I know this is probably a strange question for someone who doesn't even have one tank yet, but when I do start to build a collection, I'd love to be able to have some zoo type labels to put on the tanks.
It'd be cool if I ever had friends come over that wanted to see what I had to make everything look nice (and for me too).
Like for my corn snake I'd like a label that said Elaphe guttata and have a short paragraph about them.
If I wanted to get an emperor scorpion or a tarantula I'd like labels for them too.
If many years from now I wanted to get something mildly venomous like a Gila monster, then I'd like to be able to get a label that had bold red text that said venomous on it. (I'm not really planning to get anything like that but I want to keep my options open depending on how I feel about it later) A label like that might come in handy anyway if I were to get something like a bird eater tarantula one day.
Where would I get something like that? I did a search for vivarium labels but the only thing I was able to find was something in the UK which had a small number of labels. I live in Houston, Texas.
Where do zoos get them from?
-Rubystars
1 2 3 4
Where do zoos get them from?

They make them. At the MoS, the cage labels only had common name, species, the animal's catalogue number, a coloured dot for level of danger of the animal (green, yellow, and red), and maybe the animals name. An examples would be -

Bobcat
Lynx rufus

39486 (number is made up)"Annie"
(the dot would be red)
Yellow Ratsnake
Elaphe obsoleta quadrivitta

60705 (again, the number is made up)(the dot would be green)
American Alligator
Alligator mississippiensis

53921 (again, the number is made up)"Alex"
(the dot would be red)
The colour dots would be very important in letting what animals the volunteers could handle. None of the tags had any natural history information on them, at least not in my work area. A few cages on display had some info, but not much. Mostly we relied on Museum staff to educate visitors. That was my favorite part of the job. Did demos with alligators, rattlesnakes, tarantulas, rare turtles, and all kinds of snakes. Even did a leopard gecko demo once.

At home I have no labels in collection and at one time my collection rivaled my employer's. There is no need for me to label anything. If a visitor to my house wants to know something all they have to do is ask me.
Kurt Kunze
IPMS/USA Patriot
New England Herpetological Society
http://www.neherp.com
Remove "clothes" to e-mail me
Where do zoos get them from?

They make them.

I thought that might be the case. Emotion: sad
At home I have no labels in collection and at one time my collectionrivaled my employer's. There is no need for me to label anything. If a visitor to myhouse wants to know something all they have to do is ask me.

Yeah but I just think it would look good to have labels. Emotion: smile

-Rubystars
I know this is probably a strange question for someone who doesn't even have one tank yet, but when I do start to build a collection, I'd love to be able to have some zoo type labels to put on the tanks.

Use your computer to make some.
fr0glet
Use your computer to make some.

And then take them to the copy store to get them
laminated.
-Z
Use your computer to make some.

And then take them to the copy store to get them laminated. -Z

And then go to a fabric store and buy velcro dots to affix them to your cages.
fr0glet
All my tarantula enclosures are labeled (for my convenience only). I have species name, and under that the common name. I also have an ID # for those I have multiples of in order to make tracking molts easier. I've heard too many people post on boards with pictures saying "I forgot what this one is, help!" and I've vowed that will never happen to me!
Leanne
http://members.aol.com/huntryder79
I know this is probably a strange question for someone ... have some zoo type labels to put on the tanks.

Use your computer to make some. fr0glet

Yeah that's what I'll probably have to do. Emotion: smile The only thing I know how to do is to play around in an image maker then print it out on computer paper though. It might look kind of tacky to have a cut out piece of printer paper taped on.
Is there a software program for making stickers, and a place I can buy sticker type paper?
-Rubystars
All my tarantula enclosures are labeled (for my convenience only). I have species name, and under that the common name. ... with pictures saying "I forgot what this one is,help!" and I've vowed that will never happen to me! Leanne http://members.aol.com/huntryder79

Yeah, that's a great reason to label. Emotion: smile
A lot of it would just be for my own personal fun.. I mean, I would kind of like to have my own "zoo" to visit when I come home, like have a few snakes, a few spiders, maybe an emperor scorpion, and a couple of other tanks with something fun and relatively easy in them.
Having labels would be part of completing the "look", kind of like background scenes for tanks can make them look good.

I love animals and any time I'm stressed or depressed I feel instantly better if I see a lizard outside, or an unusual bug, etc. One of the scariest experiences I had with a wild animal was also one of the best, I was walking home and almost stepped on a Southern Copperhead that happened to be crossing my path. I jumped back VERY quickly to get out of its way, but I got a chance to see it moving along and it was so colorful and beautiful that I can't count it as a bad experience. I'd like to be able to have that kind of experience with animals every day (without the danger).

-Rubystars
Show more