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Anonymous - 2013-01-23
hi im new to all of this.. ive had my chilli for about a year now and up untill a few days ago havent used a heat mat. so was wandring if its ok for the tank to steam up if you like?? i keep wiping up te sides because i think its to wet in there.. please help i am a bit worried. also i changd her substrate 2 days ago and havent seen her move onto it once. she just stays on her log??

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-23
    I would remove pad.  Sometimes these get way to hot and hard to control.  The power coming in to the mat may be throwing the spider off as they can sense to sound and vibrations from the power source.
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Rachel Kennedy - 2013-01-21
I want an imperial scorpion and name it bree tanner from the twilight saga eclipse movie 2010.

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anne dooley - 2013-01-21
I just got a lady green iguna I call her misty she is very quiet and easy going she is only 9 moths old they are funny and very intelligent animals.

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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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