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  • 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, diet, and care.

    How to Keep a Wild Turtle as a Pet

    How to Keep a Wild Turtle as a Pet

    by Jessica Peri21

  • 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 Esther1

  • 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 Tatiana114

  • 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 lite25

  • Salamanders and newts are the most popular pet in the world, but they are a very different kind of pet. Read on to learn all about these amazing creatures.

    Best Beginner Pet Salamanders and Newts

    Best Beginner Pet Salamanders and Newts

    by Whitney19

  • 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

  • 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 Becky10

  • This article explains in detail the many fascinating and interesting facts about huge, hairy 'spiders' called tarantulas (theraphosidae). This topic of tarantulas also known as spiders (even though they're not true spiders as explained in The...

    Everything You Want to Know About Keeping Tarantulas as Pets

    Everything You Want to Know About Keeping Tarantulas as Pets

    by Dana Stamps9

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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, Wet Nose?

    Why Does My Leopard Tortoise Have a Bubbly, Wet Nose?

    by Jana Louise Smit0

  • 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 livingsta38

  • 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 mayyam261

  • 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 Becky5

  • 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 Hassenplug17

  • 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 love16

  • 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

  • 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

  • A basic guide to caring for the Jerusalem cricket or "Child of the Earth" bug.

    Jerusalem Cricket Care

    Jerusalem Cricket Care

    by Anne Ryefield0

  • 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

  • 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 Shaddie9

  • 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

  • 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 Mark61

  • 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. Read on for specific care requirements including housing, feeding, moisture, and more.

    Land Hermit Crab Basic Care Guide

    Land Hermit Crab Basic Care Guide

    by Mary Camley4

  • 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 lite26

  • 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 lite27

  • 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-Taran4

  • 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 Rizzuti9

  • This guide will help you choose the best shells for your hermit crabs. Shells that are too small or too large are uncomfortable for hermit crabs, so it is important to provide them with a variety of shells. Painted shells are dangerous to your crabs' health.

    Choosing Hermit Crab Shells

    Choosing Hermit Crab Shells

    by finatics12

  • This article contains an overview of the care requirements of Vietnamese Centipedes, including enclosure specifications, feeding requirements, and temperature considerations.

    Vietnamese Centipede Care and Maintenance

    Vietnamese Centipede Care and Maintenance

    by Jacob Melendez3

  • 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

  • Do you love snakes? Are you looking for the perfect name for your new companion? Choose from 250+ funny, silly, ironic, or obscure pet snake names. There are badass names too, for anyone looking for something different.

    250+ Best Funny, Ironic, and Unique Pet Snake Names

    250+ Best Funny, Ironic, and Unique Pet Snake Names

    by Layne Holmes7

  • 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

  • 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 do tadpoles eat? What kind of habitat do they need? What other care do they need to stay alive and healthy? These questions and more are answered in this basic guide to tadpole care.

    How to Keep Tadpoles

    How to Keep Tadpoles

    by Brittany0

  • Find the perfect name for your pet turtle or tortoise! From Pokemon to Mutant Ninja Turtles, this fun list of names covers a lot of ground. We'll also talk about how to tell the difference between a turtle and a tortoise.

    100+ Awesome and Fun Pet Turtle and Tortoise Names

    100+ Awesome and Fun Pet Turtle and Tortoise Names

    by Layne Holmes5

  • 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 Zoltak350

  • 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 mariekbloch24

  • There's more to hermit crabs than just giving them a cage and a sponge. This article will go over the basics of providing your hermit crab with a happy home that meets their needs.

    Hermit Crab Care Basics

    Hermit Crab Care Basics

    by Alex0

  • 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

  • Learn the most common reasons your gecko won’t eat and how you can get them to eat again!

    Help! My Gecko Won’t Eat!

    Help! My Gecko Won’t Eat!

    by Meredith Johnson3

  • 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 it, 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 alycat009298

  • Added a lovable lizard to your family of pets but still struggling to come up with a fitting name? In this article, you'll find a list of over 150 names to choose from for your new lizard.

    150+ Cute and Clever Names for Your Pet Lizard

    150+ Cute and Clever Names for Your Pet Lizard

    by Claudia Mitchell6

  • 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 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.

    Bearded Dragon Care 101: A Beginner's Guide

    Bearded Dragon Care 101: A Beginner's Guide

    by TeeRiddle9

  • 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

  • Whether you're just getting started with beekeeping or you're ready to try a new hive style, here's the lowdown on Langstroth's, Warre, and top bar hives from an experienced homesteader.

    Beekeeping and Different Bee Apiaries Explained

    Beekeeping and Different Bee Apiaries Explained

    by Stacy Hannert0

  • 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 Becky18

  • 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 Whitney169

  • Silkworms have been domesticated for a long time. They are easy to care for, and the phases of their life are intriguing to watch. This article should provide enough information to decide if silkworms will make a suitable pet for you or your child.

    How to Take Care of Your First Pet Silkworms

    How to Take Care of Your First Pet Silkworms

    by Jana Louise Smit2

  • 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

  • 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 Whitney23

  • 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 Smit5

  • 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 Whitney243

  • 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!

    Everything You Want to Know About Keeping Phasmids as Pets

    Everything You Want to Know About Keeping Phasmids as Pets

    by Shaddie18

  • Come explore what a beekeeper does when spring arrives. Learn how the beekeeper sets the foundation for a fruitful harvest and prepares the bees for the rest of the year.

    What Do Beekeepers Do in Spring?

    What Do Beekeepers Do in Spring?

    by Chris Andrews2

  • 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 Becky17

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