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

MAHS Care Sheet Statistics
Invertebrates (Non Feeders)-61
Feeders (Vertebrate and Invertebrate)-12
Chelonians (Turtles & Tortoises)-27
Total: 338

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 Python

Bearded Dragon

Blue Tongued Skink

Corn Snake

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 Head Roaches

Fiddler Crabs

Hermit Crabs

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach



Moon and Halloween Crabs

Question Mark and Domino Roaches

Stick Insects

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 KneeT arantula

Chaco Goldknee Tarantula

Chilean Rose Tarantula

Cobalt Blue Tarantula

Cobweb Weavers

Curly Hair Tarantula

Desert Hairy Scorpions

Emperor and Redclaw Scorpions

Fishing & Nursery Web Spiders

Flat Rock Scorpion

Flame Knee Tarantula

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

Nhandu Genus of Tarantulas

Orange Baboon Tarantulas

Ornamental Tarantulas

Pinktoe Tarantulas

Pink Zebra Beauty Tarantula

Pumpkin Patch Tarantula

Red kneed Tarantulas

Red Rump Tarantulas

Singapore Blue Tarantula

Skeleton Tarantulas


Tailless Whipscorpion

Texas Brown Tarantulas

Thailand Black Tarantula

Tiger Rump Tarantula

Trinidad Chevron Tarantula

Venezuela Sun Tiger Tarantula


Wolf Spiders

Zebra Tarantula

Amphibians-Salamanders, Newts, and Other Amphibians

Alpine Newt


Aquatic Caecilians


Common Mudpuppy

Crested and Marbled Newts

Eastern Newts

Firebelly Newts

Fire Salamander

Mandarin and Emperor Newts

Marbled Salamander

Paddletail Newt

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

Budgetts Frog


Cane Toad

Clown Treefrog

Cuban Treefrog


Fire bellied Toad

Golden Gliding Treefrog

Gray Treefrogs

Green and Bronze Frogs

Horned Frog

Leopard Frogs

Malayan Leaf Frog


North American Toads

Painted Frog

Redeye Treefrog

Reed Frogs

Running Frogs

Smooth Sided Toad

Spadefoot Toads

Surinam Toad

Tiger Leg Treefrog

Tomato Frog

Vietnamese Mossy Frog

Waxy Monkey Frog

Whites Treefrog

Yellow Spotted Climbing Toad


Turtles and Tortoises

-African Helmeted Turtle (Pelomedusa subrufa)

-African Side necked Turtle (Pelusios castaneus)

-African Spurred Tortoise or Sulcata (Geochelone/Centrochelys sulcata)

-Aldabara Giant Tortoise (Geochelone/Aldabrachelys gigantea)

-Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temmincki)

-Asian Box Turtles (Cuora amboinensis)

-Asian Forest Tortoise (Manouria emys)

-Asian Leaf Turtles (Cyclemys sp.)

-Box Turtles, Common (Terrapene carolina ssp.)

-Central American/Neotropical Wood Turtles (Rhinoclemmys sp.)

-Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

-Cooter Turtles (Pseudemys sp.)

Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin)

-Hingeback Tortoises (Kinixys sp.)

-Leopard Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis)

-Map Turtles (Graptemys sp.)

-Mata-Mata (Chelus fimbriata)

-Mud Turtles (Kinosternon sp.) -Musk Turtles (Sternotherus sp.)

-Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta ssp.)

-Pancake Tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri)

-Red footed and Yellow Footed Tortoises (Chelonoidis carbonaria) and (Chelonoidis denticulata)

-Reeve’s Turtle (Mauremys reevesii)

-Slider Turtles (Trachemys scripta ssp.)

-Small European Tortoises (Russian, Hermann’s, Marginated, and Greek) (Testudo/Agrionemys horsfieldii, Testudo/Agrionemys gracea, Testudo/Agrionemys marginata, and Testudo/Agrionemys hermanni)

-Softshell Turtles, North American (Apalone sp.)

-South American River Turtles (Podocnemis sp.)

-Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata)

-Star Tortoise (Geochelone elegans)

Lizards-Monitors and Tegus

-Argentine Black and White/Blue Tegu (Tupinambis/Salvator merianae)

-Argus Monitor (Varanus panoptes)

-Asian Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)

-Black Roughneck Monitor (Varanus rudicollis)

-Blackthroat/Rock Monitor (Varanus albigularis)

-Crocodile Monitor (Varanus salvadorii)

-Dumeril’s Monitor (Varanus dumerilii)

-Golden Tegu (Tupinambis/Salvator teguixin)

-Mangrove Monitor (Varanus indicus)

-Nile/Ornate Monitor (Varanus niloticus) and (Varanus ornatus)

-Peachthroat Monitor (Varanus jobiensis)

-Red Tegu (Tupinambis/Salvator rufescens)

-Ridge/Spiny Tailed Monitor/Ackies (Varanus [Subgenus Odatria] acanthurus)

-Savannah/Bosc’s Monitor (Varanus exanthematicus)

-Timor Monitor (Varanus timorensis)

-Tree Monitors, Green and Black (Varanus prasinus) and (Varanus beccarii)


-Bearded Dragon, Inland (Pogona vitticeps)

-Butterfly Agama (Leiolepis sp.)

-Chinese Water Dragon (Physignathus cocincinus)

-Eastern Water Dragon (Physignathus/Intellagama lesueurii)

-Forest/Chameleon Dragons (Gonocephalus sp.)

-Frilled Dragon (Chlamydosaurus kingii)

-Mountain Horned Dragons (Acanthosaura sp.)

-Painted Agama/Stellion Agama (Stellagama stellio)

-Rankin’s Dragon (Pogona henrylawsoni)

-Sailfin Dragons (Hydrosaurus sp.)

-Shield Tailed Agama (Xenagama taylori)

-Spiderman Rock Agama (Agama mwanzae)

-Uromastyx species (Uromastyx sp.)


-African Fat tailed Gecko (Hemitheconyx caudicinctus)

-Bibron’s Gecko and Turner’s Gecko (Pachydactylus/Chondrodactylus bibroni) and (Pachydactylus/Chondrodactylus turneri)

-Cave Geckos (Goniurosaurus sp.)

-Crested Gecko (Correlophus ciliates)

-Day Geckos (Phelsuma sp.)

-Dwarf Day Geckos, including Electric Blue (Lygodactylus sp.)

-Flying Gecko (Ptychozoon kuhli)

-Gargoyle Gecko (Rhacodactylus auriculatus)

-Golden Gecko (Gekko badenii)

-Halmahera Gecko (Gehyra marginata)

-House/Mediterranean Geckos (Hemidactylus sp.)

-Knob Tailed Geckos (Nephrurus sp.)

-Leaf Tailed Geckos (Uroplatus sp.)

-Leopard Gecko (Eublepharis macularius)

-Marbled Gecko (Christinus/Phyllodactylus marmoratus)

-Mourning Gecko (Lepidodactylus lugubris)

-New Caledonia Giant Gecko/Leachie (Rhacodactylus leachianus)

-New Caledonia Mossy Gecko/Chahoua (Rhacodactylus/Mniarogekko chahoua)

-Panther/Pictus Gecko (Paroedura pictus)

-Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) -Viper Geckos (Teratolepis sp.)

-Western Banded Geckos (Coleonyx sp.)

-White Lined/Skunk Gecko (Gekko vittatus)


-African Fire Skink (Lepidothyris/Ripoa fernandi)

-“Assorted”/Mabuya Skink Species (Mabuya sp.), (Eutropis sp.), (Lampropholis sp.), and (Trachylepis sp.)

-Blue Tongued Skink (Tiliqua sp.)

-Emerald Tree Skink (Lamprolepis smaragsdina)

-Monkey Tailed/Solomon Islands Skink (Corucia zebrata)

-North American Skinks (Plestiodon sp.)

-Peter’s Banded Skink (Scincopus fasciatus)

-Pink Tongued Skink (Hemisphaeriodon gerrardii)

-Red Eyed Crocodile Skink (Tribolonotus gracilis)

-Sandfish Skink (Scincus scincus)

-Schneider’s/Berber’s Skink (Eumeces schneideri)

-Shingleback Skink (Tiliqua rugosa)

-Tanzanian Legless Lizard (Acontias percivali)


Lizards-Iguanids and Chameleons

-Basilisks, Green (Plumed) and Brown (Striped) (Basiliscius basiliscus and Basiliscus vittatus)

-Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei)

-Brown Tree Climber/Mop Headed Iguanas (Uranoscodon superciliosus)

-Chuckwallas (Sauromalus sp.)

-Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris)

-Cuban Knight Anole (Anolis equestris)

-Desert Iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis)

-Flap Necked Chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis)

-Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

-Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)

-Jackson’s Chameleon (Chamaeleo jacksonii)

-Meller’s Chameleon (Trioceros melleri)

-Panther Chameleon (Furcifer pardalis)

-Pygmy and Leaf Chameleons (Brookesia sp.), (Rieppeleon sp.), and (Rhampholeon sp.)

-Rhinoceros Iguana (Cyclura cornuta)

-Spiny Tailed Iguanas (Ctenosaura sp.)

-Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus)

Lizards-Other Lizards and Crocodilians

-Alligator Lizards (Elgaria sp.) and (Gerrhonotus sp.)

-Ameivas (Ameiva sp.)

-Arboreal Alligator Lizards (Abronia sp.)

-Armadillo Lizards (Cordylus cataphractus)

-Burton’s/New Guinea Legless Lizard (Lialis burtonis)

-Caiman Lizard (Dracaena guianensis)

-Curly Tailed Lizards (Leiocephalus sp.)

-Eastern Fence Lizard (Sceloporous undulatus)

-Emerald Swift (Sceloporus malachiticus)

-European Legless Lizard/Scheltopusik (Pseudopus apodus)

-Flat Rock Lizards (Platysaurus sp.)

-Horned Lizards (Phrynosoma sp.)

-Italian Wall Lizards (Podarcis sp.)

-Jeweled Lacerta (Lacerta lepida)

-Leopard Lizards (Gambelia sp.)

-Long tailed Grass Lizard (Takydromus sexlineatus)

-Other Spiny Lizards (Sceloporus sp.)

-Steppe Runner (Eremias argute)

-Sudan Plated Lizard (Gerrhosaurus major)

-Whiptails and Racerunners (Aspidoscelis sp.) and (Cnemidophorus sp.)

-Dwarf Caimen, Cuvier’s and Schneider’s (Paleosuchus sp.)


-Amazon Tree Boa (Corallus hortulanus)

-Arabian Sand Boa (Eryx jayakari)

-“Boa constrictors” (Boa constrictor/Boa imperator) and Other “Boa Constrictor” Species (Amarali, Long Tailed, Argentine, Pearl Island, Hog Island, etc.)

-Calabar Burrowing Boa/Python (Charina/Calabaria reinhardtii)

-Cuban Boa (Epicrates/Chilabothrus angulifer)

-Dumeril’s Boa (Boa/Acrantophis dumerili)

-Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus) and (Corallus batesii)

-Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus)

-Haitian/Dominican Mountain Boa (Epicrates striatus)

-Indian Sand Boa (Eryx johnii)

-Kenyan/East African Sand Boa (Gongylophis colubrinus)

-Pacific Ground Boa (Candoia carinata) and (Candoia paulsoni)

-Rainbow Boas (Epicrates cenchria ssp.)

-Rosy Boa (Lichanura trivirgata)

-Rough Scaled Sand Boa (Gongylophus conicus)

-Rubber Boa (Charina bottae)

-Saharan/West African Sand Boa (Gongylophus muelleri)

-Tartar/Russian Sand Boa (Eryx tataricus)

-Viper/New Guinea Ground Boa (Candoia aspera)

-Yellow Anaconda (Eunectes notaeus)


-African Rock Pythons (Python sebae and Python nataliensis)

-Amethystine/Scrub Python (Morelia amethistina)

-Angolan Python (Python anchietae)

-Antaresia Pythons (Children’s, Spotted, Stimson’s, and Anthill Pythons) (Antaresia sp.)

-Ball/Royal Python (Python regius)

-Bismarck Ringed Python (Bothrochilus boa)

-Black Headed Python (Aspidites melanocephalus)

-Blood and Short tailed Pythons (Python curtus, Python brongersmai, Python kyaiktiyo, and Python breitensteini)

-Burmese Python (Python bivittatus)

-Carpet/Diamond/Bredli Pythons (Morelia spilota ssp.) and (Morelia bredli)

-Green Tree Python (Morelia viridis)

-Macklot’s/Savu Python (Liasis mackloti ssp.)

-Olive Python (Liasis olivaceus)

-Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus)

-White Lipped Pythons (Leiopython/Bothrochilus albertisii)

-Woma Python (Aspidites ramsayi)

Snakes-North American Colubrids
-Bullsnakes, Gopher Snakes, and Pine Snakes (Pituophis catenifer ssp. and Pituophis melanoleucus ssp.)

-Common Kingsnakes (Lampropeltis getula sp.)

-Corn/Red Rat Snake (Pantherophis guttatus)

-Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos)

-Fox Snakes (Pantherophis ramspotti) and (Pantherophis vulpinus)

-Garter Snakes (Thamnophis sp.)

-Glossy Snake (Arizona elegans)

-Gray banded Kingsnake (Lampropeltis alterna)

-Long nosed snakes (Rhinocheilus lecontei ssp.)

-Milk Snakes (Lampropeltis triangulum, Lampropeltis elapsoides, and Lampropeltis polyzona)

-Mountain Kingsnakes (Lampropeltis zonata ssp. And Lampropeltis pyromelana ssp.)

-North American Racers and Coachwhips (Coluber constrictor ssp.) and (Coluber flagellum ssp.)

-North American Ratsnakes (Pantherophis sp.)

-Prairie/Mole Kingsnakes (Lampropeltis calligaster)

-Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)

-Trans Pecos Rat Snake (Bogertophis subocularis)

-Water Snakes (Nerodia sp.)

-Western/Plains Hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus)

Snakes-Exotic Colubrids and Other Snakes


-African Egg Eating Snakes (Dasypeltis sp.)

-African House snakes (Lamprophis sp.)

-African Mole Snake (Pseudaspis cana)

-Asian “Green” Vine Snake (Ahaetulla nasuta) and (Ahaetulla prasina)

-Baron’s Racer (Philodryas baroni)

-Beauty Ratsnakes (Orthriophis taeniurus ssp.)

-Cribos (Drymarchon corais ssp.)

-Elephant Trunk Snake (Acrochordus javanicus)

-False Water Cobra (Hydrodynastes gigas)

-King Ratsnake (Elaphe carinata)

-Ladder Ratsnake (Elaphe/Rhinechis scalaris)

-Leopard Ratsnake (Elaphe/Zamenis situla)

-Malagasy/Madagascar Giant Hognose Snakes (Leioheterodon sp.)

-Mandarin Ratsnake (Elaphe/Euprepiophis mandarinus)

-Natal Green Snakes (Philothamnus sp.)

-Puffing Snakes (Pseustes/Phrynonax sp.)

-Radiated Ratsnake (Coelognathus radiata)

-Red Bamboo Ratsnakes (Oreocryptophis porphyraceus ssp.)

-Red Tailed Ratsnake (Gonyosoma oxycephalum)

-Rhinoceros Ratsnake (Rhynchophis boulengeri)

-Royal Diadem Ratsnake (Spalerosophis diadema)

-Russian Ratsnake (Elaphe schrenckii)

-Sunbeam Snake (Xenopeltis unicolor)

-Tentacled Snake (Erpeton tentaculatum)

-Tri Colored Hognose snake (Lystrophis pulcher)

-Twin Spotted Ratsnake (Elaphe bimaculata)

Under Construction!!!