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  • Caring for Newts
    newts are remarkable escape artists so it s important to make sure that the tank s lid fits tightly Food And Feeding Newts are carnivores and will happily consume a wide range of suitably sized prey Depending on the size of your pets anything from live fish foods such as tubifex or blood worms obtainable from most aquarist shops to a whole range of wild caught animals such as earthworms or insect larvae will keep your newts well fed It s worth remembering that newts can be a little shy and since most are largely nocturnal it s probably best to try to feed them at night and then leaving them alone to dine in peace Although newts are not animals to be handled their skins are sensitive to the heat of human hands they still make fascinating and unusual pets Many of the species commonly sold have striking patterns and crests especially in the breeding season making them particularly interesting and attractive A secretive group of animals they dislike interference but left to their own devices they can often thrive very successfully in captivity making these delicate and undemanding creatures ideal exotic pets Previous Page Next Page You might also like Caring for Cockroaches Caring for Stick Insects and Praying Mantis Caring for Crabs Caring for Snails Caring for Frog Toads Share Your Story Join the Discussion or Seek Advice Add a Comment Hi there So I have a small fire belly newt We had it in a 55 gallon tank with a few angel fish a red tailed shark and a spotted puffer fish We figured since the tank was such a large one he would be okay in there And now he was been attacked with several bite marks on his tail and back two legs I ve removed him from the tank but I m not sure if he should be completely submerged He doesn t seem to want to be in the water at all Jewelly 21 Jul 15 5 38 PM I love newts but I have a studio apartment I am worried that it will upset my neigbours petkeeper 9 Oct 14 7 06 PM I m very sorry to hear about your injured newt What I d do is remove the fish and put him in a temporary tank Then put the newt back in the tank and see what happens If the newt remains un injured or gets harmed again then you will know which animal did it please read the rest for a good course of action for handling the problem animal If it is the other newt I d reccomed permanently seperating him and moving him into a new tank with similar living conditions If it is the fish Put him in a fish tank preferably alone since it appears he is territorial and maybe find a more peaceful fish to tackle your snail problem Best wishes Exotic pet pal Exotic pet pal 2 May 13 9 15 PM

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  • Caring for Salamanders
    enjoy temperatures much above 20 degrees C 68F and there are kinds such as the Pyrenean Brook Salamander Euproctus asper which demand to be kept at 18 degrees C 65F or lower It s important not to underestimate the problems with keeping a tank cool it s much easier to warm one up not least because there s lots of equipment readily available from pet shops designed to do just that Cold water species should be considered very carefully before purchase and only bought if you re sure you can give them the specialist conditions they require Given the wonderful array of less demanding salamanders you ll hardly be spoilt for choice Salamanders need to be moist so you must provide a dish of water for the land living varieties and mist the tank regularly but don t overdo it and make everything too marshy If mould begins to appear or the tank starts to smell sour be prepared to clean it out salamanders are susceptible to infections by both fungus and bacteria so cleanliness is essential Food and Feeding Salamanders are carnivorous and since they are generally attracted to their prey by movement keeping these amphibians means feeding live food The good news is that most species are very open minded when it comes to their diet Depending on their size between shop bought foods like small crickets or meal worms and wild caught items such as earthworms woodlice and slugs you shouldn t have too much difficulty encouraging yours to eat However since most of the world s salamanders are nocturnal it s probably best to feed them at night and ensure that wherever they live gets a period of proper darkness to make sure that they get the chance to reset their biological clocks each day Handling

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  • Caring for Snails
    empty container A range of different textures and surfaces will provide them with some stimulus large pieces of cork bark or old broken flower pots also giving them somewhere to hide Keeping Your Snails Healthy Caring for your pets health is helped enormously by getting their basic living conditions right They need to be damp and will appreciate a misting to keep things suitably moist but not so wet that their tank turns into a sour mould ridden swamp In addition tropical species need to be kept warm a temperature around 21 26C 70 78F being ideal for most of the species commonly sold The choice of flooring material is important since it needs to be capable of maintaining the necessary levels of moisture without going sour and be sufficiently cheap and readily available that it can be regularly changed to keep your tank hygienic Many keepers opt for potting compost or sterilised garden soil but not soils that are high in sand or gravel both of which snails seem to dislike A small amount of sphagnum moss mixed in with the soil helps to increase its water holding Giant African land snails in particular will benefit from a generous layer of material on the floor of their tanks perhaps as much as 6 or 8 inches 15 20cm deep as they are burrowers in the wild This habit could be a potential risk if you are supplying the necessary additional warmth via a heat pad under the tank since they will be bringing themselves closer to it as they burrow However making sure that the pad doesn t cover the full floor area should stop this becoming a problem A deep floor covering will also help when the snails get around to breeding giving them an ideal spot to lay their eggs and if you keep a pair together you may safely assume that little snails will be on the cards Proper Feeding As with all pets good feeding in one of the most important factors in caring for your snails welfare Field research has shown that in the wild a large number of many species of giant land snail particularly the Ghana Giant die after egg laying largely due to being malnourished something seldom if ever encountered with well fed snails in captivity When it comes to planning your pets diet variety is definitely the spice of life and most snails will consume vegetables fruits dandelions and the like Many are also partial to rabbit or hamster foods though these are often best soaked in some hot water for a little while and allowed to cool before being offered likewise the harder kinds of root vegetables such as turnip or carrot can be parboiled to be given when cold Whatever you give your animals make sure it s washed first to remove all traces of pesticides or other potentially harmful chemicals A good calcium source is also essential for proper growth especially with the giant species so add

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  • Caring for Spiders & Scorpions
    the spiders and scorpion species offered as exotic pets tend to come from warmer parts of the world and mostly from the tropics so they ll generally need a little extra warmth to stay healthy Heat mats are probably the most popular way to provide it though there are other good options available from outlets that cater for exotic pets including hot rocks and soil warming cables Alternatively placing your container inside a gardener s seed propagator can also be a useful way to provide a little gentle warmth If you opt for a pad try to arrange it so that it doesn t warm all of the tank s base scorpions burrow to make themselves more comfortable when it gets too hot escaping the heat of the sun but the strategy is doomed to fail if the whole container is heated from below Humidity is important for spiders especially tarantulas as they need 50 60 per cent humidity to be able to moult properly so a humidity gauge is an essential piece of equipment for anyone keeping spiders Providing a small water dish for drinking and a little regular misting from a plant sprayer will keep things to their liking and it ll suit the forest type of scorpions too It s obviously a very good plan to buy a new one so you ll be sure it hasn t been used for insecticides All that humidity makes ideal conditions for fungus to grow keep a look out and remove any compost or bark that shows signs of going mouldy Desert dwelling scorpions and any spiders from similar parts of the globe obviously need much drier conditions only occasionally needing a slight misting although they get most of the moisture they need from their food a small dish of water is always a good idea Food And Feeding Both spiders and scorpions are carnivorous predators and will consume surprising quantities of insects Crickets and locusts are ideal many local pet shops stock them but if yours doesn t there are companies which will supply them by mail order Scorpions are probably best fed at night since they are nocturnal and a little secretive in their habits Once you ve added the food it s best to leave them alone in the dark scorpions can often refuse to eat if conditions aren t right so uneaten food can often mean that all is not well Handling Neither spiders nor scorpions are great pets for handling Larger spiders such as the tarantulas can be seriously injured or even killed by quite a small drop and they can flick hairs off their abdomen with their hind legs which can cause skin irritation in people and even the most docile spider may bite or scorpion sting On balance handling is probably best kept to a minimum With so many kinds on offer it s important to do a bit of research on the home habits and lifestyle of the ones you want to

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  • Caring for Stick Insects and Praying Mantis
    stick insect Extatosoma tiaratum Whatever you give your pets to eat make sure it s fresh and well washed stick insects are particularly susceptible to pesticides and pollution so it s definitely better to be safe than sorry Feeding Praying Mantis Feeding praying mantis is fairly simple too they are efficient predators of other insects consuming anything they can overpower Suitable food items include fruit flies and pin head crickets for youngsters through to large crickets for adult mantis though both will appreciate any pesticide free wild caught offerings of suitable size Breeding Stick Insects Stick insects lays eggs which depending on the species they deposit on the ground bury or hide in nooks and crannies Many of the larger Australian varieties bury their eggs so they need a deep layer of a suitable flooring material two inches 5cm or so of damp potting compost being ideal For most varieties of stick insect you ll need males and females for breeding though in some species such as the Indian stick insect females will lay unfertilised eggs which then hatch into more females How long the eggs take to hatch varies considerably between the different kinds of stick insects ranging from eight weeks to a year the larger the species generally the longer the incubation time For insects which bury their eggs especially varieties which have a long delay before hatching it s important to ensure they get adequate moisture during this time but equally vital that they don t go mouldy Vigilance is required to spot the first signs of mould so you can clean any affected eggs at once Breeding Praying Mantis Like stick insects the females of some species of mantis can produce young from unfertilised eggs but again for most kinds breeding is rather more conventional Female mantis have acquired a rather gruesome reputation for biting off the heads of their suitors during mating which leads many pet keepers to question the wisdom of trying to breed these extraordinary insects for themselves but it can be done The trick is to make sure that both parties and especially the female have been very well fed prior to their encounter and put them in a large tank so the male has some space to retreat out of harm s way Since mating can sometimes be a slow process for these creatures it s a good idea to have a plentiful supply of food around while the male is in the tank and it s advisable to remove him as soon as mating has finished there s no point in pushing your luck The eggs themselves as many as 300 in some species are contained in an egg case which is usually suspended from a convenient perch above the base of the tank and typically hatch in 3 to 6 months A female usually produces five or six egg cases from a single mating and the young may all hatch at the same time or in batches over a

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  • Caring for Tortoises & Terrapins
    at all they can grow to a foot 30cm or more so you ll need to be prepared to get a big tank for these guys too Heating And Lighting Heating the air in both tortoise and terrapin enclosures is best achieved with a purpose designed heater or a well protected heat lamp Although many reptile tanks use hot rocks or heat pads for tortoises this can often lead to the animals having nice warm bodies but breathing relatively cold air which can lead to health problems Terrapins additionally need to have their water heated an aquarium heater thermostat unit is ideal but particularly if the tank s occupants are large or active it s a good idea to provide a cover to stop the reptiles coming into direct contact with it Both tortoises and terrapins will benefit greatly from the chance to bask in some ultra violet light so add a purpose made UV tube alongside the spot lamp that way when the animals bask in the warmth they also pick up a dose of artificial sunlight in a very natural way Food And Feeding The traditional pet tortoise was a vegetarian but many of the species seen today enjoy a more omnivorous diet augmenting fruits and green stuff with insects and other suitably sized animal prey at least some of the time Terrapins are more carnivorous in their tastes eating insects worms and even small fish although they too enjoy the occasional munch on leaves or piece of fruit Getting your pet s diet right is another area where there is no substitute for good research whatever your chosen species likes to eat dusting the food with a good mineral vitamin supplement is always a good idea and don t forget to provide access to clean drinking water Handling Both tortoises and terrapins can be handled with some degree of success and some even seem to enjoy the experience However remember that both groups can bite they may have no teeth but their horny lips can really nip Also don t forget that they can carry certain diseases that can affect humans so it s always important to wash your hands after you have been handling or tending to your pets and particularly make sure any children who come into contact with them do too it s better to be safe than sorry In many respects tortoises were the original exotic pets However the wholesale abduction of vast numbers of Spur thighed and Hermann s Tortoises Testudo graeca and T Hermanni respectively and their subsequent transportation to the UK in appalling conditions was one of the darkest episodes in pet keeping Frequently sold on market stalls for half a crown 25p those animals which survived the overcrowded shipping crates often led sad travesties of their natural lives under Mediterranean skies The trade in wild caught European tortoises is now a thing of the past but enough of them did survive to leave us all with an enduring love

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  • Caring for Triops & Sea Monkeys
    container the kits usually contain small plastic tanks but especially for Triops and particularly if you re very lucky with your hatching they can get a little small once the animals start to grow An adult Triops needs around 2 litres of water to be able to get enough oxygen and since they naturally enjoy exploring the base of their pools the floor area is more important than the depth One of the best and cheapest choices is the sort of plastic container regularly sold in supermarkets for keeping food in Hatching Hatching instructions come with the kits and they are very easy to follow For Triops you ll need to fill your tank with spring or bottled water not chlorinated tap water and then add the eggs which normally come with some food in the same sachet to see the hatchlings over their first few days Small Triops should appear in about 24 hours Sea Monkeys live in salt water so the first part of preparing for them involves adding the kit s salt package to the water A day later you add the eggs and in five days your small new pets should be putting in an appearance Feeding Once Triops get a bit bigger it s important not to over feed them as the mucky water and bacterial growth this causes can kill them off surprisingly quickly The kit will usually contain food but any fish food will do just a few crumbs per animal to start with and then adjust as you see how much is left uneaten Sea Monkeys are just as easily killed with kindness so feed them sparingly too as for the type of food although they seem to happily munch algae most people feed them a specially prepared Sea Monkey diet in line with the recommendation found in most of the kits Who s Who Both animals are crustaceans relatives of crabs lobsters and woodlice sometimes called tadpole or shield shrimps Triops belong to an ancient group of crustaceans known as the notostracans Although there are different species found across the world the most common kind offered for sale is the American Triops longicaudatus which grows to around two and a half inches 6cm Sea Monkeys are a kind of brine shrimp Artemia salina which have been specially bred to improve their lifespan and make them grow a little larger than the wild form The Sea Monkey name was invented for marketing purposes and is said to refer to their playful behaviour and not their looks despite some of the illustrations on the packaging A different kind of Australian brine shrimp is sometimes offered for sale under the name Itsy Bitsy Sea Dragons which is equally fanciful but perhaps just a little more accurate Neither of these animals have changed their appearance or way of life since the Triassic so despite the pictures of T Rex drawn on many of the kit packages these chaps are way way older In fact the

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  • How to Keep Snakes
    the way For most species housing usually involves a tank or terrarium how big depending on the size of the snake and how tall on its natural liking for climbing While snakes don t need to be able to stretch out the whole of their body length along one side of the tank they shouldn t be condemned to being permanently cramped either The flooring material obviously depends on the nature of the animal and where it comes from a generous layer of compost or sand for burrowing species and for other snakes bark chippings reptile safe varieties can be bought from pet shops or newspaper Although the idea of keeping your snake on yesterday s headlines may sound a little unattractive it certainly helps with hygiene and cleanliness is essential to avoid ill health Hiding places are important one or two largish stones will help at skin shedding time and tree dwellers will appreciate some well positioned and well anchored branches to practice on Whatever furnishings you do add to the tank either buy items sold for the purpose from your pet shop or if not make sure you clean them thoroughly to avoid giving bacteria and potential parasites somewhere to live Heaters And Heating Most of the snakes commonly sold will need some form of supplementary heating and in some cases quite high temperatures your supplier should be able to advise you on the right size and type of heating for your tank and type of snake The essential features are Establish a Good Thermal Gradient Place the heater towards one end of the tank so that the temperature varies in different parts of the snake s home This will allow your pet to regulate its own body heat by moving around to let itself warm up or cool down as necessary Separate Heat and Light Sources A separate heater lets you maintain the right temperature when the lights are off which means your pet gets a more natural cycle of day and night snakes have no eyelids Use a Guard A cool snake will often try to get far closer to the heat source than is good for it and many snakes suffer serious burns as a result A well fitting guard should avoid injuries Buy a Good Quality Thermostat The thermostat is the only thing stopping your pet s quarters becoming far too hot or cooling down too much get the best and most reliable kind you can find Food And Feeding Most of the snakes sold as exotic pets are used to eating small dead baby mice pinkies which are readily available for the purpose Larger species such as pythons and boas will need proportionally larger meals dead rats and day old chickens being the usual fare Like any exotic pets you can never find out too much about the particular kinds of snakes that you keep and it s obviously important to do a fair bit of research before a purchase to make sure

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