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Moe Rosca - 2006-09-19
I had this spider for a month. the day i got it i tried to hold it and it bit me. i had to go to the hospital, it's bitten me 5 times at least. i sold it to a guy who killed it accidentally because it bit him, and he had an allergic reaction to its
venom and he almost died! so i held a chilean rose-haired tarantula and it never tried to bite me, it rocks. so i suggest the chilean rose-haired tarantula but what ever you do, never...EVER...EVER get an ornamental tree spider.

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  • John Green - 2013-07-21
    These spiders are sweet hearts. They are just shy. There have been no deaths from tarantula bites. The chances of being bit by a tarantula are very rare. The chances of severe side effects from a bite of this genus are significantly low against the number of bites. Moreover, tarantulas will warn you several times before they actually bite.
  • Arachnafaria - 2013-09-20
    Never pick up a tarantula unecessarily. Owned spiders for years. Never needed to pick one up. They aren't cuddly pets. Now a very beautiful tarantula has been killed unecessarily because people can't resist picking up a tarantula. Before you ever purchase any pet (whether it's a tarantula, dog, cat or anything else) DO YOUR RESEARCH! Indian orantmentals are well known for biting. Several Old World tarantulas are biters as they don't flick hairs as a form of defense.
  • chuck - 2014-06-09
    never ever had a problem with mine and its been 3 years.
  • Anonymous - 2014-09-09
    This is why we need to do research and actually know how to care for tarantulas before getting into old worlds. Old worlds are not meant to be handled. As a matter of fact I handle none of them. That post is 8 years old but there are still people out there who have no experience with tarantulas and they try to handle OW. Major lack of common since.
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Alejandro - 2014-09-09
Hello everyone,about a year and a half I found a Texas brown on my backyard, I figured it because it looks exactly like the one on the picture, except it has darker black legs, but I don't know if its a male or female. When I found it I ran to the store and bought a 10 gallon fish tank and made a pretty decent terrarium, I filled almost 3\4 of it with desert dirt (didn't know if should use sand) for it to dig a burrow, but still I made a big shelter for it, I think the spider is fine, it eats a cricket every week or so and always keep its water dish with fresh water, in a room where the temp is always between 70° and 85°, it loves it, it moves around a lot and is very active at night. It actually just molted, I thought it was dying but it turned out it was molting and finished in about a day; that was 2 weeks ago and I just fed it a cricket, I wanted to let it rest after the molt. So the problem is, the spider is very aggresive, whenever I touch it it will immediately get in a defensive position and raise its front legs, and will bite if touched. I want to know what to do because I want to handle it, I've never done it, but I'm afraid that if it bites me I may drop it and hurt it. Anyone have some advice? I'm also starting to think it may not be comfortable in the terrarium and I'm thinking maybe it is better if I set it free, because it is very aggresive, can you tell me what to do or what I'm doing wrong? This is a wild spider, which I adopted because I was afraid my cat would eat it, as it was in my backyard. Thanks!

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Animal-World info on Three-toed Box Turtle
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Clayton F - 2010-10-16
I have a three-toed box turtle who when we purchased was said to be bearing eggs she is very large at the rear and is not overfed we have had her for 2-3 months and nothing does she need to go through a hibernation stage or is it best to keep on keepen on? I would appreciate any help. Thanks

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  • Ron Simmons - 2011-04-18
    Do you still have them and if so please email me. My sons would like to have them.
  • Ron Simmons - 2011-04-18
    Do you still have them and if so please email me. My sons would like to have them.
  • alicia - 2011-04-26
    How much do either of You want for them?
  • Sally - 2011-05-19
    Interested in purchasing your box turtles if still available. Thanks! Sally
  • Redfeather54 - 2013-09-02
    A box turtle especially the 3 toed can mate with a male one time and retain the eggs up to 4 years inside her. She releases them as she sees fit. Aren't you glad humans are not like this?
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Kimie Vitela - 2011-03-24
Anyone want to buy a three toed box turtle I have 2, 1 boy and 1 girl.

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  • S. Crochet - 2011-04-14
    Do you still have the box turtles? How old are they? How much do you want for them?
  • Sally - 2011-05-19
    Interested in purchasing them if still available. Thanks! Sally
  • Gina Johnson - 2011-05-27
    I would love to buy one! Please email me if available:) thx Kimie!
  • teri kelly - 2011-07-29
    I am interested in the male. Is it still available? How much are you asking? email me at lambert_34l7@yahoo.com
    thank you
    teri
  • manny - 2011-08-27
    How much?
  • mike - 2012-02-04
    do you still have turtles and how much
  • joann - 2012-02-22
    I have 2 females and I am looking for another female and male, so this is perfect. Are they still available?
    jo_descallar@yahoo.com
  • rose - 2012-06-08
    If you still have any box turtles, probably not, then I am interested. Thanks, Rose, lovelyrosepetal@yahoo.com
  • Anonymous - 2014-09-05
    Do you still breed the three toed turtles
  • erica - 2014-09-09
    pls email me or call me on am desperate to find a female three toed for my 'Oscar' thank you 773-490-4669 ebenitez0916@gmail.com
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Margaret - 2014-07-29
I found a 3 toe male box turtle in the cement gully behind our home We are in So Cal is this native to the area No neighbor is claiming him he is eating worms and has water and green lettuce He didn't like melons can I release him?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-05
    No, he is not native to So. California, so must have been someone's pet. Please don't release him, rather take him to a pet store that deals in reptiles. They should be able to take him in and find a new home for him.
  • erica - 2014-09-09
    pls contact me 773-490-4669 I will be willing to even pay for shipping I have a three toed box male turtle that is very lonely and I haven't gotten any good luck on finding any in Illinois.
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Animal-World info on Red-footed Tortoise
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Sean b - 2014-08-09
i just got my baby red foot tortoise last tuesday and he won't eat sometimes i can get him to eat bananas. He love to play in the water and roam around his cage. And when we take him out he likes to crawl around and he loves the sun. But i cant gwt him to eat like anything

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  • Maya - 2014-09-09
    Hey, bananas aren't ideal for baby red foot tortoises. Have you tried leafy greens (lettuce, rucola, kale etc), apple, tomato? When I got my red foot, she didn't eat much for the first few days, until she adjusted to her environment, so once you've tried a variety of foods, just wait a bit until he gets used to his new home! :)
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Fayth - 2014-09-07
My tree frogs stomach is saging and I don't know what that means I had this frog for 6 weeked he has been doing fine I feed him and everything clean his cage every week but I just know saw that his stomach is saging if you know what this is like that pls email me thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-08
    I have only heard of such a thing when a frog is either underweighr or possibly has parasites. You may want to see a herp vet if the problem continues.
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Animal-World info on Spotted Turtle
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Gary Soucyspcc - 2008-07-07
I literally owned and observed these beautiful turtles throughout my boyhood in the late 50s and 60s. Living in Wolcott Connecticut my folks built a home a few hundred yards from several brooks, miles of swamps, and several ponds that housed reptiles and amphibians. It was not uncommon on any given summer day that we would encounter water, milk, grass, hognose, copperhead, black racer, ring, garter, and rattlesnakes. We had turtles everywhere including Bog, Spotted, Wood, Painted, Box, Snapping, and Musk Turtles. It was like living in Paradise for a kid who loved the magic of the outdoors that was virtually untouched by civilization and so called progress! The Spotted turtle was my hands down favorite; both gifted with a friendly disposition and a color scheme only God could have created. These turtles were truly cornerstones of a great childhood I was lucky enough to have grown up in. I feel today that the earth is losing ground and I pray for the future of our tired planet.

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  • Michael Chandler - 2014-09-07
    I really love my spotted water turtles. They are beautiful. They are not even scared of me. I have a great setup for them. My friend brought them home from Massachusetts.
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Michael Chandler - 2014-07-13
I have 2 spotted water turtles. One male and female. My friend gave them to me. There beautiful. I don't really know how to care for them. This site helped a lot. I think there trying to mate. What do I do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    Water turtles need to be sexually mature to breed, for most that is about 5 years of age. There's not much you can do to encourage breeding other than let nature take its course, however here's some basics. Usually there is a cooling period, a hybernation type stage (winter), followed by normal temperatures and diet. When they go into breeding mode, males can become rather aggressive with other turtles, and both male and female may not eat much. The female will  need a place where she is comfortable laying eggs, a sheltered area with soft soil along with some 'security' decor like rocks or logs. a gravid female will lay several clutches of about 2-10 eggs with several weeks between each clutch laying. Each clutch takes anywhere from a day to 48 hours to lay. A warm consistent temperature is the most important thing needed for the eggs to develop. Some people will use an incubator but a natural outdoor nest works too, especially in areas with warm to hot days. The egg nest needs to have soft materials and the eggs should not be turned. Eggs will typically hatch anywhere between  50 to 120 days.
  • Michael Chandler - 2014-09-07
    Thanks so much! The male has been constantly on the female. I have setup a basking area with soft dirt mixed with sand. I have a heat lamp facing the area. My friend brought these turtles home from Massachusetts. I have a good filter system and water level for them. I will catch crayfish for them they seem to love them. I hope she lays eggs.
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Anthony - 2014-09-02
My whip scorpion hasnt had much of an appetite at all. It used to a couple crickets once a week but now it wont go near them. It seems like its scared of them or maybe something is wrong. Does anyone know? And if something is wrong how can i get it back to healthy? All the temps and humidity levels are correct btw.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-09-04
     Prey size and type can sometimes make a difference for these guys. I've also read this, feed 'Turkistan roaches (slightly smaller than the body length of your whippling). Oriental roach is also preferred. American roach, okay but not as great,' and possibly goblin roaches may work.
  • Anthony - 2014-09-05
    Thank you! Ill try a few of those out
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