Animals

Here are the animals currently or were previously in captivity of the NC Nature News. Find information, pictures, tests (tests do not harm animals), videos and more. It will mainly be reptiles and amphibians including lizards, frogs, turtles, toads, salamanders, etc.

 

Current Animals

NO CURRENT ANIMALS

PREVIOUSLY CAUGHT ANIMALS

Name: Todd

Species: American Toad

Gender: Female

Age: Approx. 13 months

Size: Medium toad (approx. 3 in.)

Other: Has been caught 2 times before (this is 3rd time)–sensitive to wood shavings

tests: X

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Name: Lizzy

Species: Green Anole Lizard

Size: 6 in

Gender: Female

Age: Approx. 18 Months

Other: Tail fallen off – Stressed at times

Tests: X

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Name:Repto

Species: Eastern Fence Lizard

Size: 7 in

Age: Approx. 20 Months

Gender: Female

Tests: X

Other: X

CARING FOR THE ANIMALS

Eastern Fence Lizard Care

Artificial Habitat

Warm habitat (UV light)

Do NOT let cats stare at them

Sand

Water bowl

Branches

Rocks

Plants (keep wet)

20 gallon aquarium is best

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Natural Habitat

Warm climates

Dirt

Sand

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Diet

Feed Daily and keep a clean water source

Water bowl

Insects every other day

About 4 crickets at the most

Baby lizard Diet

Pinhead crickets

NOT moths

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Holding

May hold

Do not hold to point to stress (see below)

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Gender

Male:

Blue stripe going down back

Female:

No blue stripe going down back

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Mating:

Begins in mid-April

 6-10 eggs are laid in rotten logs

Hatch in mid summer

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Stress:

Eyes closing

Wagging tail

Tail dropping and running

Stress can be fatal

Will stop them from eating and will starve

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Green Anole Lizard Care

Artificial Habitat

Light 12-14 hours a day

Basking light

Maintain night time temperatures (nocturnal heat)

Plants to keep good humidity

Logs or branches for basking

Keep moist with spray bottle (lizards and cage)

Brown means stressed- may be to hot or cold

Do NOT let cats stare at them

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Natural Habitat

Bushes

Trees (not above 15′)

Rock walls

Woods

Around houses

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Diet

Feed Daily and keep a clean water source

Grubs

Crickets

Cockroaches

Spiders

Moths

Gerber baby food fruit flavored to add variety and nutrition

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Holding

May hold

Do not hold for too long, get stressed and may become sick

If bite, do not jerk away, can break jaw or pull teeth out

If they’re brown they’re stressed- DO NOT HOLD AT THIS TIME

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Gender

Male:

Red dewlap on neck

Bumps on back

Crest on head

Larger than females

Female:

Smaller than males

White stripe going down back

Can have dewlaps but will be smaller than males’

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Mating:

Will happen after brumination period (spring/summer)

If around mating time, do not force to eat, will eat on their own

males displaying their dewlaps and posturing to females

Males may start bobbing their heads rapidly while turning toward female

If female runs away she’s not ready

Will mate in afternoon times

Within two weeks of a successful mating, the female will begin to show a swollen abdomen

She will search out a warm moist place in the substrate, push it aside with her head, and deposit an egg (rarely, two may be laid), covering the egg with the substrate.

This will be repeated every two weeks, for a total of about 10 eggs per breeding season.

 

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

3 thoughts on “Animals

  1. Mom

    That’s a lot of info! I hope you find another one to care for and observe soon!

  2. Letizia Haynie

    Fascinating video on toad capture! I especially like the quick speed (time lapse?) of emptying the hole…very effective. Cute toad, btw. Are you scared of touching anything?! Doesn’t look like you are squeamish at all!

    • well, sometimes, it is pretty scary digging your hands into mud when you know there is a live thing that could be right under you but I am too focused on catching it.

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