The Learning Center- A Place to Grow in Herpetcultural Knowledge
Being an intermediate school educator, I fully believe in educating yourself and others to the best of your ability. Our district calls our school libraries Learning Centers as it is more than just books, but a place with several resources of learning. To stay with the continued support of educating there are several resources available to hobbyists to learn and grow. Below are links to materials to help continue your growth in the hobby. Materials from us are produced by our publisher Herpetological Publishing and materials from outside sources and links are credited towards those authors.
This installment of The Learning Center is focused on water dechlorination.
Do you keep large enclosures, aquariums, or garden ponds that require large fills or water exchanges? Checkout the latest article Activated Carbon Dechlorination PDF download.
Another natural form of neutralizing chlorine and chloramines is the use of vitamin C. Acrylic Tank Manufacturing has a product called Paradigm (video) that utilizes this natural method. For further background see the article from USDA Forest Services division on Using Vitamin C To Neutralize Chlorine in Water Systems.
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A nice resource to have available is the CITES Amphibian Identification Guide. It is a good way to identify species and see some of the species that pop up in the trade both legal and illegal.
Have you ever wanted a "Behind the Scenes Tour" of your favorite zoo? Here is a post we put up in 2013 on Poison Dart Forum of our tour of the Saint Louis Zoo Herpetarium. Saint Louis Zoo is one of the best zoos in the country.
What is Chytrid? Here is a link to a great article from Amphibian Ark. Please support them!
Treating Chytrid in Captivity PDF Download
Ranavirus is an incurable pathogen that is spread with contact from one amphibian to another and lacks symptoms. An excellent read on the topic has been produced by the American College of Veterinary Pathologist. Because there is no treatment, it is important to quarantine all specimen that test positive with the pathogen.
Fecal exams are typically best completed by someone trained in how to prepare the sample and trained in determining the parasitic infection. Paul Rust of the Northwest Amphibian Rescue put together one of the best tutorial guides I have seen on the subject: How to do Fecal Exams
If you are looking for a tool for magnified inspection in your vivarium or of your animals see our review of the ProScope Micro Mobile by Bodelin Technologies.
Why buy coconut huts? Make your own! DIY Coco Hut PDF Download
Vivarium and Care instructions are directly taken from our book Poison Dart Frogs: A Guide to Care and Breeding. Please consider purchasing our book if you are new to dart frogs.
There is more to come! Please stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates!