Why the Heck Would You Have a Pet Snake (or lizard, crocodile, monitor, frog, turtle etc)?

This is a question that has been asked of me and a thousand (million?) other herp keepers. I think it’s almost a case of once bitten, twice as determined. But seriously, it is something I have pondered but not really found an adequate answer for. They are not cute and cuddly. They bite (when young), they feel cold (not really) and they have funny eyes. And scales.

As a little tacker I was always into animals – frogs, lizards, tadpoles, butterflies, beetles, spiders – you name it, I went looking for it.

I don’t think I ever got over it. It’s hard to explain to people who do not have a fascination with animals, what the attraction is. It’s just there. I think most people actually have it but for a variety of reasons they do not act upon it or ignore it.

Snakes are particularly intriguing. The way they move, the way the eat, the way their metabolism is so brilliantly attuned to the particular environment they inhabit, their ancestry, the development of venoms so potent that that can kill in minutes, all of these things interest me and make me want to know more about them.

There is some part of you that has to overcome a natural fear in the first instance to want to own and keep a reptile. For some reason, I’m not sure if it’s instinct, we fear snakes and many reptiles. Witness a small child when you show them a snake. They instantly recoil. It’s only when you show them that they have nothing to fear that they can then ‘pet’ the snake and overcome their own fears (well, as long as it’s not venomous).

Where I live, every snake is venomous. There is no such thing as a snake that is not dangerous. Copperheads, red-bellied black snakes, mainland tiger snakes and eastern brown snakes all inhabit my local area, so it’s understandable that people fear them. We have no pythons or non-venomous snakes in my area. Just the other day one of the painters doing my house remarked to me that he nearly leapt out of his skin when he saw what looked to be a snake in the grass near where he was painting. It turns out it was a blue tongued lizard, but nonetheless, his fear was well grounded. Living in the area makes you wary of snakes.

I think this is somewhat unfortunate. Snakes are more scared of you. How big you must appear to a snake. Standing still when you see one will prevent an attack. They only attack when threatened. Slowly backing off is also a good thing to do.

So why keep them? I think it is a duality of fear and fascination. And the trouble is that once you have one, you want two, and then three etc. If you have them, you know the feeling.

Another aspect is the actual act of managing to keep an animal that is not naturally suited or normally kept as a pet in an artificial environment. Learning about its needs, how to maintain optimal health, how to breed it, how to ‘tame’ it and how to enjoy it for what it is. These are challenges that herp keeping offers that few other pets do.

Friendly Rabbit Breeds: What Breed of Rabbit Makes the Best Pet?

When choosing a pet rabbit, breed is one of the major factors to consider. Rabbits vary a great deal from breed to breed in terms of temperament, lifespan, care needs and ease of handling. With more than 60 rabbit breeds and over 500 varieties worldwide, there are many to choose from; this article gives information on the breeds most commonly seen as pets.

Rabbit breeds are classified into four sizes – dwarf, small/medium, large and giant. As a general rule of thumb, the smaller the breed, the longer the lifespan, with dwarf breeds having an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years while giant breeds have a shorter lifespan of 5 to 6 years.

Size also has a bearing on temperament, with the larger breeds tending to be more laid back and friendly, while the smaller or dwarf breeds can be very energetic, highly strung and more difficult to handle. Long haired breeds such as the Angora need almost daily brushing while very short haired breeds like the Rex need no brushing whatsoever.

Therefore, the ‘best’ pet rabbit breed in terms of friendliness and ease of care would be a large breed e.g. English Spot, New Zealand, Californian, Standard Rex or French Lop. Dutch and Himalayan rabbits are also friendly and easy going, despite being a small/medium size.

The most common pet breeds seen today are dwarf or small breeds e.g. Netherland Dwarf, Dwarf Lop, Mini Lop, Holland Lop, Lionhead, Mini Lion Lop, Polish, Mini Rex etc. These have been breed to look small and cute with rounded heads, however, these breeds have a far higher risk of dental disease which can be very costly to treat. They are also not recommended for inexperienced rabbit keepers or children as their lively, energetic nature makes them more difficult to handle.

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What Makes Sugar Gliders the Perfect Pet?

Why should you consider sugar gliders as pets? Sugar gliders are considered the perfect household pet by families all around the globe. They are very small and do not require any special care, unlike other exotic pets. They are very cute to look at and lovely to play with.

Gliders are pocket sized marsupials, the same family as kangaroos and koalas. They are not rodents (like rats and mice) even though they bear a striking similarity.

They get their name for they have a penchant for sweet things, as their diet in the wild consists of fruit nectar and the sap from eucalyptus trees. The glider part of their name comes from a flap of skin that runs from their wrists to their ankles that allows them to glide effortless from tree to tree in their natural habitat. They are originally from Australia and make their home in the trees in the forest. They are generally very healthy and can be expected to live for 12-15 years.

Seniors living alone at home should consider having Sugar Gliders as pets for they don’t require a lot of maintenance and are very loving. Gliders also make great pets for children 6 years old and up. Children younger than 6 should only handle these pets under adult supervision.

These cool critters are nocturnal animals so they are most active at nights. However they will be happy to accompany you throughout the day sleeping inside a coat or shirt pocket.

Sugar gliders love being near their owners, so many persons allow them to cling on an inside shirt or in a shirt pocket. They crave attention and companionship so if you show them love they will respond in like manner. They do not do well with punishment but if you treat them with gentleness and care you will be rewarded with a loving devoted companion for life.

Sugar gliders make perfect pets because they are low maintenance. They are clean and do not carry bad odors. They don’t make a mess and will clean themselves, so there is no need to bathe them. They carry no diseases so there is no need to vaccinate them. They do not catch diseases so there is little need for visits to the vet.

Sugar gliders will not destroy furniture. Gliders will not gnaw and chew your shoes or grind their teeth on your chairs. They have no need to chew constantly like rodents so you can feel safe when they are out of their cage and roaming around.

Sugar gliders are very loving and clingy. They are social animals which makes them bond well with their human family. They are loyal and form good bonds with their owners and will be committed to you for life.

If you are considering taking sugar gliders as a pet, it is one of the most fulfilling decisions you can make. These beautiful loving pets will adore you for a lifetime and you will have no choice but to love them in return.