Articles: reptiles

Snakes on a Steve

Hard to believe – this isn’t the first interview I’ve done with a snake wound around me. Dr. Laurie Hess, author “Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor (or, What Friends Feathered, Furred, and Scaled Have Taught Me about Life and Love),” says that people can bond with snakes as pets. We talk about…

Unlikely Companions: Dr. Laurie Hess

It was a dark and stormy night. There’s an animal in distress. There’s a loving pet owner also in distress. Dr. Laurie Hess rushes to treat the emergency, and it’s not a sick dog or cat, it’s a sugar glider. Dr. Hess explains in Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of An Exotic Animal Doctor, the human-animal bond…

Pet Snakes, Lizards, Birds, Rats: All Unlikely Companions

Dr. Laurie Hess, author of “Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor (Or, What Friends Feathered, Furred and Scaled Have Taught Me About Life and Love)” and Deb Krohn, AKC “the frog lady” from the Chicago Herpetological Society talk with me HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio about loving pet birds,…

Pet Sliders to Dueling Cats, Experts Answer

These reader questions were answered by experts attending the North American Veterinary Conference with more than 8,000 veterinary professionals from around the world, form Jan. 16-20 in Orlando, Fla. Q: I really want a pet turtle for my birthday. But we looked online and saw baby turtles give you meningitis, and more diseases. I hope…

Pet Reptiles, Where to Get Them

Reptiles can be great first pets, or just great pet reptiles – it’s not only about dogs and cats. However, just like dogs and cats, it’s important where you get the pet reptile from, according to Dr. Susan Brown. Some are shipped from overseas, and suffer as a result – more than you know. One…

Be Careful When Buying Reptiles

Dr. Susan Brown says reptiles, can be great pets; HOWEVER, do you really know what you’re getting into? Listen HERE as Dr. Brown talks about the international trade in reptiles and why buying from pet stores who may be  importers/exporters is  not a good idea. She says about 70 percent of the animals die in…

Am a Stranger to my Pet Iguana

Q: Paco has been a great iguana. He’s now about 8-years old and recently his personality has changed. Some days he likes me, and others he chases me agressively, or acts like he’s never seen me before. Do you have an suggestions about what I should do? C. C., San Diego, CA A: He chases…

Selecting a Cold-Blooded Friend, American Veterinary Medical Association

Not all pets are furry, some are scaly. Dr. Susan Horton, in this video from the American Veterinary Medical Association, talks about alternatives such as snakes, lizards and turtles as pets. (By the way, the way the alligator shown in this video is NOT a good choice as a pet, for starters it’s illegal in…

Grapes Sicken Iguanas in Bahamas

It’s a common sight in many places around the world, iguana species have learned to gingerly approach people for handouts. Non one’s studied this ’till now. According to Charles Knapp, director of conservation and research at Chicago’s John G. Shedd Aquarium and the lead author of a new study of the iguanas published last week…

Crocodilians Master Stick Trick

So, how cunning are crocodiles or alligators. According to Scientific American, they’re smarter than your average bear….Two crcoodilian species have been observed to lie partially submerged, just hanging out – with sticks protruding from their mouths. We know all great apes use tools, like chimpanzees will use sticky sticks to poke into a termite mound.…

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