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Susie Parker - 2007-08-18
I find it unbelievable that anyone would have such a creature living in their home! I am a severe arachnaphobic!

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  • TK75 - 2013-03-28
    I can't believe you could be that afraid of something so much smaller and weaker than you. It's not like its a highly venomous spider like a Black Widow or Sydney Funnelweb. Your much more likely to get hurt by a dog or horse. Are you afraid of those too?
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Glen & Emily - 2008-11-04
Hi, me (Glen) and the Mrs (Emily) bought our stunning Pink Toed Tarantula about 3 weeks ago. She is our 1st ever Tarantula and has taken some getting use too. She was only small when we purchased her but amazingly quick!. She seems to be eating and growing well and enjoying living in her Terarium. I think that she is getting ready to shed her skin because she has built an amazing web inside her log and has dug right down through her substrate to her heat mat that is placed in her terarium. (Any Help or info about making her life easy whilst molting would be very much appreciated). OW AND I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT AS A 1ST TIMER THIS SITE AND THERE INFO HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY AMAZINGLY HELPFUL AND DETAILED. I did alot of research about tarantulas and which 1 would be best for us and the sites we visited dont have half the info that this site has.

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  • ANTHONY CRENHAW - 2013-03-24
    I just got a pink toe, and read that you have a heat pad in the tank with yours. . . So i'm wondering is it ok to put a small heat rock in the tank with mine?
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leah-jayne - 2011-04-28
My boyfriend has just bought me a russian tortoise. I've named him Trevor. We bought the vivarium and was sold a heat lamp and uvb lamp and also a heat mat and I just wanted to know if you leave the mat on over night as the guy said you should but to turn the lights off. I am just checking as I havent heard or seen this on the internet, thanks! Do I leave the mat on heat overnight?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-28
    Article on your Trevor is attached just click on it. Basically they need a warm enviornment and the uvb lamp. Based on the article and the heat requirements of Trevor, I would say to leave the heat mat on overnight. Otherwise he could get cold. If you're concerned that Trevor might get too warm, just put the mat under 1/2 the enclosure and he can get cooler or warmer by just walking on over.
  • Midge - 2011-04-29
    Please, please, please do not put your tortoise in a vivarium!!! The clue is in the name - RUSSIAN. It needs to be in a table top on a substrate mix 50/50 sand and soil. There should be an area where it can get buried down - preferably covered, with hay in it. It needs a basking stone under a UVB lamp; a heat lamp. Heat under it is DEADLY! Check the Tortoise Trust state, but whatever you do, DO NOT USE THE HEAT PAD.
  • Anonymous - 2012-05-21
    i have a heat pad but its not below him its next to his rock. i also have the heat lamp. but putting heat under almost any reptile is VERY DEADLY!!
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-05-21
    I have always used the ones that stick to the bottom of tank and actually heat the substrate so it doesn't get too hot and spreads out a bit more.
  • susan - 2013-03-23
    Heat mat should not be used. Just use half top soil and half sand or crushed walnut shells is what I use. And your lamps. No heat mat.
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Anthony Harden - 2013-03-22
I have a Redtail Boa, its name is CHANGE. I had it for about three months and I am Loving him.This is my first BOA.....Thumbs Up to BOA`s 1LOVE

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Julieanne Thomson - 2010-08-17
HELP! please could someone please help or advise me, my daughter came home with a gecko roughly 3 wks ago. None of us know nothing about raising a gecko so I bought a book straight away to tell me how 2 look after a gecko in captivity best way possible. Since the day we have had him he has had quite a thin tail and a very pale colour of yellow and black. He doesn't open his eyes that wide either. We have seen him eat crickets now and again but not for the last few days. He lives in a good sized tank the pet shop told me would be great for him and I have a lamp for the tank but I honestly don't think its warm enough for him. Can someone please if you can tell me anything I can do to help get him healthy as we are all really attached to him and at the moment I am fearing the worst is going to happen. PLEASE HELP. julieanne x

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  • veronica - 2010-10-12
    Hello there,

    First of all, I have educated myself a lot regarding Leopard geckos.
    It is vital for a Leopard gecko to have an under tank heat mat as they are nocturnal and they can only properly digest their food if they absorb heat from their bellies.
    They do not require uvb lights and some lamps can be so strong that they can stress this nocturnal gecko.
    I recommend Habistat heat mats as they are safe and reliable.
    Some cheap version of heat mats have known to have burned herps but this brand is very trusted worldwide.
    Also to be on the safe side, a thermostat should be connected to it and that will keep the required temperature at a constant level.
    Another vital thing is to provide the gecko with a humid hide at all times and never allow it to dry.
    A lack of humid hide can lead to shedding problems.

    Please note this care advise is specific for Leopard geckos only.
    I didn't educate myself on other types of geckos as I only keep Leopard geckos myself.
    I have also noticed very poor advice from certain websites regarding this particular lizard.
    Please do not hesitate to contact me, should you need more help.

    Regards, Veronica
  • Anonymous - 2013-03-18
    Hi, your gonna need to feed it twice a day, it needs a 50-60 watt lightbulb, and it needs a lot of atttention. If its a baby it eats crickets and mealworms.
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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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