Ithycyphus perineti (X)


Oplurus cyclurus | ©Teza Harinaivo Ramiandrisoa  (Atananarivo, Madagascar)

Oplurus cyclurus (Opluridae), an arboreal Malagasy iguanian lizard, about 15 cm, with a white-bordered black neckband [1]. 


A hatchling Flat-tailed Tortoise bred at our conservation center. This Critically Endangered species belongs in the wilds of the Kirindy Forest. #conservation #tortoise #TurtleConservancy #rare #endangered #turtle #babyanimals #cute #Madagascar


Even if we don’t speak.


Hognose twins by Bryan Box
A message from Anonymous
I don't think reptiles are meant to be pets. They are wild animals and dont provide the same levels that dogs and cats do. Can you use a snake as a therapy amimal? No.





Okay. So I can almost guarantee that you wouldn’t say this about someone’s cute little aquatic turtle or someone’s fish or a tree frog. I’m willing to bet any amount of money that this comes from bias towards snakes because of your ignorant misconceptions. It’s okay to not understand an animal or be afraid of it. It’s not okay to tell me that I’m less deserving of my animals because of your personal issues with them.

As far as them being therapy animals goes, I can and will say that the most calming thing I have the ability to do at home is sit down with olly on my stomach or my lap and run my hands gently down him, which he doesn’t mind at all. My snakes have the ability to let me de-compress in only a few minutes when I’m stressed just by letting me touch them.

People find their own personal therapy jn different ways. Some people do best with therapy dogs and whatnot, some people use sensory objects, some people go on walks, I handle my snakes.

Thanks though.

To add to this, I have TERRIBLE anxiety and the calming effects handling snakes provides me with are what prevents me from having to take anti-anxiety medication. They can be fantastic therapy animals.

Agreed. If I’m near a panic attack taking out any of my snakes sends it away almost immediately. 

Reptiles can make incredible therapy animals, especially for people with allergies to fur. I’ve brought Ngarehu with me to my Mom’s hospice and the residents there were active and interested in learning more about him. He was able to make connections to people who weren’t able to connect to an active and bouncy puppy.

Personally, I find him very soothing to handle as well. In public, when I feel like I’m on the brink of an anxiety attack, I can put my hand on him and remind myself why I’m outside. He’s the best emotional support animal I could have asked for. This is perfect for me since most anti-anxiety meds just put me to sleep.

Reptiles don’t experience emotions like us, but that’s ok. Sometimes it’s really nice to just slow down and pat a lizard or a snake.

A message from Anonymous
Can you please give me an example of the difference between Phelsuma Madagascariensis and a Phelsuma Grandis?



These species are very easy to tell apart.

The frenal stripe of P. madagascariensis extends beyond the eye, almost to the ear, whereas that of P. grandis extends just to the posterior edge of the eye.

P. madagascariensis:


P. grandis:


Note: when googling P. madagascariensis, 90% of the google results are actually P. grandis, because Google is blissfully unaware that P. grandis is no longer considered a subspecies of P. madagascariensis.

A third species, Phelsuma kochi, is very similar to P. grandis (and also used to be a subspecies of P. madagascariensis), but is smaller and a duller green than P. grandis, often with mottled light spots.



Another way to tell in person between the two is that most P. madagascariensis are an incredible shade of teal - which photos do not capture. Most P. grandis do not have teal, but are a richer shade of green. There are also “high red” variations of grandis.

This is not true. There are strains of P. madagascariensis that have higher blue, that is true, but that is by no means a majority. Phelsuma madagascariensis is actually usually a bit of a duller green than P. grandis. Phelsuma grandis have also been bred for ‘high blue’, and can have a totally teal colour to them.


Liopholidophis dimorphus (X)


DSC06484 by batwrangler on Flickr.

Malagasy Hognose Snake (Leioheterodon madagascariensis)


Dry Grass by the-moof on Flickr.

Mimophis mahfalensis, taken by our markscherz



Phelsuma grandis

A message from sireddiecat
Your tags on that tiny snake video made me just as happy as the video itself :D your tags in general give me life


Guys. Hey, guys.

I finished the first draft of a manuscript that I’ve been working on for two years.




I mean it’s still fairly awful, and there are a lot of ‘SOURCE’ and ‘MAYBE PUT SOME SATS HERE I DON’T KNOW’ and ‘CLIMATE DATA? HOW ABOUT SOME CLIMATE DATA?’. But it finally has a completely written out introduction, methods, results, and discussion. Good enough.

A huge weight off my shoulders. Now I hope to hear back from my coauthors in a week, and then I can prep it for submission to a journal :) But of course, the coauthors are all in Madagascar right now, so who knows how long it will be before they actually get back to me.

Doesn’t matter, going to Berlin for a few days of holiday with my partner. So I can forget about all my work for just a little while. :)


So tiny! So cute!