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holbee - 2013-03-15
Hi,my friends Mexican Red Kneed Tarantula she hasn't moved today, but was very active last night. Her legs are not curled under, but are twitching. Does anyone have any advice please.

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Frania - 2013-01-17
Hi. I live in New Mexico, my son has a sulcata tortoise which he left with me when he moved to California four months ago. Joey did very well when we lived in California, but when we moved to NM, the winters are very cold here. Anyway, I have tried very hard to keep her inside, with a heat rock and Heating pad to keep her warm. She did all right until two days ago, when I checked her she was very cold and did not move for me. She stopped eating about two days ago also. Today I ,checked on her and there was blood coming from her mouth and we now know she has passed away. We are all very sad and I had to call my son in California and tell him Joey had died. We have had her since she was size two by two and is now fourteen years old. I know that is still young, but we lost her anyway. Could she have frozen or maybe something else? Just wanted people to know they are very hard in the cold weather. Thanks for listening.

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  • Kaimana Misshmacon - 2013-03-14
    Yes sorry I believe your tortise was to cold...these are animals that need sun..
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Joey - 2011-01-15
Hi, I have a Sulcata Tortoise for approximately 20 years. It was given to me as a present in my 2nd birthday and I am now 22.
Until Last year I lived in a large flat with a patio, where she had a lot of space. Now I moved to a smaller apartment but still there's room for her to move in a sort of laundry room with a large window where she gets sunlight. Recently I've seen her very uneasy and wants to come inside desperately. We've given her watermelon, lettuce, but she only eats a little and starts moving very fast.
Is there anything wrong?

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  • Heather - 2011-06-07
    I am not an expert, but I have done much research on all sorts of tortoise and turtle species. I personally own a Sulcata- she is now 4 years old and she had the same problem. (Well she never quit eating! LOL but she became reclusive and such) Anyway, I decided she wanted a bigger home, so I had my husband to build her a very large tank which I keep indoors and she has completely changed and is a happy girl now. So, my guess would be that your baby might want more space and probably wants a little more attention! Thats all the info I can give you. Please email me if you have further questions. Ferrariangel2011@gmail.com
  • Ryan sanchez - 2011-08-03
    Make sure you give Romaine lettuce that's wet rinsed with tap water.
  • Erica - 2011-08-14
    20 years eh? Well those breeds can live up to 100 years. So it's not because age.. She's obviously sick. You need to just take her to the vet.. That's not normal.
  • leah - 2012-09-10
    I'm no expert either, but I am a vet tech student as well as a Sulcata owner who has done some extensive research. Sulcatas should eat VERY little, if any, fruit. Dark leafy greens (like bok choy) and natural lawn grasses are best. I recommend eliminating the watermelon altogether ... There are many websites explicitly saying never to feed watermelon to a Sulcata. I'm not sure that even romaine lettuce is adequate for thier nutritional needs. They are native to the arid regions of Africa and their digestive systems are not built to process sugary, juicy fruits. Too much fruit can cause chronic diarrhea which will severely dehydrate them and cause anxiety leading to death. Sulcatas also need daily access to UVB light, either through natural, direct sunlight, or through a lamp you can purchase at a pet store ... This is critical for them to assimilate calcium for proper bone density & shell growth. Pet stores can also supply a good calcium supplement ... Just a light dusting on the food about once a week should be sufficient. Also, NO protein ... They're not designed to process that either and will cause shell deformation, as will dehydration. Sulcatas should NOT have spiky-looking shells (called pyramiding) ... This is a bad sign of very poor diet. Hope all this helps and that your Sulcata feels better.
  • ROBERTO - 2012-09-21
    hi.i have a question. can i keep a sulcata in the same tank with a beared dragon?
  • Kaimana Misshmacon - 2013-03-14
    Ok..everyone..Sulcats get very big..however..to big to fast is not good. .slow down the fo9d some if their 200 ponds ar 9yrs old. I raise sulcats..I have 12 now..9 juveniles. .3 adults..they SHOULD NOT live indoors..they need sun to go through their bodies. They are from S Africa..75% of their diet is grasses and hay..not alfalfa. No fruit..and occasionally a teeny treat of fruit. But prickly pear is good. They copy what they eat in Africa. .plants, make sure their safe the best are dandelion hibiscus stuff like that. Hay Bermuda. .orchard..Timothy. .I use a huge plant dish for their water..the juveniles get a little dish. They need soakings every day or so..I do it a few times a week..they are very social pets...if you can only house them indoors..plz dont get them..I have one someone kept in their kitchen 8 yrs..shes small like 25 lbs..pyramids on her shell. .my other two are like 75/80 lbs nine yrs old..shell should not pyramid...I keep learning about these daily. I have now 10 nests around my property. .. so a sale will be happening in a few mths like 8 mths from now. Keep watching. I hope this helps.
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Dale Lesoway - 2013-03-13
can you put Goliath bird eater in 20 terrarium

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-03-13
    It will out grow it eventually.
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jeremy - 2011-11-04
i recently bred my emperor scorpions, shortly there after my female killed my male. I was unaware that she would do so. I've gotten most of my info from your site and its been very helpful but I would like to know how often should I feed her calcium covered food?

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  • Lloyd Miller Jr. - 2011-12-26
    She shouldnt have killed your male, unless there were not enough hides for them to retreat to. And there really is no need to feed them any food bugs coated in calcium. Just be sure to offer here plenty of diff food choices, a good and easy breedable food species is the Blaptica Dubai Roach. And even then you shouldnt feed only one food bug. A good example is 75% roaches, 20% crickets and 5% meal worms.
  • Rene - 2013-03-13
    Take the light away
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S D Lynch & Kui - 2008-07-14
Aloha from Hawaii the island of Oahu. I have a Sulcata tortoise named Kui. Kui is almost 6 years old and we have grown to become great friends. Kui and I take daily walks down our street and every one loves Kui. People find it amazing I walk a tortoise but I really enjoy it. Kui and I make new friends every day. People stop take his picture and Kui is quite a HAM LOL. About 3 years ago I was watching Kui in the back yard and I thought it would be great to write a childrens book about Kui born in African and finding his way through the African jungle and start to make his way around the world. Well to my amazement I started the book and Kui's travels has began, it was published. Titled The travels of Kui, the African Spurred Tortoise. I have found that Kui the tortoise is a very good pet and friend. I will enjoy growing old with Kui.

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  • ty - 2013-03-11
    hey, fellow reader an just had to say kui sounds awesome :) we have two 1year old tortoise our selves lela and wiz :) an wonder how you got to get kui to be so open an just be so close with you with you? thanks an love the book!
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Lauren - 2013-03-08
I have a beautiful aferican tortise named Littlefoot (named after Littlefoot in The Land Before Time). My 25 year old baby is not only smart but she is part of my life. I don't know how I would live without her.

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Jenny - 2013-03-08
my tortoise is great

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kyra - 2010-03-20
Hello everyone. I want a tarantula but I'm scared of anything with legs! I hate the feel of anything crawing up me! I didn't want to have to handle it or the food in anyway and I don't want anything that can't jump or aggressive! The other thing is how do u clean it out without touching the spider and keeping it safe? What would be the best spider for me as I have read up a lot of things about spiders and one say something and the other says something else. I dn't have a fear of spiders, just anything that crawls and has legs. It's that bad, I can't pick up a ladybird! with my own hands. can anyone help me x

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  • Danielle - 2010-04-17
    I would recommend the Chilean Rose Tarantula. They are not agressive and are very easy to care for. You do not have to handle the food directly (crickets), just simply dump them in the cage.
  • Kourtney - 2013-02-28
    I am the same way sort of. My husband has about five different spiders and do not handle them. My husband is navy so when he deployed I take care of them. How I transport them to other cages to clean theirs is the very large spoon strainers. I just scoop them up with that and it does not hurt them. Also I never touch the crickets I go to the store and get how many I need then just drop them in the bag. I would say get a rose hair. We have one and she's the most docile out of all of them. Also its like she knows when my husband is handling her. He can pick her up and sit her on the table and she won't move but rather watch him clean out her cage and wait.
  • brad - 2013-03-04
    I have a Mexican red knee, she was hard to find and expensive (she is a protected species, and just plain not as common as you may think). I'd recomend that, you can get a cricket keeper for crickets, the crickets hide in tubes and you tap them out into the tank, the closest you'll have to come to handling them is cutting the tip on the bag, you may want to ask for no egg crate so they all hide in the tubes, not the eggcrate, And I'd recommend a soft (dollar store is fine, just nothing rough) paint brush to coax it around, just gently brush its abdomen and lead it into a temporary container (air holes!).
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Riekie Briel - 2012-08-04
Last Saturday, I rescued as bearded dragon which has a horrific deformed spine and tail with. It's terribly crooked and bulgy. The skin was hanging in folds. The beardie struggle to aim when trying to catch crickets and superworms. Fell off rocks in cage on it's side and could not get up. When it tries to walk it is painfull to watch as it struggles...one week later and it's aim has improved somewhat, but feeding it takes looooong. I've named her Marie ama krokko krokko and want to know if I'm doing the right thing in saving her or am I causing her pain in prolonging her life? Will her spine and tail ever improve for her to live a happy life? I put my beardies on Saturdays and Sundays in big sunny pen outside. Maria has managed 2 bowel movements since this past Wednesday after I bathed her in warmish water and she's eating crickets and worms everyday. She was kept in a shoebox all her life and perhaps have her deforformities came from this - surely? Maybe my wishfull thinking, but she looks 'happy' the last few days ... I just don't want her to suffer more by saving her if her derformities will cause her excrutiating pain...advise, please? There are picture of her on my facebook page. Riekie Briel look at Maria's pics and not at my other beardie's pics who is called tharienz krokkedil.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-04
    WOW hard one.  I can't know if your little fella is in pain or not.  I had a macaw and it had a stroke and was paralyzed.  I asked the vet if it was in pain and she said no.  I put it in a childs red wagon on a bunch of towels and worked the wings, legs and head many times a day.  I had to syringe feed her and IV feed her.  In six months he was 100% fine. could fly and climb as if nothing had ever happened.  I would watch your little one and if trying to move more each day - trying to eat more, appearing to move better then I would say - try.  If he isn't eating and not trying to move, then I'd say he is a pain.  I'd take it to a vet if at all possible to find out.  Sounds like total dehydration also and to do IV injections under the skin is very easy but you need the solution from the vet.
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