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A Jodoin - 2014-02-06
I rescued my chion from the SPCA when he was eight months old. His previous owners decided he was 'untrainable' after abusing him. He is now 18 months and the best dog I've ever had. Within a month he was fully pad-trained, walks without a leash, hardly barks. He is the sweetest, most spoiled little puppy I've met and my favourite cuddler. However, due to his past, he is terrified of most men and all strangers. He also has serious abandonment issues and cries when left alone. A dog, especially a small one, needs a lot of time and love. Please don't get a chion if you don't plan to treat it with the sweet caring heart that he/she will treat you with.

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  • Mandy - 2014-02-09
    Hi I just adopted a female dog. That appears to be a long haired chihuahua. But I suspect she may have some papillion cause her ears are more angles than straight like a chihuahua. My email is I can email pictures of her I just would like to know if I have one of these wonderful babies also. She weighs about 10 lbs but is a little overweight.
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Kelsey Harvey - 2007-02-27
I live in Hawaii where Jackson chameleons were accidently introduced in the 70s and they thrive here now. I have one 9 month old male chameleon and he lives in a 2 by 3 foot cage that I built for him out of mesh wire. In the morning, I spray him and his cage with a lot of hot water (which he loves), give him 3 crickets, and I hang his cage on a tree in an area that allows for areas of basking and shade in his cage. Then in the evening I hang him up higher so he can soak up the rest of the day's sun and I spray him once more. I leave him here overnight and he gets more water throughout the night as it usually rains every night here. I switch up his diet very often feeding him crickets for about 1 1/2 weeks then i will give him some silk worms or meal worms then go back to crickets. I gutload the insects with fresh fruits and vegetables and clean their enclosures and replace the food every other day to prevent molding. I do not use Repcal or any other powder to sprinkle on the insects because it is very easy for the chameleon to overdose on calcium or protein. I take him out very rarely, usually on weekends when I am home. I hang out outside and let him climb on a tree in my yard (keeping an eye on him of course). I have noticed that he is healthy and happy when his tail is tightly curled. When he is relaxing he is very green, he does not breath with his mouth open, and his skin is not loose. If I begin to notice that any of his normal behaviors are changing I will hike up a mountain where it is moist and perfectly suitable for a chameleon and let him go. Anyone who lives anywhere else should immediately take them to a vet (who actually knows something about chameleons) if your chameleon looks or acts ill. Hope this helps!

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  • Rich - 2014-01-17
    I moved to Hawaii 10/2014 and found out the Jacksons live here. Since then I have been hiking and looking for the little guys. I have a gopro on a long tripod and have several nikon lenses. I want to observe these wonderful creature in there enviorment. Can you email me if you know of where I can look for them. I also have read in the last two years there population has dwindled from the demands on them. Thanks so much in advance.
  • Noah - 2014-02-06
    U can find them around mililani mauka
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chris - 2010-10-03
I have a 4 month old senegal who seems to sleep upside down in its cage. Is this normal? The cage is 20x24x36 with a play top area. The bird is tame bought from a breeder who I feel loves her birds and takes pride in her birds. I really like this bird and look forward to the future with this pet but was wondering if they sleep this way?

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  • John - 2010-10-21
    Chris, I have a three year old Senegal who started sleeping upside down about 4 months ago. He is very happy and well adjusted. Should have named him "Batman". I think it's perfectly normal. I got my bird when he was two. Apparently he had little attention given to him and just sat around. It took about 6 months but he now is very active, loves toys, and is quite playful and affectionate. By the way, my cage is a similar size.
  • encee - 2010-10-30
    I have a Senegal, too and she does this all the time. It is very normal for her!
    In fact sometimes, to tell me she wants to go to sleep, she goes up to the top of her cage and holds on to it upside down. So I cover her and she's happy. I asked a bird store owner if this breed does this a lot and she said they did. Mine also likes to dangle upside down on one foot from a towel hanging in the bathroom. Real acrobat!!!
  • Andrea - 2011-01-17
    I have an 8 year old senegal who sleeps upside down half of the week and on a perch the other. He seems to be fine and just loves to view the world upside down.
  • Jenni - 2011-01-30
    Chris, I'm not sure if you are still looking for an answer to this, and hopefully everything is still okay with the bird. It is normal for birds to sleep in different positions. We are familiar with birds who perch on one leg or sleep against something, but there are many birds who like to sleep upside down or even on their backs! Just like people, every bird's sleep style is different. Make sure he is getting proper nutrition, play time, a good diet (NOT a seed-only diet), and good socialization with you and other members of the house.
  • Jo - 2014-02-07
    My Senegal spends pretty much her whole life upside down !!!
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justin martin - 2011-02-27
Hi, I just bought a desert hairy scorpion, this is my first one. I was wondering Ibought it in small case it was in with the same original sand. I just wanted to make sure what I need to keep it healthy. What kind of light or a black light a gentleman told me, should I change the sand often, how much water is needed, if I need a bigger tank and with the food I see it eating two creeks, but the other one that was alive he stung and left it alone do I take it out and throw it out? Thank you for the help. justinT

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  • tom - 2011-05-05
    You should never use blacklight all the time. An ultraviolet miney checker type light is good to occasionaly look at your scorpion, but it is proven, that it is detrimental to their health. You will need a 2/5 gallon aquarium type vivarium (aquariums tend to be longer than tall, floor space is the key to housing) they are a ground dwelling species, that burrows from time to time, so mix reptile sand with a small block of coir (coco fiber) or potting clay, to give it a sturdy burrowing substrate, that won't collapse. You don't need to change the sand often, just remove uneaten/dead crickets, locusts and roaches. At the end of the year, do a complete overhaul. Move your scorpion into a small tub, that it can't climb out of. Rinse the substrate and other things and put it all back in.
    Also: feed him 2 crickets every week. Sometimes they go on hunger strike. Don't worry.
  • fakhar shehzad - 2014-02-07
    i have lot of gecko lizards and scorpio...i want to sell them plz contact me,,,
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Monique - 2014-02-07
I got a Pleco for our established aquarium with plenty of algae, it lived for one week. Mt temps are correct and my other fish are fine...was wondering what we did wrong before i get another one...any info would help. Thank You

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-08
    Pleco's are generally very hardy, a week suggests it may have had issues when you bought it. Talk to your supplier, they may replace it for you.
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David Gillam - 2006-04-04
I have six of these ranging in size from 12cm to 25cm. They seem to be very hardy and I keep at 26c. Very aggressive live feeders. They tend to hang back from smaller fish and lunge suddenly. The mouth is truly huge when fully projected and can cantelever some 5cm on occassions. A healthy fish will have well defined gold with black bands a clear tail fin. Fish that are not healthy will have black patches in the gold and a blackish fin. The colour seems to correct quite quickly in the right conditions.

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  • mj - 2014-02-08
    how long did it take for your Datnoids to grow?
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Justin Stumbo - 2014-02-07
I have a juvenile otb and I've had he for two months now. She's been on a two cricket diet per week now but for some reason hasn't eaten for almost two weeks:/ I tried putting the cricket in her burrow thinking she'd eat but she ran out the other end. Not sure what's going on with her. Temperature seems to be right but the guy at the pet store said to keep it a little damp for moisture. Any help would be much appreciated. I just want the best for this little creature

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-08
    Sounds like it may be preparing for a molt. See molting info under the 'Diseases: Ailments/Treatments' section above.
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ziad - 2013-02-09
Available waterslager canary for sale 10 pair in delivered to dubai (u.a.e).

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  • Mustafa - 2013-07-17
    Hi Ziad, where are you located? On Dubai? Do you ship to countries other than Dubai? Thank You.
  • Mustafa - 2013-07-17
    Ziad, can I have your contact info please? Thanks.
  • Waqar - 2013-11-11
    Hi there, I'm interested in waterslager. Where in Dubai can I get one?
  • najibullah - 2014-02-07
    I like your site.
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Anonymous - 2012-10-01
My plant has detached from bulb...only thing attaching bulb 2 plant are a few roots...Should I fully detach and plant in gravel?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-02
    I would personally let them do what they will do naturally.  You can detach them if you want too.
  • Fish lover - 2014-02-08
    What fish would u put with dwarf lilies
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jayashree - 2014-02-08
Hi, I bought my new sunconure chick to my Family. I dnt know d gender, Wen i bought he is around 4 weeks old. Now he is around 8 weeks old, he is bit a noisy and very a ctive baby. Once i tried to make him self feed but he dint try to eat but in youtube i have seen many babies eating at 6 weeks itself. I just want to know my baby is not trying eat ah? And couple of times i have noticed that he loses his voice After some time he got back. Why this happens? So sunconure parents pls clear my doubts and provide me some more information to keep my baby healthy and happy. U can mail me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-02-08
    Conures can take up to about 11 or so weeks to wean, and it's best to allow them to 'self' wean. Once they starts to fledge is the time to start encouraging them to become independent. Drop the midday feeding, still feeding in the morning and evening. Providing a dish with soft weaning foods, pellets, a bit of seed, and of course water. On the voice, make sure its getting enough liquid (formula and water sources).

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