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charlie - 2013-07-29
My rose hair has not eaten for two years now and still not eating. Just wondering if there's something I'm doing wrong or if this is natural?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-29
    Two years? I am not sure a tarantula can live for 2 years without ANY food. It seems like she must have eaten something at some point by now. Are you sure she hasn't eat a cricket and you just missed it?
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Jonathan - 2011-03-15
I have had my rose hair for 8 months now and she is the most awesome pet ever! Before I got her, I was severely arachnophobic, terrified of any spider that I saw. But she changed all that, I have never been bitten nor has she displayed any signs of aggressive behavior. This website has been extremely helpful in teaching me about how to care for her and how to read her body language. They are like people in that they all have their own unique personality. Her name is Morticia and she loves to cuddle with me. I get her out and as soon as I take the lid off her enclosure she practically kills herself trying to get out and into my hand. Once in my hand she'll crawl up my arm and eventually nestle somewhere on my neck like she's snuggling and won't move at all, even if I move myself. I even took a 2 hour nap one afternoon and she stayed on my neck the entire time (probably not a good idea in hindsight since I could've rolled over and squashed her to death) but she was perfectly behaved as always. I DEFINITELY recommend this species for first time spider enthusiasts like myself. Just treat them right, follow the directions on this site and they'll be a friend for life. I look forward to many more years with my spider!!!

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  • emma williams - 2011-11-30
    I know exactly what ya mean. My rose sakura is so gentle and patient with me. She's my angel she loves me to tickle under her abdomen,and lets me groom her, gently of course. We have such a close bond she is so gentle and friendly . I dont know what I would do if I lost her. Roses are wicked tarantulas arent they?.
  • Marygrandma Moodymare Thirsk - 2013-07-29
    Aw that's so sweet. I got my rose on saturday the 27th. I have handled her on the 1st day but wanted her to settle into her new tank etc. She has eaten 2 crickets since then so today I touched her with a paintbrush so she didn't think I was. She stood and she stuck her abdomen up at me then reared. I think maybe Tom lil just put my hand in to see if she comes to my palm.
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Tony Dai - 2009-11-11
I had a red eared slider for 5 years. We've been through alot. First I purchased him he was 2 inches and he was placed in a tiny plastic container with no heating source, I only put him by the window for natural sunlight. The tank only had 1 cm of water and one small rock. It was a very poor habitat and I kept him there for a few months and he survived. Then I put him in a 9 gallon aquarium with 1 cm of water and the same rock. Still no heat source. He was fed pellets and shrimp. After a few years I went on the Internet and searched information on how to take care of them, and I found out they need a very large tank, a basking area, UVB basking bulbs, very clean water and a very strong filter, and lots more. Then I realized the mistake. I quickly told my parents how to take proper care of them. I always try to tell them how to take proper care of red eared sliders but they think its unnessecary. So I still had him in a poor habitat. But the past few months I tried my hardest to give him a proper habitat by myself. Right now he's still in a 9 gallon, but he has a turtle dock, a water depth of 4 inches, and a desk lamp for basking (I put him under the window on warm days for UVB). He is currently 5 inches and although he was in a terrible habitat for such a long time, he survived and for some weird reason shows no sign of illness. Now I'm going to give him a very large tank with a large basking area, a UBV basking light, a filter and water changes. I just wish my parents could be more considerate and put more effort into taking care of pets as they are a huge commitment. I'm only 11.

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  • Allyson - 2010-07-20
    WAY TO BE Tony! I hope your slider is doing well. I too, had a poorly cared for pet as a child. It was a collie named Mikey. I felt so sad. I loved that dog so much, but I was too young to do anything about it. Unfortunately, he died before I was old enough to take care of him. I now make up for his loss by taking the best possible care of the pets that I love now. I hope he forgives me.
  • A. N RAO - 2010-08-17
    I also have 3 red eared but I am confusing about how to design a comfortable tank for them. If you have any idea on it give me details I arrange it asap "A N RAO"
  • Diana - 2010-11-22
    I think, you are trying to do the right thing, but you should try to tell your parents that you will work around the house to pay for a better tank, tell them that even that it's not important for them, it is important for you that your turtle is happy. I have one for three years now, and I just upgraded her tank, to a 75 gallon one and she is very happy. Try to buy a used one on craig list with a good filter, and you can clean it every month. Good luck
  • murray brown - 2011-03-15
    Sounds like your turtle is very lucky to have you as his/her human--good job!
  • MS.Donna - 2013-07-26
    Tony I am sure that your parents probably have a lot of bills to pay and may not be able to keep you and your turtle fed or in a house or have lights and gas. SO since I am reading this a few days before my own birthday, I will send you a Petland gift card IF YOU EMAIL ME WITH YOUR PARENTS PERMISSION. I DO not WANT TO HAVE ANY PROBLEMS with the law for trying to do a nice thing. EMAIL SUBJECT: MR TURTLE's friend okay.
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Animal-World info on Sulcata Tortoise
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David Kinney - 2013-07-24
I have one baby hatchling Sulcata Tortoise. I would like to raise 2 males or 1 male and one female. Can Sulcatas coexist for life? I understand that males can become aggressive. I would like to know the truth about raising adult sulcatas from birth, can they coexist or at times do we just separate them in to their own pens? Thank you for your advice.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-07-26
    Sulcata Tortoises are great pets, but they are known to be aggressive as youths, both males and females. As adults females no longer display aggression but males become more so towards other males, often butting each other in an attempt to flip the other over, which can be fatal for them in their natural environment.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-07-26
    Sulcata Tortoises are great pets, but they are known to be aggressive as youths, both males and females. As adults females no longer display aggression but males become more so towards other males, often butting each other in an attempt to flip the other over, which can be fatal for them in their natural environment.
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Daisy - 2010-05-20
I have an adult wood turtle named QQ. She loved eating banana, and sometimes took some vegetable. But these days, she dislikes anything even her favorite banana. I have tried small fish and worms. But she just refuses them.

I keep QQ in a large dry glass tank with another small tan where she can swim in. The temperature is 69~78 F. The humidity is 45~50%.

Would anybody who is familiar with wood turtle give me some suggestions?

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  • Brendan - 2010-07-09
    Daisy,
    The only thing that I can get mine to eat is Blueberries. Have you tried them?
  • hur - 2013-03-16
    Mine loves worms.
  • Vicki England - 2013-07-23
    I'm a new owner of paired at birth male and female wood turtles. They are from Costa Rica. I had to switch their dry food and they wouldn't touch it for about a week. Now they love it. Also, I've tried lettuce, bananas, blueberries, all of which they wouldn't eat. However, they love strawberries. I don't know what I'm going to do about that this winter when it's more difficult to find them. I'm still getting to know them. I am fascinated and have bonded with them. I believe they have bonded with me as I greet them each morning. I hold them both up at my eye level and we gaze at each other. Anyway, I don't know if this helps, but I hope so.
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tony - 2012-04-24
My mexican red-knee has has developed a white patch on its abdomen, have you any ideas what it could be please!

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  • hankypanky56 - 2012-07-02
    It probably just kicked some hairs while you weren't looking.
  • Casey - 2013-07-20
    It could be a fungus growing on or around the spiders book lungs. This is caused by bacteria in the environment. Have you kept the tarantulas environment clean and at the correct humidity? Bacteria can grow from TOO MUCH humidity in the terrarium (cage). Make sure you clean all insect remains after every feeding and change the bedding at least every 3-6 months. Moisture causes bacteria to grow. Misting your tarantulas cage once per week should be sufficient enough for humidity and moisture. If it is a fungus you should do some research or talk to an expert about how to heal your T. Fungus on the booklungs can be potentially fatal to your tarantula if not resolved as soon as possible.
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Kelly Gratton - 2008-11-22
I have recently purchased my very first snake, EVER, and I have chosen a snow corn snake, and I must say HE'S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL I have ever seen. We have named him BOB as we wanted a name that no-one would forget, and so far, no-one has hahaha. At first I was very frightened about handling him thinking he was going to bite me at every opportunity, but he has never given me a reason to be scared of him, and I can feel a bond with him already (does that sound weird). I no longer feel scared of him and I am handling him now as often as I can... apart from when he's ready for feeding! I hope me and BOB have a long and happy relationship, and I can definitely say I would love to have another, but for now I'm happy.

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  • michelle - 2012-10-02
    Our baby snow corn has escaped. Do you think my dogs would have ate it. Because I can't find it anywhere
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-10-02
    My guess is that it is probably in the house somplace under or behind something. These guys get out and they can find the best hideaways imaginable.  Good luck with the search.  WOW  not fun.
  • mary-jane - 2013-07-20
    Just remember that these sort of snakes are not very nice. If they had got out and need to go back to there tanks I also have a corn snack and she gets out almost all the time.
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Andrea Doubleday - 2013-07-15
I've had a number of these guys in my yard and house here in Bisbee, Az. Last summer I had a huge fellow dragging a partially eaten mouse across my yard... grossed me out completely. This site has changed my thinking, I've always tried to kill them on sight. Learning that they are good for my environment.. ie., they eat scorpions (lots of them around!), mice and roaches.. I'll let them live outside the house, but inside the house? Sorry, that's too close.

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lynn - 2013-07-14
Ouch! Was stung on the top of my foot last night at midnight by a very mean striped bark scorpion, I'm still in pain nearly 12 hours later with strange muscle spasms going up my leg. I am still experiencing burning and stinging. My lips and tongue are tingling.

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Joshoa - 2011-04-28
Hello, I am an experienced snake owner and I have been dying to find an albino ball in my price range. Please if anybody knows where to get one besides Craigslist at a good price(250) please let me know. 678 847 3672.

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  • Tom Parker - 2011-07-28
    Got one for sale about a year old 100 dollars
  • Anonymous - 2011-10-05
    there are some on ebay and google
  • steve - 2013-07-12
    You just missed the kansas city reptile show. It was July 6-7 the next one is Sept 15, Nov 17, OVERLAND PARK KS 8787 REEDER RD PH # 913-609-9343 Good luck Joshoa, babys were going for about $250.
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