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xy - 2013-05-05
i want to learned more about reptiles and insects

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mom - 2013-05-03
I found a red eared today I believe she is a female,she was crossinga busy street and in fear of her getting run over I took her home. She's about the size of a desertplate at at first seemed nervous and would snap her mouth at my fingers. I would love to give her the proper care,, her shell is peeling top and bottom is this normal? My kids are excited with her, is to much human contact bad for her? Is she a water turtle?or does she just need access to a little pond ? How do I know if she needs water or if It's enough water for her? If anyone can answer my questions ASAP I would gladly appreciate it :) Thank You

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-03
    The information above will give you good guidelines for providing the right environment for your turtle. The peeling on the shell may just simply be exposure to a too dry an environment, so be sure to give it an area with water to re-hydrate. It is probably snapping because it is has lived in the wild, and is not familiar with being handled by humans so is probably defensive. Providing it with the right home and food in captivity, along with some time to become comfortable is probably the best antidote for the concerns you're having. Good luck:)
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Illana Hanekom - 2013-04-18
Hi. I need some information on blue headed agamas please. I do not see any in depth information on this site on what they eat or how to take care of them. Our cat caught a baby bloukop koggelmander (blue headed agama) on Sunday 14 April. I rushed immediately to save it. A very small piece of the tail was bitten off by the cat, but otherwise the little one seems fine. Eating crickets, bowel movements etc. My husband and I want to keep it, but we have never had a lizard before, so we need some advice please. I started Googling immediately on the subject, but I have not been able to find specific info (like you have here on the Beardies) so far. Please help.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-23
    It sounds like your doing a good job so far. You may also want to gut load the insects prior to feeding, so you can provide adequate vitamins to the lizards diet. Here's a basic overview of their environment needs. They are a semi arboreal lizard, so will need a cage that's tall and has plenty of open area on the bottom, and with about 65% humidity. For one lizard, a terrarium about 36x18x24 is needed. Substrates can be a combination of soils, leaf litter, or mulch. It will need lots of branches for climbing and to create hiding places. As with most lizards, it will also need a full spectrum bulb to provide the necessary UV light spectrum. There should also be a warn end and a cool end to the terrarium so it can regulate its body temperature. Ideally create a thermal gradient, ranging from about 100F on the warm end, down to the high 70's to the low 80's on the cool side. A piece of cork bark or a rock under a bright bulb will provide the heat on the warm end for it to bask. Good luck with your new friend:)
  • Illana Hanekom - 2013-05-03
    Thank you so much! What is 'gut feed'?
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Deanna - 2013-05-01
Hi I just want to know what pests are relating to the pig-nosed turtle in captive?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-02
    These guys usually do okay if they have a good environment and its kept clean, and they are properly fed. They are shy and so can get stressed, which makes them not come out to eat and then prone to disease. Bacterial diseases like shell rot, shell disease, sores, and white spots are common problems with most turtles. As far as 'pests' there are some parasites that are known to affect the Pig Noseed Turtles in the wild that include three species of flatworms. Two of these are Doodytrema carettochelydis and Paradeuterobaris novaguieae.



    Its good to have some anti-fungal medication on hand, Pimafix is a good general one that has anibacterial and antifungal properties. If they get a parasite in captivity, you have to medicate them very carefully, and would want to take them to a vet for diagnosis. One medication called 'Flagyl' is said to be good to treat pig nose turtles for parasites and bacteria.
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tabitha - 2011-01-21
I've looked and can't find anything on it, but when I lived in chactaw oklahoma I saw a yellow black red brown banded snake about 10 ft long and it was pretty big around too. It came out of the pond toward me and then turned around and went back in, it was the coolest thing ever. What kind was it?

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  • JD - 2011-01-28
    There's only a few snakes that get to 10ft+ and that's the python family and anacondas if someones given you an answer then please let me know.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-03-23
    10 feet is very large. Maybe it was shorted then you thought?? Large corn snake maybe?
  • john - 2012-03-23
    There is some kind of python in Arizona. It could of found its way there. There are also some boas in texas and its surrounding states.
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Anonymous - 2012-07-25
I saw one in a pond

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Paris escorts - 2013-05-01
Wanted to drop a remark and let you know your Rss feed is not functioning today. I tried including it to my Bing reader account but got nothing.

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gene - 2012-09-06
i had my baby ball python last month she is about to start sheding but i noticed to day she has a dent in her eye i have a 60 what light bulb is that enough or do i need a bigger watt so she can shed al the way with out any problems.

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  • gene - 2012-09-11
    OK I fed my baby ball python her mice to day but when I look in she was eating her mice feet first now would that harm her since she did not eat it head first. I just want to know.
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-09-07
    As long as their is objects to aid in shedding it is fine.  Also some supplements like shed ease out there that helps.
  • Anonymous - 2012-09-08
    I can say now my ball pythons dent has cleared up both eyes are cleared up and she is by her log waiteing to shed I don't know when but she has not moved so I know it will be soon.
  • Lovely bug - 2013-04-30
    When they shed they have eye caps that must shed with the rest of their outgrown skin. Personally my ball python ' Nyx' has trouble shedding his it takes two or three days longer. We crank up the humidity in his enclosure( misting, wadded up wet paper towels, or a luke warm bath normally does the trick). He gets very anxious during this time period, I'd guess because they have a hard time seeing when the eye caps don't shed immediately. We try to give him a little more privacy. Remember to not manually help them with the shed process pulling off the dead skin or things like that can really damage them. Best of luck!
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-01
    You can tell if she is getting to shed, because her coloring will become dull and her eyes will appear cloudy. For a good shed the temperature should be about 75° - 82° F.  They need to have a 60-65% relative humidity in the enclosure, and a good sized water bowl to soak in. The dent in the eye should be gone after it sheds, and probably won't cause any problems. If it does, you may have to rub the cap off, or if that doesn't work, use a tape method to remove it (lightly press a piece of tape to the cap an remove it - it won't hurt the snake to do this).
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akbar khan - 2013-04-30
hey 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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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-01
    Nice pets! but it does sound like you need to come up with some sort of cover to contain the humidity. Maybe a piece of glass or acrylic laid on top would work.
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Naomi - 2013-04-26
I have owned a number of types of tarantulas including 2 rose hairs and have found 1 thing to be true with most they adapt well to (but it takes a little time)change. If you upgraded cage size or changed the decore, more or less humidity than it's use to, temp changes, anything like that will set some back. I had one that went several months without eating come to find out she wasn't happy in her old home.after a week in her new home she started to web and is eating 2 large crickets per week now. Another thing to try is mabe a smaller prey than what you are now trying to feed it. If your pet dosen't eat just remove the prey, and try again in one week. Hope this helps

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-27
    That is great info to know, because I didn't realize they could sometimes be so particular.
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