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Chelsea - 2012-12-20
My red eared slider turtle only likes eating goldfish but the money is short so to save money can I feed her live bearing fish? Because I won't have to go by fish because the fish will have babies so what do you think will it help me save money?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-20
    Sure can.  Raising your own is actually better as you will know that they come from quality water!
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frog lover - 2010-04-07
Hi, I had 4 white's tree frogs; two babies, one sub adult, and one huge adult.
My first baby lived in a 30 gal. terrarium, he sadly died, and my brother's friend gave me a baby and a sub adult. They lived in a beautiful 75 gal. tank from the grand rapids reptile expo. I purchased the huge one for 20 bucks. Every single one of my tree frogs refused to eat, and they all died. I researched the problem, I pin pointed every temp, they even had a uvb/uva bulb. I covered up one side of the tank with a blanket to relieve stress. If anyone knows or thinks they might know please tell me, I love tree frogs. Would a white lipped be a better choice for me? If so, I know they don't recommend mixing species but because white lips are so big could they live with an aproprietly sized species of gecko that has the same enviromental needs ( humidity, heat, ect... )? Someone please help!

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  • RICKY - 2010-08-10
    Yes they can live with them.
  • Amber - 2010-09-21
    I have a white-lipped that is peacefully residing with 2 white-lined geckos. They have been together for over a year (they were all almost full grown when I got them...) there is also a descent sized columbian tree frog in there too....
    Good luck!
  • Katie - 2012-12-20
    Your habitat may be too big for them to find the crickets. They only need 10-20 gallons each. I have two fire-legged running frogs, a red-eyed tree frog, and recently purchased a white-lipped. They are currently residing in a 10gal. Soon I will be upgrading to a 20gal high for all of them.
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Jenni - 2012-12-04
I wonder if someone can help. I bought a T blondi 1st instar. This baby is just about 2cms, but very pale (pink) in colour. The T blondi's I have researched are all grey/black and have rather elongated front legs. Is there a stage when they are actually pinkish in colour or have I been duped.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-19
    It sounds like it is still small, so maybe there is a color change as it matures. Don't know, but maybe you could ask the person you bought it from what's up with the color.
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Alonso - 2012-12-18
I just bought a G. rosea, but I see that she is actually very small. Her legspan is like 7 cm, but the web page tells me that this spider has actually 4 years. What's their actual adult size? They have such a slow-growing rate? Or is it just impossible for my spider to be 4 years old? Thanks

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-18
    5 inches is normally 4 years old.  Yours is much younger I would have to say.  7cm is probably 2 or 3 years old..
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joshua - 2012-12-17
I have a turtle. shes 2 years old. I found her in a canal in Carlsbad, New Mexico. I don't know what to feed her. I've had her for 3 years. I feed her pallets. shes growing so big. I've tried to put all kinds of different fish's with her in a tank. But she eats them all!. I don't know what to do. or what to feed her. or how many times do i feed her. If someone can help me that would be great.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-17
    Live fish are great for them and it gives her some exercise.  The turtle sticks are good because they give the turtle the vitamins they are missing in captivities.  Adding some vegetables is a great idea too.  I would cut a few feeders in the tank a week and use the turtle sticks once or twice a day.  The turtle will give you the signs when hungry.
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Anonymous - 2012-12-13
help, I've had my Chilean rose for over a year, she stopped eating approx 3 mths ago. last month (late oct) she moulted, since then she still hasn't eaten and now seems lethargic and is having trouble walking. this morning she was upside down in her water dish, although still alive I fear she's close to death. any ideas???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-13
    They do usually molt upside down.  How is the temp and humidity?  May starting to hibernate?
  • Angie Fell - 2012-12-17
    She has already molted, she hasn't eaten for months, I think she's dehydrated. I set up spider icu, she looks a tiny bit better but that's all. Haven't found her upside down again but still not eating and still not walking properly.
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rachel - 2011-08-25
i was at my sisters house earlier,an she stepped out her front door,an stepped on a oklahoma brown tarantula,or it looks just like this one. Well her lil 3 or 4 month old puppy run out the door an ate it. Few minutes later he began foaming at the mouth an tring to vomit,what should I do for him? will he be ok?

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  • Curtis - 2012-12-15
    get it to the vet immediately because tarantula have irritating hairs that could kill the dog
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-15
    If it were a mature dog it would not be a big deal at all.  The hairs would just irrate its throat.  He should be fine but a vet visit is a good idea.  In many countries people consume tarantulas.
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Evelyn M. Oats Whitehurst - 2012-10-11
I have a painted tutle and was thinking about setting it free. It's not happy in his tank any more he's alway trying to get out. I have done everything from getting him a bigger tank, to putting fish in with him. Which he ate. I know where there is a pond that has other tutle amd fish in it. They feed the fish and turtle. I just want to know if he would be able to make it. After all I have had him for 3 years and I don't want anything to happen to him, but I feel he would be happier with other turtles. Anyone know anything about this. And I live in Florida so I know he wont be cold, which it a big thing with turtles.

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  • Evelyn M. Oats Whitehurst - 2012-10-11
    Yes, he just wants out and I'm feeling bad about him being in a cage.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-11
    Maybe donate him?  Some one with a backyard pond?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-11
    Turtles will usually do ok.  If you have been feeding it live fish it will have a better chance.  Does your tank have deep areas and decor to keep your turtle interested?
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-12
    Let me suggest a couple of ideas to find him a new home. Try running a classified ad offering it free to a good home. There's almost always people who would adopt. You can also talk to your local pet store, they may take him and find him a home, or have ideas of how to find a new owner.
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Shirley - 2012-12-09
I have a Salcata Tortoise that weighs 39 lbs. She ate about 6 landscaping stones about 3 weeks ago (they were about 1' or so in size). She wasn't eating as much as usual so I took her to the vets to have an xray done ( it was very expensive). The stones showed up in the xray. I now have her on a prescription daily for 30 days to move food through her plus I am giving her fiber on the fruit I feed her. So far no stones. She eats something everyday but not much is coming out compared to what she has done in the past. From what I understand, the stones aren't in her stomach but in an area that is like a storage in her. I am concerned about her passing them. Did you ever have anyone with this problem? I wondered if you would have any other suggestions for me. Thank You

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Logan Olson - 2012-04-30
Just got a Mombasa Baboon and set up her amazing enviroment in a 55 gal tank. She will be very happy here and sure enough a day or two after i bought her she has gone and started to molt. My other T did the same thing years ago as she grew up in a small cage and the moment she was able to stretch out she molted. Looking forward to this very aggressive T and watching her grow up for years to come.

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  • hankypanky56 - 2012-07-02
    Your post looks great except for the 55 gallon tank, maybe you meant 5 gallons that would be more reasonable.
  • h.s. oflaherty - 2012-12-04
    Just wanted to say I bought my baboon and set 'her' up in 5 gal. tank. The spider was not bigger than a half inch around. When I put her into the tank I thought I was ripped off as didn't see it. Could not find cricket small enought to feed her. Was at least two months before I saw her for first molt. She is 9 months old now and her body length (not legs) is 2 and one quarter inches long!! Very orange, very agressive when provoked (do that to see if she stands up to her rep. and she does. Her fangs are about 1/4 inch long! Let me know how yours is doing. They live a long time so we might talk a few times. Good luck.... steve
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