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Reptile boarding near me – the facts

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Reptile boarding near me to include tortoises and turtles (we are based in Halifax, West Yorkshire).

Rodents to reptiles welcomes you to our specialist reptile and amphibian care center.

If you are fed up of asking a relative or friend to help you out by caring for your pet amphibian, reptile, insect or arachnid whilst you are on holiday or working away or maybe you just need a break, we can help.

Or if you want your amphibian, reptile, insect or arachnid to have more care than a typical 9-5 pet or reptile shop could offer, we would be glad to help with more specialist care and in depth species knowledge.

If you want more specialist care for your pet amphibian, reptile, insect or arachnid than a kennel, cattery, pet minder or house sitter just can’t offer, then again we would be delighted to help.

Well done, you’ve discovered an alternative in Small Animal Boarding.

We offer a first class housing, husbandry and hygiene service for your pet amphibian, reptile, insect or arachnid.

Our Aquaterrarium, Terrarium and Vivarium Hotel accommodation is brand new, heated, draught free and our staff are all enthusiastic Herpetologists. We will also accommodate you with your own set-ups if it is practical to bring them to us or provide you with the correct set up for your pet (please check with us before hand to make sure we have the correct set up in stock).

We cater for all your snake, lizard, frog, insect and arachnid needs, all you have to do is give us a call or click here to book your amphibian, reptile, insect or arachnid’s stay online with us at rodents to reptiles, offering a home away from home for your pets.

For Pet Snakes (to include the following):Corn-snake-boarding

Rat, King, Corn, Milk, Boa and Python which feed principally on small, warm blooded animals such as rodents and birds we provide these vivarium conditions:

 

  • one substantial meal a week of a defrosted, dead mouse or rat

 

  • an appropriate day time temperature falling at night, usually within a range of 25-30C (77-86F) to a minimum 24C (75F)

 

  • a climbing branch for arboreal species such as the Tree Boa

 

  • decoration varies to suit all ecosystems

 

  • a hiding place such as a hollow log

 

  • substrate granulated bark

 

  • a large water bowl in which the snake can soak itself particularly when shedding its old skin

 

Other Pet Snakes (for example the following):Garter-snake-boarding

Those like Ribbon and Garter where fish are their mainstay we provide these vivarium conditions:

 

  • small whole fish are fed 2 or 3 times a week, although some will accept earthworms and baby mice (pinkies)

 

  • when fish is fed as an exclusive or main diet it is immersed in hot water to destroy any harmful enzyme

 

  • UVB lighting so that vitamin D3 can be synthesized, essential for good health

 

  • an appropriate day time temperature falling at night, usually within a range of 25-30C (77-86F) to a minimum of 21C (70F)

 

  • décor varies to suit all ecosystems

 

  • a hiding place such as a hollow log

 

  • substrate granulated bark

 

  • a large water bowl in which the snake can soak itself particularly when shedding its old skin

For pet geckos such as:Leopard-gecko-boarding

Leopard, Day, Fat-tailed and Tokay we provide these terrarium conditions:

 

  • a daily feed combination of crickets and grasshoppers dusted with a calcium/vitamin D supplement
  • an appropriate day time temperature falling at night, usually within a range of 35C (95F) to a minimum of 26C (80F)
  • décor varies to suit all ecosystems

 

  • substrate varies calcium carbonate sand for a Leopard Gecko, granulated bark for a Day Gecko and Peat for a Fat-tailed Gecko
  • a hiding place such as a hollow log
  • climbing and basking branches for species such as the Day and Tokay
  • a water dish

For information on how to care for your gecko, please use the following link: Looking after your gecko

 

For Pet Lizards such as the following:Bearded-dragon-boarding

Bearded Dragon and Monitors, Ridge Tailed (Spiny), Freckled and Skinks, Gold, Berber, Blue Tongue: we provide these terrarium conditions:

 

  • a daily feed combination of crickets and grasshoppers dusted with a calcium/vitamin D supplement
  • UVB lighting so that vitamin D3 can be synthesized, essential for good health
  • an appropriate day time temperature falling at night, usually within a range of 35C (95F) to a minimum of 26C (80F)
  • décor varies to suit all ecosystems
  • a hiding place such as a hollow log
  • substrate usually calcium carbonate sand
  • a water dish

For the best guide on bearded dragons we would recommend the following book: The bearded dragon guide.

For Pet Chameleons such as:chameleon-home-boarding

Yemen and Madagasca and Anoles, Green, Brown, Knight we provide these terrarium conditions:

  • a daily feed combination of crickets and grasshoppers dusted with a calcium/vitamin D supplement
  • UVB lighting so that vitamin D3 can be synthesized, essential for good health
  • a day time temperature of 32C (90F) falling at night to a minimum of 21C (70F)
  • décor and substrate varies to suit all ecosystems
  • climbing and basking branches
  • a water dish

As you are probably aware, chameleons are difficult to care for and we would thoroughly recommend the following book: Chameleon care guide.

For Pet Iguanas (mainly Green)Green-iguana-home-boarding

we provide these terrarium conditions:

  • a daily feed of fruit salad which encompasses a broad variety of vegetables and fruits
  • dark at night
  • a day time temperature of 36.8C (98F) falling at night to a minimum of 35C (95F)
  • substrate usually granulated bark
  • climbing and basking branches
  • a water dish

For Pet Tortoises such as the following:Pet-tortoise-home-boarding

Mediterranean Herman, Spurthighed, Marginated or African Spur we provide these terrarium conditions:

  • a daily feed of fruit salad which encompasses a broad variety of vegetables and fruits
  • UVB lighting so that vitamin D3 can be synthesized, essential for good health
  • a day time temperature of 32C (90F) falling at night to a minimum of 21C (70F)
  • substrate calcium carbonate sand
  • a shallow water dish

For Pet Amphibians such as the following:Frog-home-boarding

Treefrogs, Salamanders, Fire, American Spotted, Tiger and Newts, Chinese, Crested, Marbled, Japanese we provide these aquaterrarium conditions:

 

  • a daily feed combination of earthworms, crickets, grasshoppers and daphnia
  • décor and substrates are moss, bark, damp soil, damp gravel, rocks and water
  • a moist environment
  • an appropriate temperature usually of 50-75F (10-24C)
  • a shallow water dish

For Pet Terrapins (mainly Red Eared):

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we provide these aquaterrarium conditions:

  • a daily feed combination of earthworms, small whole fish and complete terrapin food in stick form or pellets
  • UVB lighting so that vitamin D3 can be synthesized, essential for good health (optional)
  • a cuttlefish bone
  • an appropriate temperature usually of 85F (30C)
  • substrate of small rocks with a stone basking area and water

For Giant African Land Snails:giant-african-land-snail

We provide the following terrarium conditions:

  • a daily feed of fruit salad which encompasses a broad variety of vegetables and fruits
  • warm water sprays to keep the moisture content
  • an appropriate temperature usually of 74F (23C)
  • a cuttlefish bone
  • substrate of general purpose compost

For Pet Spiders such as the following:Tarantula-home-boarding

Tarantula Chilean Rose, Tawny Red, Mexican Red Knee, Mexican Blonde and Scorpions, Emperor, Thailand Forest we provide these terrarium conditions:

  • a daily feed combination of crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms
  • substrate of vermiculite
  • humidity
  • warm water sprays to keep the moisture content
  • an appropriate temperature usually of 70-80F (23C)
  • a hiding place such as a hollow log
  • water dish

For Stick Insects such as the following:Stick-insect-home-boarding

Indian or Laboratory, Giant Prickly, Giant Spiny, Pink winged or Madagascan, Jungle Nymph, Costa Rican, Peruvian Fern, Borneo Thorney, Annam: we provide these terrarium conditions:

  • a daily feed of bramble or privet

 

  • an appropriate room temperature usually of 85F (30C)

 

  • substrate of paper lining

 

  • Constant availability of fresh water.

 

In addition to the above information all fruit and vegetables we use are thoroughly washed before feeding.

Water dishes are cleaned regularly. Aquaterrarium, Terrarium, Vivarium and Sweater boxes are cleaned daily.

A high priority is given to stimulation, foraging and social contact contributing to achieving the happiness and general well being of your pet amphibian, reptile, insect or arachnid whilst in our care.

We welcome owners to view and inspect the premises and visit the resident chickens, cats, dogs, fish, birds, parrots, reptiles, bunny rabbits and rodents at rodents to reptiles small pet boarding before boarding their pet or pets.

Appropriate Aquaterrarium, Terrarium, Vivarium and Sweater Boxes are offered, however they are limited.

We have relations with local Veterinary practices which offer a 24-hour service should a need arise.

In some circumstances we may offer a collection and delivery service should you require the convenience.

For Prices, opening hours and payment methods see our pricing page.

Pre Boarding Requirements: click contact us for further information.

For Availability of Space and other Enquiries please contact us.

Our Full Terms and Conditions can be found on our pricing page.

To Book Online please choose the online booking form, however it would be useful to talk to us first.

Please do not hesitate to give us feedback or constructive comments on this page in the box below.

 

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16 Comments

  1. Hi Skye,
    I have a 3 year old corn snake which I would like you to look after when I go to university from next week. You will be able to use my viv. I’m hoping you can do a good price as this will probably be for every term for 3 years.

    • Hi Lucy,

      I would love to look after your snake (I have a corn snake of my own). I could do you a special price of £20.00 per week provided you can pay termly in advance.

      Hope this helps,
      Skye

  2. The reason I don’t keep reptiles is that I can’t face feeding them live prey. So when my friend asked us to look after his dragon lizard, I had to decline, as I just can’t do the live bait thing. I wish we had a service such as the one that you are offering in this city.

    Looking at all the exotic pets on your list, you certainly seem to know how to take care of them and just what they need. Growing up we also had chameleon’s, but my brothers used to feed them, as well as hunt for their food.

    I was wondering what the most common reptile to keep as a pet was? I would have thought a snake?

    • Hi Michel,

      The most common reptile pet is almost certainly the corn snake. They are relatively easy to look after and are seldom aggressive when handled. Hope this helps,

      Skye

  3. You guys really know your stuff! I have an albino full pin stripe King snake and it can be hard to find someone I can trust to care for him properly when I am out of town. I can tell that your service offers knowledgeable and dedicated staff which is awesome!

    If I was to bring my king snake in for a two week stay, is there anything I should bring with him? It sounds like you have everything covered but I would hate to show up empty handed if there is something you prefer I bring! Thanks so much!

    • Hi Michelle,

      you can either bring your full set up or let us know what size viv you need and we will sort your snake out with everything he needs.

      Thanks, 

      Skye

    • Hi, do you have space for a bearded dragon from 11th August until the 20tj August please?

      • Hi Michelle.

        Yes we do. Would you be bringing your own setup? I do have a 4 ft viv available, but generally it’s better to bring your own. Regards, Skye.

  4. Hi! I’ve received a good report concerning your services. I have a giant african land snail and will have to go away from home for three months. I’d like to ask for a good price. How much would you charge? And would you accept dividing payments monthly? Thanks in advance.

    • Hi Henry,

      We would love to look after your landsnails. We have had them before and have plenty of experience. As you are asking for 3 months we would charge a total of £75.00 which you could spread over 3 x payments of £25.00 each.

      I hope this helps,

      Regards,

      Skye

  5. Hello there,
    I have a small Horsefield tortoise couple years old that needs boarding for a week. Potentially dropping off this Sunday 9th August around 1030hrs and picking up either the Sunday late afternoon/early evening if you are still open that late? Could you advise if you are able to assist and how much please? Thanks.

    • Hi Tom.
      I would love to look after your tortoise. The price would be £4.00 per day. You would need to provide the enclosure.
      Regards, Skye

  6. Hi, I was thinking about getting a pet python but I wanted to find someone to look after him before I bought him in case I wanted to go abroad. Would you keep him for 1-2 weeks and if so, how much would it cost weekly?

    • It would depend on what size your python is. I currently only have a 4ft viv spare. If that’s not big enough you would need to bring your own. I would love to look after your snake and the price would be £14.00 per week. Thanks for enquiring, Skye.

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