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Reptile Care Books

by John Courteney-Smith

John has spent a lifetime in the UK exotic pet trade.

As a passionate keeper of Reptiles and Exotic birds John is determined to push the boundaries of captive reptile and bird science so that animals benefit from his research all over the world. John is a regular speaker at colleges and universities and is a contributor to forums and to many consumer and trade Reptile and Bird papers and magazines all over the world. John is also the author of two reptile husbandry related books and has worked with other leading authors to provide content for some of the world’s best reptile. As the Arcadia Reptile brand manager John is determined to start “A revolution in reptile care”.

The Arcadia Guide to Reptile & Amphibian Nutrition

Foreword by Dr Mike Leahy,
“Nobody I know has put as much thought into how we can learn from nature, using research and common sense, to improve the environments we provide to captive reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. In this respect, John has been an inspiration to me, particularly when I was creating the Zoo-bus, where the depth of his knowledge and his willingness to dispense it were invaluable—qualities that will become very evident as you read this book. Having studied ecology at university, later specialising in microscopic organisms, and more recently having the privilege of filming some of the world’s most fascinating animals for the National Geographic Channels, it is very clear to me that one of the most fundamental requirements for any organism is nutrition. I well remember spending days changing the composition of growth media in the lab simply to get bacteria to grow successfully, so it is therefore not surprising that far more complex animals, from very diverse and sometimes extreme environments, have specific dietary requirements for good health, and that a balanced diet is essential. It is all too easy to fall into the trap of anthropomorphising when considering both animal welfare, and the diets non-human animals may require. However tempting it is to assume that other animals’ needs may be similar to our own, this may prove to be a big mistake. Very few reptiles—or any other animal, for that matter—exist by eating just one food source, and some food sources that humans enjoy eating can actually be toxic to other animals. As such, John set himself the task of determining what reptiles actually eat in the wild, what nutrients this diet may contain, and finally, how we can replicate this in our collections. Of course, this makes sense, but the work certainly wasn’t easy. I can only imagine the magnitude of the task. In John’s latest book you are guaranteed to discover many aspects of nutrition that have not been known or widely accepted before, as well as suggestions that may result in your own pet enjoying a longer and more comfortable life. As John says, ‘We should be seeking to see captive animals thrive in captivity and not just live a sterile life in a box’. By taking the time to read this book, you may become one step closer to achieving this.” Dr Mike Leahy.

Chapters include; The vitamin and mineral groups, vitamin and mineral uses and interactions, the food groups, self/wild supplementation, gut flora and parasitical load (uses for verm-x), Gutloading, livefood safety, livefood nutrition and variety with 23 species explained, application of supplements, obesity in captive animals, hydration and wild hydration, brumation, viv cleanliness, special reference to inverts, special reference to Amphibians.

The Arcadia Guide to Reptile & Amphibian Nutrition
Code: BK02
Only £14.99
ISBN: 978-0-9576570-1-4
Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
Pages: 268 including fantastic photography.
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The Arcadia Guide to MDB and its elimination in captivity

Foreword by David Alderton, Editor, Practical Reptile Keeping magazine.
Back in the 1970s, when I was a veterinary student working at a practice in Sussex, we often used to have young turtles brought in as patients. They were frequently suffering from what was described back then as ‘soft shell’. These poor creatures not only had an abnormally soft and rubbery shell texture, but they were often too weak to swim any more. There was sadly little that could be done to assist their recovery directly however, particularly if they came in during the winter months. Those seen in the summer – especially a hot one like that of 1976 – did have a chance though, if their owners were prepared to place their pets in a sheltered and sunny spot outdoors each day, bringing them in at night. The turtles needed an aqua-terrarium, with shallow water and a rock where they could emerge and sunbathe, benefiting from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Lacing their food with a calcium supplement also assisted their recovery too. While the source of the problem was known, there was little else that could be done. Why? There simply weren’t the sophisticated lighting systems that are now available for reptiles to protect against what has become generally known as metabolic bone disease (MBD). Nature itself provided the only realistic – and slim – hope of a cure. What saddens me greatly is that MBD still exists today. Rather like smallpox, it is an illness that should have been consigned to history. We know the causes of MBD and have the means to prevent it without any difficulty, as part of a standard husbandry routine nowadays. I feel so strongly about this, having seen families distraught by the loss of their pets over 35 ago when there was little that could be done, to be in a situation today where, simply through lack of knowledge, not just turtles of course, but lizards and other reptiles are still suffering and dying from MBD. It can also afflict amphibians too. I am therefore delighted to see this highly practical guide, written with the aim of eliminating MBD. Spread the word to other reptile and amphibian keepers, particularly people new to the hobby, and let’s help to banish this totally preventable and distressing condition without further delay.

The Arcadia Guide to MDB and its elimination in captivity
Code: BK01
Only £9.99
ISBN: 978-0-9576570-0-7
Dimensions: 210 x 148mm
Pages: 118
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