Product Spotlight

03/10/2014
by Reptile Specialty

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Reptile Specialty Product Spotlight is a great way to familiarize yourself with the products we have available, with detailed information and an account of how we came to choose the product to be put into our reptile store.

Review: Pangea Fruit Mix Complete Crested Gecko Diet

04/21/2017
by Reptile Specialty
Pangea Fruit Mix Crested Gecko Diet Review

Pangea Fruit Mix™ is a nutritionally complete Crested Gecko Diet. There is one product in the lineup that is a treat or mix in and it is the last one to be described below. PFMC came about to create a diet for frugivorous geckos that would not only be a highly palatable diet but also be nutritionally sound. Matthew Parks has invested a lot of time in researching anti-nutrients such as oxalates which contribute to poor egg quality, floppy tail syndrome and improper calcium absorption that causes weak bones. These ingredients include some fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, seeds, nuts and legumes. Phytates which bind to important minerals such as calcium and even iron have been avoided. You will notice some of the old crested gecko diets that are no longer available in the United States used ingredients that had these anti-nutrients.

The Pangea Fruit Mix line up is highly palatable making it a perfect food to mix with other diets for further diversity in food offering with all the same reliability. We recommend mixing PFMC into other diets by a 70/30 or 50/50 ratio (depending on palatability of the mix for your gecko) with any of the diets that offer Black Soldier Fly Larvae (BSFL) as a protein source. We highly recommend this to diversify the spectrum of Amino Acids made available. Crested Geckos eat a wide range of live prey in the wild from insects, small mammals, and even smaller lizards. As a Crested Gecko Diet PFMC is a complete stand alone gecko diet and will not need additional nutrients. However, offering a wide range of protein sources to mimic the gut content examined of geckos in the wild will not hurt. The latest version of the Insects formula and Breeder formula offers a mix of cricket meal and BSFL meal along with other protein sources.

Pangea Fruit Mix breeder FormulaPangea Fruit Mix Breeder Formula
A male and female will experience similar but unique issues during breeding season. Males typically do not eat as much and focus on courting the female. Females utilize protein, fat and calcium to produce eggs. This diet will address issues seen for both males and females during breeding. The diet was formulated with insect meal proteins from cricket and Black Soldier Fly Larve which create a stimulated feeding response and a complex amino acid formula. Rounding out the protein sources is Micellar Casein which is a slowly digestible protein with great amino acids. Lastly is whey protein that is quickly digested for muscle growth. The flavoring in this gecko diet is Banana, Apricot and Guava.
Protein: 21% | Fat: 5.7%

 

Pangea Fruit Mix Insect FlavorPangea Fruit Mix™ With Insects
The most highly relished Crested Gecko DIet above all other formulas/flavors. The original formula included Insect Meal from Crickets. The new formula includes Cricket and Black Soldier Fly Larvae as the Insect Meal. Insect proteins are certified organic in the USA. Remember the complex amino acids I spoke of before. This diet is very similar to the breeder formula but the general analysis is more conservative than the Breeder formula. We have kept this formula in our regular rotation since 2016.
Protein: 22% | Fat: 4.2%

 

Pangea Fruit Mix Watermelon FlavorPangea Fruit Mix™ Watermelon-Mango
My geckos absolutely love the Watermelon formula. It makes a lot of sense when you see the ingredients. Flavored with Watermelon, Mango and Banana and a protein source consisting of Whey and Egg White which has been known to stimulate appetite and feeding response with any Crested Gecko Diet. The original Repashy formula and Clarks Crested Gecko Diet included this combination of proteins. This diet has the lowest fat content and average protein content so we usually recommend Watermelon PFMC as the diet MRP for overweight geckos. Be sure to offer less than usual as geckos tend to clean their bowl.

Protein: 21% | Fat: 3.5%

 

Pangea Fruit Mix Apricot FlavorPangea Fruit Mix™ Banana-Apricot
This formula is our go to with any picky eater. In fact I do not have one gecko that does not like this flavor of PFMC. Flavored with Banana, Apricot, and Carrot and with the appetite stimulating protein combination of Micellar Casein, Whole Dried Egg, and Whey Protein Isolate. This gecko food is great for every species. Our hard to eat Mourning Geckos (Hawaii Type B) feed regularly on the Apricot PFMC. This diet was formulated with a higher fat content of all the Fruit Mix diets.
Protein: 21% | Fat: 5%

 

Pangea Fruit Mix Apricot FlavorPangea Fruit Mix™ Banana-Papaya
This crested gecko diet is flavored with over 50% Banana and Papaya fruit! This flavor combination makes for a great mix in with other diets. A very complex protein combination like the Apricot and Watermelon flavors, this formula includes Micellar Casein, Whey Protein Isolate, Whole Dried Egg. 
Protein: 21% | Fat 4.5%

 

Pangea Fruit Mix Gecko TreatPangea Fruit Mix™ Gecko Treat
This is the treat that started Pangea on the path of a complete diet. It is an awesome treat or mix in to flavor up other diets. You can mix in 25% of the Gecko Treat to 75% of a complete diet from any brand. Very similar to the Banana Creme Pie by Repashy Superfoods.
Protein: 9% | Fat: 2.5%

 

Storage and Preparation of Pangea Fruit Mix

How long does Pangea Fruit Mix™ last?
PFMC is manufactured with an 18 month expiration date. The expiration date is stamped on top of the bag with designated date. An opened bag will last 6 months at room temperature and one year in the fridge when opened. Powder mixed with water will last 7 days. We recommend using premixed diet within 3 days if stored in the fridge.

How to prepare Pangea Fruit Mix for Crested Geckos
Mix one portion of PFMC with 2 or 3 portions of water. The use of a protein shaker cup or a condiment bottle will help to deliver the diet to large collections. Mixing will 1:2 ratio will provide a thicker mixture and 1:3 ratio will be thinner and great for geckos that need more hydration. As a Crested Gecko Diet it will be similar to other diets in consistency.

Pangea Fruit Mix Instruction

Incubating Reptile Eggs With SuperHatch

10/11/2016
by Reptile Specialty
Incubating Reptile Eggs with SuperHatch

As reptile breeders, we are always on the lookout for the best process to increase our successful hatch rate. There are three main factors to consider when setting up an incubator or container for your reptile eggs — humidity, oxygen, and temperature. Argillite is a clay media that has been calcined creating a porous surface area that retains water longer — easing your humidity concerns.

Hatch rate in reference to incubation is determined by the amount of eggs that hatch divided by the total of eggs deposited into the incubator. If you have a total of 14 eggs from a single Crested Gecko and 11 successfully hatch you will divide 11 by 14 for a 78% hatch rate.

 

Incubating for Tropical Species
SuperHatch is the optimum choice If you are breeding a species that requires a moderate to high humidity for incubation. Using a container or sieve, fill the amount of media required to reach 3/4 of the container your eggs will go into. Soak the Calcined Clay for five-ten minutes and strain the water for another 5 minutes. This is your starting point.

After you have moved your SuperHatch to the container your eggs will go into, lightly compact and place your hygrometer in the container. Check the humidity for the proper range your eggs will need to be incubated at. If the humidity is too high you can remove a portion of the soaked SuperHatch with dry media and check the humidity after a period of time has transpired.

Incubating for Arid Species
Fill your container with 3/4 Calcined Clay to measure how much media you will need. Remove half the media by weight and place the other half in a container or sieve. Allow the media to soak for five to ten minutes. Drain the water from the container or sieve for at least five minutes. Now you can combine the soaked and dry media in the container you will later add your eggs to. Monitor the humidity level and add water in low increments until your container has adequate humidity.

Happy Hatching!

 

Review: Repashy Superfoods Crested Gecko Diet

05/04/2014
by Reptile Specialty
Repashy Superfoods Crested Gecko Diet

Crested Gecko Diet in the wild will feed on insects, fallen fruits, nectar, small mammals, and reptiles. Crested Geckos are also capable of determining palatable foods by smell. Generally speaking a geckos diet in captivity is less varied in comparison to that of one in nature. For this reason, it is important to offer your reptiles the most nutritional diet available -- Crested Gecko Diet.

If you read any publication on Crested Geckos (including New Caledonia Native Species), Day Geckos, or any fruit-eating gecko; you become familiar with Allen Repashy and a formulated diet, often unnamed but recommended, by the author -- Crested Gecko Diet. With Allen's colony of Crested Geckos, one of the largest in the United States at one time, he was able to develop and fine-tune a diet that can sustain fruit eating geckos even through the demanding process of breeding. When we look for food to offer our pets, we often look for the ingredients to be natural and high grade. Allen Repashy has spared no expense in this department, and after a quick glance we were onto ordering and testing the food.

There are four complete Crested Gecko Diets, insect meal replacement and one treat, by Repashy Superfoods, that we offer. We used to offer the Two Part Crested Gecko Diet (Flavor in one bag, the nutritional backbone in the other) until it was discontinued.

Crested Gecko Diet by Repashy Superfoods

Repashy Crested Gecko DietCrested Gecko Diet MRP "Original"
The original MRP that made keeping frugivorous geckos easier. Years of research went into this formula. Flavored with a mix of Banana, Date, Fig, and Watermelon for feeding response. Back in 2013, this Crested Gecko Diet had changed from a whey/egg protein combination to pea protein. The change did not go over well with picky eaters, and It has since reformulated with a combination of pea/rice protein. It's now a solid product.

Protein: 23% | Fat: 6%

 

Repashy Crested Gecko Diet ClassicCrested Gecko Diet MRP "Classic"
The formula before the 2013 protein change is the Classic formula and released at the request of the breeding community in large to accommodate the geckos who were accustomed to the previous formula of the MRP. This formula has whey and dried egg for protein sources. The flavor is the same with Banana, Honey, Date, Fig, and Watermelon.

Protein: 20% | Fat: 4.5%

 

Repashy Grubs N Fruit Crested Gecko DietGrubs N Fruit
The first ingredient in Grubs N Fruit is Insect Meal (Black Soldier Fly Larvae) which is an amazing protein source packed with amino acids. The flavoring is diverse with Banana, Date, Mango, Watermelon, Fig, Papaya, Pineapple, and Blueberry. This product does not give us the best feeding response but its right up there with Black Panther Zoological. Tip: Add a bit of Banana Cream Pie to the mix for flavoring.

Protein: 24% | Fat: 7%

 

Repashy Crested Gecko Diet MRP Mango SuperblendCrested Gecko Diet Mango MRP Superblend
We keep this in rotation with the original formula. It has Dried Mango, Banana, Date, Fig, and Watermelon for flavor. This diet is formulated with whey, egg, insect meal, pea and rice protein for not only feeding response but amino acids that would normally be consumed in the natural diet. All the while it's a complete Crested Gecko Diet.

Protein: 20% | Fat: 5%

 

Repashy Banana Cream PieBanana Cream Pie
Who doesn't want to treat their pets every once in a while? This is a treat that can be made a couple of different ways. As a smoothie or a treat to be lapped up by geckos, a gel as a healthy treat to replace Jelly Pots, or as a salad dressing for omnivorous species. If we have a picky eater, we use it to stimulate a feeding response and then taper down the amount included in the food to get geckos eating a healthier diet. Banana Cream Pie is not a complete diet and meant as a treat only. See the directions on the page for further information.

Protein: 10% | Fat: 3%

 

Feeding Crested Gecko Diet

A single Crested Gecko will eat approximately 4 ounces over the course of a month. We like to offer the diet three days a week -- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We allow the leftovers to stay in the enclosure until the following feeding day. The amount of time allows the diet to ripen, which in our experience, increases the feeding response. On days that we feed CGD, we do not offer live feeders. There is enough calcium and Vitamin D3 provided in the complete formula and to err on the side of caution we do not want to offer too much Calcium/Vitamin D3 as that holds the same repercussions as not enough. We recommend dusting all feeder insects with a Calcium Powder containing Vitamin D3 such as "Calcium Plus ICB" for nocturnal species that are not under direct full spectrum lighting.

Additional Use
Although developed for Crested Geckos other fruit eating geckos will benefit from the nutritional value of the Diet. Eurydactylodes, Lygodactylus, Phelsuma, Bavayia, Gehyra, Gekko (Golden Geckos and White-Lined Geckos).

Shelf Life
CGD comes in a jar, and after opening, you can store in the refrigerator for up to 6 months. Refrigerate already mixed Crested Gecko Diet for up to 5 days, but I recommend only 3. I do not recommend Freezing Crested Gecko Diet as it changes the nutritional value.

30" Replacement Bulb for 36" Exo-Terra Light Fixtures

04/20/2014
by Reptile Specialty

The modern Exo-Terra lighting fixtures are designed to fit atop their innovative terrarium enclosures. These fixtures incorporate built in fans to circulate air and reduce heat but eliminate much needed room for internal components and compromise bulb length. The Arcadia 30" T8 Flourescent Bulb is the longest lasting bulb on the market and most advanced technology compared to the included bulb.

 

A 36" Exo-Terra dual top measures 36" but actually accepts a 30" Flourescent T8 bulb.

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