Telephone : 07815 79 79 36  / 01206 233 466 E-Mail : info@smallanimalsboarding.co.uk  
 

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Aylands
Harts Lane
Ardleigh
Colchester
Essex CO7 7QH

Just off Old Ipswich Road near The Ramada Hotel, Gnome Magic and The Jubilee Cafe

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Pet Snake Boarding, Pet Lizard Boarding, Pet Tortoise Boarding in Colchester, Essex and London

Small Animals Boarding welcomes you to our:

Aquaterrarium, Terrarium and Vivarium Hotel

Fed up asking a relative or friend to help you out by caring for your pet amphibian, reptile, insect or arachnid whilst you are on holiday or working away or do you just want a rest??

Want your amphibian, reptile, insect or arachnid to have more care than a 9-5 pet or herpetology shop boarding facility could offer??

Want specialist care for your pet amphibian, reptile, insect or arachnid that a kennel, cattery, pet minder or housesitter just can’t offer??

Congratulations, you’ve discovered an alternative in Small Animals Boarding.

We offer a first class housing, husbandry and hygiene service for your pet amphibian, reptile, insect or arachnid.

Our Aquaterrarium, Terrarium and Vivarium Hotel accommodation is brand new, heated, draught free and our staff are enthusiastic Herpetologists.

We cater for all your snake, lizard, frog, insect, arachnid pet herp needs, all you have to do is give us a call or click here to book your amphibian, reptile, insect or arachnid’s stay online with us at Small Animals Boarding, offering a home away from home for your pets.

For Pet Snakes, Rat, King, Corn, Milk, Boa and Python which feed principally on small, warm blooded animals such as rodents and birds we provide these vivarium conditions:
   
one substantial meal a week of a defrosted, dead mouse or rat
an appropriate day time temperature falling at night, usually within a range of 25-30C (77-86F) to a minimum 24C (75F)
décor varies to suit all ecosystems
substrate granulated bark
a hiding place such as a hollow log
a climbing branch for arboreal species such as the Tree Boa
a large water bowl in which the snake can soak itself particularly when shedding its old skin
   
For other Pet Snakes those like Ribbon and Garter which fish are their mainstay we provide these vivarium conditions:
   
small whole fish are fed 2 or 3 times a week, although some will accept earthworms and baby mice (pinkies)
when fish is fed as an exclusive or main diet it is immersed in hot water to destroy any harmful enzyme
UVB lighting so that vitamin D3 can be synthesized, essential for good health
an appropriate day time temperature falling at night, usually within a range of 25-30C (77-86F) to a minimum of 21C (70F)
décor varies to suit all ecosystems
substrate granulated bark
a hiding place such as a hollow log
a large water bowl in which the snake can soak itself particularly when shedding its old skin
   
For Pet Geckos, Leopard, Day, Fat-tailed and Tokay we provide these terrarium conditions:
   
a daily feed combination of crickets and grasshoppers dusted with a calcium/vitamin D supplement
an appropriate day time temperature falling at night, usually within a range of 35C (95F) to a minimum of 26C (80F)
décor varies to suit all ecosystems
substrate varies calcium carbonate sand for a Leopard Gecko, granulated bark for a Day Gecko and Peat for a Fat-tailed Gecko
a hiding place such as a hollow log
climbing and basking branches for species such as the Day and Tokay
a water dish
   
For Pet Lizards like the Bearded Dragon and Monitors, Ridge Tailed (Spiny), Freckled and Skinks, Gold, Berber, Blue Tongue we provide these terrarium conditions:
   
a daily feed combination of crickets and grasshoppers dusted with a calcium/vitamin D supplement
UVB lighting so that vitamin D3 can be synthesized, essential for good health
an appropriate day time temperature falling at night, usually within a range of 35C (95F) to a minimum of 26C (80F)
décor varies to suit all ecosystems
substrate usually calcium carbonate sand
a hiding place such as a hollow log
a water dish
   
For Pet Chameleons mainly from Yemen and Madagasca and Anoles, Green, Brown, Knight we provide these terrarium conditions:
   
a daily feed combination of crickets and grasshoppers dusted with a calcium/vitamin D supplement
UVB lighting so that vitamin D3 can be synthesized, essential for good health
a day time temperature of 32C (90F) falling at night to a minimum of 21C (70F)
décor and substrate varies to suit all ecosystems
climbing and basking branches
a water dish
   
For Pet Iguanas mainly Green we provide these terrarium conditions:
   
a daily feed of fruit salad which encompasses a broad variety of vegetables and fruits
a day time temperature of 36.8C (98F) falling at night to a minimum of 35C (95F)
dark at night
substrate usually granulated bark
climbing and basking branches
a water dish
   
For Pet Tortoises usually the Mediterranean Herman, Spurthighed, Marginated or African Spur we provide these terrarium conditions:
   
a daily feed of fruit salad which encompasses a broad variety of vegetables and fruits
UVB lighting so that vitamin D3 can be synthesized, essential for good health
a day time temperature of 32C (90F) falling at night to a minimum of 21C (70F)
substrate calcium carbonate sand
a shallow water dish
   
For Pet Amphibians such as Treefrogs, Salamanders, Fire, American Spotted, Tiger and Newts, Chinese, Crested, Marbled, Japanese we provide these aquaterrarium conditions:
   
a daily feed combination of earthworms, crickets, grasshoppers and daphnia
a moist environment
an appropriate temperature usually of 50-75F (10-24C)
décor and substrates are moss, bark, damp soil, damp gravel, rocks and water
a shallow water dish
   
For Pet Terrapins mainly Red Eared we provide these aquaterrarium conditions:
   
a daily feed combination of earthworms, small whole fish and complete terrapin food in stick form or pellets
a cuttlefish bone
UVB lighting so that vitamin D3 can be synthesized, essential for good health (optional)
an appropriate temperature usually of 85F (30C)
substrate of small rocks with a stone basking area and water
   
For Giant African Land Snails we provide these terrarium conditions:
   
a daily feed of fruit salad which encompasses a broad variety of vegetables and fruits
a cuttlefish bone
an appropriate temperature usually of 74F (23C)
warm water sprays to keep the moisture content
substrate of general purpose compost
   
For Pet Spiders mainly Tarantula Chilean Rose, Tawny Red, Mexican Red Knee, Mexican Blonde and Scorpions, Emperor, Thailand Forest we provide these terrarium conditions:
   
a daily feed combination of crickets, grasshoppers and mealworms
substrate of vermiculite
humidity
warm water sprays to keep the moisture content
an appropriate temperature usually of 70-80F (23C)
a hiding place such as a hollow log
water dish
   
For Stick Insects, Indian or Laboratory, Giant Prickly, Giant Spiny, Pink winged or Madagascan, Jungle Nymph, Costa Rican, Peruvian Fern, Borneo Thorney, Annam we provide these terrarium conditions:
   
a daily feed of bramble or privet
an appropriate room temperature usually of 85F (30C)
substrate of paper lining

Constant availability of fresh water.

All fruit and vegetables are thoroughly washed before feeding.

Water dishes are cleaned regularly.

Aquaterrarium, Terrarium, Vivarium and Sweater boxes are cleaned daily.

High priority is given to stimulation, foraging and social contact contributing to achieving the happiness and general well-being of your pet amphibian, reptile, insect or arachnid whilst in our care.

We welcome owners to view and inspect the premises and visit the resident pony, cats, dogs, fish, birds, parrots, reptiles, bunny rabbits and rodents at Small Animals Boarding before boarding their pet(s).

We offer appropriate Aquaterrarium, Terrarium, Vivarium and Sweater Boxes, however they are limited.

We have relations with local Veterinary practices which offer a 24 hour service should a need arise.

We offer a collection and delivery service should you require the convenience.

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