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Herptile Record Keeping

 

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The importance of a good record system cannot be overemphasized. A well planned record system does not only help to keep track of aspects such as species, feeding, shedding and breeding, but can also be interpreted to lead to other valuable data or conclusions which can be stored and contribute to research. Each animal should have its own record series. Changes, i.e. change in environment should be indicated with appropriate dates.

Recorded data, weather it is electronically or on paper, should be appropriately named, marked and stored in a safe, easily retrievable place. Good record keeping needs a good identification system and all animals should be readily identifiable.

"Always remember only to buy healthy animals from reputable pet shops and breeders. Make sure to buy animals that are captive bred in your own country and that it is not illegally imported or caught from the wild."

  • Common name
  • Scientific name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth and/or purchase
  • Seller or breeder (incl. telephone number)
  • Parents (morphs etc.)
  • Price
  • Permit number (indigenous animals)
  • Medical history (diseases, illnesses & treatments)
  • Behavioural history

  • Feeding date (when or when not)
  • What was fed & how big
  • Amount consumed

  • Shedding date
  • Complete or incomplete
  • Complications encountered

  • Male & female
  • Courtship
  • Date of mating
  • Date eggs laid
  • Amount of eggs laid
  • Incubation temperature
  • Date that hatching is expected
  • Date of hatching
  • Actual hatching date
  • Amount of eggs hatched
  • Amount or offspring survived

  • Cleaning/sterilizing dates
  • UV installation and replacing dates
  • Electrical inspection dates

  • Cage dimensions
  • Cage furnishing & special requirements
  • Temperature rage & cycle
  • Humidity range & cycle
  • Light source
  • Temperature source
  • Photoperiod
  • Cagemate(s)
  • Substrate
  • Winter cool down dates & temperatures

Basic, feeding, shedding, breeding, cage inspection and husbandry records should be kept and maintained for all snake species. Basic information can be obtained from books and especially the breeder. These records should also be carried over from the seller. If there is no records available from the seller, try to get the last shed and feeding date and continue from that. Records should start from birth. When buying breeding stock, make sure not to buy other people's bad breeders. Insist on breeding records or offspring as proof.

Download and print our pre-made record forms (PDF-format):
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Basic, shedding, breeding, cage inspection and husbandry records should be kept for lizards species. Basic information is available from books and from breeders. Records should start from birth. When buying breeding stock, make sure not to buy other people's bad breeders. Insist on breeding records or offspring as proof.

Download and print our pre-made lizard record form (PDF-format):
(Download Adobe® Acrobat® Reader to open and view PDF-files. Forms will open in a new window and may take a while to open)

| Basic Form |

Download the newest Adobe® Reader® (to read eBooks and PDFs)

"If you think I should add more information to this section or think that something is incorrect, contact me and let me know. I would love to hear your ideas or methods you might use that is different than ours."

Last updated 21 Jult 2007 by Renier Delport

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