SPIDERS

Types of Scorpions

Types of Scorpions

April 25, 2010 · Comments 

Of the 1,500 species of scorpion some 100 species have a sting which can be dangerous to humans. However, only experts can tell the difference between many types of scorpions and there is no way of knowing which are the most dangerous. Often you must rely on your supplier to identify them correctly. If you are not confident that he or she has the necessary expertise, buy your scorpions elsewhere. Recommended Species Pandinus imperator: The Imperial Scorpion/Emperor Scorpion. One of the biggest species of scorpion and probably the best for a novice. These scorpions can grow to some 15cm in length.... [Read the full story]

BIRDS

How to Buy a Parrot: The Ultimate Guide

How to Buy a Parrot: The Ultimate Guide

July 31, 2010 · Comments 

Introduction Parrots are stunning, intelligent birds, and they make fantastic and rewarding companions, however, they require a lot more thought and attention than a typical family pet. This article takes you through some of the points to consider before purchasing a parrot, but it is only an overview, and you really should do thorough research on specific species and their requirements before taking the plunge and buying a parrot. This article will concentrate on some of the characteristics of parrots that make them a challenging pet, and make clear the responsibilities you will face as an owner.... [Read the full story]

FISH

Selecting Aquarium Substrates

Selecting Aquarium Substrates

April 26, 2010 · Comments 

When selecting the material to cover the base of your aquarium it is important to use those that are close to the fish’s natural habitat, such as silver sand or coral sand for marine fish, and gravel for coldwater aquariums. Selecting the correct aquarium substrates can make a big difference to the health of your fish. Tropical Marine Substrates Silver sand is made up of quartz particles without the iron oxides coating which give sands a yellow or brown coloring. Whilst some say that it is excellent for propagating aquatic plants from seeds, its best feature its attractive look. Coral sand is... [Read the full story]

INSECTS

Where to Buy Stick Insects

Where to Buy Stick Insects

July 31, 2010 · Comments 

Not every local pet store stocks stick insects, but if you ask then usually they can put some on order. However, if you are looking for one of the rarer species, or are seeking a high level of advice and support, then an entomological dealer could be the way to go. Entomology is the scientific study of insects, and there are specialized dealers in insects and the equipment that is required to keep them. Where to buy stick insects will depend on the species you are looking for. You will probably want to start with a nymph (baby stick insect) given the short life cycle of these pets. A nymph that... [Read the full story]

EXOTIC PETS

What is the difference between a tropical pet and exotic pet?

What is the difference between a tropical pet and exotic pet?

November 21, 2009 · Comments 

Tropical pets originate from the tropics, the region on either side of the equator, whereas exotic pets are rare or unusual animals kept as pets, but need not come from the tropics. With the popularity of exotic pets increasing massively in recent years some lizards, snakes and frogs that used to be uncommon as pets can no longer be considered unusual, yet they continue to be referred to as exotic. Thus using terms that refer to the place of origin, such as tropical, is the most precise way of talking about your pet, but that said despite being tropicalpets.com this site strays beyond the tropics... [Read the full story]

VIVARIUMS

Choosing Terrarium Pets

November 30, 2009 · Comments 

Whether you are thinking about reptile terrariums or amphibian terrariums there are plenty of terrarium pets for you to choose from. First you need to decide the type of habitat that you want to recreate – desert, savanna, rainforest, aquatic, semi-aquatic, woodland – and then do some research to see which animals are suitable for the environment. Of course you could do it the other way around if there is a particular tropical pet that you have your eye on, and in this article we are going to give you a few ideas of animals for each habitat. Woodland Terrarium You can select the same animals... [Read the full story]

AMPHIBIANS

What Kinds of Amphibians are there?

What Kinds of Amphibians are there?

Amphibians are a “class” of animal that has three “orders”: - caecilians - salamanders and newts - frogs and toads Then within these three orders there are 4,015 species, so there are all kinds of amphibians for us to take a look at. One of the fascinating things about diversity in the amphibia class is the...

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Are Albino Frogs Safe as Pets?

Are Albino Frogs Safe as Pets?

Albinism affects many animals, including fish, birds, reptiles, humans, and amphibians such as albino frogs. It is a congenital disorder where the animal has an absence of melanin pigment – the compound that gives skin color. Albinism is also known as achromia, achromasia, or achromatosis, and animals with the disorder...

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The Variety of Amphibian Reproduction

The Variety of Amphibian Reproduction

Fertilization Of all the vertebrates the amphibians have the widest range of reproduction methods, with differences even within the same order. Fertilization of the salamander makes for a good example, where it is internal for most salamanders, but external for the giant and Asiatics. There are even some mole salamanders...

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INSECTS

Where to Buy Stick Insects

Where to Buy Stick Insects

Not every local pet store stocks stick insects, but if you ask then usually they...


Identifying the Insect Species

Identifying the Insect Species

This site focuses on introducing insects that make great pets such as the giant millipede,...


All About the Giant Millipede

All About the Giant Millipede

The giant millipede is known by various names, often incorrectly spelt as “milipede”...


Introducing the Green Leaf Insect

Introducing the Green Leaf Insect

Appearance The green leaf insect, also known as walking leaves, is even more of a...


Are Indian Stick Insects Good Pets?

Are Indian Stick Insects Good Pets?

Indian Stick Insects are certainly the most commonly kept of the thousands of stick...


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BIRDS

How to Buy a Parrot: The Ultimate Guide

How to Buy a Parrot: The Ultimate Guide

Introduction Parrots are stunning, intelligent birds, and they make fantastic and...


Clipping Parrot Wings

Clipping Parrot Wings

One of the most controversial topics in parrot health is wing clipping. Fundamentally,...


The Senegal Parrot

The Senegal Parrot

The Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus senegalus) is one of nine birds in the Poicephalus...


Do you have a talking parrot?

Do you have a talking parrot?

For many owners a talking parrot is one of the most sought after goals during the...


Keeping a Healthy Parrot

Keeping a Healthy Parrot

If you know your parrot well then you will soon notice the typical signs of poor...


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