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does anyone know what could be wrong with my Boa? [26 Jul 2012|12:38am]

20th_centur_fox
Hello everyone…

I don’t know but it seems there’s something wrong with my boa-constrictor. A while ago I noticed a slight change at first I didn’t understand, but then it struck me, he looked like he was shrinking. He became very pale, and hadn’t shed in a while. His eyes were clear though. But I noticed some parts of his body appear to have some extra skin and when I touch him I feel his skin overall (except at the bottom where his belly is, scales of which feel and look normal) feels really… kinda hard, rough, flaky, sort of like… sandpaper. When I let him crawl through my fingers it no longer feels elastic and smooth like it would’ve normally been… and he’s sitting on his log or branches and I see some parts of his skin are literally crumpled and wrinkled (especially in the places where he’s folding his body)
SO anyways, he’s been living in a nice terrarium, he has the proper temperature a good amount of water where he can always soak in… and he does occasionally. He ate a week ago. He’s very active if you touch him or pick him up he’ll be exploring all over and even if you put him back he ll be hanging around for a long while before climbing up to the branch and sitting there. He seems really active. NOW that I said his eyes were clear, today I discovered they were foggy and gray. Plus he’s been really pale. He looks like he’s about to shed but not really. Something IS wrong!
I cant find a vet that would specialize in reptiles in my area that I can take my boa to. The few clinics that we got around here do only mammals. I am on it, but before I find one maybe you guys could enlighten me on what’s going on.
I’ve attached a HD photos I took (many of them for a better perspective and I tried to get them as detailed as I could) I appreciate an opinion.

SORRY IF THIS IT TOO MANY PICS, i made the small preview u can CLICK on each one to see it in a bigger size.
i hope it didn't bother anyone...


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[13 Jun 2012|09:13am]

ledh
Hello! (excuse any mistakes or weird descriptive language, I speak Dutch and don't know much turtle jargon in English)

I have a pet turtle, a yellow-bellied slider. She's around 3 years old. I adopted her from a girl who was going away to college and her parents were scared of the turtle. She was kept in a smallish tank, so I adopted her and put in a very big tank of water with a lot of rocks to climb on, a glass plate to climb on and one of those floating basking islands. She seems quite content, eats a lot and poops. I replace the water weekly. She's fed with dried shrimp, turtle pellets, lettuce, tomato and dead flies. Her shell is around 10cm long (4 inches). she gets a LOT of sunlight and warmth. she often basks.

However, my mom always sits near her while watching TV and says that she makes a lot of noise, pushing around stones, climbing again the glass, diving in and out of the water, swimming against the glass... I'm sure the tank is big enough (can't remember exact measurements but i researched it in some books before buying one). She also makes a very strange 'pfrrrtt' noise sometimes at night. Not that it bothers us if she's happy doing that, but i'm afraid she's trying to tell us something we don't understand.

Is this all normal? Or is there a problem? If it's not, I'll take her to the vet or try and fix it!
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Questions about nursing a pet rat back to health... [12 Jun 2012|08:04pm]

graveofsongs
[ mood | worried ]

So my rat got discharged and her bowel movements are regular and she’s taking all of her medicine pretty well, but I am having some trouble getting her to drink her water.

She is thirsty and hungry and if I put baby food in, she devours it. However, calling the vet’s office, they said put her on a normal diet. I’m concerned she got used to baby food and seeds and other high protein and calorie stuff they gave her at the vet and now won’t eat her blocks.

She’s still skinny and weak so I don’t want to deny it to her so that she won’t eat, but I don’t want her to get sick from too much of that. She’s separated from the others and I’ve put the old water bottle from the main cage in her tank and given her sisters the new one- but she still doesn’t seem to want to drink from it.

I’ve tried giving her an ice cube but she didn’t seem interested and now I gave her some frozen peas, carrots, and beans but I’m not sure what else I should be doing.

My vet’s office is closed atm so I figured I’d toss this up and see if anyone else has had similar problems and might have some advice.

Since this will probably relevant to any advice I get: She was in the hospital for losing weight and muscle mass and being incredibly constipated. They massaged most of the yucky stuff from her intestines and got her breathing back to normal, but she does have the very early signs of heart disease.

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Vegetarian Snakes [10 Jul 2010|04:14am]

autumpne_reyn
 Hi there,
I am new to this community and quite honestly I came here to see if I could find some help. I am interested in the possibility of obtaining a pet snake but the idea of feeding it mice/rats just really bothers me (I'm vegetarian). I know in the wild it is quite common for some species to eat bird eggs. Does anyone know if there is a species available as a pet that would eat eggs exclusively?

Thanks in advance!
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Beetles as pets, help please [20 Apr 2010|01:29pm]

sinnam0n
[ mood | curious ]

So I'm really interested in getting a Kabuto Beetle (Allomyrina Dichotoma) or a Hercules Beetle (Dynastes hercules) as a "pet". I think they're really awesome bugs and I've done a little bit of research (and I would certainly do more before I would obtain one) but I was wondering if anyone has had any experiences with them? Are they hard to raise, from what I've read they seem fairly easy to take care of. How expensive are they? Because from what I've seen they seem like they can be a bit pricey because many of them are imported but maybe there is a breeder in the USA i can get them at a reasonable price from? Does anyone know of any reliable breeders in the USA? Any information you can give would be awesome and much appreciated.

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>. [19 Aug 2009|04:01pm]

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My iguana ate a coin. It was either a nickel or a penny, couldn't tell which. Anyway, I can't afford to get him to a vet, and I read a few places online that said canned pumpkin works as a laxative and could be helpful and much cheaper.

Does anyone here know anything about this or have any suggestions? 
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Wolf-proof Fencing for Genesis Wildlife at Beech Mountain [20 Jul 2009|02:49pm]

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My daughter sent out an e-mail to her friends and fellow athletes in fastpitch- I told her I'd post this to LJ. It concerns the wildlife sanctuary here on Beech Mountain, which has a new home at Eagle's Nest, and two wolves donated to them by Animal Control. They need to raise money for wolf-proof fencing of a quarter acre habitat. It will cost them roughly $7000. So, if you have a dollar, or even two...



The story behind the wolves/donation linkCollapse )
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recent updates to efexotics [22 Jun 2009|12:24am]

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http://geocities.com/efexotics
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Newly Added Caresheets
June 19th, 2009 - capybara, acacia rat, two toed sloth, brush tailed opossum, pine squirrel, short tailed opossum, virginia opossum, prevost squirrel, meerkat caresheets added or expanded.
June 1, 2009 - Asian garden dormouse, Carolina dog, arctic fox, Siberian lynx, Australian dingo, New Guinea singing dog, Tamandua, Red fox info added or expanded.
May 29, 2009 - Fennec fox, African pygmy mouse, African pygmy hedgehog, Gunther's vole, Mouselike hamster, Steppe lemming info added or expanded.
April 27, 2009- New Guinea Singing Dog article added.
April 25, 2009 - Australian dingo article and interview and with Nic Papalia and Shauna Young added.

Other Additions
June 19th, 2009 - Ki Kelley and Collin Bradbury added to breeder directory.
June 1, 2009 - Breeder Directory updated with Hedgie Mama Hedgehogs, Tim and Gayla Self, J-J's Wallabies, Layla Reid, Southern Exotics, The Lyddicleave Burrow, Robinson's Ranch
April 26, 2009 - A1 Savannahs, Modern Pets, Ferncraft Farms
April 24, 2009 - Breeder Directory updated with Hog Heaven, Twinwillows Exotics, Red Gate Farm, Cutting Edge Cats, KGE Farms, JD Exotics, TotallyTameExotics, Shadera Lorrain, Tiny Tracks, Kajun Kennels, Dreamsavannahs, Carolina Reptiles and Exotic Pets, Rachel Penny, Keystone Exotics, Redmon Fox, Exopets-NL, Bufala Di Vermont, Broadwaters Pets & Exotics.
April 16, 2009 - Youtube videos of most canine and feline species included added, Southern flying squirrel, African pygmy mouse images added, broad spectrum sites added to link directory under captive information.
April 12, 2009 - A little later than expected, but the basic redesign is completed.
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HR 669 [16 Apr 2009|10:28pm]

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nohr669.com

What is HR 669?
H.R. 669 stands for House Resolution 669 and is titled "The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act". It is a bill currently before Congress that if passed will change the way that the US Government classifies animal species that are not native to the United States. H.R. 669 will make it illegal to breed and sell many animals that are very common in the pet trade.

Why should you care about HR 669?
Anyone with pet fish, birds, reptiles, or small mammals will be affected by this bill. Any company selling product or services for pet fish, birds, reptiles or small mammals will be affected by this bill. Would you be impacted by "The Nonnative Wildlife Invasion Prevention Act"?

* Virtually all fish in an aquarium are not native to the United States
* Most pet birds are species not native to the US
* Most reptiles kept as pets are not native to the US
* Hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs and ferrets are not native to the US

What can you do to stop HR 669?
Pet owners support the concept of a risk based approach to non-native imports, unfortunately H.R. 669 as drafted does not provide a constructive way forward.

You can help by standing up and making your voice heard. Let your Representative know that you oppose H.R. 669 as drafted and the financial and/or emotional effect it will have on you, or your friends, or your family members if it passes. The link below will allow you to send an email to your Representative in Congress and even give you the option to follow up with a phone call.

nohr669.com

PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ALONG. THE HEARING FOR THIS BILL IS APRIL 23 2009.

Heres a list of the 13 reps you can call also call do not write. Letters keep getting "lost".
CALL APRIL 20TH! Call your local rep and all 13 sponsors. If you are a member of other forums post the date.
April 20th is call in day. Flood there lines with our calls there is no voteing in this.
Sponsors List:
Del. Bordallo - http://www.house.gov/bordallo/IMA/issue.htm
Rep. Napolitano - http://www.napolitano.house.gov/contact/feedback.htm
Rep. Kind - http://www.house.gov/kind/contact.shtml
Rep. Grijalva - http://grijalva.house.gov/?sectionid...ctiontree=2,49
Rep. Kildee ** NO EMAIL
Rep. Klein - http://klein.house.gov/content/contact/
Rep. Hastings - http://www.alceehastings.house.gov/i...id=104&Itemid=
Rep. Abercrombie - http://www.house.gov/abercrombie/e_form.shtml
Rep. McGovern ** NO EMAIL
Rep. Miller - http://georgemiller.house.gov/contac...08/post_1.html


Heres a preview of the animal ban that is set into affect as of Oct 1st 2009. This is the ban list for CT. The ban on dart frogs that is mentioned is stupid but they have the potential to become dangourus to people so they have been placed on the list. If you feed it poisonous things it will be poisonous so its ban. Heres the outline.

General Assembly File No. 516
January Session, 2009 Substitute House Bill No. 6552
House of Representatives, April 6, 2009

The Committee on Environment reported through REP. ROY, R. of the 119th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT BANNING THE POSSESSION OF POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS ANIMALS AND THE IMPORTATION, POSSESSION AND LIBERATION OF WILD ANIMALS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2009) (a) No person shall operate, provide, sell, use or offer to operate, provide, sell or use any computer software or service in this state that allows a person, when not physically present, to remotely control a firearm or weapon to hunt a live animal or bird.

(b) Any person who violates subsection (a) of this section shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
Sec. 2. Section 26-40a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2009):

(a) No person shall possess a potentially dangerous animal. For the purposes of this section, the following wildlife, or any hybrid thereof, shall be considered [as] potentially dangerous animals:

(1) The felidae, including, but not limited to, the lion, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, ocelot, jaguarundi cat, puma, lynx, [and] bobcat, [the] tiger, serval, caracal, jungle cat and Savannah cat;

(2) The canidae, including, but not limited to, the wolf, [and] coyote and fox; [and the]

(3) The ursidae, including, but not limited to, the black bear, grizzly bear and brown bear;

(4) The hominidae, including, but not limited to, the gorilla, chimpanzee and orangutan;

(5) The hylobatidae, including, but not limited to, the gibbon or "lesser ape";

(6) The cercopithecidae, including, but not limited to, the baboon and macaque;

(7) The macropodidae, including, but not limited to, the kangaroo and wallaby;

(8) The mustelidae, including, but not limited to, the wolverine;

(9) The hyaenidae, including, but not limited to, the hyaena;

(10) The elephantidae, including, but not limited to, the hippopotamidae, including the hippopotamus;

(11) The rhinocerotidae, including, but not limited to, the rhinoceros;

(12) The suidae, including, but not limited to, the warthog;

(13) The alligatoridae, including, but not limited to, the alligator and caiman;

(14) The crocodylidae, including, but not limited to, the crocodile;

(15) The gavialidae, including, but not limited to, the gavial;

(16) The elapidae, including, but not limited to, cobras, coral snakes and mambas;

(17) The viperidae, including, but not limited to, copperheads, rattlesnakes, cottonmouths and all other adders and vipers;

(18) The rear-fanged members of the colubridae in the genera lothornis, boiga, thelotornis, thabdophis, enhydris, dispholidus, clelia, rhabdophis, hydrodynastes, philodryas and malpolon;

(19) The Burmese/Indian, African Rock, amethystine and reticulated of the pythonidae;

(20) The green, yellow and dark spotted anacondas of the boidae;

(21) The helodermatidae, including, but not limited to, Gila monsters and beaded lizards; and

(22) The Nile monitor, water monitor, black-throat monitor, white-throat monitor, crocodile monitor and komodo dragon of the varanidae.

[No person shall possess a potentially dangerous animal.]

(b) Any such animal illegally possessed may be ordered seized and may be relocated or disposed of as determined by the Commissioner of Environmental Protection. The Department of Environmental Protection shall issue a bill to the owner or person in illegal possession of such potentially dangerous animal for all costs of seizure, care, maintenance, [and] relocation or disposal of such animal. Additionally, any person who violates any provision of this section shall be assessed a civil penalty not to exceed [one] two thousand dollars, to be fixed by the court, for each offense. Each violation shall be a separate and distinct offense and in the case of a continuing violation, each day's continuance thereof shall be deemed to be a separate and distinct offense. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection may request the Attorney General to institute an action in Superior Court to recover such penalty and any amounts owed pursuant to a bill issued in accordance with this section and for an order providing such equitable and injunctive relief as the court deems appropriate.

(c) The provisions of this section shall not apply to municipal parks, zoos [and] accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums or the Zoological Association of America, public nonprofit aquaria, nature centers, [or] museums [,] or laboratories and research facilities maintained by scientific or educational institutions [;] registered with the United States Department of Agriculture or to a person possessing a Bengal cat certified by an internationally recognized multiple-cat domestic feline breeding association as being without wild parentage for a minimum of four prior generations which cat was registered with the Commissioner of Agriculture on or before October 1, 1996, provided no such cat may be imported into this state after June 6, 1996. [; or to persons possessing animals legally on or before May 23, 1983.] In any action taken by any official of the state or any municipality to control rabies, a Bengal cat shall be considered not vaccinated for rabies in accordance with accepted veterinary practice.

(d) Any person who wilfully violates any provision of subsection (a) of this section shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor.
Sec. 3. Section 26-55 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof

(Effective October 1, 2009):
[No] (a) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, no person shall import or introduce into the state, or possess or liberate therein, any live fish, wild bird, wild mammal, reptile, amphibian or invertebrate unless such person has obtained a permit therefor from the commissioner. [, provided nothing in this section shall be construed to require such permit for any primate species that weighs not more than fifty pounds at maturity that was imported or possessed in the state prior to October 1, 2003.] Such permit may be issued at the discretion of the commissioner under such regulations as the commissioner may prescribe. The commissioner may by regulation prescribe the numbers of live fish, wild birds, wild mammals, reptiles, amphibians or invertebrates of certain species which may be imported, possessed, introduced into the state or liberated therein. The commissioner may by regulation exempt certain species or groups of live fish from the permit requirements. The commissioner may by regulation determine which species of wild birds, wild mammals, reptiles, amphibians or invertebrates must meet permit requirements. The commissioner may totally prohibit the importation, possession, introduction into the state or liberation therein of certain species which the commissioner has determined may be a potential threat to humans, agricultural crops or established species of plants, fish, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians or invertebrates. The commissioner may by regulation exempt from permit requirements organizations or institutions such as municipal parks, zoos, laboratories and research [laboratories, colleges or universities] facilities maintained by scientific or educational institutions, museums, public nonprofit aquaria or nature centers where live fish, wild birds, wild mammals, reptiles, amphibians or invertebrates are held in strict confinement.

(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, the importation and possession of the following species is prohibited:
(1) Any primate in the families cheirogaleidae, lemuridae, lepilemuridae, indriidae, lorisidae, loris, daubentoniidae, galagidae, galago, tarsiidae, callitrichidae, cebidae, pitheciidae or atelidae;

(2) the sciuridae, including, but not limited to, the prairie dog;

(3) the viverridae, including, but not limited to, the civet and genet;

(4) any venomous species in the family arachnidea, including, but not limited to, the tarantula and scorpion; and

(5) any poisonous species in the family dendrobatidae, including, but not limited to, poison arrow frogs.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this section, the Commissioner of Environmental Protection may issue a permit for the possession of a service primate to a permanently disabled person with a severe mobility impairment, provided such disabled person submits written certification to said commissioner:

(1) From a licensed medical doctor attesting to such disabled person’s disability, mobility impairment and the need for a service primate to provide an essential function that cannot be performed by the disabled person;

(2) that such service primate was legally obtained, is from the genus Cebus and is trained by an accredited service primate training organization; and

(3) that the organization furnishing the service primate to the disabled person is a nonprofit organization and is in compliance with all applicable federal and state animal welfare laws.

(d) Any such fish, bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian or invertebrate illegally imported into the state or illegally possessed therein [shall] may be seized by any representative of the Department of Environmental Protection and [shall] may be relocated or disposed of as determined by the commissioner. [Any person, except as provided in section 26-55a, who violates any provision of this section or any regulation issued by the commissioner as provided in this section shall be guilty of an infraction. Importation, liberation or possession of each fish, wild bird, wild mammal, reptile, amphibian or invertebrate in violation of this section or such regulation shall be a separate and distinct offense and, in the case of a continuing violation, each day of continuance thereof shall be deemed to be a separate and distinct offense.] The Department of Environmental Protection shall issue a bill to the owner or person in illegal possession of such animal for all costs of seizure, care, maintenance, relocation or disposal for such animal.

(e) Any person who violates any provision of this section or any regulation adopted by the commissioner pursuant to this section shall be assessed a civil penalty not to exceed one thousand dollars, to be fixed by the court, for each offense. Each violation shall be a separate and distinct offense. In the case of a continuing violation, each day's continuance thereof shall be deemed to be a separate and distinct offense. The Commissioner of Environmental Protection may request the Attorney General to institute an action in Superior Court to recover such civil penalty and any amounts owed pursuant to a bill issued in accordance with subsection (d) of this section and for an order providing such equitable and injunctive relief as the court deems appropriate.

(f) Any person who wilfully violates any provision of this section or any regulation adopted by the commissioner pursuant to this section shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:
Section 1 October 1, 2009 New section
Sec. 2 October 1, 2009 26-40a
Sec. 3 October 1, 2009 26-55
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the feds wanna' take your pets [x-posted] [06 Apr 2009|11:28pm]

charismasuicide
On April 23rd 2009, The Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. Congress will hold a hearing on H.R. 669, a resolution that will in effect ban importation, interstate transport, and the private ownership of most birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish as pets. Should HR669 be adopted as written only the following nonnative animals
would be allowed:


-Cats (Felis catus)
-Cattle/Oxen (Bos taurus)
-Chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus)
-Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)
-Donkey/Asses (Equus asinus)
-Domesticated Geese (family Anatidae)
-Domesticated Ducks (Anas spp.)
-Goats (Capra aegagrus hircus)
-Common Goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus)
-Horses (Equus caballus)
-Llama (Lama glama)
-Mule/Hinny (Equus caballus x E. asinus)
-Domesticated Pigs/Hogs (Sus scrofa domestica)
-Domesticated Rabbit vatieties (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
-Sheep (Ovis aries)

Should this resolution be adopted into law as written it will have a devastating impact on every pet owner and business in the United States.

Action is needed TODAY to protect your rights to keep your pets! (So call/email/write your local congressrep voicing your opposition)
Click the link below for more information and what you can do to protect your pets:
http://banner.pethobbyist.com/spclick.php?id=438


My $.02 On The BillCollapse )

x-posted to pertinent communities
if its already been posted, my apologies


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EDIT: I made quite the... Equus asinus.... of myself, believing what was circulating before studying the bill. That list is only the definition of domestic species. No list has been agreed upon yet. LINK FOR ACTUAL BILL
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PLEASE HELP!! [06 Dec 2008|12:39am]

scarred_dragon
I'm reaching out to you all, please, this will take 5 minutes of your time but could save the lives of hundreds of dogs.

I'm the VP of a registered, non-profit organization that pulls dogs from the South. We have been entered into a contest, and the winning shelter gets $10,000 cash. This would help us and our dogs SO MUCH. PLEASE, it literally takes 5 minutes, we need all the votes we can get!!

Our website is http://www.helpsaveone.org, if you want to check the site out.

The link to vote is: http://www.care2.com/animalsheltercontest/76314

THANK YOU!!!
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Mealworm beetles [15 Oct 2008|12:43pm]

thedogisdead
[ mood | geeky ]

Hey all,

Since we handled insects and tarantula's last week in my colleges animal unit I've been very keen to keep some. First thing that came to mind was a couple of hissing cockroaches, but it sounds horrible, but their lifespan may be a problem (due to moving house about a year, two years away), at least right now. I definatly would love some in the future.

I have heard about people buying and raising mealworms as pets, obviously growing into beetles. Does anyone have any experience with mealworm beetles? How many is sensible to keep together, and what size container/aquarium do they require?

Forgive me if I've said something dumb, I'm new to insects, but am very, very interested.

Thanks in advance!

x-posted to invertebrates

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North American Opossums [19 Sep 2008|12:43am]

thedogisdead
[ mood | calm ]

Hello all, I'm new here and though I don't currently own any exotic pets (though I have two rats, which I believe used to be classified as such), I am very interested in them. I am currently on a HND course in Animal Studies, and will also be doing an exotics module. At the college we have an iguana, tortoises, turtles, various snakes and lizards, scorpions, birds and insects. I particulary love the snakes, we have a gorgeous rainbow boa named Ziggy, and I'll definatly post photos some day.

Anyway, I am just doing some research and I was wondering, what are the laws on keeping North American Opossums/Virginia Opossums (Didelphis virginiana) as domestic pets in the UK? I've never heard of anyone here, but I know in the US I've seen people with them. If anyone could find me the laws, or just share your knowledge, that'd be great. Also, the laws with breeding them, please.

Thanks in advance and nice to meet everyone!

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Iguanas and toe polish don't mix :) [05 Aug 2008|07:19pm]

parrotcrazy
[ mood | hungry ]

Here are some pics I took this weekend. I LOVE Guaco :)

Photobucket
Follow the red toe polish and orange for more picsCollapse )

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Wolf Hybrids [09 Jun 2008|01:58am]

onekatietwo
Or I guess they say that the term 'hybrid' is out for these animals now, huh?

Anyway, I have one. I don't really feel strongly one way or the other on the debate over whether or not this is 'right', ethical, or even a good idea. I didn't really seek mine out, he was kind of ditched on me by a less responsible owner (and boy, I'm not complaining. This dog is my life.)
Anyway, with that disclaimer said...

I'm just wondering about the trainability of hybrids. Are there any other hybrid owners in this community? I haven't stumbled across an active hybrid forum yet, so I figured I would just ask here.

I've been really curious about this since I adopted mine.

To get to the point, he's the best dog I've ever had. He's been the easiest to train, the most obedient and has offered the best companionship. We were told that he was 3/4 wolf and 1/4 malamute (and yes, I understand that the genetics are generally more complicated than this) which I believe because he looks extremely wolf-like and all the animals lurking about the place were he was bred looked just like wolves (according to the less responsible owner who originally bought him)
However, everything I have read about wolves as pets and about malamutes has been completely contrary to my dog's behavior. I've read that they're stubborn, obedient only when they feel like it, you can't teach them to come and they're horrible around any flighty animals which they may be inclined to eat. In contrast to mine who comes at his first call, will sit and stay no matter what is happening, and he can even be trusted around our chickens (he did chase and get one in his mouth when he escaped once when he was younger. But after two strong 'Drop it!'s he released it and the terrified animal survived. No problems since.)

I just wanted to ask some other hybrid owners how obedient their animals are and how difficult it was to train them. I would almost like to seek out another hybrid for my next adoption, but I think I lucked out with this one and I'm not sure I want to support the whole 'hybrids as pets' thing in general. I could probably settle with a nice German Shepherd mix or something.
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Monkids? [11 Apr 2008|12:25pm]

gynocide
An article about the capuchin monkey trend in Florida:

Orlando-area pet owners go ape over their primate 'monkids'.
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