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Which Ferguson Zone is My Reptile In?

Controlled Alien Species

Did you know that BC regulates what species you can and cannot keep. Iconic reptile and amphibian species such as axolotls and Red Eared Sliders are actually illegal to breed, sell or own. If you want a list of all regulated/illegal species, our very own British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (BC SPCA) has documents listing nearly all of them. You can find them on their Controlled Alien Species page or contact us for more info.

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British Columbia Wildlife Act

Did you know that BC protects all its wildlife through the wildlife act. This includes all species of reptiles and amphibians native or introduced in BC. Species such as Garter Snakes and Painted turtles are all illegal to own without a permit. The wildlife act not only protects the species but also other species related to it. Examples are all species in genus Thamnophis commonly known as garter snakes, or all species of turtles found in the family Emydidae commonly known as terrapins, pond turtles, or marsh turtles. For more information contact us or visit the site here.

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Red Tail Boa

Did you know that some snakes and lizards give live birth?

Boas for example don't lay eggs! They give birth to live young called broods. They range in numbers from 10-65, with an average of 25 babies per litter.


 Did you know the word "Hamster,” came from the German word “hamstern,” which means “hoard”. A favorite pastime of our hamster friends.

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Ball Pythons

Did you know that ball pythons are also called royal pythons? This name was derived from a time where royalty wore these snakes like jewelry around their necks.


Did you know that rabbits perform an athletic leap, known as a ‘binky' when they’re happy — performing twists and kicks in mid-air!

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There are over 900 species of tarantulas. These are divided into 2 groups, old world and new world. What's the difference? old world tarantulas come from the eastern hemisphere: Africa, Asia, and Europe. The new world tarantulas come from the western hemisphere: North and South America. In addition, some species of new world tarantulas are able to flick urticating butt hairs as a defense mechanism, while old world tarantulas do not have them.

Guniea Pigs

Did you know that Guinea Pigs do not come from New Guinea? They actually come from the Andes region in South America.

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Leachianus Gecko

Did you know that the leachie is the largest known gecko in the entire world?

Sugar Gliders

Did you know that Sugar Gliders are marsupials? It means that their young are carried within the pouch of the mother. These cute critters are closely related to Kangaroos and Koala Bears.

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