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)-64
Feeders (Vertebrate and Invertebrate)-12
Chelonians (Turtles & Tortoises)-29
Total: 362

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


Ball or Royal Python

Bearded Dragon

Blue Tongued Skink

Corn Snakes and Great Plains Ratsnakes

Crested Gecko

Leopard Gecko

Milk Snakes

Rosy Boa

Small European Tortoises

White’s Treefrog


African Soft Furred Rats



Domestic Rats & Mice

Earthworms & Other Annelids

Feeder Fish

Feeder Snails

Fruit Flies


Mealworms & Other Larvae


Springtails & Isopods

Invertebrates-Insects and Other Invertebrates




Assassin Bugs


Death Feigning and Other Desert Beetles

Death Head Roaches

Fiddler Crabs

Giant Waterbugs and Waterscorpions

Hermit Crabs

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach



Moon and Halloween Crabs

Question Mark and Domino Cockroaches

Rhinoceros Beetles-U.S. Species Only

Stick Insects

Vampire Crabs

Invertebrates-Tarantulas, Scorpions, and Other Arachnids


African Burrowing Scorpions

Antilles Pinktoe Tarantula

Asian Forest Scorpion

Bark Scorpions

Bolivian Pink Tarantula

Brazilian Black Tarantula

Brazilian Salmon Pink Tarantula

Brazilian White Knee Tarantula

Chaco Goldknee Tarantula

Chilean Rose Tarantula

Cobalt Blue Tarantula

Cobweb Weavers

Costa Rican Zebra Tarantula

Curly Hair Tarantula

Desert Hairy Scorpions

Emperor and Redclaw Scorpions

Fishing & Nursery Web Spiders

Flat Rock Scorpion

Goliath Birdeater Tarantula

Greenbottle Blue Tarantula

Haitian Brown Tarantula

Horned Baboon Tarantula

Huntsman Spiders

Jumping Spiders

Malaysian Earth Tiger Tarantula

Mexican Blood Leg Tarantula

Mexican Fireleg Tarantula

Mexican Flame Knee Tarantula

Mexican Red Kneed Tarantulas

Nhandu Genus of Tarantulas

Orange Baboon Tarantulas

Ornamental Tarantulas

Pinktoe Tarantula

Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula

Pumpkin Patch Tarantula

Red Rump Tarantulas

Singapore Blue Tarantula

Skeleton Tarantulas


Tailless Whipscorpions

Texas Brown Tarantulas

Thailand Black Tarantula

Tiger Rump Tarantula

Trinidad Chevron Tarantula

Venezuela Sun Tiger Tarantula

Vinegaroons, or Whipscorpions

Wolf Spiders

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 Salamander

Mandarin and Emperor Newts

Marbled Salamander

Paddletail Newt

Red backed Salamanders

Ribbed Newt

Rough Skinned and California Newts


Slimy Salamanders

Spotted Salamander

Terrestrial Caecilians

Tiger Salamanders

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

Budgett’s Frog

Bumblebee Toad

Cane, or Marine Toad

Clown Treefrogs

Coqui Frogs

Cuban Treefrog

Dart Frogs

Fire bellied Toad

Golden Gliding Treefrog

Gray Treefrogs

Green and Bronze Frogs

Horned Frogs

Leopard Frogs

Malayan Leaf Frog


North American Toads

Painted Frog, or Banded Bullfrog

Redeye Treefrog

Reed Frogs

Running Frogs

Smooth Sided Toad

Spadefoot Toads

Surinam Toad

Tiger Leg Treefrog

Tomato Frogs

Vietnamese Mossy Frog

Waxy Monkey Frog

White’s Treefrog

Yellow Spotted Climbing Toad


Turtles and Tortoises


African Helmeted and Sideneck Turtles

African Spurred Tortoise, or Sulcata

Aldabara Giant Tortoise

Alligator Snapping Turtle

Asian Big Headed Turtle

Asian Box Turtles

Asian Forest Tortoise

Asian Leaf Turtles

Blanding’s Turtle

Central American Wood Turtles

Common Box Turtles

Common Snapping Turtle


Diamondback Terrapin

Hingeback Tortoises

Leopard Tortoise

Map Turtles

Mata Mata

Mud and Musk Turtles

Painted Turtles

Pancake Tortoise

Redfoot and Yellowfoot Tortoises

Reeve’s Turtle

Slider Turtles

Small European Tortoises

Softshell Turtles

South American River Turtles

Spotted Turtle

Star Tortoise

Lizards-Monitors and Tegus


Argentine Black and White Tegu

Argus Monitor

Asian Water Monitor

Black Roughneck and Dumeril’s Monitors

Blackthroat and Rock Monitors

Crocodile Monitor

Freckled and Black Headed Monitors

Golden Tegu

Mangrove Monitor

Nile and Ornate Monitors

Peachthroat Monitor

Red Tegu

Ridge Tailed, or Ackie Monitors

Savannah Monitor

Timor Monitor

Tree Monitors



Bearded Dragon

Butterfly Agama

Chinese Water Dragon

Eastern Water Dragon

Forest or Anglehead Agamas

Frilled Dragon

Mountain Horned Dragon

Oriental Garden Lizards

Painted Agama

Rankin’s Dragon

Sailfin Dragons

Shieldtail Agama

Spiderman Agama

Toad Headed Agamas




African Fat Tailed Gecko

Bibron’s and Turner’s Geckos

Cave Geckos

Crested Gecko

Crocodile, or Moorish Wall Gecko

Day Geckos

Dwarf Day Geckos

Flying Gecko

Gargoyle Gecko

Golden Gecko

Halmahera Geckos

House and Mediterranean Geckos

Knob Tailed Geckos

Leaf Tailed Geckos

Leopard Gecko

Marbled Gecko

Mourning Gecko

New Caledonia Giant Gecko or Leachianus

New Caledonia Mossy Gecko or Chahoua

Pictus, or Panther Gecko

Tokay Gecko

Viper Geckos

Western Banded Geckos

White Lined or Skunk Gecko



African Fire Skink

Assorted Skinks and Mabuyas

Blue Tongued Skink

Emerald Tree Skink

Monkey Tailed, or Solomon Islands Skink

North American Skinks

Peter’s Banded Skink

Pink Tongued Skink

Red Eyed Crocodile Skink

Sandfish Skink

Schneider’ s or Berber’s Skink

Shingleback Skink

Tanzanian Legless Lizard


Lizards-Iguanids and Chameleons

Basilisks, Green and Brown

Brown, or Bahamian Anole

Brown Tree Climber, or Mop Headed Iguanas


Collared Lizards

Cuban False Chameleon

Cuban Knight Anole

Desert Iguana

Flapneck Chameleon

Green Anole

Green Iguana

Helmeted and Casque Headed Iguanas

Jackson’s Chameleon

Meller’s Chameleon

Panther Chameleon

Puerto Rican Crested Anole

Pygmy and Leaf Chameleons

Rhinoceros and Rock Iguanas

Spiny Tailed Iguanas

Veiled Chameleon

Lizards-Other Lizards and Crocodilians

SteppeAlligator Lizards


Arboreal Alligator Lizards

Armadillo Lizards

Burton’s, or New Guinea Legless Lizard

Caiman Lizard

Curly Tailed Lizards

Eastern Fence Lizard

Emerald Swift

European Legless Lizard, or Scheltopusik

Flat Rock Lizards

Galliwasp Lizards

Horned Lizards

Italian Wall Lizards

Jeweled Lacerta

Leopard Lizards

Longtail Grass Lizard

Other Swifts and Spiny Lizards

Steppe Runner

Sudan Plated Lizard

Whiptails and Racerunners

Dwarf Caimen and Other Crocodilians



Amazon Tree Boa

Arabian Sand Boa

Boa Constrictors

Calabar Boa

Cuban Boa

Dumeril’s Boa

Emerald Tree Boa

Green Anaconda

Haitian and Dominican Mountain Boas

Indian Sand Boa

Kenyan or East African Sand Boa

Pacific Ground Boas

Rainbow Boas

Rosy Boa

Rough Scaled Sand Boa

Rubber Boa

Saharan, or West African Sand Boa

Tartar, or Russian Sand Boa

Viper, or New Guinea Ground Boa

Yellow Anaconda



African Rock Pythons

Amethystine, or Scrub Pythons

Angolan Python

Ball or Royal Python

Bismarck Ringed Python

Black Headed Python

Blood and Short Tailed Pythons

Boelen’s Python

Burmese Python

Carpet and Bredli Pythons

Green Tree Python

Macklot’s and Savu Pythons

Olive Python

Reticulated Pythons

Spotted, Children’s, Anthill, and Related Pythons

Timor Python

White Lipped Pythons

Woma Python

Snakes-North American Colubrids


Bullsnakes, Pinesnakes, and Gophersnakes

Common Kingsnakes

Corn Snakes and Great Plains Ratsnakes

Eastern Hognose Snake

Fox Snakes, Eastern and Western

Garter Snakes and Ribbon Snakes

Glossy Snakes

Gray Banded and Variable Mexican Kingsnakes

Green Ratsnake, North American

Long Nosed Snakes

Lyre Snakes

Milk Snakes

Mountain Kingsnakes

Night Snakes

North American Racers and Coachwhips

North American Ratsnakes

Prairie and Mole Kingsnakes

Rough Green Snake

Trans Pecos Ratsnake

Water Snakes

Western, or Plains Hognose Snakes

Snakes-Exotic Colubrids and Other Snakes

African Egg Eating Snakes

African House Snakes

African Mole Snake

Asian Vine Snakes

Baron’s Racer

Beauty Ratsnakes

Cribos and Indigo Snakes

Elephant Trunk Snake

False Water Cobra

Hundred Flower Ratsnake

King Ratsnakes

Ladder Ratsnake

Leopard Ratsnake

Madagascar Hognose Snakes

Mandarin Ratsnake


Natal Green Snakes

Puffing Snakes

Radiated Ratsnake

Red Mountain Ratsnakes

Red Tailed Ratsnake

Rhinoceros Ratsnake

Royal Diadem Ratsnake

Russian Ratsnake

Sunbeam Snakes

Tentacled Snake

Tricolor Hognose Snake

Twin Spotted Ratsnake