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Re: Pets

Postby FennecFyre » July 18th, 2012, 6:44:52 pm

Really now? Eh, at least we were half-right xD She still looks lynxy to me.
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Re: Pets

Postby Agentofthe1Truth » July 19th, 2012, 11:20:19 am

Ooh a pet topic!~

I have mostly fish... 3 betta boys(Dovahfiin, Aldufin, and Prince Peacock) and 2 guppy boys(Hurdy and Gurdy). I had a female betta(Kamikaze), but she died a few days ago after a bit over a week of not eating the food I was giving her. I wonder if her name had anything to do with it, because she tried to kill herself on the day I got her by jumping out of the fish-cup she came in...

I also have a Chinese water dragon. He's in the process of shedding right now so I'm a little hesitant to hold him, but he's healthy and eats crickets like no tomorrow! His name is Tommy-Ro, or T-Ro for short. I love him dearly. I might also be getting him a little buddy to hang out with. I don't know if I want a girl or another boy though...
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Re: Pets

Postby TNHawke » July 19th, 2012, 11:48:14 am

Agentofthe1Truth wrote:I also have a Chinese water dragon. He's in the process of shedding right now so I'm a little hesitant to hold him, but he's healthy and eats crickets like no tomorrow! His name is Tommy-Ro, or T-Ro for short. I love him dearly. I might also be getting him a little buddy to hang out with. I don't know if I want a girl or another boy though...

Sad about your betta girl.
Do NOT get a second water dragon as a 'friend' for your one. They are solitary lizards and may fight. They usually get along ok as juveniles, but once they are adults, you are more likely to have aggression issues than to be two happily co-habitating lizards.
I have one too, and while it's tempting to get another- because they're just so danged cute! I know that I should not.
I have a friend who had one for a year, so it was still a baby, only half grown, and got a second little one, and the bigger one tried to kill it, even though they were both young.
If you are going to have more than one, you need to be able to have two separate cages at least 6 feet long and 6 feet tall and 3 feet deep. Bigger if you can manage it. Sure, while they're young, they don't need that much space, but once they hit full, adult size, they need a space that lets them completely sprawl out. Twice their length high and wide, and at least their length deep.
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Re: Pets

Postby Lazuli » July 19th, 2012, 8:21:13 pm

Well then, I got a corn snake. After begging my parents for five years, I finally convinced them to let get my first snake- a young, beautiful, anerythristic corn snake.

Of course, with a new pet comes questions. I've seen so many varying answers... My snake is almost an inch in diameter and about a foot long, most likely around a year old. How many pinkies should I feed her if I feed her weekly (on Thursdays)? I've been feeding her only one, but some people say two or three, and some say only once a month rather than weekly, etc. Also, how often can I expect her to shed?

And for those who are curious, she looks a lot like this:
http://www.cornsnakemorphgallery.com/wp ... nery_2.jpg

And for the feeding question, she is about this size:
http://www.thecornsnake.co.uk/images/Ma ... _large.jpg
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Re: Pets

Postby Cassowary » July 19th, 2012, 8:34:22 pm

The site you're linking to disallows hotlinking. Maybe find some different pictures?
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Re: Pets

Postby Synchronized » July 20th, 2012, 4:29:36 am

Lazuli wrote:Well then, I got a corn snake. After begging my parents for five years, I finally convinced them to let get my first snake- a young, beautiful, anerythristic corn snake.

Of course, with a new pet comes questions. I've seen so many varying answers... My snake is almost an inch in diameter and about a foot long, most likely around a year old. How many pinkies should I feed her if I feed her weekly (on Thursdays)? I've been feeding her only one, but some people say two or three, and some say only once a month rather than weekly, etc. Also, how often can I expect her to shed?

And for those who are curious, she looks a lot like this:
http://www.cornsnakemorphgallery.com/wp ... nery_2.jpg

And for the feeding question, she is about this size:
http://www.thecornsnake.co.uk/images/Ma ... _large.jpg


A foot long is very, very small for a year old corn snake. Are you sure it isn't more like 2-3 months? They're born around 9-14 inches long from the start, so...

In any case. Since it's so small I would feed no less than once a week, and no more than every four days. Keep an eye on when the snake is producing solid waste-- that's a good indication of when it needs to be fed. Baby snakes need more food more frequently than adults. At my store we give our baby corns two pinkies per go(sometimes) with no problems, but I wouldn't do more than that at once. If you're feeding more frequently, stick to one pinky per 4-5 days.
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Re: Pets

Postby HellFyre » July 20th, 2012, 8:28:51 am

Lazuli wrote:Well then, I got a corn snake. After begging my parents for five years, I finally convinced them to let get my first snake- a young, beautiful, anerythristic corn snake.

Of course, with a new pet comes questions. I've seen so many varying answers... My snake is almost an inch in diameter and about a foot long, most likely around a year old. How many pinkies should I feed her if I feed her weekly (on Thursdays)? I've been feeding her only one, but some people say two or three, and some say only once a month rather than weekly, etc. Also, how often can I expect her to shed?

And for those who are curious, she looks a lot like this:
http://www.cornsnakemorphgallery.com/wp ... nery_2.jpg

And for the feeding question, she is about this size:
http://www.thecornsnake.co.uk/images/Ma ... _large.jpg

Welcome to the reptile club! There's people more experienced than I in this guild: Reptile Guild so perhaps asking questions there will get you more experienced input.
For myself, I have a corn going on two years and stretching towards 3 ft, who eats once a week. I got her when she was a couple months old, so I'm wondering if perhaps you don't have the correct age for your snake? Regardless, a steady eating schedule will help establish a steady shedding schedule, so perhaps upping to two pinkies once a week to start out with will help. I don't know what's common practice, but I give my snakes a couple minutes in between mice to digest. Of course, I prefer live to frozen, so it's different for everyone :)
Go ahead and ask questions in the guild, I'm sure they'd be happy to help, and certainly more able to provide better information than my sleep starved brain can provide. Good luck, and feel free to PM me anytime ^.^

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Re: Pets

Postby Lazuli » July 20th, 2012, 1:57:00 pm

Thank you guys for the help! I don't know for sure how old she is. The people at the pet store told me she was around a year old, but then again the person that helped me was a fish specialist, not a reptile specialist, who was afraid to get the snake out of the tank- she actually took the tank down, put on the floor, and had me reach in and take the snake out while she backed away (it was slightly hilarious). I'm not sure why I listened to her.

Thank you for the link, Hellfyre! I'm not a new reptile owner, but a new snake owner. I've owned two (rescued) eastern box turtles, a painted turtle, a 5-foot green iguana, a brown basilisk, a green anole, and a bearded dragon. I still own the box turtles, the rest have passed away.
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Re: Pets

Postby WolfKeeper » July 20th, 2012, 8:22:41 pm

Hello to everyone here...although I currently don't own a pet, I plan on getting some soon. I really want to get a Havanese though I know it's probably not going to happen since they aren't exactly a breed you can easily get. Though if you do know of anyone or any shelters that might have this breed up for adoption, please let me know! I do, however, want to know what would be a good dog breed and a good cat breed to get that would be ok with other animals living in the same place as them. Thanks for any help!
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Re: Pets

Postby TNHawke » July 21st, 2012, 12:23:41 am

If you want your dog to get along with other pets, generally steer clear of the terriers, and other breeds with high prey drive, such as huskies or sight hounds. That said, if you get a puppy and already have adult other pets, and especially if the other pets don't run from the puppy, it's pretty easy to train them to "leave it". We've kept cats and dogs together happily for many years, and sometimes the cats even enjoy the dogs' company, laying with them, or encouraging the dog to play with them. My dog likes to 'find their squeaker', and I've had a couple of cats who enjoyed having him shove his nose into their belly to find it. Weird cats...
Conversely, it can also help to already have a dog that you know won't chase other pets, and add a kitten. Then, the kitten grows up knowing that the dog won't hurt them and they can get along.

Ferrets will most likely harass cats, probably harass dogs, and pretty much WILL try to kill other small animals. Even if the ferret and bird or rodent will 'never have access to each other', accidents happen, and if given the opportunity, a ferret's hunting instincts kick in hard core. I had ferrets go to some insanely great lengths to silence squeaky birds... and squeaky toys too. I also used to give my ferrets mice as an occasional treat.

Some pets, particularly prey animal pets, just aren't going to get along with other predator type pets. Rabbits and Chinchillas are particularly prone to severe stress and even fatal heart attacks from dogs just nosing around. If you keep a chinchilla, you absolutely must not have a ferret. They are natural enemies and even if they are in different rooms, it stresses the chinchillas out severely. I hate when pet stores sell both in the same 'pet room', often side by side. It's no wonder so many chinchillas go home neurotic. (at least, in Idaho they do).

Generally, you do not want to mix species of reptiles together, or amphibians or rodents. Birds, depending on the species can be housed together. Parakeets and cockatiels sometimes get along. Most species of finches get along as long as they have plenty of room. Most parrots should not be housed with other species. It tends to stress the less dominant bird out. Keeping different kinds of reptiles, but in separate cages is usually fine. Keep in mind that some rodent species are solitary and others are gregarious. Rats and mice want more than one, hamsters and gerbils want to be the only one, but sometimes get along ok if both are acquired together as babies (siblings are good), but even then, they may fight. Hamsters, especially the Siberian dwarfs, are prone to killing each other and must be housed singly. Then, there's always the issue of babies. Some vets will spay or neuter rodents, but otherwise, choose wisely.

I keep fish and mice and birds with my cats just fine. The mice, specifically, are set up to be 'cat TV'. They are in a secure tank that the cats can't get into, and the cats are allowed to watch the mice. The mice no longer worry about the cat outside (I don't think they can even see it very well) and since there's no bars, they can't smell it, so it doesn't really register as a threat.
I had to teach the cats to leave the birds alone though. But, as long as they stay off the top of the fish tank, the cats are allowed to watch the fish. Once in a while, the dog will notice the fish, and I have to be careful, because he'll try to bite at them through the glass. Lol.
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