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kristi - 2013-06-12
i just got my african sideneck turtle yesterday, he ate when we got home.. but now he's not eating and hasn't basked at all... the water temps are both good.. and he has a basking spot.

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InkPoison - 2013-06-10
I have a small male painted turtle named Echo, and I've had him for about 3 years(the longest I ever had a pet, I was never good with fish). I like to name my animals with something that goes along with them. For example: I got a male albino guinea pig and named him Ghost for his color and mishevious personality. Echo got his named because he watch my every move and followed me around my room(which is really kind of creepy, imagine getting up at night and realizing your turtles staring at you). But it is true: Turtles are great pets, and if your thinking about getting one, I highly recommend reading this page.

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Tony Osty Wilds - 2013-06-04
hi ive just got a corn snake snow from my son for my birthday I fed it on sunday when can I handle it cos I tried today Tuesday is that too soon as she keeps trying to bite me (not that it would hurt me ) but would like to handle it any advice

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-05
    NIce picture:) Well, the rule of thumb is to not handle them for 48 to 72 hours after feeding, depending on the size of the prey. Basically if you can still see a lump, then wait longer. Biting is from one of two things, either there is food around or the snake is feeling threatened. I would guess the second one. It's in a brand new environment, is young (babies tend to bite more than adults), and doesn't really know you yet. So be patient and gentle and you should be fine.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-06
    These are even better pictures to see your beautiful snow corn snake. And yeah, it sounds like he's still a bit nervous. But they adapt pretty quickly, as you are finding out:)
  • Tony Osty Wilds - 2013-06-06
    Thanxs for that I got to handle it last night it tryed to bite me but I waited until she tunred around . Once in my hand it was ok , it was squeezing my fingers quit hard is this normal or was it it felt threatened
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Anonymous - 2012-02-21
Hi, I was wondering if I could legally keep and breed wild NORTHERN water snakes. I would like to catch them in a trap (I was thinking a parcaly submerged minnow trap with 3 or 4 minnows) and keep them as pets andeventualy add them to the zoo I want to build(I am 13 and need to get that idea past my mom). I was thinking of setting traps out as soon as possible but I have no minnow traps so would appreciate it if you guys gave me some instructions on how to build one or a good place to buy one. I plan on keeping them in a 20 gallon aquarium until I get permition from my mom to let me build a large reptile encloser in the back yard. Also I want to start a pet store and I already have fish I can breed so I was thinking why not have a reptile part of the store.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-21
    You would have to check with Fish and Game in your state. Some states it is legal and others not. Best to know rather than get all set up, have them removed and get fined.
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kye turnbull - 2013-05-15
its banned to have these turtles in Queensland! they are a pest in the Brisbane area!

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Jake. E. - 2012-07-05
How many crickets should you feed a tailless whip scorpion?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-05
    They don't happen to be really big eaters so if you feed them 2 - 3 crickets a couple times a week that should do it.  If they only eat one - it is OK.  If they eat all 3, then I would go to feeding them 4 crickets.  You will be able to judge better by the feeding habits.
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Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-07-06
Just a little advice to people who go herping like me one of the best and funniest ways to distinguish (sorry for spelling) a non venomous milk snake from a venomous coral snake is thru this phrase 'red touches black friend to jack(its a milksnake), and red touches yellow kill a fellow(its a venomous coral snake)' I saw that when I was little on tv and has always come to renember that phrase as it may save my life one day and I hope it helps anybody who is confused about the how to tell a venomous coral snake from a non venomous milksnake

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-06
    Thank you
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john - 2012-10-14
Hi, I got a splendida phase desert king snake yesterday at a reptile expo/show and was told that he was eating live rat pinkies and mice hoppers and I was wondering if there was an easy way to get him to frozen/thawed because he is so beautiful and I don't want him to get hurt. P.S. he is about 2 feet long.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-14
    Converting him to frozen/thawed is a great ides, and there are tons of methods used to accomplish this. Some will work for some snakes and others work for other snakes. Some of the easiest suggestions include: warming the food before its offered and then placing it in the feeding cage with tongs, put some drops of oil from a can of tuna on it before offering it, or dipping it in some chicken broth. The important thing is to be patient, it may take a while for your snake to get hungry enough to try this 'new' food.
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bob - 2010-04-24
When I was in Vietnam, we were setting up for the night by carving out a drainage ditch around our sleeping position. This was a hill area. As we were scratching the surface the bayonet poked through to a tunnel. The smell that came out was very acidic.
As we watched a centipede emerged pissed as all get out... followed by another... these suckers had to be a minimum of 3 feet in length... have never found reference to any centipede larger then 18 inches.

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  • kevin O\'Brien - 2010-05-14
    Bob, I would like to know where you found a reference to 18 in. centipedes? When I was in the central highlands of Vietnam We ran into 12 to 18 in. centipedes but the reference on this web site says the biggest Vietnamese centipedes are 8 in. The ones I seen would of had babies bigger than 8 ins. Hope you can help me out. "kevin"
  • Joe Luciano - 2010-07-10
    Up at Pleiku, VN I was working in grass underneath my helicopter when I felt a pinch then stinging pain on my lower back. I quickly crawled out from underneath the Huey and grasped at my back pulling off a foot long ugly red-brown centipede. It wrapped itself around my wrist but I managed to get it on the ground and stomped on it finally killing it. My lower back burned and within 15 minutes I was doubled over with stomach cramps and dizziness and hyper breathing. My crew grabbed me and got me first to a medic who shot me with atropine and then about a half hour later a doctor managed to get some antinerve agent (?) from air base clinic about an hour later. During that time I was still hyperventilating; waves of stomach cramps and dry nausea. After the antinerve agent I started to recover almost immediately. Within an hour I felt pretty much back to normal and was able to fly later that night with no ill effects.
    40 years later I will always remember the pain and disorientation from that centipedes bite.
  • clay - 2011-02-14
    I want to buy a 12''centipede or bigger in a glass case for my trophy room, IF anyone knows where I can get one please let me know!
  • Vernon Smedley - 2011-04-12
    I was bitten by one of these. Came close to ending my career and my life. Ugly bastards.
  • PT - 2011-05-02
    I live in Cambodia in a village near Phnom Penh. We get centipedes here all the time especially when the wet season begins. A couple of years back we had a big one definitely over a foot long, I'd say close to 50 cms from memory. We had a lot of kids around and it was in our school so one of the guys killed it but only after chopping it with a spade several times. I'm also trying to find what type of centipede it is that we get here. They are definitely painful if bitten - the locals are very wary of them. Do you know what they are?
  • Doc - 2012-07-26
    When I was in Nam one night I was sleeping on the back deck of our tank in the jungle and woke up with a 6' centipede sucking or whatever on my arm...don't remember pain but my arm had a 6' swelling and it left a scar-type mark for about a year...took normal jungle rot marks years to go away.
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Sam - 2012-06-12
My budgetts frog has a big pink thing in it's mouth that's looks like her intestines. I am panicking and don't know what to do. I've had her for four years and would be very upset to lose her. She seems to be trying to get whatever it is back inside her mouth. She is having trouble pushing it in and I can assume it is effecting her breathing. I cleaned out her tank and took out all the gravel just incase. I want to know if there is anything I can do to help her.

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  • D - 2012-09-13
    It's her stomach...if theres something it has eaten...aquarium rocks will throw its own stomach up and swallow it again...calm down...feed it something...large gold fish, few pinkys....get the small undigestable objects out of your tank.

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