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Akbar Khan - 2013-04-30
ey there i have 2 asian rainforest scorpions...i keep them in a glass tank which is app 1 and a half feet lenght. I have a heat lamp to generate heat for humidity but the problem is that the tank is not covered thus making the humidty in the tank last for a very short time...any suggestions???

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-04-30
    You can try adding a aquarium heater to a jar of water.  This can give constant humidity.
  • Akbar Khan - 2013-05-02
    hey thx for the advise...i shall try to get that :)
  • Fadhli Jaffar - 2013-07-09
    Alternatively, you can get a cheap usb air humidifier placed in the tank. They kind of make vapours which cools the surrounding air naturally. It also simulates the morning dew found in the early mornings of the rainforest. So you only need to run the humidifier once a day. One small humidifier holds water to last about an hour, which is just nice enough to moisten the air throughout the day. 
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Anonymous - 2010-07-12
I have a red foot tortoise as well her name is yurtle the turtle it was yortoise the tortoise but we found out she is a female she is great the best part is I have a big dog about 80 pounds and they are like best friends I've had her about 5 years now.

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  • Tony - 2010-09-01
    You should never let your dog near a tortoise (or any reptile in general). Regardless of what happened in the past, your dog's instincts will eventually tell it that your tortoise is a walking bone worth investigating. People often say: "Well, I've had my tortoise and dog for many years and they never attack each other," and they continue to allow the two animals to come intact with each other. This happens all too often. Unfortunately, the end result will often be a severely injured tortoise (or in some cases, a dead tortoise) in need of immediate medical attention. Don't mix your animals.
  • Anonymous - 2013-07-08
    I have 4 dogs, and they are fine with our tortoise! They have all lived together for 15 years. The turtle even shares the water.  I have never had an incident.
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Anonymous - 2010-11-27
I have 2 corn snakes, one is almost 1 year old and the other turned 2 today and I've been hearing you can and you can't have them together so I'm really confused.

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  • TONY - 2013-07-07
    Hi, i have a red albino corn snake and a great plains rat snake together. I put the rat snake in with the corn snake as adults to see if they would get along. I did this about 2 years ago and they are still together with no problems whatsoever. Just don't feed them together, put 1 snake in another container and feed it in that container and then put it back with the other snake. King snakes and milk snakes must be kept separetly as they will eat one another.
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Jake Bearden - 2013-07-03
I found 5 in the Illinois river.

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michael appell - 2012-01-21
How old should the female be before there ready to breed? Or does it matter on size and colors that are shown. I have 3 females that are 5 to 8 months old and are all showing the colors described above. Also they are all about the same size the youngest one is actually growing faster then the others. I was just wondering what everyones opinion is on the subject. Thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-21
    They don't reach sexual maturity until at least 7 months. The coloration when gravid can vary, but if a female turns dark, that indicates she is not receptive to mating.
  • staciabella roy - 2013-07-02
    Female Panther Chameleons are able to breed at 7 months.
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Jackie - 2011-01-30
I've had a YF for about 2 years now. She was smaller than the palm of my hand, still very young - I got her from a very reputable pet store though. My concern is that she has not seemed to have grown all that much since I got her. She has probably only grown about an inch. She seems very happy, she has lots of UV as well as dark hiding spots, eats lots of veg & fruits and likes her water to bathe and drink...I don't think I'm doing anything wrong, I've done a lot of reading. But I'm still concerned that she's not growing like she should be. Any suggestions?

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  • kalyn - 2013-02-21
    no, i think you are doing just fine. turtles/tortoise just grow v..e..r..y s..l..o..w..l..y
  • Pamela Sierchio Inelli - 2013-06-23

    i have a yellowfoot that has only gained 1/2 ounce in a year and a half.  we got him along with a red foot, marginated and a hermaines. . . . The other three have grown and gained a lot of weight. . . . They were all the same size. . . . Yellowfoot is about 2/12 inches while the others have grown to 6 inches. . . . . Our vet said he may be a midget. . .
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Valencia - 2009-01-18
I'm posting this because I hate going into a pet store and seeing the iguanas eating calcium covered lettuce. A store clerk saying "Yes they are easy pets" and there's always a kid there thinking they can get an iguana and just feed it lettuce with a calcium supplement sprinkled on it. Iguanas are a high maintenance pet due to their diet. As a kid, my first iguana died shortly after bringing it home from the pet store, probably due to a poor diet (Yes, I was told they just eat lettuce with the calcium supplement). After doing a lot of research, I bought two more. Even after feeding one of my girls a variety of fresh fruit and veggies and the calcium supplement, I still had to take her to the vet and found out she was calcium deficient. I ended up having to give her calcium shots daily, and then making changes to her diet. She turned out to be a healthy sweet girl who I enjoyed owning. Another false statement that I hear in a lot of pet stores is that iguanas only grow as big as their cage or aquarium. That's another lie. I started off with a decent sized aquarium, which my girls quickly got too big for. So I bought a bigger aquarium, which they quickly out grew. I ended up having to build a giant cage that was the size of a walk-in closet. I still think they are beautiful animals, but a little high maintenance.

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  • Laura - 2013-06-21
    I agree with you Valencia. Years ago I purchased a little green iguana for my daughter.I had had anoles in the past. Turned out to be a bad move. Ihad done little research. I took good care of the Iguana we named Gilly. He lived w/ us for years. He went from being about 6' long to over 3 ft long. He was beautiful, but even w a very large custom made cage 6ft x 3 ft x 4 ft...he still did not have enough room. After trying for a year, I finally found someone at the local herptalogical society to adopt him. Gilly moved to St Louis to live in a large space. Now I know why Hey West Florida is being over run w/ giant iguanas. They are hard to keep, they get huge and mine was not very tamed and tried to whip me w/ his tailif I tried to pick him up. I really 'loved' him, but I knew my home was not enough for him, in the large living space he had. He scared the heck out of my 2 dogs, one German Shepard and a poodle. Considering his size, sharp beack, razor like nails and strong whiplike tail, we just couldn't all get along.
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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:)
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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