Tarantula Attack!

Well, that’s a little misleading. Yes, my salmon pink bird eater kicks hairs like crazy, but he didn’t get me directly. There was a cleaning incident.

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Should you trim your bird’s wings?

What Is Wing Clipping?

If you’re new to bird ownership, or are thinking about your first bird, you may have also thought about wing clipping. Many people new to avian care believe this is the permanent (and painful) trimming of wing flesh to prevent flight feathers from regrowing. Nothing can be further from the truth! A wing clip is like trimming your own nails or getting a haircut. It involves trimming 3 to 6 long flight feathers at the tips of your bird’s wings. This trim prevents her from gaining altitude but still allows your bird the ability to descend to the floor in a controlled, gentle manner should she need to.

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Brazilian Black Update

Grammostola pulchra

After a recent molt (12/10/2016), I was disappointed that the apparent gender of my gorgeous Brazi Black is male.

He is a voracious eater and never disappoints. This seems to be a trend on all the male individuals I’ve owned. Females seem more cautious – is that a thing with tarantulas? I will have to ask the guys at Arachnoboards if it’s a coincidence. I have not been feeding the collection for fast growth, but he easily outpaces my other species.

Pacman Frog Food: ZooMed vs Samurai

Ceratophrys ornata

I’ve been feeding pacman frogs a staple diet of commercial food for about a year now. I originally switched to this diet for convenience sake and to ensure my frogs got adequate nutrition. Admittedly, I do not have the best memory (thanks fibro-fog!), so make extra effort to ensure my enclosures and feeding routines take care of themselves as much as possible. Having a commercial diet readily available in my home guarantees my frogs are fed on-time and that they get their supplements (built right in to the formula of their food).

Now, I have been feeding ZooMed Pacman Food, but recently decided to try Samurai’s PacmanFood. Wow, what a difference! Samurai’s has some different ingredients that make preparing the food much less messier, although I can’t say whether they are any more nutritious. The food holds it’s shape better and is all-around easier to feed. Its only drawback is the price. Zoomed can be picked up between $9 and $15 (varies between online and brick stores), making it $1.50/oz at most. Samurai’s Pacman Food is only available through their website and comes to $4.49/oz after shipping.

I have not been using Samurai’s formula for long enough to tell if my frogs are doing any better or worse. I do know that Samurai has a lot more experience with their formula, having been using it at their facility in Japan for 8 – 10 years already. ZooMed is relatively new at it in comparison, with their product only available since 2013. (And Hikari’s Pac Attack is the newest food to hit shelves in 2014, but haven’t tried that yet).

 

Sad News: Greater Horned Baboon [020] Deadsauced

I learned the hard way how warm these guys like their habitat.  Read More →

Escape!

No updates in a long time, I know. I got promoted at the office and my new position has been eating my weekends and free time. Ugh!

Fun fact: My largest Brazi rainbow boa, Olivia escaped her feeding box two days ago. Read More →

Brazilian Black Update

Just some new photos. Read More →

Salmon Pink Birdeater Premolt Pic

Lasiodora parahybana

Some pre and post molt photos. Read More →

Finally Got My Ornate Last Month

I have been watching the local pet stores for an Ornate Pacman and finally found one at Scales ‘n Tails in Lakewood, CO in mid January. It took about 10 months to find. Read More →

Greater Horned Baboon [020] Update

My GH baboon is quick to strike without warning. She slammed my tongs three times as I gently coaxed her out for a photo shoot. =D What an awesome tarantula! Read More →