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Tarantula Care Guide - The Critter Depot

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Tarantula Care Guide Table of Contents   Tarantula Care Questions? We love our tarantulas.  But sometimes we have specific questions to ensure their health and happiness.  Post your questions in our community support forum, and an experienced tarantula care giver will quickly help you and your beloved pet. Tarantula Lore In Italy, there are famous dances referred to as ‘tarantellas’. They were inspired by the spontaneous dancing patterns exhibited by women supposedly bitten, and then possessed by, local species of tarantulas. The dancing of the bite victims might last for hours, before the sufferer collapsed, apparently freed from the effects...

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How Long Do Leopard Geckos Live? - The Critter Depot

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How Long Do Leopard Gecko's Live? Leopard geckos, in captivity, can live as long as 20 years.  And it doesn't take a lot of work to reach this full.  But they do have certain requirements, which if not met, will cause an early demise. Habitat Requirements Correct temperature, humidity, diet, and exercise are key components. Incorrect temperatures, either too hot or too cold, can cause stress, which in turn suppresses the animal’s immune system. Stressed geckos may become anorexic and dehydrated. This leaves the animal open to secondary infections that can be difficult to treat effectively, making a low maintenance pet...

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What do Leopard Geckos Eat? - The Critter Depot

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What Do Leopard Gecko's Eat? Table of Contents Leopard geckos are insectivores.  This means they consume only insects for nutrition. This diet serves wild geckos well and, and assuming they can avoid predators, they can live up to 20 years. In captivity, pet leopard geckos need their keepers to provide the variety and supplementation that they would normally get in the wild.  Let’s look at the food items and supplements that keep a leo fit and healthy. Fat Tails are Well Fed Leo's Leos are usually good eaters, sometimes too much so. This desert dwelling species does not stalk prey,...

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Leopard Gecko Substrate - The Critter Depot

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Best Substrates for Leopard Geckos Table of Contents There are many safe and affordable leopard gecko substrates on the market, in pet stores, online, or even in your local garden department. There are also some options that should never be used.   Here is a comprehensive guide on the safe substrates vs. the unsafe ones.  But if you're looking for more information on caring for your leopard gecko, here is a full guide for all the important steps to consider when scheduling their diet, and habitat sanitation. Never Use These Substrates "Clumping" Material To be avoided are pet toilet products that...

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How to Prevent Metabolic Bone Disease - The Critter Depot

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How to Prevent Metabolic Bone Disease - And Understanding the Role of Calcium and Phosphorus Table of Contents Trivia question for you herp fanciers…when is a serpentine spine a bad thing? When it’s in a lizard suffering from metabolic bone disease (MBD). A waving spine in a ball python is pretty normal, but not in a bearded dragon. While not exactly a catchall term, MBD is a condition caused by more than one deficiency or illness. In other words, MBD itself comes in various forms. For instance, the most common form diagnosed in captive reptiles and amphibians is nutritional secondary...

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