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john - 2012-10-19
Yes! I finally got my desert kingsnake to ecxept frozen fuzzies!The problem is that I was wondering is that don't snakes need exercise? And isnt eating the only time the really burn a decent amount of calories? what I am trying to say is I don't want a fat snake and snakes dont use execise wheels so how am I going to make sure he gets exercise?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-19
    Snakes use an incredible about of muscles to move which burns a lot of energy and because they do not eat as often as other animals it is unlikely that it will become over weight.
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Adrian Villasenor - 2013-05-17
I've had my a.s.t. for about 9 months and I had it in a 20g tank and it was fine, it swam and ate and played around with my r.e.s. I recently purchased a 40g tank for both of them and it seems like its sick it won't eat all it does is bask so after about a month I separated it from the turtle and put it back in the 20g tank shallow water and dirt and it burys it self in the dirt does anybody know why it does that

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-18
    They do like to bury themselves in the mud or sand. In the wild they do this especially during dry seasons, and a female will do this to lay her eggs. But some do seem to just like to bury themselves in captivity. Some more important things are to make sure your African Sideneck is eating and basking.
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Jodi Bauer - 2013-05-05
We have had our Side-neck for about 3 years now. She started out happy and swimming around and would greet us everyday. Over the past year she has started to hide from everyone. She stays under her rock and doesn't come out even if you feed her. we used to be able to hold her but now she tucks in and tries to get away. Her water temp is about 77 and the basking temp is about 85. Any ideas as to what could be wrong???

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-05
    Because you've had the African Side-necked Turtle for a good amount of time, that's a difficult question to answer. These turtles are shy, and often jump into the water and tuck in their heads when in a new home, but that doesn't make sense for yours. It sounds like you take good care of yours and have a good environment for it. What comes to my mind is they are known to be group baskers, so I wonder if it could be becoming more of a recluse because it is isolated. Don't know for sure, but it does make me wonder.
  • Zach - 2013-05-13
    I hope your turtle feels better and I have two maybe your turtle is lonesome my first was.
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Lori - 2009-09-28
Hello. We found a baby Western Painted turtle just 2 weeks ago, beside a lake that our city is draining. We're guessing he's about 2 weeks old. He still had his egg tooth up until today. :) He is very friendly and sweet. Thanks for your article!!

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roman - 2012-06-16
Do you have any left? I live in Florida, but go to school out of state and I had a bearded dragon but it passed, because it stoped eating because of shock to adapting to a new environment. And I still have his enclosure. And wanted to get one of these instead. Do you have any left?

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Animal-World info on Cagle's Map Turtle
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nicole - 2009-04-16
Hi my name is nicole. My sister just got me a turtle and i think it is a cagles map turtle. It is a baby i know that. I just want to know how old it is? and how big a home i should get it?, how much water? and how to tell if it is male of female?. also how big it is going to get? Thank you.

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Animal-World info on Vietnamese Centipede
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guinahen - 2012-09-19
I live in the most dryest part of Oklahoma, the western reigon, and just killed one of the Vietnamese Centipede on my front porch. I was suprised when I searched this critter and found out it is usually found in the tropics as well as sub tropics...almost sorry I killed it, but I have a dog and other animals and was afraid of it stinging them.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-19
    Centipedes are definitely animals to be cautious of! I do wonder though if it may actually have been a 

    Giant Arizona Desert Centipede Scolopendra heros. They are quite variable in color and would be found in your local.
  • maryann - 2012-09-19
    Nope, I just checked out the desert centipede, it did not look anything like I killed, the one I killed looked just like the one in the picture of the 'Vietnamese Centipede'...I am going to take it to the OSU extension office in just a little bit, they will (or should) be able to tell me about it. Headed to Oklahoma City, will tell you the results when I get back
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Kristie Mansfield - 2007-06-20
I like your site and find valuable information here, but would like to update some information concerning the green iguana that could be harmful.
Iguanas are 100% foliavores throughout their whole lives. The only protien that they ever eat is an occasional insect ingested by mistake.
Contrary to out-dated information, juvenile diets are not different than the adult diet.

Iguanas require a specialized diet when kept in captivity.
The most common illness of the captive iguana is Metabolic Bone Disease (MDB) caused by an improper diet and/or lack of UVB and Vitamin D3. Calcium cannot be metabolized without it.

The food that you give your iguana, on average, should contain about twice as much calcium as phosphorus.
This ratio is very important for bone growth and maintenance, as well as for muscle contraction and many other important bodily functions. Metabolic bone disease, as well as many other health problems can be caused simply by ignoring this ratio for a short length of time.

Another danger is feeding your iguana foods that are high in oxalic acid (such as spinach, beets, beet greens, banannas, celery stalk or swiss chard). Oxalic acid binds with the calcium in these vegetables, rendering it unusable. Rhubard is deadly.

Most captive iguanas die in their first year because of calcium deficiencies. Please educate yourselves extensively before getting an iguana, and please adopt unwanted pets, rather than getting a juvenile.

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  • anne dooley - 2013-01-21
    I was told that you should give young igunas wax worms for it helps them fatten up when they are not feeling unwell.
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chase jonsgaard - 2011-03-07
And how much, what are the price ranges of the snake?

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  • john - 2012-10-31
    $20 to $40 for a good one, usually on the high end.
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Pat - 2013-05-25
I'm interested in making a cactus vivarium and I'd like a desert critter to add as a final touch. Is a Desert Hairy Scorpion a good candidate? I like that they're hardy and don't require much care, but I'm worried that they may be injured on the cactus or rearrange the cage as the Emperors are said to do. Can any one shed some light on these or other issues for me? Thanks.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-05-27
    You should be just fine.  They don't rearrange as much as the Emperors do.
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