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Ashley - 2010-04-06
Tree frogs shoudn't be kept in cages, they should be in the wild where they belong. I can understand if they are in captivity because they're population is dropping, but using them for you own entertainment is terrible! Think if you were in a cage all day and you were meant to be in the wild, but you just couldn't get out because you're so small. Think about it. :(

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  • JJ - 2010-04-29
    Well, if you have a dog, you better let that loose too and cats too. Guess you better not have an aquarium either. My frog was born in captivity and if you think about it, the only reason that some animal populations are still around is due to zoos and to people breeding them. I agree that it would be better out in the wild but as their habitats are being destroyed, what are we supposed to do? The only entertainment I get is from it walking down my arm and going to sleep, just as I am entertained by watching my deaf dog (who obviously would have died in the wild) fetch sticks and bring them back to me. Its called companionship and that's what pets are for.
  • wil - 2010-05-09
    Without us trying to attempt to breed and find out more about these beautys, where will they be in the wild in five to ten years, ashley? G-O-N-E That's where quit trying to be self righteous and educate yourself. KTCS
    ( the t.v. station) had a program about frogs at the end of April, I believe that this would be a good place for you to start your learning. It discusses about Kitrid ( a parasitic fungus attacking frogs). As well as how all the household products expelled into our water sources are genetically changing frogs, this includes excess hormones from birth control pills disposed into our water sources through elimination of bodily fluids. So good luck protecting that glass house ashley.
  • Emily - 2010-05-11
    If people are selling them as pets though, surely it is ok to buy them. I do know what you mean though! =)
  • AJ - 2010-08-31
    I'm sorry, are you in PETA? Tree Frogs do VERY well in captivity. And most of them are captive bred, so it's not like they go from being in the rainforest to being in a tank. And in the wild, Frogs may occupy one territory for their entire lives. Being in a tank is basically the same. I hope you don't own any dogs or cats to be speaking like that either.
  • Lucas - 2010-11-27
    What if they were born in captivity. They aren't taken out of the wild then. I have two Red Eyed Tree Frogs and they love their habitat and their new home. They are so happy and they have never NOT been happy. I keep them in an 18"Wx18"Lx24inW tank (Zoo Med Naturalistic Terrarium.) Most veterinarians say they are easily stressed but I take mine out and handle them at least once a week and they are fine with it and never show signs of stress (stress in them is indicated by a brownness of the skin instead of the neon green.) Mine were C.B. (captivity bred) so they are not wild deprived, captivity is their wild and they do not seem to mind it.
  • Dave B - 2010-12-15
    Read 'The Life of Pi' for a better understanding of the situation that caged and zoo animals are in. As an example from the book, many caged animals that 'escape' often return to their cage after a short time. Life in the wild has many more dangers and hardships than a cage.
  • Rob - 2010-12-17
    I understand how you feel and can respect that, however if you show concern for one animal you must for all and therefore be vegan because you would not eat meat, nor eggs because even free range only means they have a larger sized pen. In fact even eating vegetables causes the death of some amazing creatures. Every year 20,000 wild African grey Elephants are murdered in order to diminish an already dwindling population so that farmers can expand their land for crops. Crops have always been built in the grazing land of native animals. You also shouldn't therefore even own a dog or cat, as the dogs unless bought from a purebred breeder costing minimum$600 depending on breed as petshop dogs are bred in tiny cages with concrete floors and are given physical deficiencies to attain the unnatural look most dogs now have. Nor should you own a cat, who's natural habitat is found nowhere within australia(I'm assuming is where you live) and their ever present thirst for blood and the thrill of a hunt means they will always kill native birds and marsupials regardless how much and often they are fed and whether you see the remains.
  • Michael - 2010-12-22
    Clearly you have never worked in an office.
  • Bob - 2011-01-14
    Ummm, there are no animals that are kept as pets currently that at one point were not wild. And seeing that this page was mostly about how to keep one as a pet, and you knew that this was the type of page it was, you came here asking for trouble.
  • The Frog - 2011-03-10
    She has no right to tell them what they want.
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Angela Landis - 2007-01-26
PLEASE READ THIS IF YOU ARE NEW TO OWNING A JACKSON CHAMELEON and have not put in hours of research on how to care for these awesome creatures. We bought Kammey, our Jackson Chameleon, for Chritmas for our 12 yr old son, 2006. We did not do a lot of research on their care and what we needed. We bought the glass aquarium, crickets, some vines and such to climb on as well as a misting bottle. We went home,set it up and watched. It was so cool and we immediately fell in love with her. Things went great for the first 3 weeks and we reminded our son 2x everyday to feed and mist her. He said she was doing fine and still eating, etc.

I walked in there a couple of days ago to check her out and she was cowering in a corner unable walk. She was so weak and her eyes were sunken down in her head and closed. She looked like she could die any second. It was a horrible sight. I went to the computer and started researching her symptoms-dehydration is what it was. (Common problem for those not experienced in their care) I began to mist her a lot. She refused to drink. I called an exotic pet doctor and she told me to pick her up and and try to mist water on the side of her mouth. She said even if she doesn't open her mouth she will get some hydration through capillary action.

I placed Kammey in my hand and began to mist. The water became pooled in my hand and she began to drink and drink. When she closed her mouth and appeared to be done I placed her on a high branch and began to spray her. She stuck her head up and opened her mouth. I preceded to mist and drop water into her mouth from the top of the cage. When my son came home from school he took over the task of waiting for her to open her mouth and then watering her. This went on for a period of 3-4 hours if not longer.

Within a few hours of her starting to drink I began to notice her eyes beginning to open and were also looking protuding again-still not healthy but somewhat better. I made an appointment with the exotic pet doctor for the following day. (We ended up not needing to take Kammey to the doctor after changing the things that were wrong with her environment) Read on...

That night I did hours of research to find out what was going wrong. I found out that glass aquariums are not very suitable for these creatures and that they need a fresh air flow. They also get tired of the same food source(crickets)and may also eat certain kinds of fruits and vegetables. They need a continuous dripping but not saturating water source. Humidity levels need to remain at a certain percentage and the cage needs to have a temp in the 80's on one side and in the 70's on the other. The night time temp needs to drop about 10 degrees from the daytime AND they hate other animals, children and anything else that looks like a predator around their cage.

The next day Kammey was in a 30"x30"x18" fresh air habitat that cost $79.00 compared to the $250 glass aquarium and stand. we began misting her 3x/day instead of 2. We purchased a special bulb for a heating source at night but would not heat up as much as her daytime bulbs.

Needless to say, please do some research into owning this type of pet. They are a lot of work to maintain and they stress out very very easily-which can cause hunger strikes and death. I found many many informative articles on Jackson Chameleons on the internet and they have helped out tremendously. The pay off is rewarding.

Kammey is doing great now. She loves her new environment, drinks, eats and climbs around. What a horrible site it was that day I found her in such poor health. I am very glad I had the tools to find the knowledge to help save her life.

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Alisha - 2012-12-22
I am wanting to build a full terrarium for my Pink Toe with live plants, for a real habitat feeling. That will be approx. 5-6 feet tall and about 5 feet wide. I am wondering what all plants can I put with the Pink toe? Any good suggestions?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-22
    Spider will love that!!  There are many plants that will work; boxwood, pilea, swedish ivy, lipstick plant, nerve plant and the list can go on!   Hope that helps.
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Curtis Sowers - 2013-01-13
My t hasn't been able to climb glass for about 2 weeks. He just slides down it. Is that normal

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-13
    Some seem uncomfortable to climb glass almost acting if they are scared to fall.  Would almost be like us trying to walk on air.   Also if the glass is damp they would have trouble grabbing on without sliding.  If you see them unable to climb wood or other objects then there may be an issue.
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gemma - 2013-01-13
My rosehair is 2 and been in an icu for 4 days now and doesnt' seem to be getting better. What am I doing wrong? Please help.

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Moira - 2012-08-07
Anyone know why there would be a long (about 4 inch) discharge of clear and white mucus in the cage. I'm the summer 'foster Mum' for a greek called Spartacus who lives at the school where I work. I've got a call into the VoAg teacher but just concerned. Spartacus also bumps all the way around his indoor cage. It's his way off yelling to go out into the garden. Pretty upsetting on bad weather days.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-07
    Could it be a case of diahrhea - might have eaten something or got into something it shouldn't have.  Could have possibly regurgitated also.  Again - possibly ate something that did not agree with him. 
  • Moira - 2012-08-08
    Thanks. I think it was an upset tummy. He didn't munch on the grass at all yesterday and only ate about half his dinner. He's out today and he is eating the clove. I'll feed him light for a day or two. I'm watching spartacus and a box turtle named Clyde. What fun they both are. It's been an interesting summer. Thanks again. Moira
  • Stu - 2013-01-13
    Obviously this is an ancient post, but I'm replying in case it's useful for anyone else. The clear and white discharge is perfectly normal - it's actually urea - same as the white stuff in bird droppings. The time to worry is when it comes out gritty or nearly solid: that would indicate dehydration (not enough water).
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Shane - 2011-05-20
HELP I've had my female Greek tortoise to Cornell and they don't know why her head won't come out. We're giving her antibiotics but will soon have to put in a feeding tube at Cornell. Has anyone else heard of this happening? I've had her about 5 or 6 years

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-20
    I don't know and I really couldn't find anything so hopefully someone who has had this problem will answer your question. I did find one site and it talks primarily about hibernation. I don't know if it can help but I thought I'd pass it on. Cornell is usually very good.
    http://www.tortoisetrust.org/articles/safer.html
  • aboud - 2011-10-28
    Your tortoise is hibernateding maybe. I am not really sure. I have a male greek tortoise so I know what I am saying and I reasearched
  • chrystal - 2013-01-12
    It is possible some of his bedding could be stuck in his shell and wedged? Has he been to the vet? Can you get him x-rayed or something ?
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Noel Pierce - 2012-02-15
Is it normal for a (male) greek tortoise to walking along the side of his tank thumping on the side with his shell everyday? Normally I can feed him and he'll go back to sleep but I'm worried that he might be lonely is why he's doing it. He's been doing this since I got him. I've had him for a good five or so years now and that's about how old he is too. So is this normal? If not what can I do? I don't want him to be upset or anything.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-15
    I honestly don't know if it is normal or not but if he has been doing it for 5 years - sure wouldn't worry about it. Another way to look at it is, he thumps on the side of the tank and you feed him. Maybe he has you trained.
  • MARION PARKER - 2012-05-01
    My tortoise did that so, I put a piece of ply board inside the front of the tank so he couldn't see out and he never did it anymore. But I put it down to that he wanted to go out into the garden.
  • Cindy Moreen - 2012-05-28
    Best not to use an aquarium, rather construct a large wood box lined with paper and cypress mulch. As stated above, your turtle can see out and wants out. Construct a nice outdoor garden for him/her too!
  • chrystal - 2013-01-12
    They do not understand glass. They can hurt their faces by doing this. Something you can do is cut a 1 or 2 inch strip of cardboard and tape it around the edges of the tank so he can see there is a barrier there.
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Sharon A - 2013-01-12
We have 2 red eared sliders, one is approx 18 yrs, and the other about 5 yrs. We have always kept them in seperate tanks because we were always told two males could not be kept together. We have since put them together, and bought a 55 gallon tank for them, and it has been three days and they are very aggressive towards each other, biting at each others shells, faces...... why is this, and should we go back to seperate tanks?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-12
    Well first, if they have always lived alone, they are probably used to having their own territory. Introducing them into a new environment they aren't used to as well as having another tankmate is probably very stressful. It sounds like they aren't getting along very well and I would definitely separate them - If they are tearing each others shells up and causing wounds they could get infected and then sick. You could try again at a later time if you want. Generally, if two baby turtles are bought together and kept together there are often no problems unless a female is present. Two males would still need to be kept an eye on as they grow up however, to make sure they will continue to get along fine.
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obadiah russell - 2013-01-06
does anyone know of any good websites that give information on softshell turtles? i have no clue what kind i have and would like to know as much as i can. i saved this turtle from an owner who didnt care much for it. my email is obierussell@yahoo.com thankyou

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