For years, dedicated reptile and amphibian keepers have tried to replicate the natural habitat of their pets, but this has largely been done sight unseen, until now. Join Myke Clarkson as he travels to the biomes of the ancestors of our captive bred reptiles and amphibians. Watch and learn as he takes field measurements and studies their natural environment to help improve the quality of their care at home. Shot in cinema quality 8K by veteran wildlife filmmakers, this will be an adventure you won't want to miss!
Episode 1: Radiated Rat Snake
June 20, 2018
In this episode, Myke travels to a rice paddy in Indonesia in search of a Radiated Rat Snake, whose captive bred cousins are a very popular pet in the US. Along the way, another local snake works his way into the spotlight.
Radiated Rat Snakes are hardy animals who do well in captivity, and can adapt to lots of habitats. On average, this type of snake can grow to 4-6 feet long. While this particular snake was found in a rice paddy, they also thrive in forests. Radiated Rat Snakes enjoy feeding on small mammals and smaller reptiles. These snakes are a member of the Colubridae family, which is the largest family of snakes. While most colubrids are non-venomous there are some dangerous exceptions like the African Boomslang.
In search of a Radiated Rat Snake, Myke also runs into a Javan Spitting Cobra. The average size for this cobra is about 4-5
Basking Temperature: 91.2°F (88°F-95°F Range)
Night Temperature: 79.4°F (75°F-82°F Range)
Humidity: 83.5% (70-90% Range)
While snakes are not as prone to UV related metabolic bone issues as lizards, more recent findings suggest it may still be necessary for many diurnal species.
Basking is important not just for heat but also for UV. UVA and UVB are vital for everything from digestion to calcium absorption. When you buy a UV bulb, be sure to mark the box so you know when it’s time to change it.
Episode 2: Water Monitor
July 20, 2018
In this episode, Myke travels to a river in Java, an island of Indonesia, in search of a water monitor. Water monitors are one of the largest, and arguably most intelligent, lizard species on Earth. The average size for a water monitor is about three to six feet long. The one Myke finds is still young and will grow larger. Water monitors can be found in riverbanks and swamps and feed on fish and semi-aquatic animals.
Water monitors have thick paddle tails which help them move quickly through the water. They are also very good at climbing trees and moving swiftly across
Water monitors are not a beginner pet because they grow quite large and need a lot of space. In fact, their enclosure requires three microhabitats: water to swim, a large climbing area and an additional space for basking.
During this adventure, Myke also finds a black marsh turtle, a neighbor of the water monitor. These turtles grow to about 7-8 inches and live in marshes and muddy rivers where they feed on invertebrates.
Basking Temperature: 90°F (88°F-95°F Range)
Night Temperature: 75°F (75°F-82°F Range)
Humidity: 90% (70-90% Range)
A turtle will pollute its own water much faster than most fish species, making it important to have a heavy duty turtle or reptile filter in your enclosure. In addition, cold water can make even the healthiest of reptiles lethargic, so be sure to maintain appropriate aquatic temperatures.