Who are Reptilekingdoms?

ReptileKingdoms has been created by five reptile enthusiasts coming together sharing their knowledge and love of the animals, helping beginners to more advanced keepers.

With a combined experience of 87 years of keeping reptiles in captivity, we grouped together to create the most helpful and comprehensive guides, and what to expect when keeping snakes, lizards, turtles and many more quirky pets in captivity.

If you have any questions or something you would like confirmation on, we will be more than happy to help, there is no such thing as a stupid question to us!

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Snake Guides

Carpet Pythons

Carpet Pythons

Carpet Python FactsScientific name: Morelia spilota Size: 3 – 5ft Lifespan: 15 – 20 years Endangerment: Least concern. Primary Colour: Black, Yellow, White, Patterned Habitat: North, East & South Australia. Difficulty of Keeping: Easy, Moderate. Optimum...

Boa Constrictor

Boa Constrictor

Boa Constrictor FactsSize: 5 – 13ft Lifespan: 20 – 25 years Wild Population: 50,000+ Primary Colour: Brown, Black & Red Tail Endangerment: Common Habitat: South-East United States, Most of South America. Difficulty of Keeping: Moderate (experience a previous snake...

Garter Snakes

Garter Snakes

Garter Snake FactsScientific name: Thamnophis Size: Average 60cm (2ft) Lifespan: 10 - 12 years Wild Population: 1,000,000+ Primary Colour: Variable Commonly, Black or Grey Endangerment: Common Habitat: North & Centeral America Difficulty of Keeping: Easy Optimum...

Corn Snake

Corn Snake

Corn Snake FactsScientific name: Pantherophis guttatus Size: 3 – 5ft Lifespan: 15 – 25 years Wild Population: 20,000+ Primary Colour: Orange (More On The Corn Snakes Appearance Here!) Endangerment: Common Habitat: South-East United States Difficulty of Keeping: Easy...

Brazilian Rainbow Boa

Brazilian Rainbow Boa

Brazilian Rainbow Boa Facts Scientific name: Epicrates cenchria Size: 4 - 7ft Lifespan: Around 20 - 25 years Wild Population: 10,000+ Primary Colour: Brown, Black with iridescence Endangerment: Common Habitat: South America (Brazil) Difficulty of Keeping: Moderately...

Green Tree Python

Green Tree Python

Green Tree Python FactsScientific name: Morelia viridis Size: 4 – 6ft Lifespan: Approx 20 years Wild Population: 5,000+ Primary Colour: Green Endangerment: Common Habitat: Indonesia, Australia, Papua New Guinea Difficulty of Keeping: Very Challenging, Ideal For...

Amazon Tree Boa

Amazon Tree Boa

Amazon Tree Boa Facts Scientific name: Corallus hortulanus Size: 5 – 6ft Lifespan: 20+ years Wild Population: 7,000+ Primary Colour: Varies, Black, Gray, Orange, Yellow, Red & More. Endangerment: Uncommon Habitat: South-East United States Difficulty of Keeping:...

Burmese Python

Burmese Python

Burmese Python FactsScientific name: Python bivittatus Size: 15 - 28ft. Lifespan: 17 - 20 years. Wild Population: 10,000+ Primary Colour: brown patterned. Endangerment: Common Habitat:  United States Difficulty of Keeping: Difficult. Optimum environment Temperature:...

Hognose

Hognose

About The HognoseThis snake is the most unusual looking, with a pig looking nose, it is fair to say loving their appearance is a bit marmite. Hognoses are great are burrowing in soil and leaves, their nose acts as a shovel and allow them into places of security. Most...

Milk Snake

Milk Snake

Milk Snake FactsScientific name: Lampropeltis triangulum Size: 3 – 5ft Lifespan: 15 – 25 years Wild Population: 25,000+ Primary Colour: Colour bands (most commonly Red, White & Black) Endangerment: Common Habitat: United States Difficulty of Keeping: Easy Optimum...

Royal Python

Royal Python

Royal Python FactsScientific name: Python regius Size: 3 – 5ft Lifespan: up to 30+ years Population: 50,000+ Primary Colour: Black & Yellow Endangerment: Common Habitat: Africa Difficulty of Keeping: Easy Optimum environment Temperature: 95°F hotspot with ambient...

King Snake

King Snake

King Snake FactsScientific name: Lampropeltis getula californiae Size: 3 – 6ft Lifespan: 15 – 20 years Wild Population: 9,000+ Primary Colours: Black, Grey & White Endangerment: Common, some species becoming endangered. Habitat: United States Difficulty of...

Meet The Team

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Grant

Loves everything to do with reptiles, but is most knowledgable about snakes and lizards! Having owned over 15 different species of snake for over 30 years!

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Dave

Anything Quirky, dave loves all venomous snakes and crocodiles, snapping turtles are his favourite of them all. If you think you have a weird reptile send him PICTURES!

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Rebecca

Rebecca, Loves all reptiles, more of a lizard (gecko) specialist, she has studied lizards for a long time and if you have any questions, be sure to send them her way!

Lizard Guides

Uromastyx

Uromastyx

Urmoastyx FactsScientific name: Uromastyx sp. Size: up to 30 inches Lifespan: 30+ years Wild Population: 35,000+ Endangerment: Common Habitat: Asia, North America Difficulty of Keeping: Medium Optimum environment Temperature: 115°F hotspot with ambient temp of 80+°F...

Leopard Gecko

Leopard Gecko

Leopard Gecko FactsScientific name: Eublepharis macularius Size: 7 – 10 inches Lifespan: 15 years Wild Population: 10,000+ (unkown) Primary Colour: Patterned Endangerment: Common Habitat: South-Asia, Iraq, Pakistan, North-west India. Difficulty of Care: Easy (no...

Iguana

Iguana

About The IguanaPossibly the most beautiful lizard on the planet, with a wide array of different colours and sub-species. Iguanas are such a tempting pet lizard because of this but there are some requirements which is why they are not the most popular kept pet lizard...

Blue Tongue Skink

Blue Tongue Skink

Blue Tongue Skink Facts Scientific name: Tiliqua Size: 36 inches maximum Lifespan: 15 – 20+ years Wild Population: 7,000+ Primary Colour: Black, Brown, Cream Endangerment: Common Habitat: Australia Difficulty of Keeping: Easy Optimum environment Temperature: 95°F...

Chinese Water Dragon

Chinese Water Dragon

Chinese Water Dragon FactsScientific name: Physignathus cocincinus Size: up to 3ft Lifespan: 15 years Wild Population: 4,000+ Primary Colour: Green Endangerment: Common Habitat: southern China and southeastern Asia Difficulty of Keeping: Difficult Optimum environment...

Crested Gecko

Crested Gecko

Crested Gecko FactsScientific name: Correlophus ciliatus Size: Approx 8 Inches Lifespan: 20 years Wild Population: 4,000+ Primary Colour: Various Endangerment: Was thought to be extinct until rediscovered Habitat: New Caledonia Difficulty of Keeping: Easy Optimum...

Tortoise Guides

Tortoise As A Pet? Everything You Need To Know

Tortoise As A Pet? Everything You Need To Know

Tortoise Facts Scientific Name: Geochelone Elegans Size: 6-120cm Lifespan: 50-100 years Primary Colour: Grey, black, brown, yellow, green Difficulty of Keeping: Easy Optimum Water Environment Temperature: 70-90 Farenheit What do they eat? Herbivore Eggs or Live birth:...

Popular FAQ’s

Why Snakes Hiss

Why Snakes Hiss

Exactly Why Snakes HissA hiss from a snake is a sound you will always remember, and there is good reason. A snake that hisses is not a good sign whether it is a captive animal or wild. The hiss is a pre-warning before striking, if a snake has enough time to spot an...

Why Snakes Yawn

Why Snakes Yawn

Do snakes Yawn?All snake species yawn but there is an ongoing debate as to the reason of motivation behind a snake yawning. This reasons for a snake yawning are not only being tired, it is more known that the snake is actually stretching their jaw in preparation of...

Scale Rot, How To Cure Safely

Scale Rot, How To Cure Safely

Scale rot is what every snake and reptile enthusiast does not want to hear, not only can this be uncomfortable for the snake and if left untreated dangerous. But this bacterial infection seems to be more common among the pet snakes and lizards we get. The reasoning...

How Do Snakes Reproduce

How Do Snakes Reproduce

So, you are looking to find out how snakes have sex and reproduce. How can a snake with not arms or legs mate with another snake? We are going to answer all in this short article for you and break it down, so it all makes sense! First snakes reproduce most commonly...

Butter Ball Pythons

Butter Ball Pythons

Butter ball pythons are great pets, these snakes are growing each year in captivity both in the USA and UK. This ball python morph is a more subtle colour change than other and is not noticeable unless you know what to look for!Whats the difference?A butter ball...

Everything About Snake Teeth

Everything About Snake Teeth

Do Snake Have Teeth?Most snakes do have teeth, snakes need teeth to hunt and to eat. How many teeth do snakes have? Its hard to guess this as different types of snakes have different amounts of teeth, however snake teeth are usually in rows, specifically six rows....

Do Snakes Sleep

Do Snakes Sleep

Have you ever looked at your pet snake and thought “how long can they stay still for?” this isn’t just relaxing but the snake is more than likely asleep but with the lack of eyelids, snake cannot shut their eyes. You will notice if you have woken a snake up because if...

Do Snakes Have Bones?

Do Snakes Have Bones?

Do snakes Have bones Recently this question has come up more than 10 times asking, “do snakes have bones?”, they do, snakes have many ribs that go down their entire body after the skull. When I started keep snakes, I always wondered if a snake had any bones at all...

Snakes Lifespan

Snakes Lifespan

How Long Do Snakes Live?This largely varies depending on which type of snake it is. As with most reptiles, snakes live a long time compared to dogs or cats. The average lifespan is between 13- 18 years old in captivity and 10 – 15 years in the wild.Lifespan Difference...

Can Snakes Bite Underwater

Can Snakes Bite Underwater

Do Snake Bite Underwater? 90% of snake species live in-land but they like to go for a swim, but for the snakes that do swim more frequently, can they really bite you under water? Any snake is capable of biting underwater, but this is less like than when the snake is...

What Cobras Eat

What Cobras Eat

What Do Cobras Eat?Cobras as with all snakes are not too fussy about what they are going to eat. Though occasionally cobras will eat prey that is a little big and regurgitate the meal within the following 12 hours. As cobras are opportunistic feeders, anything they...

Do Snakes Have Brains

Do Snakes Have Brains

Has A Snake Got A Brain?The short answer is yes, every snake in the world has a brain, but there is various levels of brain intelligence across the different species of snake there is. Connected to the brain is the Jacobson’s organ, this organ is where a snake forked...

Can Lizards Swim

Can Lizards Swim

Overview For the most part, lizard is known to be brilliant swimmers, but just like other animals, not all the species of lizard are ability to swim. A prime example of a lizard which can swim is the Chinese water dragon, they are thought to be quicker in the water...

Do snakes Drink Water

Do snakes Drink Water

OverviewSnakes do drink water but not as often as you would think. A snake gets most of its hydration from meals such as rodents’ blood and the water within the fur. Snakes drink water in a more unusual method. Their skin folds which as like drain into their mouth....

Are Anacondas Poisonous?

Are Anacondas Poisonous?

Anacondas Venomous?Anacondas are part of the constrictor family; they use their body to wrap around the prey item and squeeze until they are no longer breathing. All anacondas are not poisonous/ venomous species of snake. With that being said there is no such things...

What Do Crocodiles Eat?

What Do Crocodiles Eat?

Crocodiles DietCrocodiles re not fussy about what they eat, they are capable of taking down large zebras to even killing sharks. The saltwater crocodile has the pound for pound strongest bite out of any animal on the planet, and yes this does include the great white...

Do Lizards Lay Eggs?

Do Lizards Lay Eggs?

About Lizard EggsLizards like snakes lay eggs, though not all are egg baring. Around 10% of lizards have live births. The most common species that are kept in captivity lay eggs (See our full list of egg baring & live baring lizards). Reptiles such as the blue...

Vivariums

Vivariums

Choosing A vivarium Choosing a vivarium can cause confusion, this guide is to give you a better understanding of what is the difference, which is best suited for certain reptiles and ones to avoid.  Vivarium’s come in different sizes and shapes, the most popular is a...

Reptile Thermostats

Reptile Thermostats

Does the type of thermostat matter?Yes, it is important to get the optimum thermostat for how you choose to heat your reptiles enclosure. Certain thermostats are made for heat mats, other for bulbs. Choosing the incorrect model can also cost you more money in the long...

Handling Aggressive Snakes

Handling Aggressive Snakes

How to handle an aggressive snakeSnake keepers often come across at least one snake that is a real pain to handle. Firstly, snakes are not aggressive by nature, they hunt to eat and not for fun. Defensive snakes are a better term, as owners we assume it is our right...

How Do Snakes Smell?

How Do Snakes Smell?

How Does a Snake Smell?Snakes have an unusual way of smelling; most people assume that because snakes have nostrils this is how the smell their surroundings. This is not true; snakes use their tongue to gauge smells; this is the explanation as to why a snake’s tongue...

Snake Poop

Snake Poop

How do snakes poop?This is a question that surprisingly comes up more frequently than expected, but this is still a topic not often explained in detail. Snakes poop less frequently than 95% of the population of living creators, this is due to only having a meal which...