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    Re: PA Woods and Forests Storyline

    A Frog Week Discovery!

    Episode 6 of my conservation project involving frogs and toads is a discovery! As a citizen scientist I volunteer and take part in the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey (PARS). This survey focuses on documenting what species members find in each county and how many of each species is found. I documented the first ever eastern gray tree frog in Cambria County's history making a discovery. The eastern gray tree frog is not one of the six abundant frogs in Pennsylvania, but the work I am doing could mean this frog becomes the seventh abundant species in the state. Checkout this video of me filming the discovery!

    https://youtu.be/WLoMrLVxdiA

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    Re: PA Woods and Forests Storyline

    This update is the big one for the Gray Army, Dumpy Family, and Skink Dynasty...


    Finally, after 2-3 years of not having a bioactive vivarium and not having my animals in their forever homes, that dream will become a reality! The Dumpy Family (White's tree frogs) had 4 negative tests and now join the Gray Army (Gray tree frogs) as being certified to go back to a bioactive vivarium. The forever home for them. This means I can begin to create BOTH enclosures for the three groups.

    The big elephant in the room is the three groups going into two enclosures.

    The Gray Army I decided to keep solo. They were supposed to move into the 125 gallon with the Skink Dynasty (Southeastern Five Lined Skinks), but I decided not to do that. Instead the Gray Army is moving to the Exo Terra XL 36x18x36. This space I'm hoping is enough for the four eastern gray tree frogs. They will have many plants and a unique background. The background will not be custom made, but will be modified with branches, logs, and plants. The goal is to make them feel at home like they can climb up a tree. The gray Army will be completely solo with only springtails as the clean up crew.

    Now to address the elephant in the room. For many reasons I have decided to merge my two exotic groups and allow them to live together in the 125 gallon. The Dumpy Family and Skink Dynasty will meet. Max will meet Pharaoh. This encounter will never happen in the wild. Based on owning the animals for over five years and understanding carefully their personalities I felt this merger would make the most sense. The skinks like humidity and humidity spikes, they enjoy moderate humidity like the dumpy tree frogs. The skinks need very warm temperatures to bask and they do not like cooler than the lower 60s for lows, and neither do the dumpy tree frogs. The skinks eat larger prey items and so do the dumpy tree frogs. Hopefully you can see where I'm going with this. They have similar care. If it doesn't work out we will talk about having three setups, but for the moment I'm all in on building the 125 gallon and allowing the Skink Dynasty and Dumpy Family to debut in the enclosure together. This will be the enclosure that never sleeps.

    A new series will come from these two enclosures. I'm calling the series "Wild Vivariums". The series will be ongoing meaning it will be continuous and there are no plans to stop it. This project will be filmed with the same technology I used to film Frog Week 2021. There will be some new gadgets that I use that will be introduced in this series that will be used in Frog Week 2022. I hope this new series will help educate people who keep any of these animals or related animals that are similar to these three species on how to care for their animals. I will finally have a series where I explain how to care for animals and also building enclosures and all of the details let go into designing a bioactive setup. I hope that you will enjoy some of these new ideas I've come up with, and I hope that you will enjoy seeing some of the old ideas integrated into this ongoing series.

    For a long time fans of what I've been doing, the swarms videos will come back and be part of this. Swarms videos are where a feeder insect is chosen and a large number of it is released into the enclosure and we see how the animals react to a large swarm of feeders. I try to use invertebrates that would show up in a swarm for stimulation and enrichment for the animals. The skinks will make their first appearance in the swarms battles. It was originally only for the tree frogs.

    The holiday battles that happened a few years ago where the two tree frog groups competed in a few challenges in their respective enclosures and the YouTube viewers chose the winner will also return in this series.

    I will also document the animals and their natural behavior in some episodes. It will be more documentary styled. You will have the chance to see how the animals interact in their environment which is why I called the series Wild Vivariums.

    There may be some product reviews added in if I think there are some items that are worth purchasing or items that are essential to the health and well-being of these respective animals.

    These are just some of the ideas that I'm throwing around for this series that I've been planning for a few years now. Does this sound exciting to you? Are you interested in learning some care tips that I have to offer? Are you interested to see some older ideas integrated with newer ideas for an ongoing series?



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    Re: PA Woods and Forests Storyline

    Checkout the new episode of my lizard! He will meet one of my frog groups as soon as I get the enclosure built!

    https://youtu.be/8wjtKaKFnsk

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