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Practical reptile keeping is a UK magazine that covers the topic of keeping reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. The title is relatively new and has been on the shelves for around 16 to 18 months. The magazines is out monthly from selected newsagents and due to it not being a 'general' magazine its not available that widely in local newsagents.
I myself have had my leopard gecko featured in the 'you & your reptiles' section in the July issue! Its on the top left hand page and its of my gecko 'Gwendoline' (if you have that one).
The magazine strong point is that it is pretty much the only reptile magazine widely available in the UK market. So if you have a reptile it really is a must buy to keep up to date with all the newest findings, techniques and news. The articles cover a wide range of topics and are very well written by the writers at the magazine. They focus on a number of different aspects every month but always have section dedicated to the new species and also keeping of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. As I have read the magazine from month to month I have noticed that the content keeps on improving and more sections are being added. The writers have a lot of passion and enthusiasm for their subject matter which transfers well into the magazine content.
The magazine looks really good and the layout is bright and colourful as it is full of glossy pictures of all the animals. This reflects on the colourful nature of the subject matter but it also allows the magazine to stand up and out from the crowd. The paper is a high quality and is very durable as I have read mine over and over again.
A lot of the content in the magazine is not aimed at the novice reptile keep. It focuses on the more exotic, rare and harder to keep species in general rather than the reptiles that many of the readers of the magazine have. This can at times make you think that you are reading a magazine which tells you more about new species than it does your own. I have two leopard geckos and a bearded dragon and I have found only a few articles on them in particular. They feature more in generic articles about health issues however which is very useful. However, this lack of common kept reptile articles does seem strange that 70% of the readers photos include a bearded dragon or leopard gecko.
In the end this is nit-picking and the magazine has a lot more going for it than against it. The magazines looks now to be expanding its sections and is still a magazine that every reptile owner has to have.
I love this magazine, every issue has something new to learn, and it doesn't just focus on reptiles. I first started buying it mainly because it talks about invertebrates, I keep many different types and finding a magazine in the shops that covers that interest is no mean feat. The fact it also covers reptiles and amphibians makes it my perfect magazine.
When you look at the front of the magazine there is always a stunning photo taking the center, surrounded by a black background. The layout is clear, main features are mentioned, and it is well thought out.
Every issue is filled with articles on many different topics, even if you don't keep any of the species it covers there is still plenty to keep you interested. There is a section at the front providing news from the reptile world, often talking about expos and new species, followed by "Kevin's Casebook". Kevin is a vetinary specialist and each issue he talks about a case he has treated.
The magazine also provides breeder updates, question and answers from readers, features on amazing species and of course your pictures, a chance for proud owners to show off their critters. There are also often useful articles such as "grow your own reptile food", which provide helpful walkthroughs and tips.
There are advertisements here and there throughout the magazine, mostly for shops rather that specific items, which rather than being annoying I find useful. Its always good to find another shop with good prices.
At £3.25 this magazine is a great buy, and a great addition to any magazine shelf.
When I bought my gecko's, I was given a lot of fact sheets by the breeder, and given the opportunity to ask all the questions I needed. The world of reptiles is constantly changing, though, so what is believed true one day might have changed the next. Until I discovered this magazine, I couldn't keep up!
Practical Reptile Keeping is an excellent magazine, which features a different reptile each month, with a focus on what it's like, what it needs and where to get one from. It also contains all the latest news and discoveries in the reptile world, as well as having a letters page where readers can write in and have their questions answered by a reptile expert.
The back of the magazine has adverts for reputable places to buy reptiles, their homes and food from, and there is usually good offers too. There is good subscription deals, such as a free state of the art thermometer, and it's sold in most supermarkets and magazine shops.
It's suitable for anyone who has an interest in reptiles, from those who own them to those who just want to know more and look at the amazing pictures. The magazine is always printed on high quality shiny paper, so the pictures look great on the wall, too!