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 →
Bee keeping has become a profitable hobby for some. Apart from the honey these industrious insects produce, bee sting therapy, also referred to as apitheraphy or the use of bee venom as an alternative treatment to autoimmune diseases and multiple sclerosis, is also gaining popularity, thereby increasing the demand for live bees. If you are sending honey bees for whatever reasons, here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship bees to ensure that they arrive alive and in good condition.
Live bees can be easily shipped through the United States Postal Service as long mailing requirements are met. Only healthy, disease-free bees are allowed to be shipped through the mailing system. Read more →
Siamese Fighting Fishes, also known as Bettas, are popular fresh water aquarium fishes known for their colorful and flowing fins. Almost exclusively bred in captivity, these exotic fishes have become more attractive than their ancestors that are native to Thailand and Cambodia which are rather plain looking. With selective breeding, Bettas have become the beauties that they are known now.
Another trait of the Siamese Fighting Fish is its aggressive behavior especially among males. Male Bettas are known to attack and kill another male to protect their territory, hence, they are usually kept in individual bowls or compartmentalized tanks. During the olden times, these fishes were collected and pitted against each other. Today, they are collected because of their beauty. Read more →