Iguanas are some of the most popular lizards kept as pets due to their calm disposition and bright colors. The green iguana is probably the most popular species and the easiest to find in pet stores. Because of their popularity, information about them is widely available, as well as veterinarians who are experienced on this species.
However, iguanas are also some of the most expensive reptiles around and can be very demanding to care for properly. They need a large space as their body length can reach up to 2 meters, as well as require special lighting and heat. Read more →
The sugar glider is a small marsupial that originated from the rainforests of Australia and Indonesia which has been domestically bred as household pets in the United States for the last 12-15 years. The name refers to its preference to eat almost anything that is sweet, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as its ability to glide with the help of a skin membrane that stretches from its wrist to its ankles.
Because sugar gliders are very easy to take care of, they have become popular household pets especially among young children. They are small and does not take much space and do not require much grooming as they can keep themselves very clean. They are also very easy to feed with fresh fruits and vegetables. Another lovable characteristics of the sugar glider is that it can get incredibly attached to its human and can go almost everywhere without being caged. Read more →
A bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) is a reptile originating from the semidesert regions and woodlands of Australia. Its broad, triangular head and throat with spiny scales arranged in rows like a beard, make it unique from other lizards. These spiny scales are not so sharp but expands when the animal is threatened to scare off predators.
This lizard is known for its calm and friendly nature, which explains their popularity as exotic pets. It is also fairly easy to care for, making them suitable as pets for households with small children. With proper care, a bearded dragon can live for eight to 12 years. Read more →
Not all species of live animals are acceptable for shipping domestically or internationally. Some animals are subject to certain limitations and restrictions when being transported.
Violations of these regulations can lead to fines and confiscation of shipment. Here are some important factors that should be considered when shipping live animals to ensure that they are in excellent condition during shipping and no laws were violated during their transport. Read more →
The Praying Mantis, generally called mantids, is one of the most popular insects kept as pets. They come in different colors and sizes depending on species. Sizes range from less than an inch up to 6 or more inches in length.
Mantids are quite easy to take care of and just require a small space for housing. A glass tank, that is at least twice as wide and three times as tall as the mantid is a popular container for these creatures. If the tank is too large, the mantid will have a hard time finding its prey. They are also safe for kids and are even popular as live specimens in schools. Read more →
Keeping a salt-water aquarium is fast becoming a popular hobby among many individuals. Even if it is a tad more tedious to maintain, not to mention expensive, than ordinary fresh water aquariums, many hobbyists enjoy the diverse fish and coral species that they can add to their tanks.
Mariculture and coral farms offer hobbyists with an environment-friendly source of salt water fishes and corals which ensure that the organisms are not harvested from natural reefs. These companies give hobbyists the freedom of building their own marine ranks without harming the ocean. Read more →
Chinchillas are rodent species native to the Andes mountains in South America. They are known for their dense, velvet-like fur making their pelts a most sought after material in the fur industry. In fact, domesticated chinchillas are bred for this use because the poaching of wild chinchillas are now prohibited.
Apart from their fur, the chinchillas are also gaining popularity as exotic pets. While they may look cute and cuddly due to their fuzzy fur, chinchillas are more difficult to take care of than ordinary household pets because they are very temperature-sensitive and get easily stressed by their environment. They also chew on everything and even bite when they feel threatened making them unsafe for households with young kids. Read more →
Freshwater shrimps and inverts are the latest craze among aquarium hobbyists. These exotic pets are fast becoming popular additions to aquariums setups. They come in a variety of sizes and fascinating colors that will surely add interest in any fish tank. Aside from their lovely appearance, these creatures are also known to be efficient scavengers and can thereby help an aquarium clean and the water quality high.
Just like when transporting other live aquatic animals, proper precautions in packaging must be observed when shipping aquarium shrimps. They should be packaged in an environment that will minimize the stresses involved in transporting live animals. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship aquarium shrimps that will help assure that these fascinating creatures survive the rough shipping process. Read more →