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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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Alejandro - 2013-04-23
I got my juvenile baboon a week ago. She has molted less than a month ago and is currently in a temporary housing. She is a little more than an inch long, and spends most time in the bottom of the jar. I threw in there some sticks for her to climb onto. Looking for a proper housing. What would you suggest on size? I looked for some kind of a bottle housing so its tall and has room for some depth in the soil to burrow. I have not found yet what i want but will continue looking.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-23
    As adults they have up to about a 6' (15 cm) leg span, and will need at around a 5.5 gallon aquarium, or an enclosure that's about 12x8x8 inches (30x20x20 cm) in size.
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kelly - 2013-01-19
my turtle will not eat.I never seen him eat at pet smart either. What should i do if anyone can give me feed back please do.(P.S i had my turtle for 2 or 3 months too.)(and we tried to put him into another place to see nope not working)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-19
    What have you tried so far?  Is the water warm enough.  Turtles will slow down eating if the water is not warm enough.
  • EPotter - 2013-02-03
    During a monthly cleaning, I had set the UV lamp out of sight and forgot to place it back over the tank. My sliders, 3 years old, would not eat for weeks. Got the lamp set up and they quickly resumed eating. If you have the right climate, your RES might prefer outdoors with one or two hours of direct sun now and then (be prepared for clever escape attempts, hungry cats, etc).
  • Consuelo - 2013-03-15
    I receive a turtle 3 weeks ago, anthe first two weeks, but he or she (I dont know) didnt eat for the first two weeks, bur now the weather is warmer and then she started to eat. Her previous owner told me thet in winter time turtles dón't eat to much
  • Jacob Haynes - 2013-04-22
    time to call the vet
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hroiz - 2012-12-29
When I was 10 years old, my mom got me a red-eared slider. I never bought a filter or heater for her because I did not know they needed that. I am now 13 and have had her for a few years and she has survived just fine. She does seem to dig on the bottom of the tub a lot but I think that's normal behavior. Anyways, I was wondering if I should get her a heater and filter now? I have been told they do not like change, so I'm not sure what to do.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-29
    Adding a filter makes it much easier to care for the turtle.   Many turtles are kept without heatebut for the best living situation the water should be at least 75 degrees.  Adding these things should not stress it out at all.  When adding heater raise temperature very slowly maybe 2 degrees every few days.
  • hroiz - 2012-12-30
    I also do not have a basking spot for my turtle. I do have an area where she can get out of the water but it is not heated. I do put her out in the sun every day or every other day. Would a heated basking spot be necessary?
  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-30
    Yes definately needs a basking spot.
  • Jacob Haynes - 2013-04-22
    my vet always told me that 20mins a day 3 days my turtle would get more uvb then they would in a week from s bulb
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Bo - 2011-09-11
I’m looking to buy a turtle also. I bought a tank that I think is 20-gallons. Is it okay to keep one red-eared slider in there, even when it is an adult? Please help, I want a turtle really badly!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-09-12
    My adult sliders are a good 10-12 inches across. I would say a 20 gallon aquarium would be way too small for them. But juveniles though, being 4" across, they could probably be kept in there for quite awhile. I keep mine in our outdoor pond and they love it. They are about 14 years old.
  • Jacob Haynes - 2013-04-22
    i have a 20 gallon long i have spent over 300.00 on my little guy i am planning on keeping trooper in this tank for a while.you have to realize that the internet is nothing but opoins so use your best judge meant. the only thing i have to say is this just make sue you take him/her to the vet once a year. provide lighting and heat you should do great. when i was a boy around 10 or so we keep one turtle in a 10 gallon tank and he lived for years. yes he stayed small but there was no harm done. now i wander how many people are going to say i am cruel
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Anonymous - 2013-04-17
Can bearde dragon go on cool condition

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Kevin McLellan - 2013-04-15
I have 3 pink toe tarantulas...my problem is they are behaving abnormally....one I don't think is dead...may be molting...not been moving ...so i put all 3 in separate enclosurs...keeping warmth and humidity up the other 2 don't move around a lot now either...but when gently blown on...lift their legs...odd behavior to me...these are new pets and I don't handle them as I don't want them stressed out...I have other tarantulas...a large rosey and 4 astd babies...I am worried about them...any hep would be appreciated as i live in rural saskatchewan...and it is hard to find reliable information out here thanx kevin

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    I think moving them to their own enclosures was a good move. A molting tarantula is at risk! All else you describe sounds like you are doing the right things. Maybe wait and see what happens now.
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Cassy - 2013-04-14
My bird eating spider (alice) she is just over one and healthy. She just malted however her old coat and prey she keeps in her burrow. I'm really concerned, as i know you should keep their cages clean from dead prey (well what's left of them anyway) and i can't reach into her burrow and get any of it. Should i just build a whole new set up for her and start fresh? Also, what is the best way to transfer her to a new cage as she is always in her burrow? Unfortunately as much as i tried, she doesn't like being handled.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-17
    Doesn't sound like her molt is causing her any problems. It's not the same as dead prey and won't really contaminate the environment. So maybe just wait and see. Give it some time and eventually you'll be able to get it out would be my thought.
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billy - 2013-04-07
Hey there just wondering I am geting a 6 ft Colombian boa and would they kill a dog or a baby if she got out? Are they vicious? Do they act like a wild predator?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-04-07
    It is very possible.  They can easily suffercate a baby.  It is not that they are vicious, it is nature.
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Codey Holloway - 2013-03-31
any tips on the housing?  like what cage size and should i get a lamp?  i live in reno nevada desert. its very dry here. hot days cold night. should a get a humidiphire?

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