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Photo by Dr. Anand Titus and Geeta N Pereira - Author Michael Allen Smith from Seattle, USA

King cobras are a very dangerous type of snake, and one that is extremely well known. They inhabit many places, including Northern India, East to Southern China, South Malay Peninsula, East to Western Indonesia, and finally the Philippines. They are very large, their average size being 10-12 ft (3-3.6 m), but in some cases they have been documented to grow up to 18 ft (5.4 m) in length. Their lifespan is 15 to 20 years in the wild as well as in captivity.

The full grown king cobra has yellow, green, black, or brown colouration. Their yellowish patternings are across and under their body, as seen in the picture on the first page of this article. Snakelets, on the other hand, are completely jet-black; although they do have yellow patterning. Their eyesight is significantly better than the majority of snakes, being able to see a human being from 330 ft (100 m) away.

Photo: Charlee Tolin


Leopard geckos are a very popular pet and companion in the reptile hobby. They are widely known as one of the best starter geckos, their care easy and diet even easier. There are many reputable stores to buy these lizards from, whether in person or online. Because of their popularity, there are many interesting morphs of these animals, some of them pricing up to $1000 due to the rarity of the breed. They are a desert lizard, living in the highlands and rocky outcrops of Asia. These geckos are of course in the order Squamata, but they are assigned to the family Eublepharidae. Unlike the majority of geckos, they have movable eyelids, and they can not climb up smooth surfaces due to their lack of toe pads. Obviously they should never be collected in their environment but should only be purchased from legal farms.

Leopard geckos are insectivores, their diet needing a healthy balance of proteins and calcium. Their food necessities are easy to find, as well as easy to breed. You can buy and find these bugs
at any pet store. Mealworms are a staple of their diet, a very easy insect to find, care for, and breed.
They can live in a substrate of oatmeals and cereal bits added in with some cricket food or any type of fruits for some hydration. They are the larvae of darkling beetles, which is a type of beetle that these geckos can also eat, as long as the insects are at most the size of their head. There are many alternate worms that leopard gecko owners feed their pets, including calci worms. They have high levels of calcium, being a great add on to your pets diet every once in a while. Leopard geckos with a lack of calcium can end up having a bone disease called MBD, which is why feeding calci worms or dusting their food with calcium powder is very important.


Scienzaonline con sottotitolo Sciencenew  - Periodico
Autorizzazioni del Tribunale di Roma – diffusioni:
telematica quotidiana 229/2006 del 08/06/2006
mensile per mezzo stampa 293/2003 del 07/07/2003
Scienceonline, Autorizzazione del Tribunale di Roma 228/2006 del 29/05/06
Pubblicato a Roma – Via A. De Viti de Marco, 50 – Direttore Responsabile Guido Donati

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