Care and Breeding YellowFoot Tortoises – Geochelone

In the Fall of 1997 I decided to start a breeding project to propagate Geochelone denticulata, the Yellowfoot Tortoise from South America. I start with a male specimen I got in Atlanta, a tortoise in captivity for twelve years with no other yellowfoot company. Named “Elmo”, this large male geochelone denticulata is a voracious eater … Read more

Wood Turtles Clemmys insculpta

Name: Wood Turtles Scientific Name: Clemmys insculpta Country of Origin: The wood turtle ranges from Nova Scotia south to northern Virginia and west through southern Ontario and New York to northeastern Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, eastern Minnesota, and northeastern Iowa. What I like best about Wood Turtles is their intelligence. They’re pretty unafraid of people and … Read more

White’s Tree Frog

Scientists and long-time hobbyists the world over are messaging that this system is inaccurate to the White’s natural biology. They are correct. However, it is immensely successful and has been used by many people since it’s presentation. The advantages are that it is easier to heat water than air. It stays clean due to the … Read more

Spotted Turtles – Scientific Name: Clemmys guttata

Country of Origin: In the Northeastern United States, spotted turtles might be found in larger vernal pools, particularly those close to other wetland systems. Spotted turtles move about in search of feeding resources and are apt to feed upon salamander eggs in vernal pools. The spotted turtle is yet another species in decline in North … Read more

Hatching Geochelone Denticulata Breeding Yellow Foot Tortoises

Hatching Geochelone Denticulata (S.A. Yellowfoot Tortoise) This is a pan-shot of the 15 gallon aquarium I modified into an incubator. A thermometer over the water bath shows 82-87 degrees. The eggs are on fluorrescent “egg crate” about two and a half inches above the water’s surface. The water bath is 90 degrees. The airspace the … Read more

Care and Feeding – Crawdads (Crayfish) as pets

Crayfish should be cared for exactly as you would tropical fish, however, you do not need an aquarium heater. In fact, cooler water is preferable for their survival. They prefer their tank to have fish in it, so they can apprehend and eat them. This is included on the one hand to make your more … Read more

Care and Housing Bunnies As Pets 

Found one? You can save baby rabbits if they are provided with a HUMID warm box. (See this article, too) When you find a baby bunny, especially one that’s been apprehended by a predator like your cat – it’s in a bad way. Stress levels are insane. Odds of survival, low. However, add to this, … Read more

How To Trap Turtles

Turtle Trapping For Dummies or How To Trap Turtles This thorough document describes how to trap turtles, including the equipment needed, time of day, where and how to set a trap and what kind of trap to use. Sounds like a lot of fun. Make sure to put the trap in shallow(ish) water. https://drjohnson.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Turtle_Trapping_For_Dummies.pdf

Common Parasites in Reptiles (Illustrated)

I am not the author of the following resource however the document is freely available on the internet and the authors are exhaustively identified throughout the publication. Here’s the “book” which details the majority of reptile parasites. Many species of reptile are mentioned by name with the prevalence of the various infectious agents, but no … Read more

Common Parasites of Reptiles With Deworming Details

Dr Johnson did not write nor does he own the following information which is here PRIMARILY for his library and personal use. Dr Navarre provided this document to a Veterinary conference and it was also published by DVM360. Header and footer information is included to help readers find the original material. There is considerable information … Read more