Humidity for Tarantulas

One of the most important keys to success when keeping tarantulas is getting their environmental conditions correct. This means that they must have the correct temperature and – the topic of this article – the right humidity. So important is this subject that in this section we’re going to discuss the topic in some detail, …

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How to Heat Leaf Insects

Leaf insects come from the more tropical areas of the world, so will generally need artificial heat to thrive in captivity. This is especially so for youngsters, and in cooler months of the year, though adults may fair perfectly well in the warmer summer months without artificial heat. Best Heaters for Leaf Insects The easiest …

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Housing Fire Bellied Toads

housing fire bellied toads

There are currently three different species of toad kept in captivity which may be referred to as “fire bellied toads” – namely the standard fire bellied toad (Bombina bombina), the Oriental fire bellied toad (Bombina orientalis) and the yellow bellied toad (Bombina variegata). And while the appearance of these three toad species are quite different …

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How To Sex Immature Leaf Insects

When leaf insects are adults they’re very easy indeed to sex. The males are small and thin with long antennae and wings that enable them to fly well. The females, in contrast, are far larger and more rounded with only small wings and are unable to fly any distance. However sexing younger insects can be …

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How To Breed Your Own Crickets

If you have a collection of exotic pets then there is a good chance that you get through a lot of live food each week. Whether that’s mealworms, locusts or fruit flies the fact is that crickets are not only the easiest of all the feeder insects to breed but are available in a wide …

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Reasons For Keeping Exotic Pets

If you ask many exotic pet keepers why they look after an assortment of strange and unusual animals many will simply say “because I love them!” and in my heart I know I feel a similar way. I want to surround myself with exotic pets just like other people love to watch the football or …

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Do Praying Mantis Bite?

Praying mantis make fascinating and generally easy-to-keep pets but one common question asked is about how safe it is to handle these fascinating insects. The first point to appreciate is that mantids have incomplete metamorphosis which means the younger praying mantis look much like the adults (unlike a butterfly which has complete metamorphosis where the …

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