If you’ve ever seen a TV show, poster, tee shirt or coffee mug featuring a rain forest theme, then you are probably already familiar with this frog. With various morphs being found throughout the tropical forests of Central and South America, it is one of the most common symbols of the rain forest. The red-eyed
This week’s featured animal is the green anole (Anolis carolinensis). Sometimes, after spending thousands on a magnificent vivarium, then hundreds more on rare and beautiful dart frogs for the vivarium, people are surprised that I recommend they include a pair of green anoles in their vivarium. Because green anoles are common and inexpensive, people tend
This week’s featured vivarium orchid is Dendrobium bracteosum. From New Guinea, this is one of my favorite orchids for vivariums and I almost always include it in any vivarium I create. Under the right conditions, it seems to never go out of bloom, always being covered with beautiful, bright pink flowers with orange-yellow lips. The
Since we recently completed a nice cat porch, a.k.a. Catio, for a client in Palm Desert, I thought I might discuss the issue of toxic plants and animals. We created a beautiful garden in the catio that is not only interesting for the cat to explore, but lovely for the human owners to enjoy as
This week’s featured frog is the bumblebee dart frog (Dendrobates leucomelas). This has been one of the most common dart frogs bred in captivity for decades, and with good reason. It is a strikingly beautiful frog, typically a jet black with bright yellow bands, of varying type depending on the morph. There is also a
This is a cat porch, or catio, we created for a great couple in Palm Desert who rescue and adopt out hundreds of cats a year. This catio is for their own cat. It is of aluminum construction. It utilizes part of an existing patio off one of the bedrooms and the adjoining garden area.
This week’s plant is Neoregelia ‘Mini Skirt’. Neoregelia is a genus of bromeliads. Mini Skirt is a hybrid. We use lots of bromeliads in the vivariums we create. They are not only very attractive plants, but extremely useful as well. In Central and South America, where bromeliads are native (some range into southern North America),
This week’s featured animal is the buff Orpington chicken. If you were to take a survey among all people who keep chickens, this breed would be the number one favorite. There are many reasons for this. In my opinion, the buff Orpington is the ideal example of the perfect backyard flock chicken. It is a
This will be a series of posts on great orchids to use in vivariums. This week’s featured vivarium orchid is Cirrhopetalum lepidum. This is a great vivarium orchid native to Thailand that grows well, blooms freely and is very useful. It has pretty light-to-dark pink, fan-shaped flowers. It likes medium light conditions, about 500-1,500 footcandles.
Palm Springs vivarium