The following are a selection of links to various sites of interest. I'm not trying to be comprehensive here; just some of the sites that I have visited and consider the information given (at the time I looked) to be generally reasonable (although I don't necessarily agree with everything in them!). Most also have further links on them. Please note that I have no control over any of these sites and am not responsible for any information provided by them.
Current topical sites
Sites of topical interest
External articles of interestExcellent article on ultraviolet light for herps in captivity - must read for herp keepers!
Breathing in amphibians
ALL amphibian and reptile keepers should read this on herps and exotic diseases
Sites primarily of interest to veterinary staff
Greendale Laboratories (veterinary laboratory experienced with exotic animal samples)
Societies - Veterinary
British Veterinary Zoological Society
Association of Reptilian & Amphibian Veterinarians
American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Association of Avian Veterinarians
World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association
General Herptile information sites
Sites providing information on keeping various herptiles. This is not to say that I necessarily agree with everything on them, but I would consider the information on them generally reasonable.
Some of the club/society pages below, particularly the chelonia society pages, often have lots of useful care info on them as well.
Yahoo groups are available for a wide range of species and subjects. They are often good to get a range of different views, although you do need to be a bit selective in what you believe. Similarly there are lots of pages of forums, some of which are listed below. I would especially recommend UVB_meter_Owners.
Nowadays there is often more activity on facebook groups, ones I am aware of that I would generally recommend include Reptile lighting, Advancing herpetological husbandry, Reptelligence-Reptile enrichment, training and education
Melissa Kaplan's web page - massive set of very useful and informative pages on all aspects of herptile keeping.
Caudata.org- excellent site on all aspects of amphibian keeping
Marc Staniszewski's Amphibian pages
Richard & Emma's tortoise info page
Captive bred reptile forums - forums on various species and aspects of herp and invertebrate keepingFrog forum - care sheets and forum on amphibians (mainly frogs & toads)
Herptile Society sites
Sites run by various herpetological societies.
British Herpetological Society
Portsmouth Reptile & Amphibian Society
Berkshire Reptile Rescue
Lenny's lizards reptile rescue
British Chelonia Group
Tortoise Protection Group
Invertebrate societies/information sites
British Tarantula Society
American tarantula societyPet snails forum
Fish information sites
Info on seahorses - fusedJaw has a lot of information and articles.
Seahorse.org has information and articles
There is a useful forum on seahorses at seahorse.com
Goodbirdinc - Very good website with lots of info on parrot behaviour
World Parrot Trust
U.K Parrot Society
WING CLIPPING - Please note that I do not generally recommend wing
clipping for several reasons (potential stress to the bird - these are
naturally flighted animals, potential for resulting behavioural issues,
potential for resulting feather plucking, variable effect of clipping
in different birds/clips, never fully reliable, changes rather than
eliminates the dangeers the bird is exposed to in the house, makes bird
more vulnerable if it does escape).
If considering this, please feel free to discuss it with me, or research online - some information of relevance: clipping parrot wings a,
Sites of various suppliers of publications and accessories. Although I am not endorsing all the goods/services provided here, I do use (or have used) all these suppliers/services personally, although not necessarily recently.
Vetark (vitamin/mineral supplements)
Oregon scientific wireless thermometers - various sources, e.g. Amazon
Ultraviolet meters - www.solarmeter.com. If seriously considering these, I suggest looking at Reptile lighting.Local petshops - Evolution reptiles
DEFRA (Government Department for environment, food and rural affairs ) - see here for information on legislation, public health issues etc
CITES controls UK (endangered wildlife trade/transport controls)
Note if selling a CITES-controlled species (e.g. most
Mediterranean tortoises), you need to read/be aware of the information
at DEFRA HERE - the summary guidance is HERE and more complete guidance HERE. If someone is gifting you such an animal, you should get some evidence - read the preceeding and also consider getting a form here.
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare
The Herpetological Conservation Trust
Amphibian & reptile groups (network of local herptile conservation groups)Seahorse Trust
General pet keeping pages
Pets and Kids info
Informative general article on adopting and caring for rescue animals (note article is hosted by a commercial company which I do not comment on).
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