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Poison dart frogs - colourful and unusual petsRead more

Poison dart frogs - colourful and unusual pets

You may be surprised to see one of these neon poison dart frogs in person. Their bright colors and bold patterns make them appear almost fake - as though those colors couldn't possibly be found naturally, on something living no less! Well, you can stop pinching yourself because these little beauties are for real. And poison dart frogs are gaining in popularity for a number of reasons.

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How many newts can you keep in one tank?Read more

How many newts can you keep in one tank?

What is the minimum sized tank for fire bellied newts, and how many can live together in various sized tanks? The answer depends a bit on your set up; for example how much land area and how much water you have. Most fire bellied newts are pretty peaceful and will get along with other fire bellied newts, though sometimes they will nip at each other a bit during feeding time, especially if they are crowded. In any case, you definitely want to avoid overcrowding as this will cause stress and make maintaining water quality more difficult.

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Differences between geckoes and salamandersRead more

Differences between geckoes and salamanders

To the uninitiated, the gecko and the salamander can appear very similar to each other, being as they are both small lizards with similar shaped bodies. However, when you look beneath the surface, these two animals are very distinctly different from each other, and have evolved separately into two unique orders. Geckos and salamanders do not even fall into the same group of lizard classifications, with geckos classed as a species of reptile while salamanders fall under the order amphibians. There are over 350 different species of salamander alone, while the gecko species diversity ranges up to almost 1,500 different types!

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A salamander - a myth character or a common pet?Read more

A salamander - a myth character or a common pet?

The salamander is an amphibious animal similar to the lizard, but with markedly different care and environmental needs that set them apart. The salamander species has lived on earth for over 160 million years, and there are over 550 different types of them on different continents. Salamanders of different types can vary in size from just an inch or so long, up to nearly five feet! The average size of salamanders within the pet trade that make suitable pets tend to be between 4-8 inches long.

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The right way to handle your amphibianRead more

The right way to handle your amphibian

The first question to ask yourself when handling your amphibian is "Is this action necessary?" Amphibians, with their permeable skin, are much more sensitive to touch than the scaly-skinned reptiles. The skin affords little protection against dessication (drying) or against heat. The amphibian's thin skin absorbs oxygen from the atmosphere, but the skin can also absorb anything else that it comes into contact with. If you have perfume, insecticide, hand lotion, or even soap residue on your hands and you handle an amphibian, the frog or salamander will absorb whatever is on your skin, perhaps with fatal results.

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The best pet salamanders for beginnersRead more

The best pet salamanders for beginners

Salamanders can make rewarding and entertaining pets. They are hardy little creatures, have cute features, and live long lives for such small animals. Interested in getting a pet salamander for yourself or your family? Wondering where to begin or what species is good to start out with? Well then, read on! We put together this simple list all about which salamander species make the best pets just for you!

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Water for your pet toadRead more

Water for your pet toad

There are a variety of toads that are kept as pets but like all amphibians, they need both land and water in their enclosures. Since toads absorb water and oxygen through their skin the kind of water we use in their homes is very important to their health.

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The axolotl - unique and easy petRead more

The axolotl - unique and easy pet

Trying to fit a pet in with living situations these days, can be quite a feat. No Pets Allowed Tenancy clause anybody? Not everyone has the necessary yard space for a dog, nor the time to commit to the ever clingy adorable kitty. Keeping fish, as pets, is becoming the more popular pet choice in our ever evolving society. An Axolotl, also known as the Mexican Walking Fish, is a hardy and very low maintenance pet. The axolotl is a salamander that remains suspended in the larvae stage and does not undergo metamorphosis like other salamanders, but remains waterbound with gills.

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Keeping a wild toad as a petRead more

Keeping a wild toad as a pet

Although they are amphibians, toads are less closely associated with bodies of water than frogs, they will often only go near water to breed. Hence it is quite usual to find wild toads in your backyard or in a park. The most likely animal you will find is the common American toad, Bufo americanus, if you are in the US, or the common toad, Bufo buff, if you are in Europe. The best times to look for toads is in the spring, after heavy rains, although you can probably locate them in the summer and fall. Toads hibernate in winter so it is unlikely that you will come across one when it gets really cold and the ground freezes.

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