General Practices

General Practices

Quality Amazon Basins are expensive animals. As such, should you invest in one (or several) we have a few general practices that we recommend to keepers of these extraordinary creatures:

  1. Maintain a closed system - Purchase captive born animals and never bring wild caught animals into your collection.
  2. Avoid frequent handling of your animals - try to create a consistent environment with minimal disturbances.
  3. Maintain detailed records on each animal.
  4. Never house more than one Basin in a cage except during mating.
  5. Always use a competent antibacterial and antiviral disinfectant on cages, water bowls, feeding tongs, etc.
  6. Always quarantine new animals obtained from other collections even if the animals are captive born - depending on the circumstances, a three to six month quarantine period may be appropriate.
  7. Accept the fact that these are slow growing and maturing animals and use restraint and moderation in your feeding regiment.

Maddy, adult female Amazon Basin

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