Leopard Geckos as Pets

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In this post, I am going to tell you what you need to get your leopard gecko and how to take care of it. They are great pets for beginners.

  • Taming

It’s pretty simple on how to tame your gecko. For the first couple days, show it your hand. After that, start picking it up. If it squirms, do the hand things for a couple more days.

  • Shopping
  1. A cage
  2. Food: mealworms, crickets, butter worms, etc.
  3. Heat lamp or heat mat
  4. Calcium powder and powder dish
  5. Water dish
  6. Food dish
  7. Hideout (It’s better to get 2. One where the heat is and one where there’s no heat.)
  8. Plant (Optional)
  9. Thermometer
  10. Reptile carpet, sand, woodchips, etc.
  • Handling

These geckos are delicate little creatures. You have to be very careful with them. To pick them up, slide your hand under their belly. Let it examine you and crawl around. Don’t take it out to long. Ten to fifteen minutes is the most you should take it out per day.  Always be careful of the tail because it stores all their fat and nutrition. Also, try not to scare, or it will drop its tail which is not good.

NEVER LIFT IT UP BY THE TAIL!

  • Vacation

What do you do with your leopard gecko if you’re on vacation? If you are gone for one to four days, feed it before you leave, and fill up its bowl of water. For five days and more, you need someone to take care of it. To be courteous, clean its cage beforehand. Give them the food, and make a checklist on what they need to do.

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  • Fun facts about leopard geckos
  1. They are nocturnal (They sleep in the day and wake up at night.)
  2. Unlike most lizards, they have personalities.
  3. Their fat tails store their nutrition and fat.
  4. After juvenile geckos shed, their pattern is always a little different.
  5. Leopard geckos can get up to ten inches.

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As you can see, leopard geckos are great pets.

Helpful supplies:

Leopard Gecko Guide

Hideout

Calcium Powder

Cage

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Corn Snakes

What are corn snakes?? Read this post to find out.

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The corn snake is found all over North America and are very popular pet snakes. They live about six to eight years in the wild but can live about twenty-three years in captivity. Corn snakes are not venomous and are my favorite type of snake!!  Corn snakes can grow up to six feet (182 centimeters)!

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This snake’s name is Popcorn.

Diet

Like all snakes, corn snakes are carnivorous.  They eat mice, small lizards, and frogs. Also, they may climb trees to eat unguarded bird eggs.

Reproduction

Corn snakes usually breed shortly after winter. They lay twelve to twenty-four eggs. It takes about ten weeks until the baby snakes come out. The young snakes use a scale called an egg tooth to slit the egg open. When they hatch, they are about five inches (SO CUTE!!!).

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All the pictures of corn snakes are anery corn snakes.

Pets

Corn snakes are great pets because they do not get big. Also, they are very tame so people love them! Another reason to get them as pets is that they are rated in the top 5 best snake pets.  Lastly, all you have to feed them are mice and water.

As you can see, corn snakes are very fascinating.

The 2017 Solar Eclipse

For the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, we went to Caspers Wilderness Park. We met a couple of our friends. We got to see the solar eclipse though our glasses and a telescope. Also, we went to the nature center there, and we got to pet an adorable snake with big eyes (I LOVE snakes!!)!

 

When the solar eclipse was over, we went to the playground and played Lava Monster for the majority of the time!! It was super fun!!

What is a solar eclipse??

A solar eclipse usually occurs every three hundred and seventy-five years. It’s when the moon goes in front of the sun looking like the picture below.

Solar Eclipses are very cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The Olinguito: A Newly Discovered Species

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Big news erupted in 2013 when a cute, furry animal, the olinguito, was revealed to the world.  It was the first species discovered in 35 years from the raccoon family. The olingo, a relative of the olinguito, triggered the search for the olinguito. They live in the cloud forests of the Andes in South America. Kristofer Helgen, a scientist, discovered these fuzzy furballs.

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Prior to his discovery,  people brought olingo pelts for him and the other scientists to study.  One pelt caught his eye. Not brown and soft like olingo fur, it was orange and fuzzy. Its tail was longer, too. Plus, the skull was different. Kristofer got goose bumps. He was excited!!!

Had he discovered a new species?

It would take 10 more years of research to find out. The pelt was labeled #66753. He took DNA from pelt #66753 and took DNA from an olingo. It was different!! He was ecstatic. He called the new animal olinguito which means little olingo because it was smaller and looked like an olingo.

But, were there any olinguitos left in the wild?

 

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Adorable Baby Olinguito!!

 

Before telling the world that he had discovered a new species, he heard a story. Ringerl, a female olingo, was brought to the zoo hoping she would find an olingo mate. She refused to mate with any. They brought her to 4 different zoos, and she still wouldn’t. He took the DNA of her and it matched to pelt #66753’s DNA. But, that was 30 years ago. Could these animals still be living?

Finally, they found a living olinguito!!!

The locals had rarely seen them, but when they did they called it “Night Monkey”. It was confirmed the olinguito was a new species.

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Fun Facts About the Olinguito

  • Olinguitos build nests to sleep in.
  • Baby olinguitos stay in the nest for a month.
  • Once the babies are 2 months, they ride on their mothers back till they can climb and walk.
  • A mother olinguito usually has one baby at a time. They are mostly born in March and February.
  • Their long tail, which is a little longer than them, can work as a blanket to curl up at night in and hang.
  •  Baby olinguitos are about the size of a kitten and look adorable!!

If you would like to learn more about olinguitos, you may enjoy these books!

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German Shepherds

 

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German Shepherds are amazing creatures.

How big are they?

German Shepherds can grow up to 2.5 feet. Also, they weigh from 50 to 90 pounds. Plus, they eat 40 pounds of food a month.

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Working dogs

German Shepherds were mainly bred for protecting and herding sheep. Now, police use them a lot. Also, they are great to sniff out bombs, drugs, and other illegal material. Sometimes they even work for the military!

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Health

Mainly, German Shepherds live up to ten years, which is 70 in human years. Later in life, these big dogs have hip and elbow problems. Also, they tend to get ear infections.

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What is their Latin name?

Canis lupus familiaris.

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German Shepherds are very interesting!!

 

Fun Facts for Kids About the Redwoods

Have you ever wondered about those huge old trees, the Redwoods?

 

  1. Some of the Redwoods started growing right before Jesus was born.
  2. The oldest-known Redwood is about 2,200 years-old. There also are some older ones, but we don’t know their ages.
  3. The redwoods by Santa Cruz can grow up to about 300 ft. or more.
  4. Most redwoods you see are about 50 – 150 years old.
  5. The California Coastal Redwoods grow from Big Sur to south Oregon.
  6. The Latin or scientific name for California Coastal Redwood is sequoia sempervirens. 
  7. Scientist show that Redwoods catch more carbon dioxide (CO2) than any other tree.
  8. Without the Redwoods, some animals would be endangered or even extinct.
  9. Redwoods can be used as great building wood because its bark can be 1 foot thick.

 

 

 

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This is an albino Redwood.

 

Redwoods are beautiful trees. We should help Redwoods grow and learn more about them.

 

To see my Thanksgiving post where I saw the Redwoods, click the link below.

Thanksgiving Trip up the Coast of California: Day 3

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Too so my post on day 3 of Thanksgiving trip with the redwoods click the link below:

Thanksgiving Trip up the Coast of California: Day 3

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I Love Foxes

I love foxes and had an earlier post about them!

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I also have a presentation about foxes. I started to love foxes when I first saw a fox stuffie. I did a couple reports on them such as my Artic Fox one. Foxes are my favorite animal.

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I think people should realize that they are endangered. My favorite type is the gray  fox that lives by my house in southern California. Foxes are amazing animals, and I am very interested in these amazing creatures.