Trying to decide on the ideal snake for a beginning hobbyist? The two most important things to look for include ease of handling and difficulty in feeding. One of the best, if not the best choice for a new handler is the corn snake, or Elaphe guttata, sometimes referred to as the red rat snake.
A nationwide study of animal control facilities performed in 2000 reported that 40% of dogs and 28% of cats were surrendered due to one or more behavior problems. Today, that number is thought to be much higher. The most common behavioral problem cited was inappropriate elimination. Owners are often reluctant to admit when there is a behavioral problem that results in the relinquishment of the pet because they believe acknowledging the problem will decrease the chance of the pet being adopted and increase the possibility of euthanasia.
The scientific name for the ferret is Mustela putorius furo, which literally translates to “stinky thief.” The scientific name is thought to refer to the ferret’s musky odor and mischievous nature. Ferrets are classified in the family Mustelidae. As a member of this family they are closely related to mink, skunks, weasels and otters.
Raising baby squirrels can be a rewarding experience. Most baby squirrels do well when you follow some basic rules. Baby animals are not usually able to maintain body temperature and need to warm up to an additional heat source. Hypothermia is the primary cause of death in an immature squirrel. When confronted with a baby squirrel, the first step should be to warm them quickly and gently. A hot water bottle is the safest heat source and can be easily constructed from a couple empty plastic soda bottles. Fill the bottle with hot water and wrap in a towel.
Guinea pigs are wonderful pets, gentle and loving. They easily become quite accustomed to human handling, and love to be petted and held regularly. Some guineas will make a rumbling, chirping sound while they’re being petted, similar to a cat's purr.
Mice are a wonderful pet for young children just learning to take care of animals, or anyone who would love an active, adorable but low-maintenance pet.
When you’re picking out a mouse, find one that’s active and healthy with bright eyes. Have your veterinarian give your new mouse a checkup first thing. If you’re bringing a new mouse into a group of mice you’ve had for some time, keep him in a sort of quarantine until you’re sure he’s free of any bacterial diseases or viruses.
Buying a horse is a serious investment. Before you make any decisions, it’s wise to have a veterinarian who specializes in horses perform a prepurchase evaluation on the horse you’re interested in.
Ferrets are playful and energetic, and bond well with their human friends. Some ferret caregivers compare ferrets to cats, but a ferret is in general much more energetic than your average cat. In some states in the U.S., owning a ferret is illegal. If you’re thinking of bringing a ferret into your home, check first to find out if any state or local laws prohibit you from keeping a ferret.
Anyone who has known a pet rat will tell you how friendly, intelligent, compassionate and adorable rats can be. In addition, they are very easy to care for, provided you can dedicate enough time to bonding with your new friend.
Iguanas are a very popular reptile pet. With very gradual introduction to handling, a young iguana can adapt well to human contact. Iguanas are fascinating to watch and, as a somewhat low-maintenance pet, they are popular with people who may not have the time or space to dedicate to a larger, more demanding animal. But that’s not to say that iguanas don’t need their share of care. A happy iguana is well-fed, well-housed and healthy.