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Before You Bring Home an Exotic Pet

Clifford
Clifford may live to be 80 years old and will continue to grow for as long as he lives.(Quarter on his back to illlustrate scale.)

Reptiles may come to recognize you and acclimate to your care, but they will never bond with you like a mammal would. However, it isn’t just because they are cold blooded. It has more to do with what is in their brain from birth than the temperature of their blood.



Doggy Diarrhea

Sick Puppy

One of the most frustrating aspects of having a dog is that he can't tell you when he is sick. In fact, a lot of dogs are pros at hiding illness until their symptoms become physical. These tell-tale signs of illness are often, well … funky. For instance, diarrhea. Even after it starts, the why of it can remain a mystery.



The Case Against Docking and Declawing

puppy and kitten

We do certain things for our pets to protect them. We vaccinate our pets to thwart diseases like rabies, parvo virus, and distemper. Recently, micro-chipping pets has become popular so that if our pets become lost they may be more easily returned to their home.

Saving Blooper

The Real Blooper
Blooper

A fictionalized and embellished account of the true story of saving Blooper, a lost kitten who's fight to survive and persistence paid off.

Kitty Lifting

kitten in female hands

Does your kitty go ballistic when you pick her up? The problem could be in how you are lifting her.
If you lift your kitten by the “scruff of his neck” please stop. Some people think that is how mothers carry their kittens, but really — it isn’t.



Tortoise and Turtle Basic Care

Clifford, African spur (sulcata) tortoise

Before you take on turtle or tortoise care, it's best to research both animals since there are very distinct differences between these two types of reptiles. Reptiles Magazine is probably one of the best places to start learning about turtles and tortoises. As a rule, tortoises are land-dwelling, while turtles are marine.

The Truth About Low Maintenance Dogs

Low Maintenance Dogs

If you frequent pet-centered forums, you've probably seen at least one question inquiring about which breeds of dogs are low-maintenance. I've come to the conclusion that these questioners mistakenly think that getting a dog is like deciding between Android vs. iPhone.


Ball Python: A Snake You Can Warm Up To.

Normal Ball Python

Snakes are not slimy as many people believe. They are cool, dry, and very smooth to the touch. They,who keep snakes, say it's very calming to handle them. The ball python is a good starter reptile for the beginning snake keeper and a favorite even among advanced snake breeders.



Keeping Tortoises

Sulcata Tortoises: Clifford & Cleo

All tortoises are turtles but not all turtles are tortoises. Although both belong to the order Testudines or Chelonia (reptiles whose bodies are attached to a shell), turtles are very different than the land-loving animal we call a tortoise.

The Bearded Dragon: The Perfect Exotic Pet

bearded dragon  on a rock
By Greg Hume - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The perfect exotic pet, the Bearded Dragon is a good starter lizard for either beginner or advanced reptile keepers.

Beardies are friendly and funny.

They are more gregarious than some other species and unlike the green iguana, which can get quite large, they are a medium sized lizard, seldom growing to over 20 inches long, nose to tail tip.

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