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obadiah russell - 2013-01-06
does anyone know of any good websites that give information on softshell turtles? i have no clue what kind i have and would like to know as much as i can. i saved this turtle from an owner who didnt care much for it. my email is thankyou

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Kayley - 2012-05-01
I just bought my Greek Tortoise, when I placed him in his cage he went to his hide and dove into his shell how can i get him out?

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  • molster - 2013-01-05
    Oh this is probably just because of his moving around and it is totally normal.
Shirley - 2012-11-30
Hi, I have a greek tortoise pet for about a year and a half now. He lives in a plastic bin with bedding. We bought UVB light and have a little bowl of water. We feed it dandelion and carrot slices. For about a week now, his eyes seem to be swollen and have a coating on it. He also looks very tired all the time. I am really worried and don't know what to do. If anyone knows what the issue is, I would really appreciate it if you could email me. Thanks, Shirley -

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-30
    Could be any number of things.  Conjunctivitis, a vitamin deficeincy, water ---   I can't know what it is but you might want to check out this article and take your guy to the vet.
  • moster - 2013-01-05
    Carrots are for occasional use you should use lettuce instead this will provide a healthier diet. His diet should be high in fibre and calcium, low in protein. Also do you bath him weekly and is his water bowl big enough for him to swim in. You should buy some eye drops for him, to apply them just drop it above each eye when he is eating and it will run into his eye and clear everything up. Other food ideas are: romain lettuce, kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, parsley, cabbage, squash, bananas, red and green leaf lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, strawberries, carrots, most berries and melon, timothy hay, alpha grass, bermuda grass, dandelions, most weeds, cactus pads, and most importantly NO ICEBURG LETTUCE. I hope my comment comes in use. Best wishes
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Anonymous - 2013-01-01
I have had a number of exotic animals in my care and I must agree with the the comment that one must take animals on a case by case basis. Because the indian ornamental is an arboreal species, it stands to reason that most of their food comes to them on the fly, so to speak. Therefore many times their bites are reactive. Some species are plainly better off not handled if one can avoid. Just because you can hold a spider doesn't necessarily mean that one should.

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Brian - 2009-09-28
My friend Anthony caught a male Tx Brown in Amarillo at a job sight and brought it to me, cause I've always had snakes, spiders and scorpions as pets. Even being caught in the wild it is very docile. Watching it catch crickets is really amazing, I've never seen a spider or scorpion go after its prey with such fury!

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  • Richard - 2010-06-06
    I live in amarillo and the 1 I found in my yard is VERY aggressive. I still have not picked it up.
  • Greg Hunt - 2011-10-21
    Let it walk into a jar.
  • Julie White - 2012-12-31
    Like the Oklahoma terrapin (tortoise), tarantulas seem to have individual personalities!!
Julie White - 2012-10-02
The best way to give a tarantula water is to place in the terrarium a small to medium size plastic jar cap in which you put wet cotton. The tarantula can suck the water from it. You can refill it with a water dropper or with a teaspoon full of water. When the cotton starts to get dirty or brown, wash the cap and replace the wet cotton. This way you don't have an open water dish that can spill and wet the environment and the tarantula can get the water more easily. Same goes for your water source for feeder crickets.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-03
    Can also use a small sponge.
  • Anonymous - 2012-12-05
    Yes you can use that but it is not a very good idea, it grows bacteria everywhere... Same with a sponge, it is NOT safe for your tarantula... Better off just using a plain shallow water dish
  • Julie White - 2012-12-31
    I rinse and wipe out the dish and rinse and wring out the cotton balls a couple of times a week and fill with fresh water. There are plenty of bacteria in the wild too, remember.
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Ernest Williams - 2011-09-23
I just discovered after buying 100 mini-pinkies for $65,that my 3 foot baby rtb would not eat them. They are to small for him to consider as prey. I ordered them from Big Apple Pet Supply. I did not have $75 to order 25 rat pups from Big Apple Pet Supply. I looked for another supplier and found Layne They have more options in order size 10 a time for most of they mice and rats. They also 25,50,100,500,1000 order sizes. I bought 10 rat pups for $49.24,a big price difference. I like the 10 a time option. I can step up the rat size every 2 months,if I need to keep up with his growth. The rat pups are still a tad small for him,but with in minutes of me offering one to him,he ate it. I will order 10 weaned rats from Layne next time at $47.34. I would hate to waste the 99 mini-pinkies that are left I will sale them for $40 to any one in the west Atlanta area,you can reach me at

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  • chris - 2012-12-26
    I've owned and deal with all types of snakes. Your 3ft boa should be on small too medium size rats. He or She should be eating 2 smalls or 1 meduim once a week or every 2 weeks. Rats are better for them its makes the snake healthy. Then full grown it will be eating super & or mega jumbo rats or rabbits what ever you deside
LaTischa Franzmeier - 2011-07-19
I recently picked up a very young RTB from a local petstore. She was very weak and thin and wouldn't grip my fingers. She did a little bit of climbing around her terrarium, but she seemed to stare off into space a lot, and this morning, I found her dead with her mouth slightly on edge. The space on her cloaca was a light orangey red yesterday and appeared to be swollen, but didn't feel hard. She seemed coordinated enough, but just weak. There are no mites that I can see. Does this sound like IBD? I am freaking out because I am babysitting a friend's python, and I don't want her to catch it.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-08-01
    Wow, so sorry about loosing your boa. From what I understand, IBD is very hard to diagnose, and takes a liver biopsy to be sure - is what I've heard. It's also primarily transmited by mites. So as long as your area is clean, and you haven't seen any mites during the time you kept your snake.. I'd guess you're okay taking care of your friend's python
  • LaTischa Franzmeier - 2012-01-10
    No worries. It's been a few months and that definitely wasn't it. Just a bad pet store.
  • kc - 2012-03-13
    I have a red tailed boa and he's gasping for air. I don't know what to do
  • Jake the Snake - 2012-03-28
    Might be a respiratory infection, 2 of my ball pythons have had one, so has my friends red tail. What other symptoms does it have?
  • Anonymous - 2012-04-26
    I had a baby CRT die on me from a internal parasite and he was sold to us like that so the store gave us a 1 1/2 yr old CRT male for free. I would get the ball python away from where the other snake died because it can catch it clean everything up immediately. I'm sorry for your loss I know how it feels my snake died in my arms on the way to the vet also had a huge lump and mouth open but it was because his stomach exploded due to the parasite
  • Anonymous - 2012-04-26
    For the respiratory infection, you can either buy medicine or do what I had to do. Just crank the heat up a little bit than how it usually is and make sure it has extra extra humidity. If it keeps breathing out of its mouth get it to the vet ASAP
  • chris riccitelli - 2012-12-26
    Sorry to here about your boa it could of been an import. Also you said it was stare into space a lot, check out star gazing disease
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heather stacy - 2012-12-23
I've had my tarantula for over a year now and it has only molted this normal or should it have molted more and how cn u be sure wat the sex is..I was told it is the line on their belly.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-23
    If it is growing slowly that is normal. Mature males have longer legs and are somewhat more fuzzy in appearance. The female remains stocky and bulky throughout its life. There are reports that mature males are more brightly colored than females but they can be quite variable in color.
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Cheryl Luhrs - 2012-12-20
I was around several adults and helped care for spiderlings. I encountered creatures that were NOT creepy, crawly but highly evolved, interesting, clean, fun, spiders. They're a big reason we don't have insects up to our neck.


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