Madison Area Herpetological Society

Basic Care Sheets

Basic Care Sheets

Below you can find basic Care Sheets for many common and uncommon pet reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.  Use these as a starting point to researching the care needed for your new pet.  We always suggest researching the animal and creating the perfect habitat BEFORE getting it, and try not to purchase an animal on the spot without researching it’s care first.  This will help you be a successful pet owner, and help ensure a long and happy life for your pet!


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


Top 10 Best Beginner Reptiles and Amphibians

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Bearded Dragon

Blue-Tongued Skink

Corn Snake

Crested Gecko

Leopard Gecko

Milk Snake

Rosy Boa

Russian and Hermann’s Tortoises

White’s Tree Frog






African Clawed Frog

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Amazon Milk Frog

American Green Treefrog


Budgett’s Frog

Cuban Treefrog

Dart Frog

Fire-Belly Toad

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Horned Frog


Painted Frog

Pixie Frog

Red Eyed Treefrog

Ribbed Newt

Tiger Salamander

Tomato Frog



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African Side-neck Turtle

Asian Box Turtle

Common Box Turtle

Diamondback Terrapin

Hinge-back Tortoise

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Map Turtle

Mud and Musk Turtle

Painted Turtle

Pancake Tortoise

Red-foot Tortoise

Reeve’s Turtle

Slider Turtle

Softshell Turtle

Spotted Turtle

Star Tortoise

Sulcata Tortoise







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Argus Monitor

Asian Water Monitor – (Vital Exotics Care Sheet)

Argentine Black and White Tegu


Black-Throat Monitor

Blue Tongued Skink

Brown Anole

Chinese Water Dragon

Collared Lizard

Cuban Knight Anole

Day Geckos

Emerald Swift

Fat-Tailed Gecko

Fire Skink

Gargoyle Gecko

Golden Gecko

Green Anole

Green Iguana

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Jackson’s Chameleon

Jeweled Lacerta

Long Tailed Grass Lizard

Mali Uromastyx

New Caledonian Giant Gecko

New Caledonian Mossy Gecko

Nile/Ornate Monitor

Panther Chameleon

Pictus Gecko

Savannah Monitor

Skunk Gecko

Spiny Tailed Iguana

Steppe Runner

Sudan Plated Lizard

Tokay Gecko

Veiled Chameleon



Boas, Pythons, and Colubrids

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African Rock Python

Amazon Tree Boa

Beauty Rat Snakes

Blood and Short-Tail Pythons

Boa Constrictor

Brazilian and Colombian Rainbow Boas

Burmese Python

Carpet Python

Children’s and Spotted Pythons

Common Kingsnakes

Corn Snake

Dumeril’s Boa

Garter Snake

Gopher, Bull, and Pine Snakes

Grey-Banded and Variable Kingsnakes

Green Anaconda

Green Tree Python

Indian Sand Boa

Kenyan Sand Boa

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North American Rat Snakes

Prairie and Mole Kingsnakes

Reticulated Python

Water Snakes

Western Hognose

Woma Python

Yellow Anaconda




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Brazilian Black Tarantula

Brazilian Salmon Pink Tarantula


Chaco Golden-Knee Tarantula

Chilean Rose Hair Tarantula

Cobalt Blue Tarantula

Curly Hair Tarantula

Emperor Scorpion

Fiddler Crabs

Green Bottle Blue Tarantula

Hermit Crabs

Hissing Cockroaches


Mexican Red Knee Tarantula


Moon/Halloween Crab

Pink-Toe Tarantula

Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula

Tailless Whip Scorpion

Tiger Rump Tarantula


Zebra Tarantula