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Cassy - 2013-04-14
My bird eating spider (alice) she is just over one and healthy. She just malted however her old coat and prey she keeps in her burrow. I'm really concerned, as i know you should keep their cages clean from dead prey (well what's left of them anyway) and i can't reach into her burrow and get any of it. Should i just build a whole new set up for her and start fresh? Also, what is the best way to transfer her to a new cage as she is always in her burrow? Unfortunately as much as i tried, she doesn't like being handled.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Doesn't sound like her molt is causing her any problems. It's not the same as dead prey and won't really contaminate the environment. So maybe just wait and see. Give it some time and eventually you'll be able to get it out would be my thought.
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billy - 2013-04-07
Hey there just wondering I am geting a 6 ft Colombian boa and would they kill a dog or a baby if she got out? Are they vicious? Do they act like a wild predator?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-04-07
    It is very possible.  They can easily suffercate a baby.  It is not that they are vicious, it is nature.
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Codey Holloway - 2013-03-31
any tips on the housing?  like what cage size and should i get a lamp?  i live in reno nevada desert. its very dry here. hot days cold night. should a get a humidiphire?

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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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