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murray lane - 2014-09-10
i have a scarlet macaw ,she is not a nice bird at all we have had her for 18 months.i'm the only you she likes .my wife talks to her and feeds her treats but she doesnt not like her ,she bites her foot when she comes in the room.any info would help?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-10
    It sounds like your Scarlet Macaw was not well socialized as a juvenile, and then some parrots simply prefer men, and other prefer women. It takes a lot of time and patience to improve or change this type of behavior pattern, and it may never change. Macaws have excellent memories... once they learn behaviors that work for them, yeah, sounds like a patience and love scenario.
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Kristina - 2014-09-10
I got a silver tip shark about a month ago and I have it in a 5 gal tank. The fish mostly just sits in one corner of the tank and doesn't do much. why? is it because he's stressed or lonely? and how often do I need to clean/replace water in the tank. new at this fish thing.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-10
    It sounds like you fish is very unhappy, probably because the tank is way too small. If you check out the aquarium setup section for this fish, you'll get an idea of what to do to keep him not only healthy, but happy:)
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Canaan - 2014-09-09
My African Side neck turtle is not eating and is not coming out from out under his rock the water temp is fine but he just doesn't move or eat

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-10
    Try boosting the temperatures of the basking area and water, most aftrican side necks like a little warmer at around 80 F. You may want to get it to a vet for a checkup as it could be a respiratory infection, gasping for air and wheezing noises, are some signs. Respiratory is not something to mess around with, if it has that problem it will need medical attention, or the illness will be fatal
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Moe Rosca - 2006-09-19
I had this spider for a month. the day i got it i tried to hold it and it bit me. i had to go to the hospital, it's bitten me 5 times at least. i sold it to a guy who killed it accidentally because it bit him, and he had an allergic reaction to its
venom and he almost died! so i held a chilean rose-haired tarantula and it never tried to bite me, it rocks. so i suggest the chilean rose-haired tarantula but what ever you do, never...EVER...EVER get an ornamental tree spider.

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  • John Green - 2013-07-21
    These spiders are sweet hearts. They are just shy. There have been no deaths from tarantula bites. The chances of being bit by a tarantula are very rare. The chances of severe side effects from a bite of this genus are significantly low against the number of bites. Moreover, tarantulas will warn you several times before they actually bite.
  • Arachnafaria - 2013-09-20
    Never pick up a tarantula unecessarily. Owned spiders for years. Never needed to pick one up. They aren't cuddly pets. Now a very beautiful tarantula has been killed unecessarily because people can't resist picking up a tarantula. Before you ever purchase any pet (whether it's a tarantula, dog, cat or anything else) DO YOUR RESEARCH! Indian orantmentals are well known for biting. Several Old World tarantulas are biters as they don't flick hairs as a form of defense.
  • chuck - 2014-06-09
    never ever had a problem with mine and its been 3 years.
  • Anonymous - 2014-09-09
    This is why we need to do research and actually know how to care for tarantulas before getting into old worlds. Old worlds are not meant to be handled. As a matter of fact I handle none of them. That post is 8 years old but there are still people out there who have no experience with tarantulas and they try to handle OW. Major lack of common since.
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mel - 2013-04-23
I have owned 'China Girl' for @ 12 years. I recently relocated to the High Desert and am looking for other HAPPY snake owners in this area. I have a hard time finding feeder mice without paying a fortune at the pet stores. Don't care to raise the little boogers myself. I love my 5 ft 'little girl', she's absolutely beautiful, and quite the conversation starter. Anybody out there who might be able to help me out? Happy snake owner in Victorville CA.

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  • ieshia - 2014-09-09
    I want it but I live in georgia
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Debra Clymer - 2014-06-30
My love and best friend died this morning, I had her for 40 years. (My timneh) needless to say I'm devasted over her passing. She was not ill. Fine when I left for work this morning. couple hours later she laid dead on the bottom of her cage. Worst part is not knowing what happened to her. Heart attack? Did she fall from her perch and break her neck? Don't know I always thought I'd be the one to go first.. My home is so quiet now it's so hard to be in it because of the silence. To everyone who owns a timneh they are the greatest. I know as time goes by pain lessens but the hole in my heart will forever be there. Miss you so much my feathered friend.

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  • Barbara goldfuss - 2014-09-09
    Iwas soo sorry to read about the loss of your beloved timneh.I know, first hand, how you are feeling.I can almost feel your pain and the void you cannot seem to fill.From 2007-2013 I lost my.congo.African Grey, Sugar, my Timneh, Beau,aTimneh, Baby Doll.I had a very strong bond with all three.It may not make you feel.any better, but I wish I had had my dear beloved birds for 40 yrs.Worst of all, they were not ill,(long, ugly , horror story.My birds were like my soul mates.If I were to tell some people they would laugh or think I was a little odd.So I kept it to my self alot, unless I were around bird people.To this very day I have daily crying episodes over them.I miss them terribly.I am in therapy for Post Tram a tic stress, but even my therapist is not on my wave length.My heart aches and I long for my.dear soul mates.My son doesn't fully understand, either.That hurts.I have my birds ashes and someday we will all be together.I have no one really to talk about my feelings about my little sweethearts which I have lost.I hope I didn't upset you by telling you all this , but I just wanted you to know , truly, I DO know how you are feeling.They say that when your pet dies he or she crosses over the RAINBOW BRIDGE.It's a beautiful poem.I have a copy from a pet hosp.in mass.I found them online.I TRULY KNOW THE EMPTINESS AND HEARTBREAK YOU AR FEELING.Thank you soo much for sharing.It means a lot to me, believe me.
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Animal-World info on Chug
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arlene - 2014-01-28
Hi, i have a chug tht my father rescued from the garbage disposer he brought her to me when she was 3mths old..my daughter named her beauty.. she is very playful and loves my daughter but unfortunately my daughter has asthma and lately beauty been shedding so much hair and im afraid im gonna have to give her away..it breaks my heart because i already have a year with her and i love her so much..so im writing here to see if this is normal for a chug and if anyone has any remedy or suggestons on what to do.. i know my daughters health comes first but when my daughter hears we giving her away she starts to cry my daughter has no siblings so beauty is her best friend.. :(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-28
    She sounds like a great pet, and I would try to alleviate the problem rather than anything else. Because of their heritage they are big shedders. You can't prevent her from shedding but regular grooming can help reduce the amount of hair that falls out. Regularly brush your chug to help remove loose hair. Bathing once a month will help also, but too much bathing can cause dry skin. Still you can use a wet towel and rub your chug's fur. The damp towel will also catch loose hairs.
  • Anonymous - 2014-01-28
    thank you clarice..i will do that.
  • arlene - 2014-01-28
    Thank you clarice, I will do that.. so chugs are big shedders..ohno!!! :'(
  • Alana - 2014-03-27
    Hi Arlene. Before you get rid of your beloved dog, know that it is normal for Pugwawas to be shedders. They lose hair frequently, but if you brush them daily and wash them once every 2 or 3 weeks, they usually are just normal shedders. Do not get rid of your dog; it sounds like your daughter needs her in her life. Best of luck to you, Alana.
  • Barbara Maycott cash - 2014-06-27
    Use flax seed oil. In her food. The SHEDDING WILL STOP. I HAVE AN ENGLISH BULLDOG. HER SHEDDING HAS subsided tremendously. Get it at walmart in the vitamin Area. It's a green bottle. It's only $6 .. In two weeks you'll see a HUGE DIFFERENCE.
  • mike - 2014-09-03
    Barbara could you expand the use of flax seed oil by telling us how much you use and how often,
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Animal-World info on Yellow-naped Amazon
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Georgeanne Cole - 2014-09-09
I have a great female 25 yr. old yellow nape. Recently she molted and her colors on her chest are a dark greenish-gray instead of the lighter bright yellowish green. Do I need to add something to her diet? Thank you.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-09
    Nutritional problems have been known to cause feather color changes in parrots. For a good look at foods and treats for parrots, see this recent article on Parrot Cuisine, as it can give you insight into what you might add or change in your Yellow Nape's diet.

    Some other things that can cause color change are a derangement of the metabolism or a disruption to the nutrition of a bird during the time when feathers are being formed, which can also affect the quality of feathers. With a corrected diet, it will molt back to its original coloration. Discolored feathers can also be due to liver disease, so you may want to take your bird to an avian vet for a checkup.
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Sean b - 2014-08-09
i just got my baby red foot tortoise last tuesday and he won't eat sometimes i can get him to eat bananas. He love to play in the water and roam around his cage. And when we take him out he likes to crawl around and he loves the sun. But i cant gwt him to eat like anything

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  • Maya - 2014-09-09
    Hey, bananas aren't ideal for baby red foot tortoises. Have you tried leafy greens (lettuce, rucola, kale etc), apple, tomato? When I got my red foot, she didn't eat much for the first few days, until she adjusted to her environment, so once you've tried a variety of foods, just wait a bit until he gets used to his new home! :)
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Margaret - 2014-07-29
I found a 3 toe male box turtle in the cement gully behind our home We are in So Cal is this native to the area No neighbor is claiming him he is eating worms and has water and green lettuce He didn't like melons can I release him?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    No, he is not native to So. California, so must have been someone's pet. Please don't release him, rather take him to a pet store that deals in reptiles. They should be able to take him in and find a new home for him.
  • erica - 2014-09-09
    pls contact me 773-490-4669 I will be willing to even pay for shipping I have a three toed box male turtle that is very lonely and I haven't gotten any good luck on finding any in Illinois.
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