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Amy Brannan

Amy grew up in England and in the early 1990's moved to North Carolina where she completed a bachelors degree in Psychology in 2001. Amy's personal interest in writing was sparked by her love of reading fiction and her creative writing hobby. Amy is currently self employed as a freelance writer and web designer. When she is not working Amy can be found curled up with a good book and her black Labrador, Jet.

Why Global Warming Causes Increase in Bugs, Insects and Flu

Dragonfly

We have global warming to thank for an increase in the rate of bug bite related infections. Bugs thrive in warmer climates, including ticks that carry the potentially fatal Lyme disease and perhaps even flu bugs. As winters shorten, ticks are showing up earlier each year and leaving later. As a result, the number of cases of Lyme disease has doubled in recent years...

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Reptile Terrarium: Tips for Building a Home for Your Pet

Snake in a cage: Reptile Terrarium Guide

When you keep any type of animal species inside your home, it's important to make sure they feel comfortable and safe as possible. That will ensure your pet lives a happy, healthy life. Unlike cats and dogs which are more adaptable to being inside, reptiles are native to the outdoors so it's that much more critical to create a cage that is reflective of their natural environment. Whether you're a new or existing parent to a reptile, here are some tips to get your (and your lizard, gecko or snake) reptile terrarium set up as best as possible...

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How to Spot and Treat Common Betta Fish Diseases

Bluel beta fish swimming in tank

Keeping a Betta fish is one of the more colorful experiences in the fish keeping world but it can also be particularly challenging. Unlike keeping other pets, keeping a Betta fish can be frustrating because of the lack of ability for your fish to communicate its needs. In this article we will address a number of common Betta fish diseases, how they can be identified and what should be done to treat them. Read on to find out what signs you should be looking out for to ensure that your Betta fish does not succumb to one of these common Betta fish diseases...

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How to Breed Betta Fish Guide

2 Betta fish in tank with bubbles: How to Breed Betta Fish

Betta fish are one of nature’s more colorful fish and one of the most popular pets. Many people decide to breed their Betta fish to discover more about the fish and to attempt to achieve brilliant new colorations. While these vibrant fish are a pleasure to look at, the breeding process is an extremely delicate one. These aggressive fish require strict supervision throughout the breeding process in order to ensure that the young survive and the male and female do not kill each other after mating. In this article we will discuss how to best go about mating your Betta fish in order to ensure the survival of the young...

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Saltwater Aquarium for Beginners: 10 Easy Steps

Saltwater tank with fish: Saltwater Aquarium for Beginners

When it comes to aquariums there is nothing more beautiful than a large saltwater aquarium. The glowing, bright colors and glistening neon water makes for a stunning look to add to a business or home. However, few people understand the work that goes in to setting up and maintaining them. In this article we will cover all the basics of how you go about setting up a saltwater aquarium from picking out your aquarium to preparing it for your saltwater fish selection and more...

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Climate Change is Slowing Neptune Grass Growth

Neptune grass at bottom of sea: What is Neptune Grass and Why It Matters

Ancient seagrass (aka neptune grass) is believed to be tens of thousands of years old and yet it may be at threat for extinction as a result of climate change. In this article we take a dive deep below the sea to find out what's growing on the ocean floor and to better understand the most recent findings in regard to this ancient oceanic organism and its importance...

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How to Choose the Right Betta Fish Tanks

Red betta fish in tank

The Betta is a popular aquarium fish around the globe; from amateurs to professionals, there is something about these brightly colored fish that makes them appealing to everyone. There are a number of things to consider when keeping a healthy Betta fish including what type of tank in which the fish is kept. Learn the factors to consider when setting up a tank to house a Betta fish including the tank size, water conditions and potential tank mates...

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The Global Warming Demise of the Woolly Mammoth

The Woolly Mammoth

Woolly Mammoth (also known as Tundra Mammoth) walked the Earth some .15 million to 10,000 years ago. While generally referred to as the Woolly Mammoth it is also known by its Latin name Mammuthis primigenius and by the term “tundra mammoth.” The Woolly Mammoth, the most recognized species of mammoth to ever walk the Earth, lived across the northern hemisphere, from North America to Siberia. It made its home in territory that many creatures today, including man, would find inhabitable but this giant wooly creature made its home in these frozen lands of the northern hemisphere during the Pleistocene era. Learn more about its physical characteristics, why it went extinct and more...

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How to Avoid Grizzly Bear Attacks

How to Avoid Grizzly Bear Attacks

The grizzly bear is native to North America and as such there are a number of cases each year in which grizzlies run in to humans. Unfortunately for humans caught in these situations, the grizzly bear handles such conflict by standing its ground but when they feel threatened these bears don’t hesitate to attack those confronting them. While attacks by grizzly bears are not as common as many people think, the attacks that do take place are often fatal. In this article we will cover a number of aspects of grizzly bear attacks including why grizzlies attack and some of the most recent incidences of grizzly bear attacks...

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