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Amber - 2013-01-20
Hello:) I'm the proud owner of a Chilean rose and goliath. I got my rose over a year ago and in that time she's molted once. Now it's going on the second year I've had her and she's been acting a lot different she hasn't eatin in almost a month and for her considering how much of a pig she is its uncharacteristic. She's also begun spinning frequently and she's went from a grayish color to tan with her abdominal area being very dark and ashy. Plus she is normally a sweetheart i usually cant put my hands in the tank without her trying to crawl up my arm.I'm assuming she's going to molt I just wanted to know is it uncommon for a t to get this light of a color??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-21
    Sounds like it is getting ready to molt.  Just make sure there is water provided.
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Kasey - 2011-09-09
I found an African Spurred Tortoise on the side of the road and have been researching him and what I need to do to keep him alive. It must have been someones pet they did not want anymore...

Anyways, he/she has been having wierd stools. It is grey and white and almost looks like paint. He has normal stools too, so I have no idea what this stuff is! Does anyone know what it could be? Is he sick?

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  • Gari - 2011-09-27
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    They are supposed to poop out the white and you need to soak it.
  • Kenny - 2011-11-25
    This is because the temperature is too low and you tortoise feels cold. Keep him/her warm
    ( above 90 degree ) if possible. If you have a yard with grass on, tortoise can feed itself from this grass. Remember these guys are from African and they love heat and food with high fiber. Very little water though, even others saying so. I live in North ( NY ) and I have my tortoise, Toni for three and will be the 4th winter soon. It's hard to keep Toni warm in the winters and when the heating lamp doesn't work for some time, he'll produce such stools like you've seen.

    Let me know if this helps you.
  • delores imperatrice - 2012-06-22
    We have a sulcata tortoice and we just got it yesterday and a web site says it should have water and the other says no?
  • superbuzz67 - 2013-01-19
    When I got my tortoise (sulcata) 5 years ago I had the same confusion. I keep a water pan in his pen.. He his happy and healthy so I would say water is fine as long as he doesn't show any signs of runny nose.
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sharon - 2013-01-18
I was just given a 75gal tank with 4 turtles. Two are 7 to 8 in and the other two are 5 or 6 in. I have done my research and have learned a lot! I am wanting to feed them in a different containers to keep their tank a little cleaner but when I put them in the new container only one will eat! The others just swim around and try to figure out how to get out! I want to take the best care of them all but one will come to the top of the water when I'm close so it's not that they are freaking out about me! Any help would be awesome! Thanks for your time!

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-18
    How long have you had them? I'm thinking that maybe since you only just got them they may need a little more time to acclimate to their new environment. You might want to try feeding them in their tank and see if they will eat there. If not, just keep trying for a few days to see if you can get them to eat. Once they are eating in their tank you could try having them eat in the other containers again. Too much change all at once might just be stressful for them.
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nene - 2012-11-27
i know it might sound stupid.... but can tarantulas be trained? ive had my pinktoe tori for abit and everytime i open the cage and say tori and tap on the glass she will come out and run to my hand, is that normal? im loving it she has so much personality

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-11-27
    They can be trained to a point.  Like most pets they will get use to the owner and the routine and will normally respond to consistant stimuli.  It is more unique that it is doing it not for food though!! You have a special spider.
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noel - 2012-03-19
Can you put more that one together if there not mating?? I wanted to get mine a friend but not sure if they can share the same aquar?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-20
    you can put like sized ones together. Keep an eye during feeding time.
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jennifer - 2012-12-20
We had our pink toe for 3 days and he built a web that cacooned him in a corner where we could bearly see him. Then a few hours later he tore it all down and put it into a ball that he is sitting on. We had to take him out to put stuff in the bottom and he will not let go of the ball and he has been sitting on it without moving for a day now. What is that ball???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-20
    You may be lucky!!  It sounds like it is an egg sac.  Since you just got the spider, it is a good chance it was around a male and bred.
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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.
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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