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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.
  • 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 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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john - 2012-10-19
Yes! I finally got my desert kingsnake to ecxept frozen fuzzies!The problem is that I was wondering is that don't snakes need exercise? And isnt eating the only time the really burn a decent amount of calories? what I am trying to say is I don't want a fat snake and snakes dont use execise wheels so how am I going to make sure he gets exercise?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-19
    Snakes use an incredible about of muscles to move which burns a lot of energy and because they do not eat as often as other animals it is unlikely that it will become over weight.
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Adrian Villasenor - 2013-05-17
I've had my a.s.t. for about 9 months and I had it in a 20g tank and it was fine, it swam and ate and played around with my r.e.s. I recently purchased a 40g tank for both of them and it seems like its sick it won't eat all it does is bask so after about a month I separated it from the turtle and put it back in the 20g tank shallow water and dirt and it burys it self in the dirt does anybody know why it does that

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-18
    They do like to bury themselves in the mud or sand. In the wild they do this especially during dry seasons, and a female will do this to lay her eggs. But some do seem to just like to bury themselves in captivity. Some more important things are to make sure your African Sideneck is eating and basking.
Jodi Bauer - 2013-05-05
We have had our Side-neck for about 3 years now. She started out happy and swimming around and would greet us everyday. Over the past year she has started to hide from everyone. She stays under her rock and doesn't come out even if you feed her. we used to be able to hold her but now she tucks in and tries to get away. Her water temp is about 77 and the basking temp is about 85. Any ideas as to what could be wrong???

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-05
    Because you've had the African Side-necked Turtle for a good amount of time, that's a difficult question to answer. These turtles are shy, and often jump into the water and tuck in their heads when in a new home, but that doesn't make sense for yours. It sounds like you take good care of yours and have a good environment for it. What comes to my mind is they are known to be group baskers, so I wonder if it could be becoming more of a recluse because it is isolated. Don't know for sure, but it does make me wonder.
  • Zach - 2013-05-13
    I hope your turtle feels better and I have two maybe your turtle is lonesome my first was.

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