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J.Dale. - 2007-06-26
From an old UK keeper of many things over the years including four kid`s and a wife.
I have at present three Chillian Rose spiderlings about 2 months old. Looking for information concerning these had lead me here. I saw four Pink Toed spiderlings at my usual food and sundry supplier. After reading some of the comments about these I will be warming up the Ford in a short while and taking a ride.I will then boast that I have also some Pink Toed spiderlings. At the age of 55 and thanks to a weird daughter. I am now into Tarantullas. Or as I like to call them. My babies. Totally fascinating. You can keep hamsters and the like. It`s just a great pity that the local Vetenarian is not keen on spiders. He declined to give them a check up lol. Sorry if I am a bit offtrack. I do find that if you ever get the chance to comment to people about them it`s a real bonus. They will find it a bit boring.. Still they can talk about their cat`s etc. Give me my little hairy friends anytime. Fascinating coments by other owners of these much misunderstood pet`s. I enjoyed reading them. I was considering a name change for myself. Arachnid Phobia.. But the wife isnt keen.. Oh well.. Good luck.....

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Arthur J. Lewis - 2007-06-25
I live in Oklahome and have picked up the alleged brown Tarantula. They have very long, very black, very sharp fangs. Upon measuring the fangs, I found it to be 1/2 inch long. While measuring it the spider bit repeatedly at the measuring stick. When I dropped it the spider took up attack posturing and came towards me. I captured it in a can and let it calm down undisturbed. After about ten minutes I looked in the can and gently put a long stick into the can turning the spider over for inspection. The spider struck at the stick repeatedly squirting clear venom along the bottom of can. My neighbor was watching closely while I did this and became scared when it started venom squirting from the sharp black fangs. The venom is of sufficient toxicity to make small children very ill. Be careful if you catch a wild Brown Tarantula here in Oklahoma, you will see how vicious they can get when messed with like a child does when at play.

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jonathan.D - 2007-06-25
i just got a snow corn snake and she is just so cute. She is getting tame but she hisses when she is woken up. She is also very docile but gets quite active when you first get her out.

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Jake - 2007-06-25
I love these snakes, ball pythons are my favorite. I have also found a way to make some extra $$$ that you could try too. I have 2 albino pythons, one female, and one male. they are very beautiful snakes and when they breed there babies are just as beautiful. And thats why they are worth so much, my baby snakes (albino) usually sell for between $2,500 and $3,000. Its a very good way to pay the bills. The snakes usually lay between 4-8 eggs for each clutch. Do a little math and thats quite a bit of money considering that they lay many clutches of eggs during the breeding season. If you are interested in this, go to a site about breeding albino snakes and get all the details.

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Rae, age 14 - 2007-06-23
I bought two baby sliders from Chinatown yesterday, as I was in the market for a new pet, anyway. I named them Ickle and Pickle. ^_^ They both have soft-shell (malnutrition, I guess), so I'm kind of worried, and they don't seem to eat anything I give them. Maybe they're nervous. They're adorable, though. I think this is a nice alternative to that Borzoi puppy I've always wanted.

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jodi - 2007-06-18
We love our red ear slider, her name is Cleo. We got her when she was a baby and she has gotten pretty big. I buy ghost shrimp for her to eat, she loves to chase them and then eat them. Now that summer is here my girls and I go out and catch grasshoppers, crickets, and june bugs. I dont know what we will do when winter comes. Sometimes I think I pay more attention to her than our dogs, lol!

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WETFIRE - 2007-06-17
I have a red eared slider. His name is Jar-Jar. I've had him for 5 years and he has a 7 inch shell. I have a 25 gallon tank that has a ramp and he uses to go in and out as he pleases. He likes to run around the house. Since I started to let him out about a year ago. He has become very social. He will try to crawl up your leg, but he usually needs help. He likes to sit in my lap. It's so cool. He loves to eat feeder fish. (not goldfish) He also likes his pellets and insects too. I have had other turtles before, but sliders seem to be more fun. Great Pet!!

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Christopher - 2007-06-16
I named my turtle Boxy yea!!!

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Karen - 2007-06-12
I have 2 Leopard Gecko's, both female, Licky (who we've had since she was a hatchling)and Lynx (who I adopted from my brother last month).

Both are coming up to a year old and they have very different personalities! Licky is a fussy eater - she only eats crickets and they have to be cold, dusted with calcium and offered in front of her, whereas Lynx will eat anything going apart from meal worms. Licky is afraid of her own shadow, Lynx is as bold as brass.

Both of them however like to watch us from their vivariums (is this normal?). After lights out they come up to their windows and watch what we are doing - it's so very cute!!!

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Vera - 2007-06-10
Our Aphrodite (female Golden Greek) came from an online breeder. She arrived in the U.S. mail about 3 1/2 years ago, which was quite a treat! She is estimated to be about 8 or 9 years old now. She was as big as a dollar bill when we got her, but has grown at least 50% since then. A year ago, I took her to a vet who specialized (and owns) tortoises. My girl had an old injury which had encapsulated; it was a hard round spot between her head and front foot which the vet deftly popped out. No blood or guts, as it had completely healed underneath. He figured it was a scratch that got infected. The turtle wagged her head back and forth as he examined her, which he said was an escape instinct. He got the hard spot out, but not before she bit him, and hard. She has never shown any aggression to us then or since, and is quite friendly. She was raised by hand and this, I believe, makes a huge difference.

She is very healthy otherwise, according to the vet. I don't spoil her, she gets romaine lettuce and dandelions from the lawn, occasional rose petals and some cucumber slices. I might give her some fruit, which she loves, or broccoli, but not frequently as it is not good for these tortoises. She does not want to drink water at all, she must be getting her moisture from the food. In spring until fall, she lived in a planter on the side of the house, indoors at night in a terrarium during winter or if the temperature drops too much (we live near the desert). Today I just moved her into a kiddie pool with low-dust clay kitty litter for a substrate, and a clay pot to hide in. She is curious but seems happy enough and it has given her more room. I have covered the pool with chicken wire, as we have owls and coyotes and I would be devastated if something happens to her. I am going to add some hay for a hiding place and a potted plant or two for shade.

All in all, we enjoy having her, she is an interesting pet and not troublesome at all to maintain. We even take her for car rides to our lakeside property. She rides in a shoebox and sticks her head out of one end, where there's a hole cut out. It's quite comical. I would highly recommend these tortoises as pets, as long as people educate themselves ahead of time. They are little escape artists, so a secure enclosure is a must.

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