Tag Archives: amphibia

Potential Amphibian Ban! Emergency Radio Show!

12 Dec

Listen to the EMERGENCY RADIO SHOW NOW!

Just got the following via email yesterday from USARK

ALERT: DEADLINE Public Comment Amphibian Listing!

DEADLINE Thursday December 16, 2010

The deadline for the USFWS public comment period regarding the the listing of ALL Amphibians on the Injurious Wildlife list of the Lacey Act is NEXT Thursday at 11:59 PM. EVERYONE NEEDS TO COMMENT!!

The following are guidelines from USARK to the Reptile Nation on “How To” make a highly effective public comment on the USFWS Notice of Inquiry (NOI) entitled, Injurious Wildlife Species; Review of Information Concerning a Petition To List All Live Amphibians in Trade as Injurious Unless Free of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. It is extremely important that you make public comment! Your comments should be thoughtful and pertinent. Please DO NOT plead for your animals, complain about fairness, or give your political philosophy regarding regulation. If you have put a lot of thought and effort into your comments please email to USARK so we can see them. Read below for the best suggestions of “How To” make public comment.

***If you know any government agency scientists, university academics, veterinarians or zoo professionals please request they make public comment by the deadline!!!

USARK Recommendations for Making Public Comment:

• It is highly suggested that your comments be original and written by you. There seems to be confusion about ‘How To’ and ‘Where To’ make comment. The following is ‘step by step’ on how to make a fast and easy comment:
1. Go to the government portal.
2. Fill in the fields for Name, Country, City and Postal Code. Ignore the rest of the fields.
3. Copy the Sample Letter below. Modify it with your own comments (HIGHLY SUGGESTED). Save it into a Word, Works, Note Pad or PDF file. Click the Browse button on the Attach File field and download your file. (you can not cut & paste more than 2000 characters into govt portal)
4. If you are a business copy Sample Letter onto company letterhead and save as a Word, Works, Note Pad or PDF file. Click the Browse button on the Attach File field and download your file. (if you are NOT a business skip step 4)
5. Click Submit button. You’re Done! (If you are successful you will get a confirmation number)

***If your comment is more than 2000 characters save it to a Word file or PDF and use the ‘Attach File’ field at the government portal to upload your document.

——– CLICK HERE TO GO TO GOVERNMENT PORTAL ——– http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#submitComment?R=0900006480bb062b

The Snakes Have Entered The Building! San Diego Reptile Supershow

11 Jul

It’s early morning; I am standing in a parking structure above the city.  There are colored concrete buildings festooned with their painted advertisements of bygone years surrounding me.  The paint now faded and peeling away, falls silently into the vine like streets of Downtown San Diego California.  There’s a secret below me, it’s a place where serpents and dragons carouse among giant millipedes, Basilisk, and Bird eating spiders.  For some, this place might be a horror show.

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Heat “The Goldilocks Principle of Herpetoculture” Part VI

16 Jun

We come now to the point of controlling the heat.  Thermostats and rheostats are both options when controlling any type of heat source.  For those who are mechanically inclined, you can build your own rheostat set-up with just some wire and a lamp dimmer switch purchased at any home improvement or hardware store.  It is then a matter of simply turning the knob to either increase or decrease the heat as needed.  These controllers in my experience have a tendency to freeze/burn their internal contacts into a set position when being used at a stable temperature.

The other option is a thermostat which can be purchased either from Helix Controls or Big Apple Herpetological supply.  Helix controls are just thermostats which keep the heating element at a constant temperature and turn off when that temperature is reached.  As with all thermostats they have a probe which is placed underneath the basking area to monitor the temperature constantly.

The Big Apple brand of thermostat is one which uses a technology they call “pulse proportional.”  This means the thermostat operates at a lower than normal setting through a pulsing signal and never actually shuts it off completely but dims it so to speak the heating element a longer lifespan.  They also have a nighttime temperature drop system which allows the temperature to be automatically dropped to a preset level(s) automatically allowing the vivarium to experience a more natural fluctuation of temperature.

In my experience such thermostats are most applicable to commercial breeders and those that use heaters such as mercury vapor, metal halide, and radiant heat panels.  These elements are capable of putting out a more intense heat than the normal incandescent style of heating elements.

After reading this article you should have a clear understanding of all the available elements used to heat reptile, amphibian, and insect pets.  No matter what “style” of element you choose you must provide an external heat source for your pet so that they may thermoregulate as needed.  When you’re done reading this I would also suggest that you read the article on reptile lighting as well as the two practices are synonymous with reptile health and neither can ever be ignored.