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carri - 2013-06-20
wondering if the heat lamp needs to be on all the time? nighttime too? what about UV lamp, on all the time? my turtle doesn't bask either. i put a large rock for it to climb onto, with gravel all around so wont damage shell, but it just hides under rock in the water. sometimes just stays under water. it did manage to escape the tank because of filter open area, can they be without water? are they supposed to have lots of water? I'm a bit overwhelmed. we inherited from a friend who didnt want anymore.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-21
    Nice pet, and very cool to get! Ideally the water should be 8-10' and well filtered. They do live in the water most of the time, although they (like other turtles) can roam on land some, and will come out to bask, utilizing the sun to absorb vitamins. The UV light is necessary for their health, it's our captive alternative to sunlight.  But your turtle doesn't need the basking light or the UV light kept on all day and at night, as in nature they would only be in the sun during the daytime. If the environement is too cold however, their metabolism will slow down, so using a regular basking light will provide some warmth. A red or black basking light at night can also provide some warmth at night (they can't see those lights so they are non-intrusive to the turtle at night). Of course with it being summer time, that's probably not an issue right now. Good luck to you both, I think you'll really enjoy that little guy:)
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Jared - 2013-06-18
Hi 2 all!! I've been collecting Tarantulas now 4 close on 2 years.. I've had 1 escape from its enclosure & more recently I had another pass away! Other than those 2 isolated incidents, I've had an extremely pleasant experience with my tight collection of 14 spiders! I have several burrowing species, some obligate & some opportunistic!? I also have several terrestrial species (bird eaters), a semi-arboreal GBB & most recently I purchased # 14, a Guyana Pink Toe!  My 1st true-arboreal Tarantula! Its an incredibly vividly colored species but unfortunately not much is known about this particular species as its relatively new to the Pet-Trade. If anyone has any comments about that specific species/variety of Pink Toe Tarantula, then plz do share!! :) As 4 the 'sponge in the water dish'.. Obviously not a good idea as a permanent fixture, but a helpful tool when transporting (terrarium & all)!! As 4 the comment about your Tarantula that you think may be dying  (the 1 that's less than a year old). Well, u may not know this but some species of Tarantula are prone 2 hibernation in the colder ragions during the winter months!? So is it not possible that your T may in actual fact b hibernating?  My Brazilian Giant White Knee Bird Eater isn't a species prone 2 hibernation, yet it is currently hibernating in a burrow under its water dish!! Now when I say 'hibernating', its more of a case of the spiders metabolism slowing down due 2 the lower air temps & the fact that its a cold blooded organism!? As well as a form of fasting (pre-molt fasting)!! So there really isn't anything 2 worry too much abt, u could try & increase the temp with a heating pad, heated lamp, etc.. Or if you're in a colder climate then perhaps its best 2 just keep the temp as ambient as possible 2 keep it comfy & let nature take its course!?! Not much is known in the area of Tarantula Medicine so best take people's opinions with a pinch of salt!? Mine included!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-18
    I really enjoyed your entire post! Refreshing to hear such interesting experiences and cool info. And I especially like your last sentence... '... best take people's opinions with a pinch of salt!?'... lol. Well said:)
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Nick Palmer - 2012-03-24
I have pink toe that has not been moving around like she did or been eating. What is the best way to keep the humdity up?

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  • Christopher Riley - 2012-05-22
    They build a web to stay in at night they become active
  • Ian - 2013-06-18
    Not sure how long you've had your T. It may be preparing to molt. In that case, not being as active and not eating are perfectly normal behaviors. Get yourself some peat moss and terrarium substrate, get it wet, and apply heat. Heat pads are best. Be careful with heat lamps, they are Not good for humidity, only temperature. Eventually you'll have to add moisture to terrarium every so often. I spray inside 1-2 times a week. If your T has made quite an epic web and maybe even closing off openings, it's definitely gonna molt. During the process, humidity is really important. If its not a major hassle, consider putting your terrarium in the bathroom while you run hit water bath or shower to create humidity.
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InkPoison - 2013-06-10
I have a small male painted turtle named Echo, and I've had him for about 3 years(the longest I ever had a pet, I was never good with fish). I like to name my animals with something that goes along with them. For example: I got a male albino guinea pig and named him Ghost for his color and mishevious personality. Echo got his named because he watch my every move and followed me around my room(which is really kind of creepy, imagine getting up at night and realizing your turtles staring at you). But it is true: Turtles are great pets, and if your thinking about getting one, I highly recommend reading this page.

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kye turnbull - 2013-05-15
its banned to have these turtles in Queensland! they are a pest in the Brisbane area!

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Jake. E. - 2012-07-05
How many crickets should you feed a tailless whip scorpion?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-05
    They don't happen to be really big eaters so if you feed them 2 - 3 crickets a couple times a week that should do it.  If they only eat one - it is OK.  If they eat all 3, then I would go to feeding them 4 crickets.  You will be able to judge better by the feeding habits.
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Shawn Handley Jr. - 2012-07-06
Just a little advice to people who go herping like me one of the best and funniest ways to distinguish (sorry for spelling) a non venomous milk snake from a venomous coral snake is thru this phrase 'red touches black friend to jack(its a milksnake), and red touches yellow kill a fellow(its a venomous coral snake)' I saw that when I was little on tv and has always come to renember that phrase as it may save my life one day and I hope it helps anybody who is confused about the how to tell a venomous coral snake from a non venomous milksnake

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-06
    Thank you
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john - 2012-10-14
Hi, I got a splendida phase desert king snake yesterday at a reptile expo/show and was told that he was eating live rat pinkies and mice hoppers and I was wondering if there was an easy way to get him to frozen/thawed because he is so beautiful and I don't want him to get hurt. P.S. he is about 2 feet long.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-14
    Converting him to frozen/thawed is a great ides, and there are tons of methods used to accomplish this. Some will work for some snakes and others work for other snakes. Some of the easiest suggestions include: warming the food before its offered and then placing it in the feeding cage with tongs, put some drops of oil from a can of tuna on it before offering it, or dipping it in some chicken broth. The important thing is to be patient, it may take a while for your snake to get hungry enough to try this 'new' food.
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bob - 2010-04-24
When I was in Vietnam, we were setting up for the night by carving out a drainage ditch around our sleeping position. This was a hill area. As we were scratching the surface the bayonet poked through to a tunnel. The smell that came out was very acidic.
As we watched a centipede emerged pissed as all get out... followed by another... these suckers had to be a minimum of 3 feet in length... have never found reference to any centipede larger then 18 inches.

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  • kevin O\'Brien - 2010-05-14
    Bob, I would like to know where you found a reference to 18 in. centipedes? When I was in the central highlands of Vietnam We ran into 12 to 18 in. centipedes but the reference on this web site says the biggest Vietnamese centipedes are 8 in. The ones I seen would of had babies bigger than 8 ins. Hope you can help me out. "kevin"
  • Joe Luciano - 2010-07-10
    Up at Pleiku, VN I was working in grass underneath my helicopter when I felt a pinch then stinging pain on my lower back. I quickly crawled out from underneath the Huey and grasped at my back pulling off a foot long ugly red-brown centipede. It wrapped itself around my wrist but I managed to get it on the ground and stomped on it finally killing it. My lower back burned and within 15 minutes I was doubled over with stomach cramps and dizziness and hyper breathing. My crew grabbed me and got me first to a medic who shot me with atropine and then about a half hour later a doctor managed to get some antinerve agent (?) from air base clinic about an hour later. During that time I was still hyperventilating; waves of stomach cramps and dry nausea. After the antinerve agent I started to recover almost immediately. Within an hour I felt pretty much back to normal and was able to fly later that night with no ill effects.
    40 years later I will always remember the pain and disorientation from that centipedes bite.
    Joe
  • clay - 2011-02-14
    I want to buy a 12''centipede or bigger in a glass case for my trophy room, IF anyone knows where I can get one please let me know!
  • Vernon Smedley - 2011-04-12
    I was bitten by one of these. Came close to ending my career and my life. Ugly bastards.
  • PT - 2011-05-02
    I live in Cambodia in a village near Phnom Penh. We get centipedes here all the time especially when the wet season begins. A couple of years back we had a big one definitely over a foot long, I'd say close to 50 cms from memory. We had a lot of kids around and it was in our school so one of the guys killed it but only after chopping it with a spade several times. I'm also trying to find what type of centipede it is that we get here. They are definitely painful if bitten - the locals are very wary of them. Do you know what they are?
  • Doc - 2012-07-26
    When I was in Nam one night I was sleeping on the back deck of our tank in the jungle and woke up with a 6' centipede sucking or whatever on my arm...don't remember pain but my arm had a 6' swelling and it left a scar-type mark for about a year...took normal jungle rot marks years to go away.
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Sam - 2012-06-12
My budgetts frog has a big pink thing in it's mouth that's looks like her intestines. I am panicking and don't know what to do. I've had her for four years and would be very upset to lose her. She seems to be trying to get whatever it is back inside her mouth. She is having trouble pushing it in and I can assume it is effecting her breathing. I cleaned out her tank and took out all the gravel just incase. I want to know if there is anything I can do to help her.

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  • D - 2012-09-13
    It's her stomach...if theres something it has eaten...aquarium rocks etc...it will throw its own stomach up and swallow it again...calm down...feed it something...large gold fish, few pinkys....get the small undigestable objects out of your tank.
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