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  • A guide to choosing the best shells for your hermit crabs. Shells too small or too large are uncomfortable for the crab, so it is important to provide your hermit crabs with a variety of shells. Painted shells are dangerous.

    Choosing Hermit Crab Shells

    Choosing Hermit Crab Shells

    by finatics12

  • Your kid is begging you for a pet turtle, but is it really a good idea? This is what you need to know to determine if getting a pet turtle is the right decision for your child.

    Pet Turtles for Kids: Should You Get One?

    Pet Turtles for Kids: Should You Get One?

    by Kate Daily0

  • Red Foot Tortoises are usually pretty healthy as long as they're diet and habitat is kept proper. As long as the humidity, temperature, lighting, and diet is kept according to proper requirements, you'll find that a pet Red Footed Tortoise is going...

    Common Health Problems With Red Foot Tortoises

    Common Health Problems With Red Foot Tortoises

    by Whitney8

  • Not knowing what the best foods are for your sulcata can be stressful. Too little of this, too much of that; it can all be quite daunting! This article will teach you everything you need to know.

    What to Feed Your Sulcata Tortoise

    What to Feed Your Sulcata Tortoise

    by Laurie Bennett4

  • Out of all the crayfish available in the pet market, Cajun Dwarf crayfish (Cambarellus shufeldtii) are the most adorable because of their miniature size. I have kept and successfully bred Cajuns for the last year and a half, and will explain what I...

    Cajun Dwarf Crayfish Care

    Cajun Dwarf Crayfish Care

    by mariekbloch0

  • Learn how to properly take care of a baby snapping turtle here, including tips on how to create a comfortable habitat, how and what to feed, and how to help your turtle live long and grow large!

    How to Care for Baby Snapping Turtles

    How to Care for Baby Snapping Turtles

    by alycat009275

  • Intelligent, affectionate, easy to care for, and with a long lifespan--what more could you want? The Tegu is the lizard you are looking for.

    Why the Tegu Is the Best Pet Lizard

    Why the Tegu Is the Best Pet Lizard

    by Dr Mark42

  • Hermit crabs are one of the most misunderstood animals int he pet trade. Myths and improper husbandry advice abound, but have no fear: this guide will help you sift through all the false information.

    Hermit Crab Care Myths

    Hermit Crab Care Myths

    by Becky4

  • Creating an indoor pool for your turtle can be justified for several reasons, whether it is winter and you want your turtle to escape its aquarium from time to time, or you need a cheap alternative to an aquarium.

    Indoor Turtle Pool Setup

    Indoor Turtle Pool Setup

    by mariekbloch1

  • Reptiles can be wonderful pets but not all species are good for beginners. Many grow too large, are aggressive, or require very specific and complicated care. Beginners should avoid these reptiles!

    Worst Pet Reptiles for Beginners

    Worst Pet Reptiles for Beginners

    by Becky8

  • It all started a year and a half ago in late October when my brother and his friend went to our local lake and witnessed newborn turtles popping up from the ground, heading for the lake's shore. My brother and his friend also took witness to the...

    Releasing My Turtle Back into the Wild: The Controversy

    Releasing My Turtle Back into the Wild: The Controversy

    by mariekbloch77

  • 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...

    Outdoor Turtle Pool Setup

    Outdoor Turtle Pool Setup

    by mariekbloch6

  • Leopard Geckos make great pets for both the experienced and the inexperienced herp pet owners. If you're reading this you are probably about to purchase a leopard gecko or have already purchased one. You may even be an experienced reptile owner...

    How to Set Up a Leopard Gecko Tank

    How to Set Up a Leopard Gecko Tank

    by mayyam258

  • So many reptile lovers ponder the idea of starting their own reptile rescue. Unfortunately, many of those people are ill-prepared, oblivious to the amount of time and money involved, or in worst cases, just want a free animals. If you are just...

    So You Want to Start a Reptile Rescue?

    So You Want to Start a Reptile Rescue?

    by misspeachesx3

  • The basics to caring for the species of frog commonly known as "Pacman Frogs," otherwise known by the scientific name of "C. Cranwelli."

    Pacman Frog Care

    Pacman Frog Care

    by Becca0

  • Snakes can make fascinating pets, but you must choose your first pet snake very carefully! This guide should give you sufficient information about common first pet snakes to help you to make an educated decision!

    How to Choose Your First Pet Snake

    How to Choose Your First Pet Snake

    by Becki Rizzuti8

  • Caught vs bought, which turtle is for you? Normally when people decide they want a pet turtle, they don't grab a net, go to their local pond and wait to catch one. No, most people who decide they want a turtle as a pet go to the pet-store....

    Wild vs Pet-Store Turtles

    Wild vs Pet-Store Turtles

    by mariekbloch19

  • A hub on slugs, their characteristics and facts. Also tells you how to care for your slug if you wish to have one as a pet. Kids will be interested, but care has to be taken to maintain all health precautions for the kids and the slug!

    How to Care for a Pet Garden Slug

    How to Care for a Pet Garden Slug

    by livingsta32

  • Learn more about normal and abnormal dragon behavior and the most common diseases, symptoms and how to prevent them and treat them. This covers MBD, Mouth Rot, Parasites and more.

    Bearded Dragon Behavior and Diseases

    Bearded Dragon Behavior and Diseases

    by Jade Hassenplug5

  • Mealworms are a great source of protein for pets and livestock, and they are great for fishing, but they can be so expensive! Want to raise and breed mealworms yourself? Read on to find out!

    How to Farm Mealworms

    How to Farm Mealworms

    by The Little Shaman1

  • There are different creative ways of setting up an aquarium for a baby softshell turtle. Here are the basic needs that must be included. Adequate space (at least a 20 gallon tank) UVB lighting Good filtration system Dechlorinated water A shallow...

    Baby Soft Shell Turtle Aquarium Setup

    Baby Soft Shell Turtle Aquarium Setup

    by mariekbloch12

  • While land hermit crabs are not the most difficult pet to own, they do require more care than you may know in order to thrive.

    Land Hermit Crab Basic Care Guide

    Land Hermit Crab Basic Care Guide

    by Mary Camley0

  • Symptoms and treatment of some common diseases of pet snakes, including blister disease, constipation, mites and ticks, shedding problems, and stomatitis.

    Common Health Problems for Pet Snakes

    Common Health Problems for Pet Snakes

    by Whitney152

  • Black widow spiders are great pets for the responsible adult looking to have a unique animal be a part of their family. They require very little care and are downright fascinating!

    How to Care for a Pet Black Widow Spider

    How to Care for a Pet Black Widow Spider

    by Becky12

  • The giant waxy monkey frog, Phyllomedusa bicolor, is a fascinating large tree frog with a very striking appearance. I've kept them as pets for over 8 years and share my tips on caring for them.

    How to Care for the Giant Waxy Monkey Tree Frog

    How to Care for the Giant Waxy Monkey Tree Frog

    by aa lite23

  • Bearded dragons make amazing pets for adults and children, and breeding them is relatively easy if you get a few key points correct, such as temperature and lighting.

    How to Breed Bearded Dragons for Profit

    How to Breed Bearded Dragons for Profit

    by Anna7

  • Teaching yourself to determine the sex of your Leopard tortoise can seem impossible in the beginning. The good news is that once you get the hang of reading the signs, you'll never forget them.

    How to Sex Your Leopard Tortoise

    How to Sex Your Leopard Tortoise

    by Jana Louise Smit4

  • Ball pythons are small, beautiful, docile, and are highly recommended for a first-time snake owner. This article looks into where to buy one and what to look for in a healthy snake.

    Why Ball Pythons Make Great Pets

    Why Ball Pythons Make Great Pets

    by Power Ball Pythons9

  • A discussion on offering canned whole prey such as insects, fish, and crustaceans for pet keepers. This article discusses the benefits and potential issues of using can-o-worms, crickets, and others.

    Can-O-Worms, Crickets, and Insects

    Can-O-Worms, Crickets, and Insects

    by Melissa A Smith4

  • Facts and care information relating to corn snakes. This introduction would be useful to anyone who is thinking of having a corn snake as a pet or for beginner corn snake owners.

    Introduction to Keeping Corn Snakes as Pets

    Introduction to Keeping Corn Snakes as Pets

    by Claire5

  • Different types of lizards have different living environment requirements. Before you get your pet lizard, it is important that you make a proper home for him first.

    How to Make a House for Your Pet Lizard

    How to Make a House for Your Pet Lizard

    by Marty Andersen2

  • Many owners become concerned when they notice bubbles or liquid seeping from their pet's nose. A healthy tortoise should have clear and dry nostrils, but not every snotty case is a cause for panic.

    Why Does My Leopard Tortoise Have a Bubbly Nose?

    Why Does My Leopard Tortoise Have a Bubbly Nose?

    by Jana Louise Smit0

  • With so many pet reptiles to choose from, how do you know which is the right pet for you? This article summarizes the top six reptiles species that are best for beginners.

    Best Pet Reptiles for Beginners

    Best Pet Reptiles for Beginners

    by Becky4

  • For those of you who are interested or already have obtained a baby soft shell turtle, I would like to share my information. For the past fifteen months, I have raised an eastern spiny soft shell turtle since the day it hatched. I have...

    The Care of My Baby Spiny Soft Shell Turtle

    The Care of My Baby Spiny Soft Shell Turtle

    by mariekbloch52

  • Extra care should be given to a molting hermit crab when the time comes and there are many theories on how best to assist them. Unfortunately, some beginner crab owners don't quite know what to do when the hermit crab molts...

    How to Care for a Molting Hermit Crab

    How to Care for a Molting Hermit Crab

    by finatics6

  • Building a salamander vivarium can be a rewarding experience. Similar to aquariums, terrariums and aquascaping, it enables you to engage in something akin to world-building. The home you provide for your salamander or other reptile can serve as an artistic outlet, which is why you should take the time to do it right - and have fun!

    Building a Salamander Vivarium or Terrarium

    Building a Salamander Vivarium or Terrarium

    by Zaton-Taran3

  • Turtles and tortoises can be such a joy for children and adults. Some are very friendly and personable, which make them that much more fun to have as pets, but the problem lies with proper care and long lifespan. Turtles and tortoises have rather...

    Best Beginner Pet Turtle and Tortoise

    Best Beginner Pet Turtle and Tortoise

    by Whitney15

  • When it comes to choosing a pet frog, you'll find that there are many different options to choose from, but not all of them are ideal for beginners. First off, yea dart frogs may be brightly colored and visually attracting, but they are one of the...

    Best Pet Frogs for Beginners

    Best Pet Frogs for Beginners

    by Whitney14

  • There are several types of geckos that are commonly kept as pets. These include the very popular leopard geckos, the funny looking crested gecko, brilliantly coloured day geckos and the stunning electric blue gecko.

    Different Types of Geckos

    Different Types of Geckos

    by aa lite19

  • Many people are puzzled about the nuances of reptile care in the same way that people are confused about basic dog and cat related topics. Here is a list of reptile-related questions that I have received in the past, which may be helpful to some readers seeking advice about their little companions.

    Help! I Own a Reptile!

    Help! I Own a Reptile!

    by Shaddie7

  • Have you ever seen a gecko without a tail and wondered why? Lizards and other amphibians have the ability to regenerate their limbs. Continue reading to find out how.

    How Do Lizards Regenerate Their Tails?

    How Do Lizards Regenerate Their Tails?

    by Brittany Kennedy11

  • Whether you are wanting to introduce some tadpoles to an outdoor pond, have a fun indoor project, or educate your kids, rearing tadpoles and watching their development is fascinating!

    Caring for Tadpoles—From Egg to Froglet

    Caring for Tadpoles—From Egg to Froglet

    by Anna3

  • Turtles are cute pets to own, unfortunately, very few people know how to care for them. If you wish to polish your turtle parenting skills, have a look at this guide.

    How to Take Care of a Turtle

    How to Take Care of a Turtle

    by Florence Esther0

  • Land hermit crabs require more care than you might realize or have been told, however, they make wonderful and fascinating pets if you are prepared to give them the care they need to thrive.

    Land Hermit Crabs as Pets

    Land Hermit Crabs as Pets

    by Mary Camley2

  • Turtles and tortoises can make great pets, but they are not easy to care for. Here's my list of the top ten things people overlook when considering purchasing one of these pets.

    12 Reasons Not to Buy a Pet Turtle or Tortoise

    12 Reasons Not to Buy a Pet Turtle or Tortoise

    by Ben Zoltak293

  • Russian tortoises are great beginner pet tortoises, as they are healthy and hardy creatures. These tortoises are relatively small compared to others in the pet market. The most important thing that you can do to keep a tortoise healthy is to...

    Common Health Problems With Russian Tortoises

    Common Health Problems With Russian Tortoises

    by Whitney13

  • This beginner's guide will help lay down the foundation that is needed for owning a bearded dragon. Bearded dragons are arguably one of the easiest lizards to care for as a pet.

    Beginner's Guide to Keeping a Bearded Dragon

    Beginner's Guide to Keeping a Bearded Dragon

    by TeeRiddle2

  • If the Ninja Turtles are cool enough to have awesome turtle names, then your pet turtle should have an awesome name! Here are 40 name ideas to get you thinking!

    40 Pet Turtle Names

    40 Pet Turtle Names

    by Tatiana64

  • Warning: Every species of centipede contains some sort of venom. The Vietnamese Centipede is notorious for inflicting an extremely painful bite that can result in intense pain, nausea, and more.

    Vietnamese Centipede: Care and Maintenence

    Vietnamese Centipede: Care and Maintenence

    by Jacob Melendez2

  • Do you plan on keeping a turtle you found outdoors? While most wild turtles don't make good pets, keeping one is possible if you provide the proper habitat, lighting and overall care.

    How to Keep a Wild Turtle as a Pet

    How to Keep a Wild Turtle as a Pet

    by Jessica Marello12

  • Day geckos are brilliantly-colored, small-to-medium sized lizards that make excellent pets. They can be kept in small apartments, and don't mind being left alone for most of the day.

    Why Day Geckos Make Excellent Reptile Pets

    Why Day Geckos Make Excellent Reptile Pets

    by aa lite1

  • Praying mantids make beautiful and fascinating pets. In their behavior and mannerisms, they remind me something of uncuddly cats - fastidiously clean, curious, and predatory. Unlike cats, you can't really pet them; however, you also don't have to...

    How to Care for a Pet Praying Mantis

    How to Care for a Pet Praying Mantis

    by kerryg113

  • This is my red-eared slider, and, yes, his name is Puppy. So I think every kid goes through a phase where they want a turtle. I myself did. I had three. My first turtle, Squirtle, ended up being a complete disaster because I had no idea what I...

    The Dos and Don'ts of Turtle Care

    The Dos and Don'ts of Turtle Care

    by EmilyNSams33

  • Triops australiensis and Triops longicaudatus are commonly sold as pets. Triops are considered living fossils as they existed over 300 million years ago.

    Triops Facts and How to Raise Pet Triops

    Triops Facts and How to Raise Pet Triops

    by lady rain0

  • What are the best snakes to have as pets? People who are interested in getting a pet snake always have a few basic questions. The most important is which type of snake is going to be best for them.

    The Best Breeds of Snakes to Have as a Small Pet

    The Best Breeds of Snakes to Have as a Small Pet

    by Kathryn Vercillo48

  • Corn snakes make one of the best pets. These docile and tame snakes are very friendly and tolerant and will make a great addition in any home. If you are considering a pet snake, buy a corn snake!

    What Should I Choose as my First Pet Snake?

    What Should I Choose as my First Pet Snake?

    by Jami Johnson9

  • The world of phasmids is unique and wonderful, and these fascinating insects are growing in popularity in the pet trade. Learn more about these beautiful bugs and take a look at a few of the most memorable species as you consider a simple phasmid for your next pet!

    Fascinating Phasmids

    Fascinating Phasmids

    by Shaddie18

  • Bioactive enclosures are increasing in popularity among reptile and amphibian keeping communities. These setups are made up of living plants and invertebrates that purify and clean enclosures.

    Reptile and Amphibian Bioactive Enclosure Setup

    Reptile and Amphibian Bioactive Enclosure Setup

    by Becca0

  • Phelsuma day geckos are omnivorous. In the wild, they eat insects, but also lick the sweet nectar of flowers. How can you reproduce this in captivity?

    Phelsuma Diet: What Do Geckos Eat?

    Phelsuma Diet: What Do Geckos Eat?

    by aa lite1

  • In my 5 years of working with leopard geckos, I have never had a leopard gecko drop its tail, until this year. While changing my leopard gecko hatchlings from my old rack to my new one, one of my tangerine leopard gecko hatchlings dropped her tail. ...

    Treating a Leopard Gecko Dropped Tail

    Treating a Leopard Gecko Dropped Tail

    by Whitney237

  • Although, I have had reptiles for years and have successfully bred them, which started as an accident, but either way, I never really considered breeding for anything but my own enjoyment and pets. I either kept what I bred or gave the hatchlings to...

    My Investment: The Cost of Breeding Reptiles

    My Investment: The Cost of Breeding Reptiles

    by Whitney62

  • Turtles eat a variety of plants and animals. Identify what type of turtle you have in order to best determine the type of food it will eat. Start with figuring out your turtle's natural environment.

    What Do Pet Turtles Eat?

    What Do Pet Turtles Eat?

    by music love15

  • Horned frogs are generally pretty healthy, but like all animals they can develop illness and get sick. If you are careful of where your purchase your frog, what you feed it, and how you house it, you'll find that in captivity ornate frogs will stay...

    Common Illness in Pac Man Frogs

    Common Illness in Pac Man Frogs

    by Whitney19

  • Say hello to one of the most difficult tortoise species to breed. There's no fighting nature on this one, but when the little ones hatch, the moment will be worth every sacrifice.

    How to Breed Your Leopard Tortoise

    How to Breed Your Leopard Tortoise

    by Jana Louise Smit0

  • I am going over a handful of incorrect ideas about turtles as pets. False Notion #1 A turtle is a turtle; they all have the same basic needs. It is true that all species of aquatic turtles require UV-B radiation and need to live in an aquatic...

    Five False Notions About the Pet Turtle

    Five False Notions About the Pet Turtle

    by mariekbloch2

  • Example of the set-up. The aquarium is sitting on a heating pad, a thermometer is placed at the water level, and there's a little cave for him to hide under from the UVB light above. Your turtle is acting strange. Bubbles keep foaming around his...

    My Aquatic Turtle is Sick: What to do?

    My Aquatic Turtle is Sick: What to do?

    by mariekbloch53

  • Native toads can be collected from the wild and easily kept as pets. Below is a description of how to set up an enclosure to house wild toads and some general considerations about keeping them.

    How to Keep a Wild Toad for a Pet

    How to Keep a Wild Toad for a Pet

    by aa lite20

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