Chameleons For Sale in Massachusetts!

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For many years reptile lovers in Massachusetts have not been able to own (unless you had a special permit), buy or sell Old World Chameleons.  The reason for this has never been obvious, and finally the rules have been changed!  Chameleons are now legal in Massachusetts.

We are so thankful, and want to take time to introduce you to these amazing animals.  They are fantastic pets.

Come to Jabberwock and meet one in person – our own lovable Carlos will entertain you.  We will also be offering Veiled chameleons for sale very shortly, with additional species to follow.

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5 Easy Reptile Pets

Thinking of a new pet for your family?  Reptile pets are among the easiest pets to keep, and still offer interaction and fun.  We have had all kinds of reptiles and amphibians at our store; here is the list of the 5 easiest reptile pets.

1.  Crested Geckos
Pets don’t get any easier than these sweet animals.  They don’t require any special lighting or heat, and their food is a powder you mix with a little water every couple days. They are gentle and mild mannered, perhaps a little shy until you get them used to handling.  Their home is a temperate rainforest, so they do like to climb and hide in real or fake plants.  Their habitat should be taller than it is wide, and have a substrate (like sterilized soil) that can hold moisture. They come in lots of colors and patterns.

2.  Leopard Geckos
These geckos get slightly larger than the crested, up to about 8 inches long.  They are from a dry rocky desert area, so they like a home that is dry with hiding places. You do need to provide heat – we recommend a reptile heating pad for the bottom of their cage. Being nocturnal, no special lighting is required. Leos eat insects like crickets and mealworms, so you will need to purchase food every so often (we have great prices!). They are very mild mannered and don’t mind handling.

3.  Bearded Dragons
One of the most popular reptile pets, Beardies are very interactive and like your attention. A definite lap lizard – they like to hang out with you and their calm and gentle nature makes them fun.  They do require special lighting and heating, as they are from a very hot desert environment. They eat insects and greens, so you will need to purchase food regularly.

4.  Corn Snake
Perhaps the easiest reptile pet I can think of, corn snakes are gentle and easy going. No special light or heat, and you can feed them every 5-7 days (frozen, thawed mice). They are good eaters, generally not refusing food very often.  They come in many colors and patterns, and are a fairly slender snake ending up between 4 and 6 feet long.

5.  Frogs
There are a number of different frogs that are fun and easy to keep; pacman frogs, dart frogs, and tree frogs to name a few. These animals eat insects, but otherwise care is simple – some substrate and natural decor, a good visible light bulb (if you have live plants) and you are all set.  Frogs have sensitive skin, so they don’t tolerate handling very well.

Reptiles make interesting pets, and  can bring the fascination of the natural world into your home without much fuss. We offer expert guidance to help you make the right choices of animal and their requirements.

For the next month we are offering a free bearded dragon or leopard gecko with the purchase of any “All You Need” kit – click here for a description.

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Helpful Hints for Busy Reptile Owners

Here are a few tips to make things easier for you:

1.  Try our Cricket Card
Each card has 20 punches on it, and each punch is worth various amounts of the different live reptile foods we offer in the store.  For example, one punch can get you a dozen crickets, or 5 silkworms.  The price is  a few cents lower using the card then buying feeders individually.  Using the Cricket Card also saves time – phone in your order ahead (our number and hours is on the back), then just come in, grab your order, get your card punched and you can be on your way!  No need to wait for checkout at the cash register.  Cricket cards save time and money!

2.  Bulk order Crickets
If you need large numbers of crickets every week or couple weeks, consider placing your bulk order with us.  We order lots of crickets ourselves, and so we can get volume discounts on shipping charges, savings you can pocket.  Bulk orders start at boxes of 250 crickets (sizes range from pinheads to adults).  Just place an order with us early in the week, and your crickets will be at the store on Thursday.

3.  We Board!
Planning a holiday, and don’t have a friend, relative or neighbor who can deal with roaches, crickets or mice?  We offer boarding at Jabberwock for only $5 a day.  Your animal will be well taken care of by experts.

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Our Newest Snake – Introducing the Rough Green Snake

Rough Green Snake

This beautifully colored bright green snake is a slender inhabitant of open woodlands, and along the edges of rivers, ponds and wetlands.  They range from the mid-Atlantic region through the southeast. Primarily arboreal, these docile animals hunt various insects among the branches.

Stop in the store and visit this interesting animal!

Description

The Opheodrys aestivus or Rough Green snake is small by snake standards (an adult reaching 2 to 3 ½ feet) and has a relatively short lifespan of 6 to 8 years, (though some have been known to live to 15 years old). It is a small, slender, active diurnal snake, green in color with a creamy or yellow belly. Called “rough” because their scales stand out at a slight angle, these snakes are skilled climbers. Naturally shy, it can wiggle and squirm and is generally nervous when picked up. Coupled with its delicate physique it is wise to keep handling to a minimum.

Diet

These snakes are unique because unlike most snake species, Rough Green snakes are mainly insectivorous. (In the wild they will prey on insects, spiders and occasionally small amphibians.) Rough Green snakes can be fed a diet of crickets, superworms or the occasional mealworm. Crickets offered should be no thicker than your Rough Green snakes body.  Only offer as many feeders as can be eaten in 15 to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 days. Feeders should be dusted with a vitamin/calcium supplement once a week.

Housing/Enclosure

Since Rough Green snakes like to climb, they should have a tall enclosure that includes climbing branches. These snakes are inquisitive and will escape their enclosure given half the chance so be sure tank covers are secure. Due to their shy nature, natural or plastic plants (easier to clean) and a loose substrate, (such as aspen shavings or cypress mulch) works well as natural hide areas. Though small, these snakes should be given plenty of room to move around in like a 24” by 15” by 18” or taller enclosure. A large shallow water bowl of drinking water should be placed in the coolest area of the enclosure.  Rough Green snakes like to drink water droplets so a light spray of water once a day ensures your snake gets enough fluids. A recommended humidity level is moderate to high (60-80 %); keeping the substrate moistened and spraying daily should suffice.

Heating, Lighting and Temperature

Rough Green snakes should be kept at a daytime temperature varying between 80 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit with a cooler area at one end of the enclosure of 72 to 77 degrees (this creates a thermal gradient and should be arranged with the top being the hotter end and the bottom of the enclosure being the cooler area reflecting nature). Overall temperatures can drop 5 to 10 degrees at night. Rough Green snakes unlike most cold blooded snakes, seem to do best when exposed to full spectrum ultraviolet light during normal daytime hours. In this sense, the lighting requirements of this species are more similar to those of diurnal lizards than those of most snake species. Special lights designed specifically for reptile use should be utilized. These bulbs emit light in the ultraviolet (UVB) range of the light spectrum. These rays, which are similar to those of the sun, allow the snakes to properly biosynthesize vitamin D3 and in turn to efficiently metabolize dietary calcium. All lighting must be turned off at night.

Cleaning

Spot clean the enclosure daily and keep the water bowl filled with clean water at all times. Replace loose substrates every 2 to 4 months, clean plants and mist the entire cage every other day and daily when snake is shedding.

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Free Pet with Purchase of an “All You Need” Kit

In time for the holiday season we are offering a free Leopard Gecko or Bearded Dragon when you purchase one of our “All You Need” Kit.  Our kits include the items that you need to provide a safe home for your new pet, without things that you don’t need.  We take the guess work out of it!

We are offering three levels of each kit, so that you can choose the one that fits your needs and budget.

Basic Leopard Gecko Kit, only $ 85:

Basic Leopard Gecko Kit

 

One of two deluxe Leopard Gecko Kits (one pictured is $140.00)

Deluxe Leopard Gecko Kit I

Basic Bearded Dragon Kit ($140.00):

Basic Bearded Dragon Kit

 

One of two Deluxe Bearded Dragon kits, one shown is $300.00:

Deluxe Bearded Dragon Kit II

 

 

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