The Barking Gecko, also known as the Western Thick-tailed Gecko, is a unique and fascinating species native to western Australia. If you are interested in keeping one as a pet, here is a comprehensive guide on how to care for them.
Green Tree Frogs, also known as White's Tree Frogs, are native to Australia and are popular pets among frog enthusiasts. They are known for their bright green color and their ability to climb and jump. If you are interested in keeping a Green Tree Frog as a pet, here is a comprehensive guide on how to care for them.
Sunlight arrives at the top of the earth's atmosphere at a power level of about one kilowatt per square meter. It is by this energy that all life-processes on earth are ultimately driven. Without the sun's constant energy input our planet would quickly radiate away its own energy in short order, making all life extinct.
In the early 1940s, our knowledge of the effects of light on reptiles and amphibians was very limited. It wasn’t until 1944 that we learned of the amazing ability of reptiles to maintain relatively stable body temperatures through thermoregulation. This was the result of a groundbreaking study by herpetologists Raymond Cowles and Charles Bogert, who coined the terms “ectotherm” and “endotherm.” Their landmark study inspired numerous research projects on the effects of light and heat on reptiles. Since then, our knowledge of reptile lighting has increased tremendously. We now know that many reptiles and amphibians can see things illuminated by ultraviolet-A, and that they can make vitamin D in their skin upon exposure to ultraviolet-B.