Madison Area Herpetological Society

MAHS Care Sheets

MAHS Care Sheets

Care sheets are often an excellent starting point for learning more about the biology and husbandry of a given species, including their housing/enclosure requirements, temperament and handling, diet , and other aspects of care. MAHS itself has created many such care sheets for a wide range of reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates we believe to have straightforward care requirements, and thus make suitable family and beginner’s to intermediate level pets. Some species with much more complex, difficult to meet, or impracticable care requirements than what can be adequately explained in a one page care sheet may be multiple pages. We can also provide additional links, resources, and information on these species we feel are reliable and trustworthy if requested.  If you would like to request a copy of a care sheet for any of the species listed below, or have a suggestion for an animal you don’t see on our list, contact us to let us know! Unfortunately, for liability reasons, MAHS is unable to create or publish care sheets for medically significant venomous species. This includes species in the families Crotilidae, Viperidae, and Elapidae, as well as the Helodermatidae (the Gila Monsters and Mexican Beaded Lizards) and some medically significant rear fanged Colubridae. Those that are serious about wishing to learn more about venomous reptile husbandry that cannot be adequately covered in one to three page care sheets should take the time to utilize all available resources by reading books and literature, consulting with, and working with an experienced and knowledgeable mentor in order to learn the ropes hands on.

*Remember, it is also important to check and be aware of all applicable local, state, and/or federal ordinances, laws, or regulations pertaining to any of these species, especially those that may be indigenous to all, or parts of the United States and/or Canada. Also note that the information provided in these, or any care sheets, are not intended to be all-exhaustive, and further research and care should always be sought and provided when it comes to any species one may prospectively be interested in. These care sheets are also not intended to serve as substitutes for professional veterinary medical care and husbandry should any animal require it. Always seek proper and professional veterinary care for any animal should the need arise, and be prepared ahead of time for any and all husbandry costs and expenses that may occur with any animal beyond the initial purchase. Any animal owned is ultimately a matter of personal/individual care and responsibility. Finally, while we are still working to make each of these care documents available online and via PDF, they are all available upon request by emailing or

The Madison Area Herpetological Society provides these care sheets as reference only, and we cannot make any claims or guarantees regarding any information therein. These care sheets may also be re-printed with permission only in their entirety, including with any and all MAHS logos and disclaimers.

MAHS Care Sheet Statistics
Invertebrates (Non Feeders)-69
Feeders (Vertebrate and Invertebrate)-13
Chelonians (Turtles & Tortoises)-32
Total: 379

A HUGE THANK YOU  to Eric Roscoe for his dedication and time in putting these together for MAHS!!!

African Soft Furred Rats
Domestic Rats and Mice
Earthworms and Other Annelids
Feeder Fish
Feeder Snails
Fruit Flies
Mealworms and Other Larvae
Springtails and Isopods

Invertebrates-Insects and Other Invertebrates
Assassin Bugs
Death Feigning and Desert Beetles
Death’s Head Cockroaches
Fiddler Crabs
Giant Centipedes
Giant Waterbugs and Waterscorpions
Hermit Crabs
House Centipedes
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
Moon and Halloween Crabs
Question Mark and Domino Cockroaches
Red Clawed Crabs
Rhinoceros Beetles-US Species Only
Stick Insects
Vampire Crabs

Invertebrates-Tarantulas and Other Spiders
Cobweb Weavers
Fishing and Nursery Web Spiders
Huntsman Spiders
Jumping Spiders
Wolf Spiders
Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula
Bolivian Pink Tarantula
Brazilian Black Tarantula
Brazilian Salmon Pink Tarantula
Brazilian White Knee Tarantula
Chaco Goldknee Tarantula
Chilean Rose Tarantula
Cobalt Blue Tarantula
Colombian Giant Tarantula
Curly Hair Tarantula
Flame Knee Tarantula
Goliath Birdeater Tarantula
Greenbottle Blue Tarantula
Haitian Brown Tarantula
Horned Baboon Tarantulas
Malaysian Earth Tiger Tarantula
Mexican Blood Leg Tarantula
Mexican Fireleg Tarantula
Nhandu Genus of Tarantulas
Orange Baboon Tarantula
Ornamental Tarantulas
Pinktoe Tarantula
Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula
Pumpkin Patch Tarantula
Red-kneed Tarantulas
Red Rump Tarantulas
Singapore Blue Tarantula
Skeleton Tarantulas
Texas Brown Tarantulas
Thailand Black Tarantula
Tiger Rump Tarantula
Trinidad Chevron Tarantula
Venezuela Sun Tiger Tarantula
Zebra Tarantula

Invertebrates-Scorpions and Other Arachnids
African Burrowing Scorpions
Asian Forest Scorpion
Bark Scorpions
Desert Hairy Scorpions
Dune Scorpion
Emperor and Redclaw Scorpions
Flat Rock Scorpions
Golden Scorpion
Tailless Whipscorpions

Amphibians-Frogs and Toads
African Bullfrog or Pixie Frog
African Clawed Frog
African Dwarf Frogs
Amazon Milk Frog
American Bullfrog
American Green Treefrog
Asian Floating Frogs
Barking Treefrog
Bird Poop Frog
Budgetts Frog
Bumblebee Toad
Cane Toad
Clown Treefrog
Coqui Frogs
Cuban Treefrog
Dart Frogs
Fire bellied Toad
Glass Frogs
Golden Gliding Treefrog
Gray Treefrogs
Green and Bronze Frogs
Horned Frog
Leopard Frogs
Malayan Leaf Frog
Mossy Frog
North American Toads
Painted Frog
Redeye Treefrog
Reed Frogs
Running Frogs
Smooth Sided Toad
Spadefoot Toads
Surinam Toad
Tiger Leg Treefrog
Tomato Frogs
Waxy Monkey Frog
White’s or Dumpy’s Treefrog
Yellow Spotted Climbing Toad

Amphibians-Salamanders, Newts, and Other Amphibians

Alpine Newt
Aquatic Caecilians
Blue Spotted Salamanders
Common Mudpuppy
Crested and Marbled Newts
Eastern Newts
Ensatina Salamanders
Firebelly Newts
Fire Salamanders
Mandarin and Emperor Newts
Marbled Salamander
Paddletail Newt
Redback Salamanders
Ribbed Newt
Rough Skinned and California Newts
Slimy Salamanders
Spotted Salamander
Terrestrial Caecilians
Tiger Salamanders

Chelonians-Turtles and Tortoises

African Sideneck Turtles
Aldabara Tortoise
Alligator Snapping Turtle
Asian Bighead Turtle
Asian Box Turtle
Asian Forest Tortoise
Asian Leaf Turtles
Blanding’s Turtle
Central American Wood Turtles
Chinese Stripe Necked Turtle
Common Box Turtles
Common Snapping Turtle
Cooter Turtles
Diamondback Terrapin
Elongated Tortoise
Hingeback Tortoises
Leopard Tortoise
Map Turtles
Mata Mata Turtle
Mud and Musk Turtles
North American Wood Turtle
Painted Turtles
Pancake Tortoise
Redfoot and Yellowfoot Tortoises
Reeves Turtle
South American River Turtles
Slider Turtles
Small European Tortoises
Softshell Turtles
Spotted Turtle
Star Tortoises
Sulcata or African Spurred Tortoise

Bearded Dragon
Butterfly Agama
Chameleon and Anglehead Agamas
Chinese Water Dragon
Eastern Water Dragon
Frilled Dragon
Garden Lizards
Mountain Horned Dragon
Painted Agamas
Rankins Dragon
Sailfin Dragons
Shield Tailed Agamas
Spiderman Agama
Toad Headed Agamas

Lizards-Iguanids and Chameleons

Brown or Bahamian Anole
Brown Tree Climber
Collared Lizards
Crested Anole
Cuban False Chameleon
Cuban Knight Anole
Desert Iguana
Flapneck Chameleon
Green Anole
Green Iguana
Helmeted and Casque Iguanas
Jacksons Chameleon
Madagascar Swifts
Meller’s Chameleon
Panther Chameleon
Parson’s Chameleon
Pygmy and Leaf Chameleons
Rhinoceros and Rock Iguanas
Spiny Tailed Iguanas
Veiled Chameleon

Lizards-Other Lizards and Crocodilians
Dwarf Caimen and Other Crocodilians
Alligator Lizards
Arboreal Alligator Lizards
Armadillo Lizards
Burtons Legless Lizard
Caiman Lizard
Curly Tailed Lizards
Eastern Fence Lizard
Emerald Swift
Flat Rock Lizards
Horned Lizards
Italian Wall Lizards
Jeweled Lacerta
Leopard Lizards
Longtail Grass Lizard
Other Swifts
Scheltopusik or European Legless Lizard
Steppe Runner
Sudan Plated Lizard
Sungazer/Giant Girdled Lizard
Whiptails and Racerunners

Lizards-Monitors and Tegus
Ackie or Ridge Tailed Monitors
Argus Monitor
Black and White Tegus
Black Headed and Freckled Monitors
Blackthroat, Whitethroat, and Rock Monitors
Crocodile Monitor
Golden Tegu
Mangrove Monitor
Nile and Ornate Monitors
Peachthroat Monitor
Red Tegu
Roughneck and Dumeril’s Monitors
Savannah Monitor
Timor Monitor
Tree Monitors
Water Monitors


Banded Geckos
Bibrons and Turners Geckos
Cave Geckos
Crested Gecko
Crocodile or Moorish Wall Gecko
Day Geckos
Dwarf Day Geckos
Fat Tailed Gecko
Flying Gecko
Gargoyle Gecko
Golden Gecko
Halmahera Gecko
House and Mediterranean Geckos
Knob Tailed Geckos
Leachie or New Caledonian Giant Gecko
Leaf Tailed Geckos
Leopard Gecko
Marbled Gecko
Mossy Gecko
Mourning Gecko
Pictus or Panther Gecko
Skunk or White Lined Gecko
Tokay Gecko
Viper Geckos

“Assorted” Skink Species
Blue Tongued Skink
Emerald Tree Skink
Fire Skink
Gidgee Skink
Monkey Tailed Skink
North American Skinks
Peters Banded Skink
Pink Tongued Skink
Red Eyed Crocodile Skink
Sandfish Skink
Schneiders Skink
Shingleback Skink
Tanzanian Legless Lizard

Snakes-North American Colubrids

Common Kingsnakes
Corn and Great Plains/Emory’s Ratsnakes
Eastern Hognose Snake
Fox Snakes
Gartersnakes and Ribbonsnakes
Glossy Snake
Bullsnakes, Pinesnakes, and Gophersnakes
Grayband and Thayeri Kingsnakes
Green Ratsnake
Long Nosed Snakes
Lyre Snakes
Milk Snakes
Mountain Kingsnakes
North American Racers and Coachwhips
North American Ratsnakes
Night Snakes
Prairie and Mole Kingsnakes
Rough Green Snake
Trans Pecos Ratsnake
Water Snakes
Western or Plains Hognose Snake

Snakes-Exotic Colubrids and Other Snakes
African Egg Eating Snakes
African House Snakes
African Mole Snake
Asian Vine Snakes
Barons Racer
Beauty Ratsnakes
Cribos and Indigo Snakes
Diadem Ratsnake
Elephant Trunk Snake
False Water Cobra
Hundred Flower Ratsnake
King Ratsnakes
Ladder Ratsnake
Leopard Ratsnake
Madagascar Hognose Snakes
Mandarin Ratsnake
Natal Green Snakes
Oriental/Indo-Chinese Ratsnakes
Puffing Snakes
Radiated Ratsnake
Red Mountain Ratsnake
Red Tailed Ratsnake
Rhinoceros Ratsnake
Russian Ratsnake
Sunbeam Snakes
Tentacled Snake
Tricolor Hognose Snake
Twin Spotted Ratsnake


Amazon Tree Boa
Arabian Sand Boa
Boa Constrictors
Calabar Boa
Cuban Boa
Dominican Boas
Dumerils Boa
Emerald Tree Boa
Green Anaconda
Indian Sand Boa
Jamaican Boa
Kenyan Sand Boa
Pacific Ground Boas
Rainbow Boas
Rosy Boa
Rough-scaled Sand Boa
Rubber Boa
Saharan Sand Boa
Tartar Sand Boa
Viper Boa
Yellow Anaconda


African Rock Pythons
Angolan Python
Australian Brown Water Python
Ball or Royal Python
Bismarck Ringed Python
Black Headed Python
Blood and Short Tailed Pythons
Boelen’s Python
Burmese Python
Carpet Pythons
Green Tree Python
Macklots and Savu Pythons
Olive Python
Reticulated Pythons
Spotted, Children’s, and Anthill Pythons
Scrub or Amethystine Python
Timor Python
White Lipped Python
Woma Python