How to Properly Handle Water Snakes

I’ve already mentioned that water snakes make interesting and good pets. Still, since they exist in the wild, they have instincts that cause them to be cautious of people, whether the snake came from a pet store or was caught out in the wild. It is a good thing that it isn’t at all difficult to hand tame these snakes or to handle them properly. The snake breed By using the term, ‘water snake,’ people should understand that this doesn’t mean all snakes that live in the water. Indeed, many snakes spend a great deal of their time in lakes, rivers, streams, ponds and even in the ocean. However, water snakes are those belonging to specific species. These snakes are occasionally known to bite but they seldom do, unless they are stressed and feel frightened, or when they are trying to protect themselves. Even when they do bite, the snake is harmless and shouldn’t be feared. True water snakes are docile animals. The snake’s trust As with nearly all wild animals, in order for water snakes to accept a person’s touch, the snakes need to build up some trust so they know that they aren’t going to be hurt. It can help a person to know that they don’t bite often, since the trust works both ways. Snakes have the ability to sense fear, just as many animals can, and fear can make them nervous. The first step is then to understand the snake and to not be afraid of Continue Reading →

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How to Keep Western Toads as Pets

The cute little guy in the picture is a male western toad named Chirpy. He is an interesting little pet and it is enjoyable having him around. He was rescued from the middle of a busy road in the middle of the night. Even though toads are often not considered as a potential pet, they can be quite entertaining and since they tend to be docile by nature, they can become quite tame. Western toads are of a species that can be a great and interesting pet and they are quite common in many areas, though they might not be observed all that often. This means that western toads can be fairly easy to come by, however like most pets, they do require proper care if they are going to flourish. Legalities One of the first considerations regarding keeping a western toad as a pet is the legality involved with keeping it. It may not be legal to have this kind of toad in captivity, in all areas. Before one is kept, it is worthwhile to check state and federal laws. This is often easy to do, since the laws can often be found online. In some places, this species of toad is being considered for placement on the endangered species list because of declining numbers. Adequate tank These toads don’t normally get enormous, however they are also not small when they are full grown. They get close to the size of a fist. This means that when selecting a Continue Reading →

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