21 Aug 2014 04:12 | 8 notes | Reblog

amphitherels:

kaijutegu:

carnalsnail:

bunniesoffaith:

Proper introductions now that everything is settled.

meet Banana, my super-hypo tangerine baby C: soon to be joined by a mack snow morph. This little gecko you see is about 2 months old and is roughly 3 inches long at the moment. It should be like…7-9 inches when fully grown, depending on the sex (I haven’t sexed it yet, don’t want to stress it out)

So here i’m showing the habitat i’ve got set up. It’s a 20 gallon reptile tank with a sliding mesh top that locks in place to prevent escape. There are two heating mats on the hot side(one on the glass and one underneath) which keeps the temp at about 87. That climbing log hide is on the hot side, a coconut moist hide in the middle, and a log hide on the cool side. Also a piece stone of tile on the hot side that keeps the temperature up. The substrate is just a brown reptile mat (like a fake carpet thing, real easy to clean)

For diet the main staple is meal worms dipped in calcium powder with D3 (which you can see there is also a bowl for along with water on the hot side) I also keep crickets though I only feed one at a time( I don’t like crickets wandering around the tank) the crickets get fluker’s orange chunks and the meal worms have their own food that they come in. 

The meal worm cup is pretty cool because you can throw a few in and they wiggle through the wholes and the gecko can “hunt” them instead of just getting them from a bowl. 

like I mentioned, they also have a calcium(with D3) bowl and water. I’d like to get a slightly bigger bowl when they grow, so they can soak if they want.

The moist hide has a bed of moss I can mist when the first shed happens, to help their tails and toes. No shedding yet, but I look forward to seeing it for the first time.

c: so yeah, any more advice is welcome<3 everyone has been VERY helpful with their advice. I am aware that geckos live for up to 20 years, i’m prepared for that. But any more advice is still welcome! reblog with a comment or send me an ask. And remember not to be mean.

my new gecko~ plus habitat

Hey, congrats on Banana! I saw you were cool with advice, so here’s my spiel: Your tank size is spot on and should last him forever so don’t worry about sizing up. Where are you measuring temperatures in your tank? Geckos need belly heat, so if you can run the thermometer’s probe under the substrate or just on top of it, that’s ideal. I also recommend a temperature gun for spot-checking things. Ideally, you want the warmest bit of the tank to be around 95 at the substrate level and the cool end hitting around 75ish. Also, you might want to plug your heat mat into a thermostat so that it doesn’t get too hot- I’ve heard horror stories. Bad ones.

It’s also ideal to have three hides: warm, cool, and humid. The humid one can be filled with moss substrate or paper towel and kept moist- this helps with shedding.

I would also recommend tossing some food scraps to your crickets- vegetable ends and tops, fruit peels, that sort of thing. The better you feed ‘em, the tastier they’ll be for your Banana! It’s kinda hard to figure out exactly how much to feed them as juvies, but I would try pushing it- see if he’ll eat ten. You want them to eat a lot so those speedy metabolisms can work their magic!

As for substrates, ceramic tiles are pretty much the best. You can also use paper towels, which are cheap but not really pretty, or reptile carpets, which I really like for babies. Watch out for stuck toes if you go with the reptile carpets, though!

Maybe this won’t happen to you, especially if you have a thermostat, but just be careful with All Living Things brand heat mats. I had an Exo Terra heat mat for years, it still even works great to this day, but when I bought an All Living Things heat mat when I upgraded Kitty to his bigger tank it malfunctioned in a matter of months and burned him. Threw that one out and bought a Zoo Med heat mat and it’s been infinitely better. Like I said if you have a thermostat you might be fine, but I implore you to be careful.

OH and also forgot to add that you shouldn’t use calcium with D3 for every serving of mealworms. Too much D3 can cause health problems and should only be used once a week or even once every two weeks. D3 is used to help organisms absorb and utilize calcium and is found in UVB light, but in a mineral form it can cause calcification of soft tissue. If you want to use D3 calcium and vitamins you should also have some calcium/vitamins that have no D3 and use that instead for dusting your insects most of the time.

21 Aug 2014 02:42 | 8 notes | Reblog

kaijutegu:

carnalsnail:

bunniesoffaith:

Proper introductions now that everything is settled.

meet Banana, my super-hypo tangerine baby C: soon to be joined by a mack snow morph. This little gecko you see is about 2 months old and is roughly 3 inches long at the moment. It should be like…7-9 inches when fully grown, depending on the sex (I haven’t sexed it yet, don’t want to stress it out)

So here i’m showing the habitat i’ve got set up. It’s a 20 gallon reptile tank with a sliding mesh top that locks in place to prevent escape. There are two heating mats on the hot side(one on the glass and one underneath) which keeps the temp at about 87. That climbing log hide is on the hot side, a coconut moist hide in the middle, and a log hide on the cool side. Also a piece stone of tile on the hot side that keeps the temperature up. The substrate is just a brown reptile mat (like a fake carpet thing, real easy to clean)

For diet the main staple is meal worms dipped in calcium powder with D3 (which you can see there is also a bowl for along with water on the hot side) I also keep crickets though I only feed one at a time( I don’t like crickets wandering around the tank) the crickets get fluker’s orange chunks and the meal worms have their own food that they come in. 

The meal worm cup is pretty cool because you can throw a few in and they wiggle through the wholes and the gecko can “hunt” them instead of just getting them from a bowl. 

like I mentioned, they also have a calcium(with D3) bowl and water. I’d like to get a slightly bigger bowl when they grow, so they can soak if they want.

The moist hide has a bed of moss I can mist when the first shed happens, to help their tails and toes. No shedding yet, but I look forward to seeing it for the first time.

c: so yeah, any more advice is welcome<3 everyone has been VERY helpful with their advice. I am aware that geckos live for up to 20 years, i’m prepared for that. But any more advice is still welcome! reblog with a comment or send me an ask. And remember not to be mean.

my new gecko~ plus habitat

Hey, congrats on Banana! I saw you were cool with advice, so here’s my spiel: Your tank size is spot on and should last him forever so don’t worry about sizing up. Where are you measuring temperatures in your tank? Geckos need belly heat, so if you can run the thermometer’s probe under the substrate or just on top of it, that’s ideal. I also recommend a temperature gun for spot-checking things. Ideally, you want the warmest bit of the tank to be around 95 at the substrate level and the cool end hitting around 75ish. Also, you might want to plug your heat mat into a thermostat so that it doesn’t get too hot- I’ve heard horror stories. Bad ones.

It’s also ideal to have three hides: warm, cool, and humid. The humid one can be filled with moss substrate or paper towel and kept moist- this helps with shedding.

I would also recommend tossing some food scraps to your crickets- vegetable ends and tops, fruit peels, that sort of thing. The better you feed ‘em, the tastier they’ll be for your Banana! It’s kinda hard to figure out exactly how much to feed them as juvies, but I would try pushing it- see if he’ll eat ten. You want them to eat a lot so those speedy metabolisms can work their magic!

As for substrates, ceramic tiles are pretty much the best. You can also use paper towels, which are cheap but not really pretty, or reptile carpets, which I really like for babies. Watch out for stuck toes if you go with the reptile carpets, though!

Maybe this won’t happen to you, especially if you have a thermostat, but just be careful with All Living Things brand heat mats. I had an Exo Terra heat mat for years, it still even works great to this day, but when I bought an All Living Things heat mat when I upgraded Kitty to his bigger tank it malfunctioned in a matter of months and burned him. Threw that one out and bought a Zoo Med heat mat and it’s been infinitely better. Like I said if you have a thermostat you might be fine, but I implore you to be careful.

20 Aug 2014 00:45 | 2,287 notes | Reblog
all-seeing-v:

bloodyslenderpony:

laysomeskinontheskatkat:

Reblog if you think that snakes should be treated better!

Yea snakes are way cuter then cats. like their cute killer instincts.



Contrary to animal rights propaganda and media hype, the greatest invasive species predator threat to wildlife in the Everglades is the feral cat, not the Burmese python. (x)

A lot can be said on this subject but I will leave my thoughts on it to just this: BOTH are carnivores and have “killer instincts” or they would not hunt and be able to survive. Cats kill loads of birds, rodents and reptiles. (x) (x) Native snakes are actually very important to the ecosystem while feral and “outdoor” cats are detrimental to it. One’s worth should not be weighed by how “cute” you perceive it to be.

all-seeing-v:

bloodyslenderpony:

laysomeskinontheskatkat:

Reblog if you think that snakes should be treated better!

Yea snakes are way cuter then cats. like their cute killer instincts.

Contrary to animal rights propaganda and media hype, the greatest invasive species predator threat to wildlife in the Everglades is the feral cat, not the Burmese python. (x)

A lot can be said on this subject but I will leave my thoughts on it to just this: BOTH are carnivores and have “killer instincts” or they would not hunt and be able to survive. Cats kill loads of birds, rodents and reptiles. (x) (x) Native snakes are actually very important to the ecosystem while feral and “outdoor” cats are detrimental to it. One’s worth should not be weighed by how “cute” you perceive it to be.

19 Aug 2014 02:01 | 154 notes | Reblog

Can I just rant here for a second?

kaosghost:

I’ve said this many times before…but my family and even a lot of people close to me are not supportive at all of my fishkeeping hobby.

I’m constantly being forced to endure comments such as:

"She’s fish obsessed!"
“You have HOW MANY tanks/fish??”
“What’s so interesting…

18 Aug 2014 23:16 | 51 notes | Reblog

kai-ni:

the-brave-blue-box:

What??? No, just no!!!

these are in pet stores now? kill me

This is truly, atrociously disgusting. If I ever see one of these in someone’s house I will take whatever poor fish they’ve victimized for myself and throw this piece of junk into a fire.

18 Aug 2014 21:27 | 129 notes | Reblog

Let's smash an old parrotlet myth shall we?

scalestails:

thepacificparrotlet:

#my sister has one of these and it’s name is sparkles and its a little bitch to everyone

#my parrotlet is an asshole

#these are all little shits

#mine is the meanest little fucker

All of those tags were taken off of my "Just because we’re…

18 Aug 2014 21:00 | 85 notes | Reblog
I&#8217;m really bad at this gif thing but I had to share this. I feel so lucky that I was taking a video at this moment. :D

I’m really bad at this gif thing but I had to share this. I feel so lucky that I was taking a video at this moment. :D

18 Aug 2014 19:38 | 0 notes | Reblog

Last night’s feeding adventure. Kitty loves to soak himself after dinner, but the little bugger decided to track tons of chips into his water that I JUST changed before feeding.

18 Aug 2014 19:13 | 68,525 notes | Reblog
health-gasm:

bogleech:

raw-fed-pets:

faofox:

raw-fed-pets:

All dogs share the same basic digestive system despite the range of physical variations (and attitudes) across different breeds. Every dog is designed to eat a raw animal-based diet, from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane. Breed-specific dog food brands are simply a marketing gimmick aimed at playing on the pet owner’s emotions, and their desire to feed their pet the best possible diet.

I don’t think that dogs need an animal-based diet. If done right they can be vegan and not contribute to the murdering of innocent animals. We’ve adapted and domesticated them enough to do so. They’ve evolved to live without meat just like us.

200% incorrect. Vegan diets are carbohydrate-based. Carbohydrates are inflammatory, feed cancer (glucose), contribute to periodontal disease (leading to systemic organ failure, eg heart), cause insulin spikes leading to a multitude of other issues in the long-term (thyroid, liver, diabetes, heart disease) and also cause pancreatic problems due to extreme stress on the pancreas (secreting heavy loads of carb enzymes over a long period of time). The low moisture content coupled with high plant protein may also cause renal failure in the long term. The preservatives used may also be linked to cancer (BHA, BHT etc), and these diets also skew the omega3/6 ratio, causing further inflammation (linked to cancer again). They cause urine alkalinity leading to urinary problems such as crystals, blockages and UTI’s.
Brief into to dog anatomy/physiology:
- Stomach PH: Their highly acidic stomach is designed for eliminating harmful bacteria and breaking down bone into a gel-like substance. Humans have a much more alkaline stomach acid which is why we would struggle to digest raw bone.
-Digestive Enzymes: Higher level of proteases to break down animal protein. High bile load to help push through bacteria.
-Dental Anatomy: Sharp pointed teeth designed for ripping and tearing flesh and bones.Dogs do not chew their food as we do, they are wired to swallow chunks quickly as a basic survival instinct.
-Jaws: Dogs also have strong jaws that physically cannot move sideways (like your own can). This sideways grinding action is a feature that allows pre-digestion of plant material. Again, dogs rip off chunks and swallow them whole.
-Lack of Salivary Amylase: Omnivores have this for pre-digestion of carbohydrates. Dogs and cats do not. The canine pancreas secretes amylase as a backup, however this does not mean they should be fed a high carbohydrate diet every day for a lifetime. Processed food (incl vegan) is 40-70% carbohydrate.
-Lysozyme: Instead of amylase, dogs have lysozyme in their saliva which is an antibacterial. This may be useful for destroying any harmful bacteria in carrion/rotten food/feces, as well as wound cleaning.
-Gut length: The canine gut is short in length which is because flesh must be pushed through quickly. It does not need to sit and ferment, as this could allow bacteria to multiply to harmful levels. Note that plant eating animals have a long digestive tract and even multiple stomach chambers in order for plant material to be slowly broken down by the necessary enzymes.
-Nutrient profiles. Dogs have 0% biological requirement for carbohydrates. They gain every single essential nutrient from a prey based diet such as Whole Prey/Prey Model. Vegan diets are full of processed lab-made vitamins and minerals. Many vitamin pre-mixes are made in china and shipped to the country of manufacture.
All in all, dogs will survive on a high carbohydrate diet but it will cause systemic effects eventually. Similar to smoking, a junk food diet affects every dog differently and some may be affected more severely than others, and in different time spans. You can also expect high vet fees in the form of dental cleanings, dental surgeries and various health problem later on in life.
It is not recommended that you feed your pet the equivalent of a big mac for the entirety of its life. This is essentially what kibble and vegan diets are. Evolution has changed the appearance and even the behaviour of your dog, but their digestive system is still geared towards meat. Basically, you are paying money to have a company slowly kill your pet from the inside out. 
0/10, Not Recommended.

Hard science here for anyone who needs to shut down a “vegan pet owner.” It’s abuse. Feed your animal the substances they evolved to eat or do not own an animal, it’s as simple as that.

Seriously. You can’t just “make your dog vegan”. It’s abuse. 

health-gasm:

bogleech:

raw-fed-pets:

faofox:

raw-fed-pets:

All dogs share the same basic digestive system despite the range of physical variations (and attitudes) across different breeds. Every dog is designed to eat a raw animal-based diet, from the Chihuahua to the Great Dane. Breed-specific dog food brands are simply a marketing gimmick aimed at playing on the pet owner’s emotions, and their desire to feed their pet the best possible diet.

I don’t think that dogs need an animal-based diet. If done right they can be vegan and not contribute to the murdering of innocent animals. We’ve adapted and domesticated them enough to do so. They’ve evolved to live without meat just like us.

200% incorrect. Vegan diets are carbohydrate-based. Carbohydrates are inflammatory, feed cancer (glucose), contribute to periodontal disease (leading to systemic organ failure, eg heart), cause insulin spikes leading to a multitude of other issues in the long-term (thyroid, liver, diabetes, heart disease) and also cause pancreatic problems due to extreme stress on the pancreas (secreting heavy loads of carb enzymes over a long period of time). The low moisture content coupled with high plant protein may also cause renal failure in the long term. The preservatives used may also be linked to cancer (BHA, BHT etc), and these diets also skew the omega3/6 ratio, causing further inflammation (linked to cancer again). They cause urine alkalinity leading to urinary problems such as crystals, blockages and UTI’s.

Brief into to dog anatomy/physiology:

- Stomach PH: Their highly acidic stomach is designed for eliminating harmful bacteria and breaking down bone into a gel-like substance. Humans have a much more alkaline stomach acid which is why we would struggle to digest raw bone.

-Digestive Enzymes: Higher level of proteases to break down animal protein. High bile load to help push through bacteria.

-Dental Anatomy: Sharp pointed teeth designed for ripping and tearing flesh and bones.Dogs do not chew their food as we do, they are wired to swallow chunks quickly as a basic survival instinct.

-Jaws: Dogs also have strong jaws that physically cannot move sideways (like your own can). This sideways grinding action is a feature that allows pre-digestion of plant material. Again, dogs rip off chunks and swallow them whole.

-Lack of Salivary Amylase: Omnivores have this for pre-digestion of carbohydrates. Dogs and cats do not. The canine pancreas secretes amylase as a backup, however this does not mean they should be fed a high carbohydrate diet every day for a lifetime. Processed food (incl vegan) is 40-70% carbohydrate.

-Lysozyme: Instead of amylase, dogs have lysozyme in their saliva which is an antibacterial. This may be useful for destroying any harmful bacteria in carrion/rotten food/feces, as well as wound cleaning.

-Gut length: The canine gut is short in length which is because flesh must be pushed through quickly. It does not need to sit and ferment, as this could allow bacteria to multiply to harmful levels. Note that plant eating animals have a long digestive tract and even multiple stomach chambers in order for plant material to be slowly broken down by the necessary enzymes.

-Nutrient profiles. Dogs have 0% biological requirement for carbohydrates. They gain every single essential nutrient from a prey based diet such as Whole Prey/Prey Model. Vegan diets are full of processed lab-made vitamins and minerals. Many vitamin pre-mixes are made in china and shipped to the country of manufacture.

All in all, dogs will survive on a high carbohydrate diet but it will cause systemic effects eventually. Similar to smoking, a junk food diet affects every dog differently and some may be affected more severely than others, and in different time spans. You can also expect high vet fees in the form of dental cleanings, dental surgeries and various health problem later on in life.

It is not recommended that you feed your pet the equivalent of a big mac for the entirety of its life. This is essentially what kibble and vegan diets are. Evolution has changed the appearance and even the behaviour of your dog, but their digestive system is still geared towards meat. Basically, you are paying money to have a company slowly kill your pet from the inside out.

0/10, Not Recommended.

Hard science here for anyone who needs to shut down a “vegan pet owner.” It’s abuse. Feed your animal the substances they evolved to eat or do not own an animal, it’s as simple as that.

Seriously. You can’t just “make your dog vegan”. It’s abuse.