New this week: Baby ball pythons

 

Just in this week, 6 normal ball pythons

We just got in 6 normal ball pythons. Great snake for beginner, or a great snake to introduce someone to who has a snake phobia. Just look at that little guy! Nothing to be afraid of. Give us a call if you are interested in purchasing one, some may not be ready to sell for a few weeks.

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Five Good Beginner Tarantulas

If you are in the market for an extremely easy to care for animal, then you should be considering an 8 legged animal, yes, a tarantula.

Tarantulas are not as scary and creepy as many people think they are, most just want hang in their webs or dig a nice little hiding spot. There are some that can be nasty that only an experienced tarantula owner should be dealing with; this article won’t cover the ins and outs of those species.

We will talk about a few really easy to care and easy to handle spiders.  When handling a tarantula you need to be very careful, yes for yourself, but also for the the tarantula, as falling from a few feet could really hurt the tarantula or even kill it. Make slow, calculated movements when approaching to pick it up and while holding it. If the tarantula moving suddenly will make you jerk and drop it, it would be best to wait until you are more comfortable.

1. Pink toe tarantulas-  These are arboreal tarantulas, which means they won’t be spending much time walking on the ground, they will use the sides of the tank to hang out and make webs. Pinktoes don’t get very big, just a few inches – maybe up to 4 inches if you got a really big one. They have slender bodies and lanky legs that make them look a little bigger than they are. This is an extremely easy to handle species, when threatened this spider will run away, not attack. Pink toes do need rather high humidity for a tarantula, so get yourself a spray bottle to keep the humidity up.

2. Mexican red knee- Probably the most famous tarantula in the world, you have seen it in a dozen or so movies. Really beautiful vibrant orange coloring on all 8 legs. This is a terrestrial species, that means walking on the ground and not making tons of webs. This is a medium sized tarantula, adults can reach 6 inches. Another easy tarantula to handle, this species is one that can and will flick hairs. If the hairs hit you they can be itchy and uncomfortable.

3. Rose hair – Personally, not a fan of this tarantula. Tends to be very moody which makes handling a no go for me. However most tarantula people will tell you this is a great beginner species, and these can be handled, so we will put it on the list.  Another medium sized around 5 inches as an adult, this is also a terrestrial species.

4. Brazilian black- If you can get your hands on one of these as a sling or an adult, get it, you will not regret it. As you can guess from the name it is a black tarantula, but the jet black look on this spider is amazing. This is closer to the large range for size, adult leg span can reach up to 8 inches. Do not be intimidated by the size, this is an incredibly docile tarantula. If you stop into our store ask whoever is ringing you up to pull this spider out.

5. Chaco golden knee-  Similar to the Red knees in look but with a smaller amount of color, similar in size as well, although some chaco’s have grown to the rather large 8 inches. This is a slow mover and docile attitude spider, that is usually what you are looking for from your first tarantula. These guys can be hair flickers which is really the only down fall, but it is rare for them.

There are plenty of other great starter tarantulas out there and some really cool more advanced tarantulas as well. Jabberwock Reptiles carries a wide variety and great selection of tarantulas. If you are looking for a tarantula or are just curious about them, Jabberwock is the place to go.

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Could you own an Iguana?

Almost every article you can find on the internet about getting an Iguana is basically a warning or tells you to not get an iguana. You can find top ten lists of reptiles not to get and iguanas find their way onto that list frequently. This article is going to be different. This is going to encourage you to do your homework on the animal, and then come into our store and interact with the two baby red iguanas we have.

Here is a quick study guide to help with that homework. They get big, they need a lot of space, you need to work with them, learn how to trim nails, and get some fruit.

Sure an iguana grows to a large adult size, about 6 feet head to tail. They are really only the size of a plump cat with a four foot tail on it.  They look a little prehistoric as adults and that could be intimidating to some, but really they are just waiting for the next serving of fruit, these “scary looking” lizards only eat greens and fruits.

Iguanas can be moody at times, but who isn’t?

If you handle your baby or juvenile iggy regularly then they will get used to you and they will tame down quite a bit. A  Jabberwock employee owns an iguana and he describes his iguana’s temperament  as ” kind of like a puppy, he always wants his head rubbed.”

This is the point in the article where you either buy into the iguana idea or you drop out of the idea.

They will need a bug custom enclosure, period.  You can’t stick them in a 55 gallon tank and think that they will only grow to the size of the tank. You can keep a baby or a juvenile in something like a 55 gallon, but once your iggy is about 3 1/2 feet you are going to want to start planning your custom enclosure.

The size of the enclosure is tough to nail down to an exact necessary size. Height is most important, you defiantly want to give at least 6 feet of height.  Then for the rest of the enclosure, at least 2 feet deep , at least 3 feet wide. Those are bare minimum numbers for you, if you have the space the give more space to the iguana.

Some small helpful tips:

Get some good nail clippers, you are going to have scratches all over your hands and arms if you don’t. If you are uncomfortable doing that, you can bring your iggy in and we can cut them for you.

Get a spray bottle to help with humidity, pick a good spot to keep the young iguana you don’t want to stress them out with a cat or high traffic areas, get into a routine with your iggy.

Just remember to do your homework and to come into Jabberwock Reptiles and interact with a young iguana.

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So you want a snake?

Snakes make great pets believe it or not. Very simple to care for, only one meal a week, no lights needed, and easy to keep the tank clean.Now, when you walk into our store you will have several options on different types of snakes. How will you know what snake is best for you? Jabberwock Reptiles has the snake for you, guaranteed. The most important thing that you are going to want to know is how big is that cute little thing going to be in a few years. The second thing you want to know is do I have to be scared of it biting me.

Snakes tend to have a long lifespan, anywhere from 15-35 years. So be sure that you are committed to taking care of your snake for a long time.

Boa constrictors- Size will range from 5 feet to 14 feet. Females will always be larger, it is not likely to get a 14 footer, if you buy a female it is more likely to be 10 feet. Their temperament is pretty relaxed, very easy to handle. This is a snake that is best for intermediate owners, if the size doesn’t bother you then a beginner could take this snake on. Now some people don’t want a snake that will be potentially twice the length of them, and that is understandable.

For people who are looking for a more manageable size, you have options. Ball Pythons, corn snakes, milk snakes,and rat snakes which are new to our store. There are also other options like hognose snakes and sand boas that we do carry from time to time.

Ball Pythons- Size will range from 3 feet to 5 or 6 feet. These are great beginner snakes with some amazing colors and patterns. These snakes can be a little shy at times but by no means are they aggressive.

Corn snakes, Milk snakes, King snakes- These snakes get grouped together because they are all really similar. Size ranges from 2 feet to 4 feet, and these snakes are slender. These are perfect for beginners, or for kids who are interested in snakes. They can be a little bit flighty, quick moving around your fingers but again not aggressive.

Rat snakes- These snakes are close to the group above. The size is not too far off ranging from 3 feet to about 6 feet. Tend to be a little bit shy, but again not one that you need to be on high alert for an attack. These are new to our store so if you are curious, come down to see them.

Hognose snakes- If you haven’t seen one you need to. These little guys stay little, only reaching about 3 feet. Good temperament, great for beginners and kids.

Sand boa- Another snake that you should see if you haven’t. The name boa will put an image in your mind but when you see it you might say “huh?”  Another snake that will top out around 3 feet, with a good temperament.

Still interested in getting a snake? Come down to Jabberwock Reptiles and we will walk you through the selection process and let you hand pick the snake that best fits you.

 

 

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Can I get salmonella from my pet reptile?

Salmonellosis, the disease caused by the Salmonella bacterium, is possibly the most infamous disease transmissible between animals and people associated with reptiles, (called zoonoses). The most famous epidemic of Salmonella in the 1970’s was caused by small (under 4 inch) red-slider turtles that were raised in human sewage ponds and sold to  the unknowing public; children sent away for these turtles based on ads in comic books and magazines.  Most of the time there was no information available on how to handle these animals, and they often sat in small plastic trays in dirty water.  Thousands of children became ill, as the transfer of fecal infected water to children’s mouths led to Salmonellosis. Eventually, the CDC  banned the sale of turtles under the 4 inch size, as the larger size would not easily fit into a child’s mouth.

For Salmonellosis to occur,  there must be a fecal-oral transmission between the animal and humans.  Such a transmission happens when a person places objects or food in their mouths after handling Salmonella-contaminated material – the animal itself, any item it has been on or in, or any water in its environment,  without utilizing proper hygiene. Though there are over 2000 serotypes of Salmonella, reptiles are known to carry only 200 types. Salmonella bacteria are found in many different animal species, not just reptiles, including birds (i.e. chicken, seagulls); fish, insects(i.e. cockroaches and other bugs); and mammals (like cats and dogs, including humans). All can carry the bacteria and no show signs of the disease.  Food we buy at the store has famously also been contaminated from time to time.

Salmonellosis is not a disease to be taken lightly. Once infected, the symptoms of diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps usually start within 12 to 72 hours of infection and can last from four to seven days. Young, old and immune-compromised people are the most susceptible. However, it is not easy to contract if you practice simple hygiene when handling your reptiles and making hand washing a part of your routine pet care.

To put the problem into perspective, people are at a greater risk of contracting Salmonella from uncooked chicken than they are from reptile pets. While every reptile may carry Salmonella, scientific studies have shown that only 10% of the time is it possible to find the bacteria being shed from the animal.  Nonetheless, It is best practice to assume any reptile you have may be a carrier and to use the proper hygiene practices at all times to stop any possible contamination.  Ensure that your child washes their hands after every encounter with their pet or with any of their pet’s items. Washing your hands after handling your pet reptile or using a common antibacterial hand sanitizer is the best way to avoid any infection from Salmonella. Make it a habit, and you will be free to enjoy your pet reptile.

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