My weird pets

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  1. SkinkWitch

    SkinkWitch I've got the power

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    I keep a variety of animals, here are some of my more unconventional ones:

    Green Anole
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    Rose Chafer Beetle
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    Praying Mantis (eating jam from my sleeve lol)
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    Giant African Land Snail
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    Albino Giant Snail
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    Blue Tongued Skink
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    Hope you like them :D
     
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  3. kazzymc

    kazzymc Gold Member

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    WOW there brilliant love the giant snails i always remember holiding one on a school trip many years ago lol
     
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    Love the skink, he/she looks chilled out.
    Just a question about the snails though, are they easy to look after and can they be handled ????
    My boys school are looking for homes for some of there babies.
     
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    Kitteh Resident geek

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    oh wow..!!!!!

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  6. SkinkWitch

    SkinkWitch I've got the power

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    Thanks all, glad you like them, they are sweeties really!

    Sazzy34, the snails are sort of easy, they need a heated tank (26-27C) and I'd advise using compost not dirt from the garden for their tank or they can pick up parasites. Apart from that they are like garden snails really, they eat the things you would expect like lettuce and cucumber. They also need calcium such as cuttlefish for their shells. If you get more than one they'll breed eventually and believe me they lay hundreds of eggs so you do need to keep a check on that! Eggs can be disposed of by putting them in the freezer overnight, they can't be released into the wild (it is illegal!). If you do decide to get some feel free to pm me, I also moderate a snail forum. :)

    Oh and they can definitely be handled!
    The captive-bred ones are totally safe for children, no parasites or disease to catch. Mine love to come out and see me, they also love a bath in lukewarm water and a drop of beer!
     
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    my favourite is the praying mantis.. :D

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  8. natayou

    natayou a bit different everyday

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    wow so interesting!!
    do you know I saw some of those snails for sale outside an african food shop the other day in peckham, they are HUGE
    cant imagine eating them though:eek:
    oops sorry hope you dont get upset at the thought of it:confused:
     
  9. Carolanski

    Carolanski Back to it!

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    Love the skink - they get quite big dont they?

    Praying Mantis' freak me out!!! Kinda spooky looking!

    We keep Crested Geckos

    Kurt, Sid and Titch

    Don't know how to add actual piccies so have added them as attachments

    Carol x
     

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    Nu77y1 Full Member

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    Love the B.T Skink, im looking at getting one of those soon. Like the praying Mantis too, what do you feed it on? My brother keeps Scorpions, not to keen on them.


    Nicci
     
  11. SkinkWitch

    SkinkWitch I've got the power

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    Nattayou - yes, they do eat the giant snails unfortunately, I suppose it's part of the African culture as they're a readily available source of food. Sometimes some folk from my snail group go to london and 'rescue' as many as they can afford.

    Kitteh - I'm glad you like my little baby, I've had her for over a year now and I'm quite attached to her! :) She's laid me a few eggs but has no mate so they'll be infertile :cry:
    Carolanski - those cresties are GORGEOUS! And they look really well cared for and happy, bless them. My skink is about 2.5 foot, fully grown.

    Nu77y1 - I'd totally encourage getting a b.t.s, they're like puppies when they get to know you. I feed my mantis crickets, waxworms, moths and the occasional treat of jam or honey. I used to have some scorps but they weren't really my cup of tea either.

    SW
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  12. natayou

    natayou a bit different everyday

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    aww bless your group rescuing the snails, so are they alive then in the boxes that i saw them in...
    have you always liked these types of pets?
    I really love the look of iguanas but guessing they take alot of looking after
    I have never even heard of a skink before and didnt realise it was so big from the picture...2.5 ft wow
    x
     
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