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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.…

Snakes in a Garage

800 snakes in a garage. These snakes weren’t on a plane, but terrified neighbors in Shirley, NY were worried about snakes in the Long Island garage. Can you imagine? In truth, the snakes appeared to be in good shape. This isn’t the story of a hoarder – it’s the story of a seller. It turned…

Lesson Learned, Eating Too Many Bugs Can Kill You

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla., Oct. 8  –According to UPI, a 32-year-old Florida man ate dozens of cockroaches and worms to win a contest. That’s the good news. The bad news is that he died. Edward Archbold of West Palm Beach went outside after winning the contest at the Ben Siegal Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach, FL…

Are Slider Turtles Choice Pets?

Another question from my Tribune Media Services newspaper column: Q: My 12-year-old son really wants a pair of slider turtles. These pets were popular when I was young. I checked online and found that sliders spread salmonella and are now banned in some places. Our son is so determined that he created a power point…

Overweight Bearded Dragon Lizard

Another question from my Tribune Media Services newspaper column Q: How can you tell if our 3-year-old bearded dragon (lizard) is overweight? I’ve seen bearded dragons in pet stores and they all seem to have round bellies. I asked our vet, but she doesn’t know much about lizards. She did say that if Boris is…

Skunk or Skink, Which Is Better Pet?

Another question from my Tribune Media Services newspaper column: Q: Do skunks really make good pets? I read in a magazine that you have a skunk with a blue tongue. Where would I find one? — C.T., Cyberspace A: I do have a pet with a blue tongue — a Northern blue-tongue skink, a kind…

Venomous Snake Contributes to Cancer Treatment

This one is for those idiots who randomly kill snakes, particularly if they are venomous. A promising possibility exist for treating colorectal and we can thank sharp-nosed vipers for this possibility. A protein in the venon from this species (Deinagkistrodon acutus),has been shown to shrink the size of colorectal tumors in mice by 28 percent in…

Bearded Dragon Playing Ant Crusher

New video game: Ant Crusher. I can play and do okay – but not nearly as well as this professional player. (thanks to Mallory for the idea of this post)

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