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First, I had a Texas Spiny lizard lay eggs in my pot with tomatoes in it. Will it hurt the eggs when I water the tomatoes? Also, my neighbors grabbed a texas diamondback water snake who had a bunch of baby snakes up with a stick and she escaped and she and all of the babies "ran" into my yard and they yanked up the boards they were apparently living under. What kind of environment do they like. Also, when I mow the lawn with my lawn tractor how can I "warn" I am coming? Could I put something in my woods to shelter and protect them? We have some woods in the back yard.I don't mind reptiles and the snakes are quite pretty.

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Hello Laura,

Wow, the spiny tails/tree lizards are so pretty.
I would try to move the eggs if possible as you could drown them with too much water.  Be careful
an don't handle them more than needed.  The eggs will need to stay in moist dirt though.
As for the diamondback water snakes, they will
likely get used to the sound of the mower and stay under their cover.  I would watch for them though.  
You could stack up some old boards to try and
make a shelter or den.  They like water like creeks or ponds.  
How neat, it sounds like you have a discovery
show going on in your backyard!
You'll have to send pictures of the snakes and
of the baby lizards when they hatch.  They are
super tiny!

Talk soon,
Tracie

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Tracie Kretzschmar

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I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.

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I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

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I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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