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The Cost of Primate Pet Ownership in England Rising

Person with primate on arm

As our closest relative in the animal kingdom we are often drawn to primates in a way that we are not drawn to other wild animals. For some people however, the need to care for these wild creatures leads not only to poor health in primates but it also leads to poor decision-making by so-called “animal lovers.” In this article we will focus on the increase of primate pet ownership in England and why it is fueling the Royal Society for the Protection of Animals fight against primate pet ownership all together...

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The Russian Tortoise is a Commonly Kept Pet Tortoise

Russian tortoise

When it comes to keeping a pet tortoise very few people know that there are numerous tortoise species. One of the most popular species of tortoise is the Russian tortoise a small tortoise species that when cared for properly often outlives its owner. In this article we will cover everything you ever wanted to know about the Russian tortoise including: physiological characteristics, natural distribution, life in captivity, diet and appropriate methods of care...

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Tips for Having a Saltwater Aquarium Fish

Saltwater aquarium with orange fish

Saltwater aquariums are a beautiful way to bring wildlife in to the home or office; however, unlike fresh water aquariums they require slightly more effort to maintain a balanced ecosystem. Most people choose to have high-end aquarium equipment while also maintaining hired help to check on the pH balance in the tank at least once a month. The amount of work that is required to maintain a healthy saltwater aquarium though, allows the additional benefit of keeping much more tropical and oftentimes beautiful fish. One of the biggest reasons that individuals choose to maintain a saltwater aquarium rather than a freshwater aquarium is the selection of exotic fish that are available to populate the tank. It should be noted though that simply because a fish is a saltwater fish, that does not mean that inhabitants of a saltwater tank should not be selected with care. As with any aquarium the ecosystem of a saltwater tank is extremely delicate and certain varieties of fish have different requirements than others so it is important to research the fish that will inhabit the tank beforehand...

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7 Types of Geckos That Make Great Pets

Phelsuma Laticauda Gecko

Geckos are a unique variety of lizard known for their more than 2,000 species that can be found worldwide. While geckos thrive in warm and tropical habitats and have for approximately fifty million years, these diverse lizards are also often kept as pets. In this article we will cover a number of gecko species commonly kept as pets including the giant day gecko, the white lined gecko, the Central American banded gecko, the Madagascar Ocelot gecko and more.

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Guide to Having Hedgehogs as Pets

Hedgehog in hands: Guide to having Hedgehogs as Pets

In some countries hedgehogs are as plentiful as raccoons and are seen in the same light, yet in others, these small creatures are revered as the ultimate pet. We will take a look at everything you ever wanted to know about hedgehogs as pets including how to care for them properly as well as areas where it is illegal to own a pet hedgehog

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Dumbo Rat: Rodent as Pets

Rat on bed: Dumbo Rats as Pets

Rats may not be the perfect pet choice for everyone, but for those who enjoy these intelligent rodents there is a degree of selection when it comes to choosing the right rat for you. One of the more popular rat choices is the dumbo rat, a fancy rat with unique ear size and placement. In this article we will cover everything you ever wanted to know about the dumbo rat including: physical appearance, behavior, preferred habitats and diet and why they make cute little pets...

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Everything You Need to Know About the Nanday Conure

Nanday Conure

The Nanday Conure is one of the most commonly kept conures when it comes to keeping these brilliant birds as pets. With a good level of care, these birds can provide companionship and entertainment for twenty plus years. In this article we will cover a number of things you need to know in order to keep a healthy Nanday Conure including: determining whether this is the right pet choice for you, life in captivity, diet, behavior and preferred habitat...

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The Zebra Finch: Preferred First Time Pet Bird

Zebra finch on branch: The Zebra Finch: Preferred First Time Pet Bird

When deciding to keep a pet bird for the first time there are many different species to choose from, however, the zebra finch is one of the easiest for first timers. The zebra finch is not only an easy to care for pet but it is also much quieter than many other birds which makes it a much more appealing choice to many bird owners. In this article we will cover everything you ever wanted to know about the zebra finch including their native habitat, physiological appearance, care in captivity and diet.

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Jenday Conure: Loved for its High Intelligence and Beautiful Color

Jenday Conure in cage

There are many choices when it comes to keeping pet birds but one of the more favored species is certainly the Jenday conure. The Jenday conure is a long living and sociable parrot that displays intelligence that makes the particularly attractive to potential pet owners. In this article we will not only discuss the features of this brightly colored bird that make it a favorite among pet lovers but also the features that make it such a unique specimen in the wild...

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Crab Lover’s Guide to Types of Crabs

Person holding crab: Types of Crabs

Most individuals are familiar with the common varieties of crab sold in seafood stores, blue crab, king crab, etc. However, many more specimens of crabs to be found within the infraorder Brachyura that are much lesser known. There are over five thousand sea crab species alone but we'll take a look at some of the most popular kinds and learn more about each...

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Recipe: Low Sugar But Good Protein Shake

Glas of smoothie at the beach

As a vegetarian, I sometimes find it difficult to get enough protein into my diet. On average I was getting around 20 grams of protein per day by eating what I thought were high protein foods: mostly beans, lentils and nuts. I went to see a nutritionist and she said, "Girl, you are protein starved!" Everything else in my diet was great. I eat mostly whole, organic foods. I have been vegetarian for about five years now and have been a bit more tired than normal of late. So, the nutritionist asked me to keep a food diary for two weeks and her recommendation was to eat more protein. She also shared that it takes about a cup of beans to equal the protein in 1 ounce of meat!! Who knew?!? So unless I plan to eat 4-6 cups of beans each day, I need to look at some other sources for protein in my diet...

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Herbs for Anxiety

Passionflower blooming

Pharmaceutical drugs are popular remedies for anxiety because they hone in on the brain's receptors that cause you to suffer the symptoms of anxiety. Pharmaceutical drugs literally change your brain's chemistry. Pharmaceutical drugs are both powerful and effective. The problem, however, is that such synthetic drugs also have negative side effects...

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Herbs for Anxiety and Depression: The Natural Path to Calm

Herbs for Anxiety and Depression

Natural herbs can change the brain's chemical makeup without all the negative side effects. In fact, one of the biggest side effects of natural herbs used to cure anxiety is a positive one - namely that it becomes easier to make positive changes in your lifestyle as well. Below is a brief list of natural herbs people most commonly used to help treat anxiety and depression...

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Holistic Remedies for Depression and Anxiety

Cup of tea

Depression is one of the most common concerns in mental health today. While depression is the natural reaction to certain situations, like the death of a loved one or other major life changes, it becomes problematic when it's the reaction to much more minor situations and when the condition dominates most of your conscious awareness. Learn about a holistic approach to depression paired with a number of tips and suggested remedies for managing and preventing depression altogether...

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