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Laurie - 2013-11-14
Hi my budgett's frog has not eaten for 2 1/2 weeks I am very worried. My frog is 2 years old and it eats nightcrawlers when it was eating. I turned the temp. up in case it was going to help please can someone help : (

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-17
    Could be a number of things, possibly it is sick or it could be the change of weather. sometimes these frogs will stop eating just before going into  aestivation.

    When frogs are of a good weight, there shouldn't be problems, but if it looks skinny, is lethargic, or is shedding excessively (some shedding is normal) it could be an illness. There are many diseases that affect frogs, so should be researched diligently. One that has symptoms of lethargy and the skin sloughing could be chytrid (Chytridiomycosis) fungus. Chytrid is a winter problem - a cool climate fungus - which can be treated with a Lamisil Bath.
  • Laurie - 2013-11-19
    Thank you Clarice I will read about chytrid : )
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Alexis King - 2013-11-17
I have a baby ball python his name is tilly. Last night my boyfriend was holding him, watching tv, and fell asleep. I was sitting on the chair and all of a sudden didnt see him. I leaned to see if he was over me and he wasnt. I guess he was under the chair. And the chair pinched about a little bit above his butt. We were in the vet for 3 hours last night, they said they would have to do xrays but it doesnt freel broke. I can afford the xrays so they gave us medicine to give him, has this happened to anyone else? Will he be okay? :(

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    I hope your little guy will be okay, be sure to let us know how he does.
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terry - 2008-08-29
I just had a night in hospital due to an orange baboon bite, no display, no warning just jumped and bit my index finger. Intense burning pain to finger followed by burning bruiselike feeling that progressed up to shoulder. Was put on oxygen and antibiotics. Pain eased after around 5 hours, finger was numb approx 12 hours during this. Heart rate and blood pressure went high, now approx 26 hrs later no pain to finger but there is to base of digit which showed bruising and am now getting random joint pain and cramps to legs arms and neck. Spider was not provoked in any way and I've kept various spiders for many years, this is my first time bite. Little knowledge around on reactions to bites so I thought I'd post this. I am male 51, 6ft, 18 stone, and never had any reaction to bee or wasp stings... Editor's Note: WOW! Thanks for sharing this important iformation! This knowledge can go a long way in helping other hobbyists be prepared and take preventative measures.

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  • went - 2010-07-23
    Okay, are you sure you didn't provoke it, but having said that I have been told that old world tarantula spiders, are nasty and aggressive, so they may attack without provocation.
  • Penny - 2010-12-06
    Old world tarantulas don't have urticating hair for defense which is one reason it is thought they are so aggressive. Mine would take the defensive position every time I fed her.
  • Simon - 2011-03-30
    I've learned from raising a mombasa that they are known to do that unfortunately it was my ex that found out the only thing I've done to keep being bitten from mine considering his attitude problem is to either talk gently to him or sing to him when I'm servicing his cage & make sure that I keep a close eye on him as well & it's bad that he did bite but I'm just glad that it was an adult & it only happened once.
  • DaniĆ«l - 2012-01-12
    Hey everyone, just thought I share this - was bitten by a Starburst Baboon Spider while camping at De Hoop this December. Scary experience and I can confirm the note of Terry above, the pain was severe and I experienced similar symptoms. I did not see the spider at all before the bite and must have frightened it accidently to evoke the attack. Thinking of getting one as a pet as after reading more about these special creatures I found them very interesting......
  • Cheryl Luhrs - 2013-11-17
    This is one T I find fascinating and a bit comical. He/she definately earns the  knickname (Orange Bitey Thing) that has been bestowed upon this sp. of Tarantula. I remember the 1st time I heard someone refer the OBT in this manner and it still brings a chuckle out of me. My T-hobby has grown into 26 spideys, most of them were purchased as spiderlings (or slings) and are all 'new world'. Their venom is much less signif. that the 'old world T's. These are fairly easy to breed and the females will actually care for their 'male' partner by sharing the food etc. until she has been bred.

    All T's are eye popping lil guys and even though she  colors up nicely, she'll let him and her 'guardians' have it every chance she's given.

    Incredibly interesting hobby but use your tong religiously to feed etc.  He/she is just waiting for the OBT change to nail ya.
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Daniel Foster - 2013-06-30
I've just recently brought a Spider. First time getting one all cause of a youtube video of a guy doing a voice for a spider. A nice Mexican Red Knee, 1'5 inches legspan you can say I am really enjoying the experience though I do have a bad fear of spiders. A bit ironic but it's such a nice experience I am always worried about her not eating or touching the water bowl. She has stayed hidden in her den but is eating. I know they don't always eat but sometimes I do worry but I try not to as it's in its nature. Is there any advice people could give me in case as I want this expience to go smoothly but I know faults or possible a molting death can occur.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-01
    It sounds like you are doing a good job so far! My best advice is to just keep her cage clean and a good temperature/humidity. Remove any uneaten food/prey items within a day to make sure they don't harm your spider or attract parasites. The temperature should be between 78 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit, with a humidity level of around 55%. Mist the cage every few days to keep it this way. Also make sure she has a deep, slightly moist substrate to burrow in, such as peat moss.
  • Dannykunkle@yahoo.com - 2013-11-16
    She is in a moth so she is shating like a snack after it get do it won't eat and do not touch it gave it to 3 or 4 weeks
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Paula Foley - 2013-11-14
Our Rose H T has been acting very odd lately . She has not eaten for a couple of weeks (not too concerned on that). But when we go and look into her 'house' she freaks out. She taps her legs very quickly and wobbles around almost toppling over. She could be due to shed. We have had her for 3 years and she has shed twice with no problems. Any advice ?

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stevo_d - 2012-12-10
I just purchased a vivexotic vx36 vivarium as an up grade for my royal and the warm side is 90f but the cool side is 70f any tips on how to get it up to 80f. i use a heat mat on the warm side with a red 100w bulb. I live in scotland so its always cold. Had him in a exo terra 24x18x18 tank before and had no problem with temperatures

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  • Drew - 2013-02-08
    You could look into getting a hood lamp that covers the cool side and puts off litle heat.
  • Robsnake - 2013-10-07
    A heat lamp would be best that's what I use. A good reptile shop should be able to advise. Further you would also need a basket to stop your snake burning itself.
  • stevo_d - 2013-11-10
    Problem solved I moved the heat lamp (with a guard) over a few inches and temperatures are now 88f to 95f on warm side and 81f to 85f on cool side. I also got a ceramic heat bulb which is awesome for life length and keeps temperatures up at night when daylight is not on. Thanks for advice guys, also must say wooden vivariums are 10 times better for holding humidity than glass tanks thor (snakes name) loves it.
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AJ - 2013-11-05
Hello! I have rosie - Henrietta - and I just recently had to do a tank cleaning, I was able to move her to a separate tank without a problem and she seems to be enjoying the new tank (I needed to do a substrate change)...she seems to be walking/climbing up her logs and the top of her burrow no problem, but last night I noticed she was trying to climb the glass and was having a problem, what scared me is she went to the top of her log and stretched out between the end of the log and glass and tried to go up the glass...she fell! I heard it across the room, ran over amd she was uninjured thank goodness...I'm curious if there's something I can do with the glass so she can climb and not take such risks - I've also found she did some house decorating near her burrow (half log) but doesn't seem to want to go in it....any advice would be great...my first T haf her a few months and she been great

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PF - 2011-09-08
Hello,

I just bought my rosy just a week ago and I'm taming her very slowly. I encourage her to move up to the top of the cage and try to gently push her onto my hand one leg at a time. Last week she had 6 legs onto my hand, she stayed for a minute then went back into her cage. I try and do this only once a day. I have noticed that if I can't do this exercice for a day or two, I have to start all over again gently encouraging her to come out and feel my hand.
I just think that taming this type of critter takes times and lots of patients and most of all, lots of gentle handling.
I read that some of you pet your rosy, but I have read that it stresses them alot and can cause them to be agressive. The first few days, I would pet mine also finding it extremely soft, but now I avoid petting her prefering it to come onto my hand.

PF

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  • PF - 2011-09-08
    I will, I don't want to scare her and at the same time I'm getting used to her. I thought that once a day every day was going slow. She's my first and I'm not too sure myself. If you think I'm going to fast, should I tame her every other day or less, maybe once a week?

    Thanks!
    PF
  • PF - 2011-09-08
    Lol, Oh! O.K. Yes, I already do, she's very skittish and cover her eyes when I get close even when I approach slowly.

    Thanks!
    PF
  • Justin Anderson - 2013-11-02
    Tarantulas aren't something you tame. They more tolerate us. Use care when picking them up and be slow. Fast movement stresses them out. They are well tempered and docile but they prefer to be left alone. They can be handled you just have to slowly coax them onto your hand.
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jeremiah salahub - 2013-10-30
can anyone help me identify my snake....

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-01
    We may be able to help you Jeremiah, but will need good pictures. Register through Facebook and then you can upload your pictures for us to look at.
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john - 2012-06-11
Where can I get one of these guys?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-11
    You really can't.  I is illegal to bring them into the United states from South America.  Some folks do try but they are not available in the pet market.
  • Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-07-23
    you can sometimes get them at reptile expos
  • Mata mata - 2013-10-31
    Email if interested.. Ramos271@msn.com
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