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What to Feed Your Frog
What to Feed Your Frog
by Carol McCarthy Before you add a frog to your family, sit down and first plan out a menu. Frogs are carnivores—and predators—so you will need to be ready to offer a steady supply of fresh prey to your frog. But feeding a frog is more than just dumping a baggie of crickets into the terrarium. Your frog’s diet will be specifically based on species, age, total in the group, and breeding...
How to Tell a Turtle’s Age
By David F. Kramer Turtles and tortoises are among the longest living animals in the world. A decision to own one as a pet could very well include a lengthy commitment, perhaps even as far as making allowances for your reptile friend’s care in your will. Whether or not you need the help of your attorney, a turtle or tortoise is bound to be a pet you’ll enjoy for years to come. Dr. Jennifer...
Burns in Reptiles
Burns in Reptiles
BurnsAlthough reptile owners take care in protecting their pet reptiles from all possible traumas, accidents may still happen. A little inattentiveness can lead to injury, and in some cases may even lead to serious burns to your pet reptile. CausesBurns are usually attributed to various kinds of heat sources. As a reptile owner, you know reptiles require supplemental heat sources. Some of the...
How Big Do Turtles Get?
By Teresa Traverse If you’re considering buying a pet turtle, one of the biggest questions you’re probably asking yourself is how big your new pet will get. This is one of the most important questions you can ask, as turtles can vary greatly in size depending on their species and type. Some turtles can weigh less than a penny at birth, said Laurie Hess, DVM and owner of the Veterinary Center...
Turtles 101: How to Clean and Care for Your Turtle's Tank
By Teresa Traverse As a turtle owner, setting up your turtle’s habitat is key to keeping them healthy. This is where your pet will spend most of their time, and it needs to be just right. Here are general guidelines to help make your turtle’s home a good one. How to Choose a Turtle TankThe first thing you’ll want to consider is your turtle’s size. Many start off weighing a few grams but...
Ouroboros – The Snake That Bites Its Own Tail
Image via iStock.com/theasis By Nick Keppler The tail-eating serpent is one of the oldest tales known to humans. According to ancient Egyptian legend, when the sun god Ra merged with Osiris, ruler of the underworld, to form a new divine entity, two serpents representing the protective snake-god Mehen slithered around the newborn super-god holding their tails in their mouths. In Norse mythology,...