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Keeping a Turtle? Here are Some Tips All New Turtlekeepers Need To Know

By Paul Demas

Turtles are fascinating to watch, and many have attractive colors and markings, and interesting personalities. They can make great interactive pets. They are known for recognizing their owners and endlessly begging for food. It’s all part of their charm.

However, a lot of work is involved in keeping a turtle. They are not like dogs and cats. Turtles don’t enjoy being handled. They can easily live up to 20 or 30 years, and providing them with the proper enclosure as they grow can be a larger investment than you initially expected. By purchasing a turtle, you are making a commitment to their care — and doing so for the long haul.

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Vietnamese Gecko Species Discovered Near Ho Chi Minh City
Researchers in Vietnam have discovered a new species of lizard in the mountains near Ho Chi Minh City, bringing the number of lizard species discovered in the Southeast Asian nation to 32. The lizard, Cyrtodactylus thuongae is 78 millimeters in length and features dark brown spots on its back and neck. It was named in honor of Dr. Nguyen Thi Lien Thuong, a lecturer with the Ho Chi Minh City University of Food Industry. She is a well known herpetologist in the country who has contributed greatly to the research and discovery of amphibious lizards, according to researcher Phung My Trung, one of the researchers who discovered the lizard.
Trung and his fellow scientists spent three years looking for the lizard after they discovered a dead one east of the Ba Den mountain range. They first found a female in 2012 that was living in a stream in a cave at 600 meters altitude on the mountain. In June 2013, they found two males in similar habitat.
What is interesting to note about the location in which the lizards were found is the fact that two other species, Cyrtodactylus badenii and Cyrtodactylus nigrocularis also share the same habitat. Trung told Tuoi Tre News that the Ba Den mountains where the lizards were discovered are being devastated by deforestation, pollution from pilgrims and climbers, and hunters who sell lizards to restaurants. 

Vietnamese Gecko Species Discovered Near Ho Chi Minh City

Researchers in Vietnam have discovered a new species of lizard in the mountains near Ho Chi Minh City, bringing the number of lizard species discovered in the Southeast Asian nation to 32. The lizard, Cyrtodactylus thuongae is 78 millimeters in length and features dark brown spots on its back and neck. It was named in honor of Dr. Nguyen Thi Lien Thuong, a lecturer with the Ho Chi Minh City University of Food Industry. She is a well known herpetologist in the country who has contributed greatly to the research and discovery of amphibious lizards, according to researcher Phung My Trung, one of the researchers who discovered the lizard.

Trung and his fellow scientists spent three years looking for the lizard after they discovered a dead one east of the Ba Den mountain range. They first found a female in 2012 that was living in a stream in a cave at 600 meters altitude on the mountain. In June 2013, they found two males in similar habitat.

What is interesting to note about the location in which the lizards were found is the fact that two other species, Cyrtodactylus badenii and Cyrtodactylus nigrocularis also share the same habitat. Trung told Tuoi Tre News that the Ba Den mountains where the lizards were discovered are being devastated by deforestation, pollution from pilgrims and climbers, and hunters who sell lizards to restaurants. 

Tagged with: #discovery  #news  #reptiles  #herps  #wildlife  #vietnam  #lizards  #geckos  #gekkonidae  #asia  
Dashing Hamsters: Star Gazing

What is Star Gazing?

Some lines of hamsters seem to produce hamsters with behavioural disorders. They are often termed as a neurological disorder or simply as Star Gazing. The term ‘Star Gazing’ itself comes from a behaviour that causes the hamster to stand on their hind legs, gaze upward (toward the stars) and either flip over or fall on their back; this behaviour is often repeated and is compulsive and involuntary, meaning they cannot control this behaviour. Also included under this term are behaviours such as compulsive spinning and pacing. No one knows for certain what causes these issues to pop up, but they are largely believed to be genetic. These behaviours can have varying causes however, not all of them being genetic.

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foreverwolves said: Hi, my mom & I think my cat is having tooth problems - he tends to drool every so often, has really bad breath, and my mom says she's seen him doing something weird with his mouth. However, we can't reeaally afford to take him to the vet right now - is there anything else we can do to help or somewhere we can go that's cheaper? Please answer asap!

Where do you live? I can look for some low-cost clinics in your area. You can also try fundraising using FundRazr, GoFundMe, indiegogoPetCaring, or another fundraising platform. 

-Ry

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alltailnolegs:

lyssaslyzards:

the-smart-eddboy:

Neighbors found this guy in the back yard and decapitated it …Is it a bad snake or good? I swear I’d be the first one to die when it comes to identify a snake. ;3;

there is no such thing as a “good snake” or a “bad snake” when it comes to species.
however, this is a deadly coral snake, but they’re very shy and don’t go out of their way to hurt people. they have no reason to. what an asshole to decapitate a creature that had no intention of hurting him. if he was scared that it would hurt him or his family, he could have called animal control and they could have safely relocated it.
fucking pigs. if you want to have a way to remember which ones are deadly and which ones are not, remember this rhyme: “red touch yellow could kill a fellow, red touch black won’t hurt jack”

I will make a note about the ‘deadly’ part.
 ” Only two documented fatalities were attributed to this species in the 1950s, and only one has been reported since Wyeth antivenin became available for it in the 1960s. The most recent fatality attributed to the eastern coral snake occurred in 2006 (confirmed in 2009 report).[7] The victim failed to seek proper medical attention and died several hours after being bitten, becoming the first fatality caused by M. fulvius in over 40 years.” [x]
I’ll let those numbers sink in with everyone.

I love, and by love I mean hate, how people decapitate snakes which they feel are a threat. You’re so afraid for your life that you get right in it’s face? A+ plan.
It doesn’t matter if it’s venemous or not, it doesn’t matter if it’s deadly or not because regardless it wants as little to do with you as you do with it. Just leave it to go on it’s merry way.
-Ry

alltailnolegs:

lyssaslyzards:

the-smart-eddboy:

Neighbors found this guy in the back yard and decapitated it …Is it a bad snake or good? I swear I’d be the first one to die when it comes to identify a snake. ;3;

there is no such thing as a “good snake” or a “bad snake” when it comes to species.

however, this is a deadly coral snake, but they’re very shy and don’t go out of their way to hurt people. they have no reason to. what an asshole to decapitate a creature that had no intention of hurting him. if he was scared that it would hurt him or his family, he could have called animal control and they could have safely relocated it.

fucking pigs. if you want to have a way to remember which ones are deadly and which ones are not, remember this rhyme: “red touch yellow could kill a fellow, red touch black won’t hurt jack”

I will make a note about the ‘deadly’ part.

” Only two documented fatalities were attributed to this species in the 1950s, and only one has been reported since Wyeth antivenin became available for it in the 1960s. The most recent fatality attributed to the eastern coral snake occurred in 2006 (confirmed in 2009 report).[7] The victim failed to seek proper medical attention and died several hours after being bitten, becoming the first fatality caused by M. fulvius in over 40 years.” [x]

I’ll let those numbers sink in with everyone.

I love, and by love I mean hate, how people decapitate snakes which they feel are a threat. You’re so afraid for your life that you get right in it’s face? A+ plan.

It doesn’t matter if it’s venemous or not, it doesn’t matter if it’s deadly or not because regardless it wants as little to do with you as you do with it. Just leave it to go on it’s merry way.

-Ry

onlykindofcrazy said: My dad found a nest of baby bunnies in our garden and I told him not to move them so the mom will come back. Is there anything we should do besides leave them be?

Just keep an eye on them, maybe set a circle of flour around the nest to make sure the mother’s returning (the circle will be disturbed if the mother’s taking care of them).

-Ry 

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scalestails:

whiskyrunner:

scalestails:

crotalinae:

featherling:

This is their facebook, where they have all of their information. I really want to get these birds to facilities that will treat them with respect and safety

this is horrific.

I’d like to think that maybe no one ever showed them how to train an educational bird to be on a glove… but I suspect they hold them in the medical style leg hold because they’re either incredibly uncomfortable with working with the birds or more likely want the birds to do the dramatic flapping that they rarely do when they feel secure on the glove (though I imagine they could be trained to do flapping things without flailing them about by their legs).

(Also the rough-legged hawk… I can just see the hawk getting its hip dislocated by the incompetent handler, and the thing he does with the great horned owl is beyond disgusting)

I watched this in rage. I want to punch that piece of shit in the face.

I saw this on Facebook. It makes me sick. What a terrible, disrespectful way for children to learn about such amazing predators. Swinging a kestrel around like it’s a toy airplane is not in any way educational. And I can guarantee that turkey vulture hasn’t been fed recently, or it would have vomited everywhere. Turkey vultures blanch when stressed and I have never seen a TuVu so pale. Makes me sick.

These people’s defense is that their hold is safe simply because it isn’t illegal. They’re using a bird-bander’s hold, which is intended to be used temporarily on a bird for the purposes of putting a band on its legs. In an extended period of time this becomes incredible stressful and taxing on the bird’s legs, ribs, hips, and wings (when they have to flap constantly to try and regain balance). If you’ve never seen a bird on glove, this is what it should look like:

This bird is basically sitting on a perch. It has room to adjust its grip and move its feet if it feels unbalanced (but a practiced handler makes for a steady perch). No one is invading this bird’s space. It isn’t panting open-mouthed like the birds in the video. Its wings are folded calmly. If you really wanted to demonstrate flapping behaviour or to show the wingspan, it’s as simple as gently tilting the glove, and the bird will automatically open its wings for balance - no training necessary. This is how raptors should be used for education - with respect, without having to put your hands on it or wrench it up and down to make it flap.

The organization in the video has been bombarded with messages from fellow rehabbers, educators, falconers, and biologists, but they’re deleting and blocking all comments on their Facebook page that they deem “negative”. If you want to get involved, please contact Karen Cleveland, All-Bird Biologist, Michigan Department of Natural Resources at clevelandk1@michigan.gov or sign this petition. These birds need to be handled with respect. Better yet, they should be transferred to a facility that won’t mistreat them.

Reblogging again for the comentary.

fullpelt:

How to behave when confronted by a livestock guardian dog.