: Make money-saving standing reptile plants

Reptiles come from a variety of biomes, but certain reptiles, like snakes and lizards, do prefer a wet, tropical environment with lots of tree and bush cover. Because they feel more at home in this kind of environment, you must try to simulate their preferred surroundings when you take one home as a pet.

How To: Handle a king cobra

Have an urge to handle a highly toxic snake? In this clip from the Discovery Channel series, "Hazard Pay," host Curt Doussett tries to handle a thirteen foot King Cobra snake named Elvis, and what happens next? He drops him. Maybe we should leave the snake handling to the professionals? Handle a king cobra.

How To: Raise Black Throat monitors

In this video series, watch as reptile expert Shawn Fay teaches all about the Black Throat Monitor. Gain a knowledge of their history, how they breed, what they eat, how to find a cage, how to heat and light a cage, and how to keep the reptile healthy.

How To: Care for baby corn snakes

Follow Mark Amey's step by step guide to looking after your corn snake as a baby and watch it eat a mouse whole. Corn snakes are placid, non-poisonous snakes and are good pets if you haven't owned a snake before. You will need a heat mad, thermometer, tank approximately 35cm x 18cm (14in x 7in), and a thermostat. This video will teach you about housing and bedding, handling, diet, cleaning, exercise and play, and health so that you are prepared to take care of your new exotic pet. Care for ba...

How To: Check your Green Iguana for health problems

You don't have to have a university degree to understand the basics of Iguana health and wellness. Let our expert show you in this first section on iguana health how to examine the animal's body, from teeth to tail tip, to determine its measure of health and how to deal with problems. Ron also advises on when it is best to consult a veterinarian.

How To: Care for a hognose snake

In this video series, our expert Brian Kleinman, will show you how to care for hognose snakes. If you have been searching for a snake or other exotic pet, let our expert teach you about the history and facts of this great snake as a pet.

How To: Build a backdrop for a reptile terrarium

A well-designed terrarium is essential for the health of your reptiles. This how-to video demonstrates the process of making a backdrop for your pet's terrarium. Start out by lining the aquarium with strips of bark. Then use caulk to secure them into place, and allow to dry for 36 hours. Apply eco-dirt to the bark, and then shake and brush off the excess. Watch this video pet care tutorial and learn how to build a backdrop for a reptile terrarium. Build a backdrop for a reptile terrarium - Pa...

How To: Set up a snake cage

In this video series, learn from snake expert Johan Svahnström how to set up a snake cage for your pet snake. Johan will teach you how to choose a snake cage, where to place a snake cage in your home, what type of substrate to put in your pet snake cage, and how to choose snake cage furniture.

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