How to make sure your Snake or Lizard stays inside its vivarium.

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Take pictures of your snake, especially any distinguishing markings

Don’t turn your back on an opened vivarium. “Just for a minute” is all the time your snake needs to exit the vivarium and disappear into the house somewhere

Keep snake cages beyond the reach of small children and pet


If you use a glass terrarium with a screen or mesh lid, make sure the lid has clamps to keep it secure. If you can force a crevice or lift the screen with your finger, the snake can probably do the same with its head

When using a vivarium designed for reptiles, keep all latches or clasps secured at all times

If possible, create double security by keeping your snake vivarium in an escape-proof room in your house

Use a vivarium designed specifically for snakes or other reptiles. These vivariums are built to be as escape-proof as possible

How to prevent your tortoise going missing.

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You should photo both the carapace and particularly the plastron (tummy) as this is like a tortoise thumbprint. Also photograph any striking individual features in detail e.g. missing limbs, double scutes, chips in the shell etc 

If your pet is healthy you should consider micro-chipping your pet in the summer months. The best place to place a chip is in the back left limb

Check all boundaries on a daily basis for damage or collapse. Boundaries of enclosures should be high enough to prevent the tortoise from climbing over, and as smooth as possible to eliminate any foothold. Avoid corners if possible, as tortoises are surprisingly good climbers, and can ‘chimney’ up corners – if you do have them consider placing a ‘lid’ over this area to prevent escape

Make sure all boundaries are solid and can’t be seen through – wire and plastic/glass are no good as the tortoise will constantly try to get through

Tortoises, unlike turtles, are unable to swim. If you have a garden pond, this should be fenced off or covered over to prevent the tortoise from falling in

Fences/walls should also be dug 2 inches below the surface, as this is likely to deter most species of tortoise from burrowing out

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