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aaron vavricka - 2012-09-02
Does anyone know where I can get spiderlings?

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  • kirk - 2012-11-04
    you can get slings from pet center usa the owners name is paul he is vary good at what he does. the web site is pet ceneter usa
  • Derek Ross - 2014-10-22
    Online I'd say.
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PF - 2012-02-06
Hello, I just bought (Saturday) my first female Theraphosa blondi and I'm really enjoying her. I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her. She's sweet in nature, I even gently tested her with prongs at the pet store and she showed no agression. Naturally she's skittish so I have to go really, really, really slow in my movements. This morning I gently pet her legs without a fuss. Maybe (and I expect) her to change in time, maybe when she becomes sexually mature her temper will be more agressive. Now she measure about 6 inches in leg span, maybe more. I haven't found a name for her yet but I will find soon.
I just felt like sharing with you my new T. blondi.
Have a nice day!
PF

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  • Derek Ross - 2014-10-22
    Awesome! I'm planning on getting one as a spiderling and I'm hoping I can teach it to be extremely playful. I heard Blondis are mean but on this site I've seen a few examples of them being nice. But I would want to hold her and find ways to play with her so I'm hoping. If you could give me any advice I would really appreciate it! My emaik is green.shoelace2@gmail.com
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phil - 2009-12-16
ive had my goliath for a year now. it hasent molted yet and wont eat for the last 4 monts. is this normal? its not to active what should i do?

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  • josh - 2011-02-02
    Try feeding her something that she has never eaten before like a lizard. I had the same problem for a little bit she was just sick of her mouse only diet.
  • Derek Ross - 2014-10-22
    Uh, actually, to both of you (hoping its not too late, for then or any new current or future tarantulas) its not healthy to feed them mammals or other small animals like rodents or reptiles. Terrestrial tarantulas mostly eat large insects and very rarely animals, as they dont have all the proper enzymes to break them down and get all the possivle nutrients out of it like theyd be able to by eating a grasshopper and crickets. He is right about changing up the diet though.
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brian reese - 2010-01-07
I am intrested in finding a breeder of goliath or gargantuan bird spiders. I would prefer zebra striped or pink foot. I am a knowlegable exotic pet owner who has raised several large reptiles and black emperor scorpions from babies to adult and want to move on to arachnids with the most beautiful exotic. I am smart enough to kow these are not handled pets, but I want to raise a potential mating male or female that can produce excellent young. Looking for info on ordering and price of specimen. Any info is appreciated. My email is breese343@yahoo.com

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  • Derek Ross - 2014-10-22
    Well.. We are complete opposites, as I am a 17 year old noob, but I plan on someday bring a pro ha. Anyway, heres a sweet website I found. (I should probably put into consideration that it has been 4 years...) Www.backwaterreptiles.con
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Samuel - 2005-07-01
I came home one day and my Pleco was bleeding from the mouth. My only other fish is my arowana...he is loyal and lets me pet him! I love my fish and will stay a loyal arowana owner!

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  • Tina - 2014-10-22
    Hi everyone! I just had to share my story with other Arowana enthusiasts. I'm discovering mine is letting me 'pet' it. Yes...I did say pet it! It's AMAZING! I have a pretty big tank 55 gal...with other beautiful freshwater fish. They all live in harmony & I call it my 'Happy Tank'. I love them all...they're my family! BUT...I must say...I'm smitten w/ my Wana...whose about 14-15 inches now. It started about a couple of weeks ago. I just slightly & lightly would take my forefinger & middle finger @ let it 'slide' through my fingers. What an incredible feeling! Lately...it's letting me hand glide its body. It doesn't freak out & keeps turning back for more! Anyone else have such a great experience? And...who says fish can't be great pets?!? :-)))
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Priscilla - 2013-03-04
I have a Dwarf Hotot, she looooooves to play! But im worried about leaving her alone, because of school. Whenever i get home, she seems very happy! I love the way she calms down whenever she knows im near her- when im not, she stands ln two paws, and waits for me standing! I LOVE HER !

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  • Anonymous - 2014-10-22
    as long as she has a companion, she'll do fine. do you mean the dwarf hotot rabbit or ferret? ferrets will do alright for a little while, but seem to do better with another ferret. the rabbit is a social animal and requires attention. if you truly cant afford another animal to keep it company, as long as you give it stimulation, or as its called in zoos, enrichment, like toys and the like, it should do fine.
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Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-18
Hey guys Knife Fish Lover here ;),do you guys think i could keep one of these bad boys in my 55 with:2 african brown knife fish,1 featherfin squeaker,6 dojo loaches,and a trinidad pleco?Thanks Knife Fish Lover-

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-20
    Size-wise and temperament-wise, these fish should be okay together. However, you are heavily stocking the tank, so issues may be overcrowding.
  • Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-22
    Ok,thanks,my Barracuda will love my 55 long ;) :D!
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Knife Fish Lover - 2014-10-22
How big of a tank do these guys need?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-22
    For the tank size, see the Aquarium Setup section above. It not only has the tank size, but describes all the tank parameters!
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Tommy - 2013-06-11
I've been in the avian field now for just about 30yrs. I've have experience in dealing with both wild & exotic pet species. And have owned many various exotics over the years. Your Alex sounds no different than my Keiko who is an IRN or Indian Ringneck basically the same bird just Alex's are bigger.

Asiatics or the Psittacula species are NOT easy parrots to own they are by far NOT a good 'first bird' for an inexperienced owner. These would consist of the following birds; The Ring-necked, Alexandrine, Newton, Slaty-headed, Intermediate, Long-tailed, Blossom-headed, Seychelles, Moustached, emerald-collared, Derbyan, Plum-headed, Mauritius, Blyth's, & very rare Malabar.

They do not like to be handled or stroked very often which can be an immediate turn off to many first time owners of these birds. And while they may look like Conures in some ways physically speaking they are a completely different bird altogether. To bond with an Asiatic requires LOTS of patience, socializing, and consistent training. Plainly put you give these birds an inch they'll take a mile so boundaries and proper discipline need to be put in place right away if one is not to have a holy terror on there hands. I say this because in my personal experience dealing with various species of this order they can be quite stubborn. And if they are not PROPERLY socialized on a DAILY basis will quickly revert back to a 'wild state'than any other parrot species i've worked with in 30yrs.

Now having said all that, if one still feels compelled to give these beautiful and highly intelligent birds a try then the rewards are amazing. Despite not being 'hands on' birds in terms of being touched they will most certainly win you over with there vocal capabilities. Bar none there is no other bird there size that can speak with the clarity and word association these birds can. Yes Quaker (Monk) parrots speak quite well but there diction is still garbled compared to say an IRN (Indian Ringneck).

These birds come from royalty and were often sought after by ancient Greeks & Romans due to their beauty but more importantly their vocal ability. They are by far a much more sophisticated species than Quaker parrots ever could be.

To see an Asiatic in full adult plumage is like looking at a picture in a field guide. There streamlined plumage is quite striking with not one single feather out of place. So if you have what it takes and can meet all the requirements stated above in owing one of these gorgeous animals than by all means go for it. But take heed, these birds may not full fill your 'personal desire' of what a pet bird should be like. But as another commenter posted on here accepting your bird for how it is instead of what you want it to be. And seeing it from that perspective should be what's cherished and appreciated most of all. And this applies to ALL bird species one may own.

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  • Mary Kinser - 2014-04-15
    Thank you for the info. Do both sexes talk well? Are both sexes easy to train? Please let me know ASAP.
  • mohamed - 2014-10-22
    Hi tommy I have a parakeet Indian ring neck , she's bwt a year old an every nw and then ill catch her with her beak against something, making funny noises nd her eyes go white, do you knw why? , Mohamed
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Kimberly Swanson - 2014-10-20
Last Saturday 10/18/14 I went to my moms.I came home later that night and found my male sugar glider (Fred) dead in the bottom of his cage. I investigated because the night before he was like he always was so happy and full of spunk. As I was investigating I found his face and stomach was wet but the cage and everything in it was dry. Then I noticed his favorite to was the only item in his cage wet it did not smell like he soiled it. It was like someone poured water from the top of his cage while he was looking up while playing on his toy.but no one was home with him but I have noticed someone has been coming while me and my husband are gone. Can someone please give me some of their input. Thanks for yalls time.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-20
    Sounds like you have a visitor all right.
  • Kimberly Swanson - 2014-10-21
    My husband said same thing. And the other day I got hint that where I live my landlord has been coming in while we r gone. Im also trying to find somewhere to rent to get out of where we r
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