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carri - 2013-06-20
wondering if the heat lamp needs to be on all the time? nighttime too? what about UV lamp, on all the time? my turtle doesn't bask either. i put a large rock for it to climb onto, with gravel all around so wont damage shell, but it just hides under rock in the water. sometimes just stays under water. it did manage to escape the tank because of filter open area, can they be without water? are they supposed to have lots of water? I'm a bit overwhelmed. we inherited from a friend who didnt want anymore.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-21
    Nice pet, and very cool to get! Ideally the water should be 8-10' and well filtered. They do live in the water most of the time, although they (like other turtles) can roam on land some, and will come out to bask, utilizing the sun to absorb vitamins. The UV light is necessary for their health, it's our captive alternative to sunlight.  But your turtle doesn't need the basking light or the UV light kept on all day and at night, as in nature they would only be in the sun during the daytime. If the environement is too cold however, their metabolism will slow down, so using a regular basking light will provide some warmth. A red or black basking light at night can also provide some warmth at night (they can't see those lights so they are non-intrusive to the turtle at night). Of course with it being summer time, that's probably not an issue right now. Good luck to you both, I think you'll really enjoy that little guy:)
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Jared - 2013-06-18
Hi 2 all!! I've been collecting Tarantulas now 4 close on 2 years.. I've had 1 escape from its enclosure & more recently I had another pass away! Other than those 2 isolated incidents, I've had an extremely pleasant experience with my tight collection of 14 spiders! I have several burrowing species, some obligate & some opportunistic!? I also have several terrestrial species (bird eaters), a semi-arboreal GBB & most recently I purchased # 14, a Guyana Pink Toe!  My 1st true-arboreal Tarantula! Its an incredibly vividly colored species but unfortunately not much is known about this particular species as its relatively new to the Pet-Trade. If anyone has any comments about that specific species/variety of Pink Toe Tarantula, then plz do share!! :) As 4 the 'sponge in the water dish'.. Obviously not a good idea as a permanent fixture, but a helpful tool when transporting (terrarium & all)!! As 4 the comment about your Tarantula that you think may be dying  (the 1 that's less than a year old). Well, u may not know this but some species of Tarantula are prone 2 hibernation in the colder ragions during the winter months!? So is it not possible that your T may in actual fact b hibernating?  My Brazilian Giant White Knee Bird Eater isn't a species prone 2 hibernation, yet it is currently hibernating in a burrow under its water dish!! Now when I say 'hibernating', its more of a case of the spiders metabolism slowing down due 2 the lower air temps & the fact that its a cold blooded organism!? As well as a form of fasting (pre-molt fasting)!! So there really isn't anything 2 worry too much abt, u could try & increase the temp with a heating pad, heated lamp, etc.. Or if you're in a colder climate then perhaps its best 2 just keep the temp as ambient as possible 2 keep it comfy & let nature take its course!?! Not much is known in the area of Tarantula Medicine so best take people's opinions with a pinch of salt!? Mine included!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-18
    I really enjoyed your entire post! Refreshing to hear such interesting experiences and cool info. And I especially like your last sentence... '... best take people's opinions with a pinch of salt!?'... lol. Well said:)
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Nick Palmer - 2012-03-24
I have pink toe that has not been moving around like she did or been eating. What is the best way to keep the humdity up?

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  • Christopher Riley - 2012-05-22
    They build a web to stay in at night they become active
  • Ian - 2013-06-18
    Not sure how long you've had your T. It may be preparing to molt. In that case, not being as active and not eating are perfectly normal behaviors. Get yourself some peat moss and terrarium substrate, get it wet, and apply heat. Heat pads are best. Be careful with heat lamps, they are Not good for humidity, only temperature. Eventually you'll have to add moisture to terrarium every so often. I spray inside 1-2 times a week. If your T has made quite an epic web and maybe even closing off openings, it's definitely gonna molt. During the process, humidity is really important. If its not a major hassle, consider putting your terrarium in the bathroom while you run hit water bath or shower to create humidity.
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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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