The Importance of Socialising Skunks

When we got our first Skunk, Rogue, she was 6 months old and had come from a supplier rather than a breeder. She had been raised in an outdoor pen. She had no human interaction for this time, so by the time we got her via a friend’s exotic pet shop, she was a fairly scared little girl. On the day we got her home, we put her down on the sofa, and Jasper (one of our Springer Spaniels) promptly jumped up to see who this new friend was! (he…

Feeding Snakes

The frequency of feeding your snake depends entirely on the species, age, size and the results you wish to achieve. Some species, like the Western Hognose have a higher metabolism so will feed twice weekly as they grow. These are a species that should be fed smaller amounts more often, rather than a bigger food item less often. Most snakes, however would be happy with regular weekly feeds. A hatchling snake (Royal Python or Corn Snake for example), once it is feeding, will take twice weekly feeds, and will grow…

Feeding Snakes – Food Sizes

We breed our own food here as we believe it to be higher quality than mass produced frozen rats and mice bought from a shop. It also works out a lot cheaper for us! We realise this is not practical for everyone, so we try and label our feeding cards with the size closest to shop bought sizes as possible. We also use a mixture of fresh food and defrosted to ensure they are not fussy feeders when they leave us! Most snakes are fed approximately once a week. When…

Feeding Stick Insects

Stick Insects are extremely easy to feed. And very cheap! The majority of stick insects will feed on plants readily available nearby. If the food is not available near you, you should reconsider keeping them, however if you go for a walk in your local park, and down your street, you are almost guaranteed to find food for one or more species. Food should not be collected from the side of the road. Roadside verges are often sprayed with pesticides, which are designed to kill insects. This would of course…

Axolotl Care Sheet

About Axolotls (Ax-o-lot-ul) Axolotls come from the Ice Fed lakes of Mexico, specifically┬áLake Chalco. It was native to two lakes ~ Lake Xochimilco also, but sadly only remnants of Lake Xochimilco remain. They are the larval form of the Mexican Mole Salamander, however they never (in their natural environment) perform the metamorphosis in to Salamanders, living their entire lives, throughout sexuality, breeding and adulthood in their larval form. This is known as Neoteny. They can occasionally morph in to salamanders, but this is not something that should be encouraged, as…