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Snakes are extremely beneficial to have around, as they are very effective in keeping down vermin populations. However, there are many species that will quite happily eat eggs, hatchling chicks, or even full-grown chickens if the snake is large enough. I'm not an advocate of killing snakes, even poisonous ones. There are some nonlethal steps you can take ...


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A basic search online against "GPS electric fence" using any given search engine reveals several brands of electric fences using GPS technology vs. using wireless technology. Here is a video explaining the technology. In my experience with GPS, there is too much delay, variance, false positives, inaccuracy, and unreliability. That being said, I have NO ...


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I always suggest keeping tortoise pens as open as possible. In general, tortoises require better airflow than other reptiles; At least in the sense that they do not do well in an aquarium-type enclosure. The walls of glass terrariums are too high and block off airflow, making it easy for the ammonia from their urine to build up, and heat to build up from the ...


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John has great points in his answer (+1). Domestic rabbits are more tolerant of cold temperatures than heat. I reached out to the chief medical officer of Rabbit Wranglers to get more information before posting this answer. In general, inside of a home, rabbits are unlikely to encounter temperatures that are too cool. See related question for temperature ...


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I suspect you're worrying more than you need to on this score. Wild rabbits handle Canadian winter conditions without issue, based on the bunny tracks all over my yard, and this was a harsher winter than most. While domestic rabbits aren't the same as wild ones, they're not so vastly different that you couldn't draw some conclusions, especially since they ...


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I know you don't want to confine your dog to a crate but it's VERY important that you do, for the beginning at least. Crate training will facilitate your potty training, the crate should be big enough to stand up, lie down, sit down and turn around. There should be no space for him/her to pee in one corner and sleep in another. Crate training is good for ...


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Electric dog fences are really only safe for dogs that don't really need fencing. An excited dog who sees another dog, a squirrel, a cat, is liable to run right through the electric fence, and will then be stuck outside it unable to get home again. They can be very dangerous for this reason. They also don't protect your dog from anything that might come ...


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I realize this is an old question, but answer may help someone else searching. It's the plexiglass. If she can see outside of her enclosure, her natural tendency is to roam. She will not give up. This causes stress. Try using brick on the next enclosure. You'll both be happier! Good luck.


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To give a turtle a short term home one needs: mortar tub; stone, branch or flower pot; desk lamp if it is indoors. If the outdoor temperature is above 20 degrees Celsius, the tub could stand outside; if not, it should get a place inside the house. It should be filled with water as high as one shell length of the turtle. The branch/stone will be placed ...


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I looked into GPS-based collars about a year ago. These were not specifically for training the dog to stay, but are designed to alert the owner if a dog strays outside of its designated area, and to help the owner locate the straying dog. All of these devices had the same flaw: GPS monitoring is battery-intensive, and so the collars all user a periodic check ...


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Here in south west Nigeria, I have lost so many turkeys brooding over their eggs as a result of snake attack. What I do now is to clear the surroundings of the nest and use a 6 yard (around 5.48 m) length of mosquito net to make a peg-suspended fence around the nest, making sure no openings are left. With a door to allow the hen food and water, I close it up ...


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By an exercise pen, I assume you mean the portable style generally sold for use with dogs. I also assume that mean to use it inside, as John points out in his answer, using an exercise pen outside for a rabbit (unsupervised) is essentially a death sentence for the rabbit. In some cases it is not practical to bunny proof all of your house, or if you need to ...


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Rabbits vary in size, so actual breed would probably be helpful. However, I think you should consider a few factors: Rabbits can jump, some of them as much as a meter. So any fencing should consider this as a factor. You didn't say if this pen is inside or outside, but if I assume outside, consider that rabbits can dig. In that event, you want the pen fence ...


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I am a little unsure of what you mean by a standard sized rabbit. I have a dwarf rabbit, but the excercise pen that I have is meant for small dogs. I believe that if she wanted to she could easily jump over it, but she chooses not to because she has so much free room . I am not exactly sure of the size. However, there are also some excercise pens that are ...


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Tin will be tricky: They WILL bite into it, and the edges will be sharp. So, keep the tin-house away from them. Also, as a side-note, keep in mind that ALL houses you have in the cage will need 2 exits at least. The felt-mat is to be the floor for your cage? The mat itself should not be hurtful, but it will need a LOT of cleaning. That's what kept me ...


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The gecko is a solitary animal so he will be very happy to live alone. So it is highly advisable to raise him alone. You must never put two males together or they will fight and kill each other. If you want to raise a couple you must take 2 females for 1 male because if you have only one female, the male may overly sexually solicit the female which may ...


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No matter the gender, leopard geckos should never be housed together. They are a solitary species. They could end up killing each other or even if that doesn’t happen, it is very stressful for them to be enclosed with another gecko.


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I agree 100% with the other answers regarding crate training: It is not punishment, or cruel, or any other bad impressions you may have. If you reward your pup with a small treat EVERY time you put him in his crate, he will quickly go into it on command: Just say "Crate!" in a cheerful voice as you put him in, and then give him a reward after you have closed ...


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My experience is with farmyard cats in Western/Central Europe. In contrast to @C.Koca's answer I'd say human companions often do not rate that highly with them, they are very independent. But: they are not kept in enclosures. Among some other things that means they can come and be sociable when it suits them, and go away when they don't want to be sociable (...


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The cats will survive, but they will be unhappy. Maslow's Hierarchy of Feline Needs start with the regular food/shelter/water/litterbox and continues with safety and security. After that, they have social needs. Your enclosure can guarantee the first two levels, but not the third one. Such a luxurious enclosure would allow them to spend quality time on their ...


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The best option is to release it in an aquatic environment. Another alternative is to donate it to a local zoo, or even a pet shop - if they accept it. If you choose not to, create an environment as similar as possible with a natural one. I am not a specialist in turtles. You might actually need to provide a saltwater environment. Do your homework learning ...


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Chameleons are arboreal - meaning they love to climb and be off the ground so you'll want as many horizontal surfaces and climbing areas as you can fit. I noticed you mention you put plants/leaves in there as well: I personally prefer to opt for the artificial vines/logs to prevent any rotting, make sure that you're only using plants that are non-toxic to ...


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Okay, so 1) I totally agree with your idea of giving your leopard gecko more space, and I'll give you some of my input/opinion on the example you gave as a topper, but 2) you're not quite in question form, so I'm going to answer as if you asked "is this topper safe for adding space for my leopard gecko". So the topper example you gave a link to is a cool ...


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GPS normally has an error radius of 10 feet or so. There are ways to narrow that down much more tightly but that needs additional hardware. Just not the right technology for this application.


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