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Ball pythons - great petsRead more

Ball pythons - great pets

Ball pythons (Python regius) are great snakes for a beginner snake owner. They grow to an average size of 3-5 feet, which makes them an ideal size and easy to handle. They are also beautiful, shy, calm and docile. In the U.S., they are called ball pythons because they roll into a ball and tuck their heads in the center when frightened. Over in Europe and many other countries, they are known as royals because Egyptian royalty used to keep ball pythons as pets and often wore them wrapped around their wrists. A pet ball python is a joy to own and flourishes when given proper care.

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Aggression in your reptile petRead more

Aggression in your reptile pet

Reptiles can be great pets. But some herps are more likely to bite than others, especially those with irascible personalities. For those of us who are fascinated by reptiles and amphibians, it's important that we remember that these animals are truly wild animals. Some are captured from the wild and imported into the country for sale. Many are now being bred and reared in captivity but even those are often only a few generations from their native habitat. They aren't domesticated animals, like dogs and cats – mammals that have lived in harmony with humans for thousands of years.

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An outdoor pen for your box turtleRead more

An outdoor pen for your box turtle

Depending on where you live and the species of box turtle you are keeping, an outdoor pen might be a year-round home, a home for part of the year, or just a place to enjoy warm afternoons. No matter which, most experts agree that spending at least some time outdoors is very beneficial to box turtles kept in captivity. The aim is to make the outdoor pen match their natural habitat as closely as possible. The following advice applies primarily to North American Box Turtles, with a few modifications noted for ornate box turtles.

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Are you prepared for a large reptile?Read more

Are you prepared for a large reptile?

The popularity of reptiles and amphibians as pets has risen meteorically, and animals that were once uncommon are now available even in a variety of "designer" color morphs. In many respects, this bodes well for the animals involved. Improved husbandry translates into healthier pets and captive breeding often eliminates pressures on wild stocks.

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Top 5 most popular extoic petsRead more

Top 5 most popular extoic pets

Exotic pets have grown in popularity for a number of reasons. Some people enjoy having an out of the ordinary type of pet while others find many exotic pets to be easier to care for than your typical dog or cat. For the sake of this article and website, any animal that isn’t a domesticated dog, cat, or farm animal (some farm animals are discussed on this site, though) is considered an exotic pet. Check out this list of some of the most common exotic pets in the U.S. to get an idea of what your neighbor might be housing.

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Interesting behavior patterns of lizardsRead more

Interesting behavior patterns of lizards

Like other reptiles, lizards have certain basic behaviors. They seek out warmth and sunlight, so they can feed and digest the food they consume. If healthy, they will be alert to the world around them and find a receptive mate and reproduce. But there's far more to lizard behavior than a positive response to heat, light, food and sex. Here's a brief review of some interesting behaviors:

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Do the reptiles get on with each other?Read more

Do the reptiles get on with each other?

It can be tempting to think of our reptilian pets as "domesticated." But unlike a cat or dog, reptiles face stress simply from being in a captive environment. It's our duty as their stewards to provide them with as natural a setting as possible and to minimize stress in their lives. In most cases, this means housing them singly. While this creates more work for you, in the long run, it's the kindest, safest and healthiest way to maintain most reptile species.

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Making an outdoor pool for your pet turtleRead more

Making an outdoor pool for your pet turtle

I am going to talk about two things in this article: the sufficient outdoor setup for pet turtles and reasons why you should and should not do it. The latter seems contradicting, but I do not want people to attempt this if they are not going to follow all the rules, because the turn out will be tragic if there is any neglect. The main reason you would want your turtle to spend a little time outdoors is to soak up natural sun. Although you are technically acquiring his UVB needs through UVB bulbs, I strongly believe nature is always better, no matter how sufficient our artificial substitutes can be. Another reason is fresh air, putting him or her closer to the wild than what an enclosed, damp, dust-inhabiting, air-conditioned space we call our homes can provide.

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Tips for transporting your red eared sliderRead more

Tips for transporting your red eared slider

Occasionally you may need to transport a pet red eared slider turtle by vehicle, e.g. if you are moving. This can be a very stressful time with turtles, but with some planning and preparation, the move can go quite smoothly.

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The Most Dangerous Pets EverRead more

The Most Dangerous Pets Ever

Getting bitten by your pet gerbil may not be the most comfortable experience in the world, but the little furry friend is mostly harmless to you, your family or your other pets. That's not the case when you start to consider some of the more exotic and potentially dangerous pet options, even if owning these animals may be technically legal in your area. Just make sure to hide your gerbil before you add any of these to your pet collection! Beyond the Cute and Cuddly Care to take a trip on the wild side without leaving the safe confines of your two-bedroom condo in the middle of the city? These pleasantly treacherous creatures could make for interesting roommates.

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