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Latest in Tarantulas

How Often Do Tarantulas Molt?

How Often Do Tarantulas Molt?

Molting is an important part of a tarantula’s life. When a tarantula molts it is able to regenerate lost or damaged body parts, including legs and hair. It is also…

Should I Remove My Tarantulas Molt?

Should I Remove My Tarantulas Molt?

Tarantula molts should always be removed from the cage if possible.  If a tarantula molt is left in the cage for too long it not only looks unsightly, but more…

What Are New World Tarantulas?

What Are New World Tarantulas?

New World tarantulas are those that come from the Americas. Namely North American, Central America and South America, together with the Caribbean Islands. This is in contrast to Old World…

Can Tarantulas Eat Mealworms?

Can Tarantulas Eat Mealworms?

Mealworms are an incredibly popular feeder insect for many pets, so understandably many people wonder if tarantulas can eat mealworms.  Tarantulas can eat mealworms without problem.  Mealworms are also easy…

Do Tarantulas Eat Their Molt?

Do Tarantulas Eat Their Molt?

Tarantulas don’t usually eat their molt.  Normally, once a tarantula has molted, you will find the molted skin still within their cage. For tarantulas that choose to molt out in…

Can You Overfeed a Tarantula?

Can You Overfeed A Tarantula?

Feeding your tarantula correctly is crucial to their long-term health. Some tarantulas seem to have an insatiable appetite, willingly eating anything you drop into their cage. Understandably this leads to…

Do Tarantulas Need a Heat Lamp?

Do Tarantulas Need A Heat Lamp?

Tarantulas are cold-blooded – meaning that they are unable to generate their own heat. Instead, they absorb warmth from their environment.  At the same time we know that most tarantulas…

Should I Clean My Tarantula Cage?

Should I Clean My Tarantula Cage?

One of the benefits of keeping tarantulas as pets is how seldom they need cleaning out. Tarantulas are generally clean, hygienic and scent-free pets requiring very little maintenance.  But that…

Latest in Reptiles

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cabbage?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Cabbage?

Pet bearded dragons will happily eat all manner of fruits, vegetables and salad crops, but can they eat cabbage as part of their diet? Bearded dragons can eat cabbage. In…

Can Bearded Drgaons Eat Kale?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Kale?

Let’s be honest. A kale smoothie may not fill many of us with joy. But there’s a reason why so many nutritionists rate it so highly. Quite simply it’s packed…

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Peas?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Peas?

Can there be any tastier vegetable than fresh garden peas? If you’ve ever grown your own you’ll know exactly what I mean – eaten straight from the pod as sweet…

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Tomato?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Tomatoes?

Bearded dragons will happily eat a wide range of different fruits and vegetables. The greater the range of offer, the better. Feeding a balanced diet in this reduces the chances…

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grapes?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Grapes?

Feeding your bearded dragon correctly is crucial to their long-term health. Central to this is to offer as wide a variety of fruits and vegetables as possible, alongside some live…

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Banana?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Banana?

As omnivores, bearded dragons are able to eat a huge range of different fruits and vegetables. But can you include banana in the list of “safe foods” for your beardie?…

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Strawberries?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Strawberries?

Strawberries are always a popular fruit when they’re in season, so understandably many bearded dragon owners want to know whether bearded dragons can eat them. Bearded dragons can eat strawberries…

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Apples?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Apples?

Apples are cheap to buy, taste delicious and can store for ages when done correctly. They’re understandably a popular food among many pet keepers – but can they be fed…

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Carrots?

Can Bearded Dragons Eat Carrots?

Carrots are packed with nutrients including beta-carotene. They’re a constant favorite among the human population, but do bearded dragons eat carrots? The short answer is that bearded dragons can eat…

Latest in Praying Mantis

Can Two Praying Mantis Live Together?

Generally speaking praying mantis are solitary insects. The vast majority of praying mantis are not just carnivores, they are also cannibals. This means that attempting to keep two more praying…

Do Praying Mantis Have Venom?

It is well-known that many carnivorous animals have venom. Spiders and scorpions would be two great examples. So do praying mantis have venom too? No, praying mantis do not have…

Why Are Praying Mantis Different Colors?

Praying mantis come in a surprising range of different colors. Even within a single species you may find different colors in a single population.  The most common colors are green…

When Do Praying Mantis Mate?

In temperate regions like the USA praying mantis mate in the summer. After a successful mating an adult female praying mantis will then continue laying eggs until her eventual demise…

Can You Hold a Praying Mantis?

The alien-like appearance of praying mantis, and their ability to sit motionless for hours on end, has resulted in all manner of myths and legends surrounding them. Many of these…

Do Praying Mantis Spit?

Praying mantis do not spit. So long as you remain out of arm’s reach then praying mantis are perfectly safe and will do you no harm. You can approach the…

Do Praying Mantis Shed Their Skin?

Praying mantis regularly shed their skin. A baby praying mantis will through a number of moults, getting larger at each shed, until it reaches adult size. Adult praying mantis do…

What Are Praying Mantis Good For?

Many people believe praying mantis look downright alien-like and scary. No wonder so many myths have sprung up around them over the years. But what really is the reality?  Many…

Do Praying Mantis Drink Water?

Like other insects, praying mantis benefit from a tough exoskeleton which limits the loss of water. Even so praying mantis need to drink water regularly.  In the wild praying mantis…