• A Typical Daily Routine For A Dog Or Puppy

    07:00 – Dogs like to go to the toilet as soon as they wake up, so make sure that you go outside with him as soon as you come downstairs. Introduce a bit of playtime once he has done his business, and maybe bring a couple of his favourite toys out with you to keep his attention.

    07.30 – If you have decided to feed your dog two meals a day, this is the perfect time to give him his breakfast. This is also the best time to feed your dog his first meal of the day.

    08.00 – About half an hour after your dog has finished eating, take him outside for a brisk walk and another opportunity to go to the toilet. Typically dogs like to go to the toilet between 10 and 30 minutes after they have eaten. Adult dogs are better at holding it in, but puppies can really struggle.

    09.00 – This is when you either allow your dog to settle and rest just before you leave for work, or allow him to explore and amuse himself with some interactive toys as you get things done.

    A cute Bullmastiff puppy playing with its toys
    A cute Bullmastiff puppy playing with its toys

    13.00 – Ideally, most dogs would love for you to return home during your lunch break so that they can be let out to go to the toilet and spend some quality time exercising, playing and bonding with you. Replace your dog’s water for a fresh clean bowl. If you have a puppy, this is the best time to give him his midday meal.

    13.30 – Before you head back to work, make sure that you take your dog outside to relieve himself, otherwise you might be presented with a little treat when you arrive home. Encourage your dog to use some energy by introducing some play (and training if you have enough time), and then invite him back inside to calm down and rest – a crate is the most effective way of teaching a dog to calm down after exercise. To find out how to correctly crate train a dog or puppy follow this link to our crate training section.

    17.00 – As soon as your return home from work, offer your dog a fresh, clean bowl of water. Now is also the best time to give your puppy or older dog his evening meal. Shortly after he has finished eating, take him outside to use all of the energy he has built up throughout the day. You can use this time to do some training – training to fetch, heel, come/recall, sit, stay, lie down.

    19.00 – Your dog will want to relieve himself one more time before he goes to bed. Take him outside to go to the toilet, but don’t offer any play. You dont want to get him too excited, otherwise you might struggle to get him to settle for bedtime. As you invite your pup back inside, reward calm behaviour so that he knows that it is time to rest. The most effective method of teaching a dog to calm or settle is crate training.

  • The Daily Care Of A Dog

    The Daily Care Of A Dog

    Caring for your dog on a daily basis is a hugely rewarding experience. Your dog will forever be your best friend if you know how to tend to his needs and ensure that he has an enjoyable and active life with you.

    However, daily care of a dog is a lot more than just feeding and walking. You will also need to know how to groom your dog properly as well as know the signs to look for that could indicate a potential health problem.

    An obedient dog sitting next to his owner
    An obedient dog sitting next to his owner

    Know How To Check For Signs Of Illness

    You should always be thinking about your dog’s health. It is important that you know how to check for signs of illness and that you are fully aware of common dog and puppy health problems. If you are ever worried about your dog’s general health, contact your vet to either arrange an appointment or to simply ask questions over the phone.

    A cute youngcrossbreedCockapoo
    A cute young crossbreed Cockapoo

    In the case of an accident, illness or emergency it is very reassuring to know that your dog is always covered with a pet insurance plan. Search around to find the most suitable plan for your dog and make the investment, otherwise you might find yourself in a very difficult situation later on in your dog’s life.

  • What Is A Cat?

    What Is A Cat?

    When you think of a cat you may think of Lions living in the Serengeti, camouflaged Tigers stalking their prey through the jungle, or you may just think of the often lazy but loving domestic cats lolling on the sofa. Even though big wild cats and small domestic cats have their differences they share as much as 95% of their DNA.

    A lazy tabby cat lolling on the sofa
    A lazy tabby cat lolling on the sofa

    The Wild Cat Family (Felidae)

    Domestic cats belong to the biological family Felidae. They share many wild relatives such as Lions, Cheetahs and Servals. Felidae can be split into two subfamilies; Pantherinae (the roarers) which includes a lot of the big cats like Lions, Tigers and Jaguars, and Felinae (the purrers) which includes a lot of the smaller to medium sized cats like Domestic cats, Cheetahs and Servals.

    An alert Serval Cat
    An alert Serval Cat

    Scientists have managed to sequence the DNA (the instructions for life) of the domestic cat and have shown there is very little difference between them and their wild cousins. This isn’t surprising when you consider that many domestic cats are able to live feral without any human care.

    Three Wild African cats A Cheetah family in the Masai Mara Kenya
    Three Wild African cats A Cheetah family in the Masai Mara Kenya

    Unlike dogs, who are considered fully domesticated, cats should only be considered semi domesticated. Some cats are much more dependent on us than others and some are much closer to their wild cat cousins.

    Hybrid Cat Breeds

    Hybrid cats are a perfect example of cats that are considered domestic but share a larger portion of their genes with a wild cat. Hybrid cats can exist in nature, but are more commonly found in selective breeding programs where domestic / wildcat hybrids fetch a high price tag.

    A Bengal Cat with incredible markings
    A Bengal Cat with incredible markings

    Hybrid Cats In The UK

    A good example of hybrid cats occurring in the wild is a cross between the Scottish Wildcat and Domestic cats. This happens when Scottish Wildcats interbreed with roaming Domestic Cats to produce a litter of hybrid kittens. This is very detrimental to the Wildcat population because hybridisation dilutes the wild genetics and makes it even less likely that two Wildcats will mate. It is thought that fewer than 100 purebred Scottish Wildcats now exist in the wild with hybridisation being one of the primary causes for the falling population.

    A Scottish Wildcat hunting in the long grass
    A Scottish Wildcat hunting in the long grass

    Breeding Hybrid Cats

    Hybrid cats have become hugely popular in recent years with many new hybrid breeds popping up. Perhaps the most widely recognised hybrid is the Bengal which is a cross between an Asian Leopard Cat and a Domestic Cat.

    A lovely little Bengal kitten playing in the house
    A lovely little Bengal kitten playing in the house

    Bengal whose parents are an Asian Leopard Cat (ALC) and a Domestic Bengal is known as an F1 Bengal. Here the ‘F’ stands for Filial which simply means son or daughter and the number represents the number of generations separated from the ALC. For example an F3 Bengal is a Bengal who has a Great Grandparent ALC and an F4 would have a Great Great Grandparent ALC etc. The first 3 generations (F1, F2, F3) are considered early generation or foundation Bengals and are not eligible to be shown at competition. From F4 onwards they may be referred to as SBT (Stud Book Tradition) which means they are at least four generations removed from the ALC and the product of purely pedigree Bengal x Bengal matings. SBT Bengals are known to have the grace and beauty of a wildcat with a domestic cat’s personality, albeit a personality with certain endearing quirks with some even showing a love for water.

    Hybrid Cat Breeds And Their Wild Lineage

    • Bengal (Asian Leopard Cat)
    • Caracat (Caracal)
    • Chausie (Jungle Cat)
    • Safari (Geoffroy’s cat)
    • Savannah (Serval)
    A Savannah kitten with incredibly beautiful markings
    A Savannah kitten with incredibly beautiful markings

    Breeding Cats For A Wild Look

    As well as hybrid cats there are cats that are selectively bred for a wild look without being crossed with a wildcat. Similar to hybrids these are new breeds that are growing in popularity thanks to their exotic looks.

    A Toyger cat with tiger like markings
    A Toyger cat with tiger like markings

    A breed that has received a lot of media attention is the Toyger, which as the name suggests has been bred to resemble a miniature or ‘toy’ Tiger. These cats don’t have Tiger DNA but their striped coat and small ears could make you think otherwise.

    Wild Looking Cats And The Wild Cat They Are Bred To Look Like

    How To Tell The Difference Between A Stray Cat And A Feral Cat

    When approaching an unknown cat it can be quite difficult to tell whether it is a stray cat or a feral cat. To find out the clear differences we have compared the two types of cats below.

    Feral Cats

    A feral cat is a cat that was either born in the wild, or is a stray that has not had human contact for a long period of time. Feral cats are different to strays in that they are very wary of humans, and cannot usually be tamed. This means they are not suited to indoor living and are better off living outside in a colony. A cat colony is a group of feral cats living in the same area with a common food source. There are many charities that manage feral cat colonies by using the trap, neuter, and return scheme to control the population.

    Feral cats perching on a fence
    Feral cats perching on a fence

    Taming feral cats is not advisable as they lead happier and less stressful lives in a cat colony, but kittens who are born feral may be socialised and sold to good homes.

    Feral cats have little to no contact with humans so when approached by humans they will be very scared and will not approach. However this isn’t a sure way to tell the difference because many colonies of feral cats have learnt that humans can be a great source of food (not literally!). This is particularly true for colonies living in coastal tourist hotspots. The body language between strays and ferals also tends to be different. For example feral cats won’t display any body language which indicates they feel comfortable or happy in your presence. They won’t make eye contact with you and will crouch low, or sit with their tail wrapped around them guarding them.

    Stray Cats

    A stray cat is a cat that once had an owner, but has ‘strayed’ and become lost. Fortunately stray cats can usually be re-homed, as they soon remember the comforts of having loving owners and a warm lap to curl up on.

    A dishevelled stray cat
    A dishevelled stray cat

    Stray cats are more likely to approach either you, or your house than a feral cat. They are far less likely to run away when you approach them and some may even tolerate or enjoy being stroked. A stray cat is more likely to make eye contact with you and show body language that indicates its happy and comfortable such as walking with its tail straight. Stray cats are likely to meow in response to you, whereas a feral cat will not meow or purr.

  • Escaped Parrot

    Escaped Parrot

    If your parrot escapes indoors, the only things you have to worry about are doors (keep them closed), pets (keep them out), and anything fragile/toxic that the bird might investigate. If the parrot is tame, you can lure him back to your hand. Even if he’s too nervous to do that, he’s sure to return to his cage or perch once he’s had enough of his free-flying adventures.

    Lost Parrot

    Your chances of recapturing the bird outdoors depend on how tame he is, and how happy he is in his aviary or bird house. A contented bird will soon head for home – unless he’s flown a long way and lost his sense of direction or become exhausted. Equally, a tame bird will respond to your voice, so if you manage to intervene soon after the escape, you’re in with a good chance of calling him home.

    Orange-winged Amazon escaped
    Orange-Winged Amazon on the run
    • Unfortunately, many birds escape when no one is looking, and it may be some time before the absence becomes apparent. Don’t give up hope, though: most parrots will keep within a mile radius of home, unless they’ve been chased further away or caught in a storm.
    • If possible, take the bird’s cage with you when you search for him, or, if he is an aviary bird, take some other cage or suitably-sized pet box. Arm yourself with the parrot’s favourite treats too.
    • If appropriate, take your parrot’s favourite bird companion with you (in a cage). This may be enough to lure the escaped bird back.
    • Take a towel or net – these may aid you in catching the bird if he won’t come to your hand willingly.
    • Play parrot sounds on your mobile phone – either ones you have recorded, or sound files downloaded from the internet. These may draw the parrot back to you.
    • Stand by the aviary and call, and walk around the local area listening for your pet bird’s voice. Even if you can’t see him, calling to him can act as a beacon for him to home in on.
    • If there’s no sight or sound of the bird, and your searches in the immediate area don’t bear fruit, leave an open, treat-packed cage on or near the aviary, to lure him back if he passes this way again.
    • If you locate the bird, don’t take your eyes off him. Get as close as you can (he will usually be up a tree or high up on a building). Call to him and make the treats as visible as you can. Even a tame bird may be a little wary, as he will be stressed by the noises, open space and sheer strangeness of his predicament.
    Lilac-crowned Amazon escaped
    Lilac-Crowned Amazons in the wild
    • Ironically, the parrot may fall quiet if he spots you before you spot him – this is a sign that he is relaxing, reassured by your presence. Hopefully, though, he will also want to call out to you.
    • If there is no sign of the parrot in the local area (scout around on a bicycle or in a car for a wider view) parrot, alert everyone you know in the area to keep a lookout. If night falls and there’s still no sign of the parrot, create some flyers (printed and digital versions) to pin on posts and noticeboards. Get the community involved. Remember to include a phone number on the flyers, and consider including a small reward, to encourage pocket money-hungry kids to join in the search.
    • If you know of any aviaries in the neighbourhood, check them out – your parrot may have been attracted there by the sight and sound of the other birds.
    • When you locate the bird, don’t shout at him, throw things at him or try to hose him down from his perch. These things are likely to cause panic and further flight. A calm bird, on the other hand, will linger once he’s alighted.
    • A familiar object and a treat are the only things that are going to lure him to you. If he is hand-trained, and will happily fly to you and use you as a perch, that’s perfect. Otherwise you’ll need a stick perch, cage or food bowl.
    • Call to the bird soothingly all the while, and stop your attempts to lure him down if he looks like he’s ready to fly again. You need him calm, relaxed and compliant.
    • A tame bird may react if you deliberately hide, by squawking, and then flying to you for reassurance when you ‘reappear’. It’s a long shot, but worth a try.
    • Keep crowds away when you’re trying to lure the bird down – the parrot’s favourite person, alone, has more chance of success.
    • If he’s still close to home, waning light at the end of the day will often make a parrot want to return to familiar surroundings. By the time the light has faded he will start to roost. Your only chance of capturing him then is if he’s on an accessible window ledge or roof.
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    Scarlet Macaw on the wing

    Parrot Still Missing After 24 Hours

    • A bird that hasn’t been spotted after a whole day has probably flown too far away and is completely lost. It’s also possible that some unfortunate accident has befallen him. Don’t give up hope just yet, though: Phone places where a sighting of an escaped exotic bird may have been reported: the RSPCA, any other local animal rescue centre, vets in the area, any local zoos, pet shops, and of course the police.
    • Place an ad in the local newspaper; see if the local radio station will mention your escaped bird; check online forums and post messages there. Keep your eyes and ears on all of these resources.
    • A tame parrot is likely to seek out human habitation rather than the field and forests, so continue to ask around for any news of the bird.

    Bird Net

    A parrot-catching net is not something you want to use unless absolutely necessary. It’s handy if an aviary bird needs isolating for some reason (for transporting to the vet, for example), and also if a bird has escaped and won’t return to the cage.

    Peach-Fronted Conure escaped
    An escaped Peach-Fronted Conure will be tricky to catch without a net

    You can buy bird-catching nets in online stores, and you can also use a soft towel or pillowcase for capturing him. The advantage of the net is that it comes on the end of a long stick, so you can catch the parrot while you’re some distance away from it.

    No matter how tame your bird, and no matter how many times he’s been netted, the process will be stressful for him, so never use a net routinely – only in emergency situations such as an escape.

  • Teaching a Parrot Tricks

    Teaching a Parrot Tricks

    Parrot tricks are something that both the bird and the owner derive great pleasure from. But it is important to note that it isn’t just about entertainment. A trained parrot views his ‘performance’ as social interaction, and this will assist both with his tameness and his general well being. If you have more than one bird and keep them in an aviary or birdhouse, this is less of an issue. They will be more ‘wild’ and the only ‘trick’ they need to learn is not biting humans! A single parrot in a cage, however, needs you as his closest friend. The tricks and games you teach him will be part of the cement of that friendship.

    Blue and Gold Macaw tricks
    The key to tricks is having a good relationship with a tame bird, like this Blue-and-Gold Macaw

    The best place to teach tricks is a neutral spot, away from the parrot’s cage and away from distractions. Have a perch standing by – a T-stand or similar. This will be the starting point for all the tricks – the parrot on his perch, and you close by. A supply of treats will be needed too.

    Keep the sessions short, especially in the early days. Watch your bird carefully, and as soon as he stops enjoying the interaction, call a halt.

    Waving

    This is a good first trick to teach your pet. It relies on the bird knowing how to ‘step-up’ (see the Parrot Training Methods section of this guide).

    When the parrot is sitting still on the perch, say “wave!” and offer your finger for a step-up. He will lift a foot to take the step – don’t let him step onto the finger, but move it slowly away. The parrot’s foot will remain in the air for a moment – this is your cue to tell him how clever he is and offer a treat.

    Repeat the routine as many times as your parrot will allow before boredom sets in. Eventually, after a few sessions, the prompt word “wave!” will make the parrot lift his foot. Some birds get it very quickly, others take a little longer. Patience, as ever, is key.

    Turn Around

    With your bird happily settled on his perch and ready for some interaction, hold a treat at eye-level, but well out of reach. Move the treat slowly around the bird, using the words “turn around!” to establish a connection between the action and the command. The parrot will reach out with his beak as your hand moves around him, and he will have to turn his whole body to keep the treat within sight. When first teaching the trick, stop at 180 degrees, and let him have his reward. When he’s done this a few times, complete the 360 degrees. After several run-throughs, your parrot will turn around on command, knowing that a treat awaits.

    Green-winged Macaw tricks training
    Tame Green-Winged Macaw

    Take a Bow

    This is a variant on Turn Around, in which the treat is moved from eye-level down to perch level, with the words “Take a bow!” becoming the cue.

    Play Dead

    This relies on your bird knowing how to ‘step up’ from one perch to another. With the parrot standing on a flat surface, offer your finger as a perch, on his left or right side (rather than head-on). He will reach out with one foot and grip your finger. The trick is to move your finger up and over him so that he ends up on his back. He will be slightly put out the first few times you do this, but offering treats and praise will soon make him realise what’s required. As you carry out the training, use a chosen phrase, such as “play dead” or “lie down”. Some people use a pretend gun sound, but others think that’s in bad taste! Over time, the command will elicit the response.

    Fetch

    This is a great bonding game, and is worth the time it takes for your pet to learn it. When the training is completed, the parrot will respond to “fetch!” by picking up an object, bringing it to you and dropping it in your hand. There are three stages.

    Choose an object suitable for your parrot’s beak size, such as a bright button. Hold it out to your bird until he takes it in his beak. When he does so, say “fetch”. Let him play with the object; and as soon as he drops it say “drop it!” and reward him with a treat. Now put the button on the floor and let him pick it up himself, saying “fetch” when he does so, and “drop it” when he drops it.

    Next, put your hand, palm up, close to the parrot, and try to catch the object when it drops. He will soon come to associate the dropping of the item into your hand with the treat that follows. Alternatively, you can catch it in a bowl, which will then become the parrot’s target for dropping.

    You now need to introduce distance into the game. Toss the object a metre or so away from the bird, and as soon as you see him moving towards it say “fetch”. By now he will have realised that dropping it in your hand (or in the bowl) is a sure way to get a treat, and will scuttle back and deposit it in your general vicinity.

    Yellow-naped Amazon
    Yellow-Naped Amazons can be taught to ‘fetch’

    Sitting on your Shoulder

    This is a great favourite of parrot owners who also happen to be fans of fictitious pirates. The reinforcement command for this one can be something like “Pieces of Eight!” or a pirate laugh; but “Come on then!” or similar is just as good! It relies on your bird being confident perching on your finger or hand. Gently move him to your shoulder and ease him on, using the chosen command and rewarding him with a treat. Once he’s happy sitting there, you can introduce movement. Walk slowly, encouraging him all the time. In the first instance stop after three or four steps and offer a treat, increasing the distance over time. Avoid loud noises, and tell everyone else in the house what you’re doing, to avoid sudden noisy intrusions. After a few weeks the parrot will feel safe and secure on your shoulder (or head – that’s another alternative), and may even allow you to move from room to room.

    Dancing

    This is the easiest trick of all – as long as your parrot cooperates! Choose some suitable dance music, and move around to it. Your pet will watch you with great interest, and will – usually – eventually join in by bobbing his head or stepping from foot to foot on his perch. If necessary, show him a video of other parrots ‘dancing’ (YouTube is packed with this kind of stuff!).

    Blue-and-gold macaw playing
    Macaws are playful pets

    Other Tricks

    Apparently complicated manoeuvres such as skateboarding, vehicle-riding and scaling ladders are all just variants on the step-up trick, in which the parrot learns to step from one perch to another. Where motion is involved in the trick, such as in a toy car or bike, start slowly and gently, as in the Perching on Shoulder training mentioned above.

  • Owning a Pet Increases Chance of Happiness, Says Study

    Owning a Pet Increases Chance of Happiness, Says Study

    Pet owners are also more likely to be married, have a child, bag themselves a university degree and have found their perfect job

    Owning a pet increases your chances of being happy and successful, according to a study.

    Experts who polled 1,000 dog and cat owners over the age of 55, and 1,000 adults of the same age without a pet, found those with canine and feline companionships were twice as likely to consider themselves a success.

    In addition, pet owners are more likely to be married, have a child, bag themselves a university degree and have found their perfect job.

    Pet owners also do almost double the amount of exercise – raising their heart rate five times a week compared to just three times for non-pet owners – and nine in 10 owners believe their pet is good for their health and wellbeing.

    The study revealed owners of cats and dogs are more likely to volunteer for a charity, and go on a dream holiday.

    But those without pets are more likely to have paid off their mortgage (69 per cent compared to 60 per cent) and retire earlier (46 per cent compared to 35 per cent).

    Researchers also found pets bring laughter to six in 10 owners, and seven in 10 feel more relaxed in their company.

    While 43 per cent value their dog or cat as it means they always have someone to talk to, 16 per cent went as far as to say that if it wasn’t for their pet, they wouldn’t ever speak to anyone.

    And half of those surveyed, through OnePoll.com, admit they never feel lonely due to having a pet, while the same percentage always look forward to getting home to see them.

    For 45 per cent, their pet is the main reason they exercise and another 31 per cent claim that having a pet gives them a purpose in life.

    Psychologist and author, Corinne Sweet, said: “The psychological and emotional benefits of pet ownership are well-known among mental health professionals.

    Having a close bond with a domestic animal can boost ‘feel good’ biochemicals such as endorphins and oxytocin; which can make owners feel more relaxed, calmer and happier at home.

  • Green Iguana BEARDED DRAGONS | TEGUS | IGUANAS KEPT AS PETS

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    With the progress made in captive breeding of many different exotic reptiles and the expansion of the product lines available to keep these animals healthy, it’s no wonder that more and more lizards for sale are available on the market every single year. Some of the more sought after species happen to be Bearded Dragons, Iguanas and South American Tegus.

    Bearded Dragon Lizards As Pets

    Bearded Dragons are one of the more heavily produced and sought after medium sized lizards in the exotic reptile pet trade. These communal and friendly lizards originated from Australia but are very different from their wild cousins. After many generations of captive breeding Bearded Dragons have come to take on many different colors from yellow and orange to red, white and black. There are even scale mutations like leatherback and silky which give the animals scales a different texture and look. Bearded dragons are kept as a beginner reptile pet by reptile lovers of different ages and have a comfortable and healthy life in most homes.

    Tegus As Pets

    South American Tegu Lizards are a larger and more robust reptile pet with some species reaching sizes in excess of four feet and weighing upwards of fifteen pounds. Captive bred Tegu Lizards can be found in many different colors including red, blue, black and white as well as albino and hybrids. The red and blue tegus both become brighter with age while the black and white tegu loses its brightly colored tones of its green head after a few weeks while getting brighter shades of black and white as it matures. Tegus can live comfortably given a large enough enclosure and can be maintained on an entirely processed diet of ground turkey, eggs, canned food and fruits.

    Iguanas As Pets

    Although Iguanas are one of the earliest lizards kept as pets by herpers, their popularity has regained some steam as of late with the introduction of many new color variations. Aside from the wild type green iguana, keepers can now enjoy the red, blue, albino and many combinations of those colors. Iguanas can grow to an adult size of over five feet and will need a large enclosure and will benefit from access to natural sunlight. They can grow and thrive on a variety of ready-made diets as well as a mixture of leafy vegetables, fruit and flowers.

    At Exotic Pet’s Home we have a healthy selection of iguanas, tegus, bearded dragons and many other pet lizards for sale. We always recommend a healthy respect for wildlife and ask our clients to spend some time getting familiar with their reptiles needs before making a purchase. Should you have any questions or concerns about lizards or other reptiles feel free to contact us at any time.

  • ARE REPTILES AFFECTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE

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    These days you can’t turn on the television or browse the net without hearing about passionate often heated arguments either for or against the existence and causes of Global Warming. It is often a political argument running rampant with facts and opinions that may or may not be real or scientifically sound. What is real is that whether or not you believe it is happening and whether or not you think it is caused by human behavior the reality is that once we start seeing changes in the environment around us it may be too late to react. Let’s look at some of the realities that our scaly friends will have to face as they are affected by Climate Change.

    Reptiles And Their Environments

    Most people know that reptiles are cold blooded and need the help of their environment to be able to achieve thermoregulation as they digest their food, fight disease, grow and reproduce. They depend on their environment even for the incubation of their eggs and the availability of their prey items. It might seem logical that as the temperatures rise the reptiles of this planet will have a much easier time coping with and even possibly thriving in a warmer climate but there is more to it than that. Reptiles are carefully tied in to the intricate web of nature that could easily be disrupted. Increased temperatures affect rainfall and humidity making it too dry in some places so that the vegetation and fruit that some reptiles depend upon for food may disappear while too much humidity and rain in other places can reduce the number of ground dwelling rodents and birds that are an important part of many reptile diets.

    The Effects Of Higher Temperatures On Reptile Reproduction

    Reptiles are one of few organisms on earth that have a direct link to their immediate climate during incubation. The effects of higher temperatures at this time can affect the hatchling sex ratio of turtles, crocodilians, geckos and even some amphibians. Sex determination in snakes is determined at conception so temperature rise does not affect the sex ratio of hatchlings but kinking and aberrant patterns seem to be a side effect of such events. Many different reptiles are spurred into breeding cycles and mating behavior by the onset of weather related events such as monsoons and rainy seasons. This seems to be tied in to seedling and grass growth that will in turn bring about an abundance of rodents that then are used as food by the hatchling reptiles and their recovering mothers. A change in weather and precipitation levels will have long term results that we may not always be in tune to or aware of.

    How Does Weather Effect Reptiles For Sale

    People might argue that since most reptiles for sale are captive bred and produced under artificial conditions including temperature then this will have no negative effect on captive reptile production. Try to imagine a scenario where shipping practices will have to be adjusted to deal with hotter days and fewer days in the year when a reptile can be safely shipped across the country. There are also situations such as water use restrictions that will effect everything from the production of feeder rodents and insect to the maintenance of water dependent reptiles like turtles and crocodilians. It might be a folly for some to think that we need to worry about reptiles and climate change but it never hurts to think about how our actions will result in a different future for other creatures that we share this planet with.

  • Baby Enchi Orange Ghost Ball Python FEEDING BABY SNAKES

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    Hatchling snake season is here and once again every breeder and snake owner has to tackle the problem of shy feeders. Like most other issues involving reptiles there is a right way and a wrong way to go about getting your baby snakes to feed. Most of the time it is a simple environmental adjustment that will do the trick but other times there can be something more troubling going on.

    Feeding Baby Ball Pythons

    One of the most common shy feeder baby snakes for sale in the industry is the ball python. This can be attributed to the fact that they are one of the most commonly kept snakes in captivity with tens of thousands produced yearly and imported from the wild. It can also be easily resolved with one or two small adjustments to their environment. A common mistake is putting a baby ball python in a large enclosure. In the wild baby ball pythons are extremely vulnerable to predation so they will seek the shelter of small animal burrows and crevices where they can safely wedge themselves out of harm’s way. Another common mistake is using basking lights in the place of a heating pad. Ball pythons are found underground where ambient temps are much cooler than you would expect and having a snake in as close to its natural setting as possible will solve a whole lot of other issues. When these factors are addressed most baby snakes will feed readily on their own.

    Feeding Baby Hognose Snakes

    Another shy feeder in the snake world is the Western Hognose snake. These small and keeled scale snakes are commonly found in a variety of colors and patterns. With their rising popularity come a larger number of people wanting to keep them as pets and this can lead to some suppliers cutting corners by selling animals that were not established as strong feeders before shipping. Once again environment can play a huge part in getting a shy baby snake to feed. With Western Hognose snakes having a dry setup with a small water dish and plenty of secure hiding spots will solve most feeding issues. Another thing that helps is having a small enclosure that the baby snake can easily access and explore at night when they are normally on the hunt for food.

    Feeding Baby Boas

    One type of baby snake for sale that almost never has any feeding issues is the common boa constrictor. Baby Boas are extremely attractive and active snakes that will take live or frozen thawed meals without a problem. The only time that owners see an issue with feeding baby boa constrictors is when a snake has dry shed or other shedding issues. Once again this is a problem that arises from the wrong setup and can easily be fixed with either a larger water bowl for increased humidity or a misting system set on a timer. Boa constrictors do grow to be rather large as adults so you should always consider that fact before purchasing one as a pet.

    At Exotic Pet’s Home our focus is on getting the best setup and husbandry for each and every baby snake for sale and helping our clients do the same. We have developed a number of highly effective and conveniently priced snake habitats to ensure that first time owners have everything they need to take care of their newly acquired pets.