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I think it needs some help getting out of there,maybe you can put some thing in there for it to climb on. They do an important job eating bugs and snails protecting your tomato plant(s). Try not to use any pestecides where it lives. It is best if you try to avoid catching him it can have a negative effect on him some of them are known to drop their tail ...


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The Need for UVA Lighting For Reptiles Reptiles can see much farther into the UVA spectrum than humans… more so than can be provided by "regular" light bulbs. This allows them to perceive patterns and colors beyond what we can see. Depriving them of a large portion of their visible world can cause serious health issues, as well as physiological and ...


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I would be interested in hearing her reasoning for why a turtle would enjoy living in a dirty tank. Just to be clear, the tank isn't dirty because there's an excess of dirt, it's dirty because there's an excess of rotting food and feces. Basically, the turtle is living in a toilet bowl that never gets flushed. So, why is it important to keep the tank clean ...


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First, the turtles are eating the fish because fish are food, not friends. Turtles are omnivores and fish make up part of their natural diet. There's absolutely nothing you can do to stop it other than separating them from each other. You cannot train turtles to treat food as anything but food. You may get lucky, and have a turtle that's content with the ...


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Some people will say that there are ways to tell the sex of a bearded dragon based on it's behaviour. Males in general might be more likely to show their beard, females in general might be more likely to wave their arms in greeting. I've even heard people saying that female bearded dragons are smaller than males. While these may be true sometimes, it's ...


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What to do right now Firstly, gecko shedding doesn't happen all at once. It happens over about 24 hours. So if there's still some skin present the next day, don't worry about it - that's normal. If a few days have gone by and you can still see some patches of old skin, it might be time to step in. If a patch of old skin is left on the toe (toes are often a ...


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There are two basic types of substrates for bearded dragons, there are benefits and downsides to both, and it comes down to what you feel is safe for your bearded dragon, and what you feel you can manage for cleaning. In short, particle substrates allow the bearded dragon to dig, which is something they do enjoy doing, but gives a risk of impaction from ...


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Yes, these parasitic mites can be a vector for illness because they're effectively feeding on your snake. They're white when young, but will turn dark once they feed and would become easier to see, but they'll also be irritating the snake quite a bit. In the linked article there is some information on treatment, which is basically to bathe the snake and, ...


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Yes, and it's actually really easy. You will need are two containers. A large container for the adults, and a smaller one for the babies. I use two plastic storage bins. You can fill the containers with torn up egg carton, which is what the stores use if you peek into their containers. Or even crumpled up newspapers. This gives the crickets places to grab ...


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Based on you picture, I'm happy to say that your bearded dragon is shedding. All you'll need to do, is make sure that she is able to get rid of it okay. Reptiles shed their skin as they grow larger, if you got your bearded dragon when she was older, you might not have noticed it before as the older they get, the slower they grow, which means shedding less ...


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First thing to know is that "Het" is short for Heterozygous. Now, in terms of pets, in this case reptile breeding: The first thing to remember is that it doesn't take a geneticist to become a breeder. Terms are commonly borrowed, but sometimes/usually misused. In this term here, referring to an animal as a "Het" is saying that it has an inherited trait ...


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Tell your children that wildlife should be kept in the wild. bornfreeusa.org Ohio Category: B Summary of Law: It is unlawful to possess a dangerous wild animal after Jan. 1, 2014. Persons in possession of dangerous wild animals prior to Oct. 1, 2013, must obtain a permit in order to keep the animal(s) after Jan. 1, 2014. The definition of wild animal ...


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Leopard geckos are carnivorous, so they probably won't even consider eating any vegetation you put in with them. If you're worried about vitamins, gut-loaded crickets are the easiest, and best, option in my opinion. If you can't purchase crickets that are already gut-loaded at your local pet store, you can gut-load whatever crickets you purchase by feeding ...


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Consolidated analysis of responses to a similar question on Tortoise Forum and Hermann Tortoise: Environment For a question such as this, you should supply your habitat. diet substrate measured temperature measured humidity Substrate Issues The tortoise could be allergic to your substrate changing to kitchen towels or newspapers can single out this issue....


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John is right, your snake has mites. They're pretty similar in reptiles as fleas are in dogs and cats. Unfortunately the best way to deal with mites is to never get them at all because of the difficulty in getting rid of them. Mites will take refuge in the snake's scales, and pretty much every chemical that would kill the mites is harmful to reptiles as well....


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I was afraid of damaging the shell (particularly in the growth regions) by scrubbing at it, so the tortoise's vet recommended using something like baby shampoo. Baby shampoo has had some unfavorable press in the last few years due to additives. However, most of these additives have been removed from the formulations, and it also uses mild surfactants ...


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For a serious injury like that, you should try and find a veterinarian qualified to deal with reptiles. You may want to check local animal rescue services for recommendations. Here is some specific advice about injuries to chameleons, including cat bites: I have seen chameleons (and other reptiles) with very serious burns, cat bites, cuts, and other ...


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First off, since I don't know what she looks like now vs before, it's going to be up to you to decide if the loss of weight is severe enough to take her to the vet. It also doesn't hurt to make sure that nothing else is going on. There are two reasons other than brumation that I can think of that would explain why she doesn't feel like eating. The timing ...


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It is about the end of their mating season (Jan 1st to Feb 1st), so it's possible that she's building a nest for eggs. It could just be instinct to do it, so unless she's been exposed to a male (they can store sperm for later), I wouldn't worry too much about finding eggs. Generally they won't lay eggs unless they're fertilized, although it is possible. But ...


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The first thing I'd look for is a vet listed as an exotic-pet veterinarian because they're more likely to be able to care for reptiles than a normal veterinarian would be. It might be a different case in bigger cities where vets see a wider variety of animals, but I've not been impressed with the knowledge of non-exotic vets regarding animals other than ...


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Within the snake trade there is a lot of effort going towards breeding animals with different coloration. A well known example of this is an albino mutation. Albino means that the animal is missing all (or most) colour. There are a couple of snake species that have a very active breeding community for creating morphs. Most of these species are commonly kept ...


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After spending some hours researching, I couldn't find any list of turtle safe materials. The only material I could think about was wood: if it´s too soft, perhaps you turtle could begin to bite it and remove small chips, and could cause some problems. If the wood is chemically treated, the problems with chemicals could be more intense. And if it´s not ...


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There is a good guide for bathing tortoises here. All you really need to clean a tortoise's shell is water and a gentle scrubbing device of some kind, like a toothbrush or washcloth. Scrubbing (provided it's gentle) will not damage the shell and on the contrary can promote healthy shell growth. Fill a container with lukewarm water so that it covers the ...


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You need to give them vegetation - but not directly :) They are carnivores - more precisely, insectivores - so will not (and should not) eat any plant matter of its own accord. However, you need to "gut load" their feeder insects for 24 hours before offering the insects to the geckos. Just feed the insects a huge pile of goodies - carrot, lettuce, spinach, ...


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Reptiles, just like humans, rely on sunlight for vitamin D3 synthesis. Vitamin D3, among a host of other things, helps with calcium absorption in the body, promoting strong bones (and in the case of shell-bearing reptiles, a strong shell, which is vital for protection from harm, but also in a practical sense, it is an extension of the animal's vertebral ...


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This is not calcium, but uric acid crystals. All animals produce ammonia (a nitrogen compound) as a waste product. Ammonia is toxic and must be converted to something else before being excreted (with a few exceptions of aquatic animals that excrete ammonia directly into the water). Mammals excrete their waste nitrogen mainly as urea, but most reptiles ...


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Simple Answer Turtles are an aquatic, or semi-aquatic, species, while tortoises reside only on land. Image sources: 1, 2, 3. In-Depth Answer Summary Technically, tortoises are a kind of turtle. Turtles reside in the order of testudines, while tortoises reside in their order of testudinidae. To make it even more confusing, the word terrapin is often used ...


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I'm sorry to hear about your snake. It is possible that the evergreen branch still posed a threat. I work as a reptile keeper in a zoo, and we as a rule will not use any evergreen regardless of its age. It's also possible that the branch had been contaminated by chemicals, especially if it came from a farm area. Other possibilities: Lack of adequate ...


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The reason that the veiled chameleon will eat leaves and such isn't for diet, it's for water and I don't think that in captivity it is going to have poor water access. So, diet-wise, it is an insectivore and should be fed insects, usually crickets, for its dietary needs. At any rate, he may or may not eat the offered fruit, but you'd be better off getting ...


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