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hi, ive noticed on the forum that alot of people like to try and make their reptiles vivariums as natural as possible, but not many people actually know what the real natural habitats of their pets are like, so i thought it would be a good idea to make a thread where people could post pics they have taken of reptiles found in the hobby in their natural habitats and photos of the landscape and maybe a description to help people to make their reptiles homes as natural as possible.

ill start of with some tokays in malaysia.








there was 5 tokays living in the wall together and this was in an area passed by tourists everyday. there were also tokays living in tree cracks and hiding behind roof trusses.i dont know what type of plant it is growing on the wall, but it was everywhere. there were also lots of ferns and wild ginger plants at the base of the wall. also there was a type of plant called localy "touch me not's" which close there leaves up when they are touched and these plants were like grass there.

i have a few more photos of the area, but they are on my dads computer so i will upload them later.
 

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What a great idea!!! Saves going through all the habitat bit hoping someone has posted one up.

Im looking for pics of a bearded dragons natural habitat, if anyone has one please add it here!!: victory:
 

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When i get my Gecko's (early next year hopefully) i would like to give them a natural enviroment (desert type as per wild). If anyone can post up either Corn snake or Royal python natural enviroments i would like to try to make their viv's as natural looking as possible too :2thumb:. Great thread, looking forward to seeing pics of natural enviroments.
 
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Nice idea for a thread!

This is a post I put up a while back with some photos of desert regions, along with the types of things we were seeing (or not seeing!)

http://www.reptileforums.co.uk/lizards/138320-ideas-desert-vivariums.html


Generally, in the areas which were flat, open sand/dust, you wouldn't find anything living there. In the rockier areas you'd find a lot more - in this area in particular we found a couple of shed snake skins, several hatched gecko eggs, two different types of adult gecko (web footed and another, darker, larger one) and a few agamas. Interestingly the ground in this photo (where the snake skins, eggs, agamas and a couple of geckos were found) was so hard and compacted that we had to use a pickaxe to break it - a spade just wouldn't go through, and there was very little loose sandy material. We did also find both species of gecko on softer, dustier ground (1-2" dust layer over a hard base), but there were still abundant trees, bushes and rocks for shelter (you can see it in the background, flanking a dry riverbed). The agamas were almost exclusively confined to rocky areas with hard ground.





In general, it seemed that once we got out into sandier desert with fewer rocks, there was very little sign of reptile life (and insects were far fewer), at least on the surface. Out in the dunes we found nothing, suggesting that - in this area at least - the reptiles (and their food) tend to stick to rocky, hard-ground areas and avoid the softer areas of deep sand...
 

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Nice idea for a thread!

This is a post I put up a while back with some photos of desert regions, along with the types of things we were seeing (or not seeing!)

http://www.reptileforums.co.uk/lizards/138320-ideas-desert-vivariums.html


Generally, in the areas which were flat, open sand/dust, you wouldn't find anything living there. In the rockier areas you'd find a lot more - in this area in particular we found a couple of shed snake skins, several hatched gecko eggs, two different types of adult gecko (web footed and another, darker, larger one) and a few agamas. Interestingly the ground in this photo (where the snake skins, eggs, agamas and a couple of geckos were found) was so hard and compacted that we had to use a pickaxe to break it - a spade just wouldn't go through, and there was very little loose sandy material. We did also find both species of gecko on softer, dustier ground (1-2" dust layer over a hard base), but there were still abundant trees, bushes and rocks for shelter (you can see it in the background, flanking a dry riverbed). The agamas were almost exclusively confined to rocky areas with hard ground.

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In general, it seemed that once we got out into sandier desert with fewer rocks, there was very little sign of reptile life (and insects were far fewer), at least on the surface. Out in the dunes we found nothing, suggesting that - in this area at least - the reptiles (and their food) tend to stick to rocky, hard-ground areas and avoid the softer areas of deep sand...
Hey Andy,

Did you ever recreate the cracked river bed?

I used a clay soil to line the bottom of my hognose viv, I let it dry out befor I added more with the grass, it cracked nicely : victory:



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Interesting thread!
Here's a few photos of a Boomslang ( Dispholidus typus ) I saw in South Africa.
The snake was found at my parents house on the edge of the Magaliesberg nature reserve. The wall in the background is the outside wall of their kitchen.




Heres their house


The surounding area is classed as moist savanna and is heaven for birds and arboreal reptiles. Various fruit trees grow in the area like wild figs, jacket plum and amarulas. Also different species of acacia (like the one the snake was in), rhus and iron wood trees. The avarage annual rainfall is 700mm and the avarage max. temp. is 26 C in summer.





 

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excellent pics and info mate !!!

*runs off to build a complete rainforest*

You'll need a bigger shed :lol2::lol2::lol2:.
 

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this is an ace thread, hope it does v v v well p.s. i find tht although exo-terra stuff is expensive it all lokks great n intergetes perfecctly :)
 

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i think natural is better but thats just me
 

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An absolutely EXCELLENT idea for a thread! I've been looking for something like this.

I have a friend in Australia and he's caught a few bearded dragons so I will ask him to get pics of where he finds them.

I sincerely hope this thread doesn't get clogged with useless chatter like just about everything else, we really need something like this, and so do our animals.
 
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