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Dog FAQs

Dog Bed FAQs

What are the different categories of dog beds?

There are bolster dog beds that provide support along the edges of the dog beds, mats and pads that are simpler and trim, nesting dog beds for those dogs who love to snuggle, orthopedic dog beds for older dogs or dogs that might need added comfort from dog beds, travel dog beds that are packable without losing comfort, and then classic dog beds that mimic a normal mattress and come in dozens of sizes.

What are the different fillings available for dog beds?

Depending on the fill within various dog beds, they will last longer or shorter and be more or less supportive for your dog. With dog beds containing polyfil, it’s simple to refill and re-fluff your dog beds over and over. Generally made from recycled soda bottles, this type of filling for dog beds is environmentally friendly and affordable. Dog beds can also have a baffled polyfil interior, utilizing a chambered design of connect tubes containing the polyfil and allowing for supportive dog beds that don’t bunch and become lopsided. Finally, foam is another alternative fill for dog beds. Foam dog beds come as box beds, cuddlers, and mats, and can contain just classic or orthopedic foam.

How do I tell which of the dog beds my dog will like best?

One tip is to see how your dog naturally cozies up to go to sleep. Some dogs sprawl out while others tend to curl up. Dog beds come in all shapes and sizes, so knowing the space your dog usually takes up while sleeping will help you narrow down the many choices of dog beds. Furthermore, try to note whether your dog likes to burrow at all, lean against something, or any other type of relaxation behavior. Dog beds are available that have various sized walls to provide leaning support and dog beds are available that are deeper for dogs prone to burrowing. Just by knowing your dog, you will have a good chance of choosing dog beds that are most appropriate and comforting.

How expensive are dog beds?

Dog beds come in a wide range of prices. Pricier dog beds are a great luxury for your dog, but are not always necessary. Be sure to research dog beds and pick out the features that are most important to you and your dogs needs. Excellent dog beds can be any price, as long as it suits the design required. We suggest you come into the store to view our wide variety of dog beds.

Are there special types of dog beds or are all dog beds basically the same?

There are dozens of ways in which you can specialize dog beds. Perhaps you are looking for a particular design or fabric so that dog beds do not stand out in your interior décor—dog beds come in hundreds of colors and patterns. Or, perhaps you have an older dog that has arthritis and trouble getting comfortable in typical dog beds—dog beds come in a variety of orthopedic structures and can offer great support and relief to your dog. Alternatively, you might be in search of dog beds that can allow your dog a place to rest while you lounge by the pool—there are dog beds built to be water and weatherproof so they are perfect for the outdoors. Dog beds can be found with almost any special feature you can think of. Just ask, and there are bound to be dog beds that match your ideal.

My dog gets too hot or cold when he sleeps, is there anything dog beds can do about that?

Yes! Dog beds are made with cooling as well as heating capabilities. If you notice that your dog cools down at night is looking for a place to snuggle to keep warm, try getting him heated dog beds. These tested and safe dog beds need to be used sensibly, but can provide immense comfort to your dog. On the other hand, if you find that your dog heats up when sleeping and can’t seem to keep cool, try looking for cooling dog beds. These dog beds function to circulate air and keep your dog cooled down whether they are generally heat producers or in the warmer times of year. Dog beds can be designed to heat or cool your dog as needed, so keep an eye out for dog beds with these personalized capabilities.

Dog Collar FAQs

Are there any types of specialized dog collars?

Sure! One option for specialized dog collars are bark control dog collars. These dog collars might involve a spray, a small shock, or an ultrasonic sound, each of which will interrupt your dog’s barking and deter it in the future. Unfortunately, using these dog collars does not address the root of the problem of why your dog barks, and while they might be useful in training, you should seek the help of a professional to determine why your dog barks excessively in the first place. Another type of specialized dog collars are flea or tick dog collars. These dog collars are pre-imbedded with chemicals that ward off fleas and ticks, and can be particularly useful if you walk your dog near or around wooded areas. There are various types of training collars, water resistant collars, safety break-away collars, GPS collars and more.

What kinds of colors do dog collars come in?

Dog collars can be found in an almost unlimited variety of colors and patterns. There are your standard range of red, blue, green, yellow, orange, and so on. Dog collars might also be patterned with animal prints or stripes. Almost any color you can come up with can be found amongst the available dog collars.

What brands of dog collars do you carry at Pet World?

Here at Pet World, we have a wide selection of dog collars. We carry such brands as Coastal Pet Products, Lupine, Spiffy Dog, Yellow Snow, Kiss My Mutt, and many more. Furthermore, we have dog collars that are non-slip, dog collars made from nylon and leather, all natural soy dog collars, as well as dog collars with reflective material to protect your dog.

Why is it important to use dog collars for my dog?

Dog collars are not only necessary when walking your dog on leash. A very important feature of dog collars is their ability to provide identification for your dog. Should your dog somehow run away from you, having tags with identification for your dog and contact information for you attached to your dog collars can be indispensible.

How do I know which of the many dog collars available is right for my dog?

Come on in to Pet World and talk to one of the members of our lovely staff. We have an extensive wealth of knowledge about dogs and dog collars, as well as a big selection of dog collars. We are happy to help guide you through the process and make sure you find which of the provided dog collars is best for your dog.

Dog Crate FAQs

Why do I need a dog crate? I just want my dog to be loose in the house.

Dog crates are very useful tools to have when owning a dog. Using a dog crate when training your dog, whether a new puppy or an older dog, is indispensible. A dog crate allows for your dog to have a safe space in the house, learn behaviors like waiting, learn to not have accidents in the house, and guarantee safety for your dog when you leave the house or are sleeping. Dog crates do not take up much space and are very useful for caring for your dog.

I have heard a dog crate can be used to train my dog. Why?

Using a dog crate taps into a dog’s natural tendencies and a species that is used to having a den. In the wild, dogs have a base point that they use as housing, protection, and refuge (a den). A dog crate works with this instinct by providing a den for your dog in your home. Dogs are not likely to soil their den, as this is a place for relaxing and safety. Therefore a dog crate is a great way to show your dog when and where to go to the bathroom. Dog crates also limit your dog’s ability to roam the house and show them house rules, like not chewing on or scratching furniture. Furthermore, dog crates are a great and safe way in which to transport your dog when riding in a car.

How do I know what size crate to get?

Your dog crate should be a big enough size that your dog is able to stand and turn around in the dog crate. As your dog grows up (if you have a puppy), you will want to get a dog crate that will work for your dog at his/her adult size. If doing so, it can be a good idea to block off part of the dog crate when your dog is younger to make it a more appropriate size. It is also possible in some stores or shelters to rent a dog crate so that it is easier to upgrade the dog crate as your dog grows. Ask us here at Pet World any sizing questions you might have about dog crates.

Is there anything else I need besides the dog crate itself?

Yes. You will want to provide your dog with some comfort in his/her dog crate. Especially when using a wire dog crate, that can be tougher on your dog’s paws, you will want to line the bottom of the dog crate with some sort of cushion or blanket. This will help to remind your dog that his/her dog crate is a place of comfort, not for going to the bathroom. If there are any accidents in the dog crate, make sure to remove the used cushion immediately and replace it with a clean one. Any remaining scent could encourage your dog to have more accidents in the dog crate in the future.

How long can I leave my dog in his/her dog crate?

As might be expected, you will have to ease your dog into extended amounts of time in his/her dog crate, and a dog crate should never be used as an all day solution. As your dog ages, he/she will gain better control of his/her bladder with experience and size, so you will be able to leave your dog in his/her dog crates for greater amounts of time. A list of maximum lengths of time for staying in a dog crate based on age are: 8-10 weeks 30-60 minutes, 11-14 weeks 1-3 hours, 15-16 weeks 3-4 hours, 17+ weeks 4-5 hours. You will need to make sure to pay attention to your dog and his/her personal level of comfort and ability to stay in the dog crate. Each dog is different and should be left in his/her dog crate based on individual need and experience.

Dog House FAQs

What size dog house should I buy?

That depends on the size of your dog. You want to get a dog house that you are sure will provide enough room for you pup to turn around and generally maneuver inside. The size of a dog house should be similar to the size of a crate for your dog. Ask someone at Pet World today for help with what size dog house you ought to look for.

What types of dog house do you carry?

Here at Pet World, we carry a dog house line that was built in Maine. Each dog house in our collection is made of wood, has an asphalt-shingled roof, and is guaranteed to be a sturdy structure. We also carry an igloo-style dog house. This type of dog house allows for a little extra protection from the elements with an extended doorway and adjustable rooftop vents. Additionally, this dog house has a layer of structural foam on the inside to help regulate the temperature for your dog no matter the season.

Can I get a dog house with specific features?

Sure! The dog house structure can be individualized in numerous ways and it is important to make sure you are getting the right fit for your need. If your climate tends to be colder, warmer, wetter, or dryer, you will want to account for these climate changes in the dog house you buy. Furthermore, a dog house can be built from a range of materials and you will want to look into the pros and cons of each one before making a decision.

Is there such a thing as an air-conditioned dog house?

In fact, there is! If you live in a part of the world that can be particularly hot, an air-conditioned dog house might be something for you to consider. Dogs are not as adapted to dealing with extreme temperatures as humans are and so a dog house with air-conditioning possibility would be suitable for a dog spending long amounts of time outside in the heat.

I have heard the phrase “insulated dog house” a few times. What does this mean?

With the evolution of the dog house, great strides were made in the technology able to be put into the structure of a dog house. While a simple wooden dog house can work quite well for some pups, there are now insulated dog houses to assist in temperature control. If your dog is going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, and therefore in a dog house, insulation can be an indispensible tool for keeping the dog house cool in the summertime and warm in the winter time. An insulated dog house can also help with keeping it dry when raining or storming.

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Bunnies FAQs

What are the different kinds of bunnies?

The Leporidae family of bunnies includes 11 distinct genera with 61 species. One of these genera is comprised of hares, rather than bunnies, while the other 10 are comprised of bunnies. The types of bunnies most often available as pets are mini lops, dwarf bunnies, angoras and dutch bunnies.

What is the typical habitat of bunnies?

Bunnies can be found all over the world. The middle latitudes of the Western Hemisphere and portions of Central and South Africa, India, Japan, and Sumatra are all encompassed in the natural habitat of bunnies. European bunnies have been relocated a number of times and are where domestic bunnies originated from. Any of the bunnies you might find in someone’s home are likely breed from European bunnies to be domesticated. Domestic bunnies usually live in large cages made of wood, plastic or metal. They can be litterbox trained for easy clean up and more freedom.

Are the senses of bunnies similar to humans?

Bunnies have excellent senses of vision, hearing, and smell. The visual range of bunnies is definitely more fine-tuned than that of humans. With their eyes set laterally toward the sides of their heads, bunnies can see almost completely around themselves in a 360 degree range, with only a small blind spot behind them. Having these acute senses helps bunnies protect themselves from predators in the wild.

What is coprophagia and why do bunnies do it?

Coprophagia is when an animal ingests its own feces. While this sounds unusual to us, bunnies need this behavior because of their digestive systems. Bunnies, as herbivores, have a diet that contains an enormous amount of cellulose, a difficult to digest substance. By ingesting feces that have been processed by their body once, bunnies allow a longer time for their digestive system to properly extract nutrients. Although it might seem bad, if you see bunnies engaging in corophagia, it is a normal behavior for bunnies.

Do bunnies make good pets?

Bunnies make excellent pets, but are a big responsibility. They are more like having a cat or dog than smaller caged animals that don’t need as much exercise and stimulation. Bunnies have been domesticated for years and are kept both indoors and outdoors, although Pet World strongly recommends having bunnies as indoor pets in our New England climate. It is important to have a cage in which bunnies are kept, as well as a bigger space for exercise and play, such as a pen or bunny safe room. In either a cage or a bigger pen, bunnies need lots of entertainment and stimulation. Tunnels, shelves, and toys are ideal for bunnies to have ways to play and jump around. Bunnies can live for many years and need lots of exercise and running. You can train your bunny to perform tricks for food. Make sure that you are ready to commit to the responsibility of owning bunnies. Bunnies make for very reliable and rewarding pets and are a great deal of fun.

What are some fun facts about bunnies?

Bunnies engage in a behavior called “binky.” When bunnies binky they run, jump into mid air, and kick their feet out while twisting their body. This is a sign of joy and happiness.

Bunnies are culturally identified as representing fertility and rebirth. On the Zodiac calendar, bunnies are a symbol for kindness, compassion, elegance, and graciousness.

Bunnies can stand upright on their hind legs, using their long feet for balance. This technique is used to improve vision in the wild and to check for predators.

Bunnies love to dig. Make sure to provide some sort of dirt or sand for your bunny to burrow in.

Hedgehog FAQs

I don’t see hedgehogs many places, how is it that Pet World can sell hedgehogs?

Pet World has a license from the USDA and is able to sell a wider, more exotic variety of animals, like hedgehogs. Hedgehogs make great pets, but it is important to be sure that you want a hedgehog as a pet, for they require a lot of responsibility. Feel free to chat with our staff here at Pet World about whether a hedgehog would be a good match for you and your family.

Where does the name hedgehog come from?

“Hedgehog” comes from two words from Middle English. Heyg, or hegge, meaning “hedge” was used because of the tendency of hedgehogs to go into hedgerows. Hoge, or hogge, meaning “hog” was incorporated because of the pig-like snout that hedgehogs have. The word hedgehog came into use in about 1450.

What color are hedgehogs?

Depending on the species of hedgehog, a hedgehog might have a lighter or a darker toned face. The spines of a hedgehog can be as dark as black, but can also be a lighter peach color. As a hedgehog matures, its color may actually change. Once a hedgehog is about a year old, you can have a better sense of what its color truly is. Some do classify hedgehogs into a specific category based on coloring. These categories of hedgehog color include: pintos, which are hedgehogs with any color with patches of white quills; snowflakes, which are hedgehogs with 10-89% white quills; black eyed whites, which are hedgehogs with 90% or more white quills; albino hedgehogs; cinnacot, which are hedgehogs with tan or light brown variations; black eyed whites, which are hedgehogs with 90% or more white quills; and standard, which are hedgehogs with brown to black variations.

What is this process called self-anointing that I hear hedgehogs do?

When a hedgehog finds a novel scent, it might bite and lick the origin of the scent, followed by forming a frothy saliva with its mouth that it puts on its spines by licking. Anointing is believed to be done by hedgehogs as a method of camouflage, allowing the hedgehog to blend into its new surroundings. It is not unusual to see a hedgehog anoint.

Is it true that people cannot be allergic to hedgehogs?

There is no guarantee that any animal will be completely allergy-free. When a person is allergic to an animal, it is typically because they are allergic to the dander produced by the saliva left on the animal during self-bathing. Hedgehogs can generally be labeled free from dander, but they do take part in self-anointing, which can still irritate some people. It is also possible that an allergy to a small animal can have to do with the bedding. If you are considering purchasing a hedgehog and have concerns about an allergy to bedding, talk to our staff here at Pet World and we would be happy to help you find bedding appropriate for your concerns. The best thing you can do if you are considering getting a hedgehog is to visit with a hedgehog beforehand to see if you have any negative reaction.

What types of sounds do hedgehogs make?

The different sounds that a hedgehog makes can signify different messages the hedgehog is trying to communicate. Chirping and squeaking are often made by young hoglets and are signs that baby hedgehogs may be around. When a hedgehog grunts, it might be signaling that it is content. Purring and whistling are sounds a hedgehog makes when it is definitely trying to communicate that it is happy. A strange series of noises, commonly referred to as singing, are made when a hedgehog is partaking in part of a mating ritual. When a hedgehog is irritated, concerned, or generally sending out a warning signal it will huff, puff, and sneeze. Any distinctive clicking and popping sounds are a certain clue that a hedgehog is being defensive and trying to protect itself. General sneezing, snuffling, or wheezing could be related to a cold, but more typically is just a hedgehog’s way of chatting and getting a sense of you.

Should my hedgehog be hibernating?

No. Hedgehogs hibernate in the wild whenever the temperature drops significantly. However, captive hedgehogs that are house pets do not have the same type of fat stored up for this kind of behavior and so hibernation can be fatal to a pet hedgehog. The household environment of your hedgehog should be well controlled to prevent temperatures from dropping and leading your hedgehog into hibernation.

Rabbit FAQs

What kinds of rabbits are there?

As a member of the Leporidae family, rabbits are categorized into 11 genera, within which there exist 61 species of rabbits. While hares make up one genera of the 11, the remaining 10 genera are distinct categories for rabbits.

Where do rabbits usually live?

Rabbits are one of those animals that are found across the world. Rabbits can be found in Central and South America, Japan, Sumatra, India, and toward the middle latitudes in the Western Hemisphere. Rabbits, most commonly European rabbits are the species from which domesticated rabbits are bread and so have been purposefully spread around many countries.

How well do rabbits see, smell, and hear?

All of these senses are very good for rabbits. Rabbits are able to see almost all the way around with just a small blind spot in their back of their head because of the placement of their eyes. Furthermore, rabbits have an acute sense of smell and hearing. Sometimes rabbits even communicate with each other using their adapt sense of smell.

Why is it that rabbits use corophagia?

When animals, in this case rabbits, eat their own feces it is called corophagia. This behavior serves the purpose of counteracting the digestive system of rabbits. Due to the fact that rabbits consume all plants, the diet of rabbits is very high in cellulose, a substance that has proven difficult to digest. Rabbits further extract nutrients from the food they eat by engaging in corophagia. It is normal behavior for rabbits to try to ingest their own feces, and you should not worry if you see rabbits partaking in this behavior.

As pets, are rabbits a good choice?

Yes. Rabbits make great pets, as long as you are prepared for the responsibility. As both indoor and outdoor pets, rabbits are domesticated in different ways. Pet World suggests, however, having rabbits be indoor pets. Having both a cage to house rabbits in as well as having a bigger penned in area for rabbits to play in are both crucial aspects to setting up the best housing situation for your new pet. Exercise and play are necessary for rabbits’ health, and keeping shelving, tunnels, and toys for rabbits will help improve the available stimulation and entertainment. Running, jumping, and exercising will help rabbits live for many happy years. Rabbits are wonderful pets; just make sure you are prepared for the responsibility they entail. When ready, rabbits are an excellent source of companionship and fun.

Tell me some interesting facts about rabbits!

Rabbits are known to “binky.” To binky is when rabbits run and kick out their feet while in the middle of the air. This expression of energy means that the rabbit is joyful.

The rabbit on the Zodiac calendar is a representation of elegance, graciousness, kindness, and compassion, while in cultural myths, rabbits are associated with rebirth and fertility.

As a means to see better and to be aware of their surroundings, rabbits are able to balance themselves upright on their hind legs and feet.

Digging is a favorite pastime for rabbits. Having sand or dirt around is a great idea to provides rabbits with another way to play and use their digging instinct.

Fish & Reptile FAQs

Amphibian FAQs

Where does the word “amphibian” come from?

Amphibian literally means “two-lives” or “both kinds of life.” Amphibians spend part of their life in water and part of their life on land. This makes them unique. All amphibians begin life in water and as they develop, they form features to allow them to habitat land (such as lungs and legs).

How many different types of amphibians are there?

There are over 4,000 known kinds of amphibians in the world including more commonly known amphibians like frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders, along with lesser-known amphibians like caecilians and blindworms (these are like oversized earthworms you might find in dirt or soil).

What are the biggest and smallest amphibians in the world?

The smallest of the amphibians is a micrihylid from New Guinea. This frog was first discovered in 2012 and has the average length of 7.7mm (very small even compared to other amphibians that are generally smaller in size). The largest of the amphibians is a Chinese giant salamander that clocks in at 1.8m. However, the largest of the amphibians to ever exist was even bigger—the Prionosuchus (similar to a crocodile) that was 9m long.

What are the main features of amphibians?

Amphibians are cold-blooded vertebrates. Additionally, amphibians have a very low metabolic rate and so do not need to consume a lot of food or produce a great deal of energy. Amphibians have movable eyelids and functional tear ducts, as well as ears that have the ability to detect vibrations from the air or the ground. Muscular tongues are also a common feature of amphibians (picture a frog catching a fly from mid-air). The skin glands of amphibians contain mucous glands that coat the animal and some even contain poison glands to protect them from predators. Interestingly, amphibians inhale air through their nostrils but breath out through their skin.

I heard that amphibians are “thin-skinned.” What does this mean?

That is correct, amphibians have incredibly thin skin and it is rather permeable. Gases and liquids can pass through the skin of amphibians pretty easily. This is important because amphibians breathe through their skin. Furthermore, amphibians commonly loose water through their skin and need to be in wet or moist climates in order to absorb and rejuvenate their level of hydration. Keeping a clean, appropriate environment is important to your pet amphibian.

Fish Tank FAQs

What do fish tanks consist of?

Generally, fish tanks have the following components: the tank itself, a lighting system, a heater or chiller (depending on the requirements of the pet), and of course, water. Some optional components of fish tanks include: a special hood for light fixtures, thermometers, and plant life. Some tanks come as kits which include the various components, and other some as a tank alone and heaters, hoods, etc must be purchased separately.

Can I buy fish tanks made from anything other than glass boxes?

Yes. Fish tanks can be made from a range of other materials such as plastic or acrylic. They can come in different shapes and sizes and can be customized in many different ways.

How big can fish tanks be?

Well, fish tanks are made in almost an infinite number of sizes. The smaller of available fish tanks are fish bowls that hold only about 1 litre of water, while the bigger of potential fish tanks are large public aquaria as those seen on display at aquariums. Most pet owners tend to have tanks that are 100 gallons or smaller.

What is involved in maintaining fish tanks?

Fish tanks require daily maintenance. Checking the fish living in fish tanks is important for signs of disease or discomfort. Additionally the water in fish tanks should be checked for cloudiness, foaminess, and temperature to ensure that the standards required are being maintained. Typically, fish tanks need to have about 10-20% of the water within them changed weekly, and any gravel or other material ought to be washed. While tap water is often not suitable for the fish living in fish tanks, there are many available water conditioners that can be added to tap water to make it safe.

Goldfish FAQs

What kinds of goldfish are there?

There are numerous varieties of goldfish with biggest differences in coloring, tail size or number, and body shape. There is the Common goldfish, which most people typically picture. Some examples of other types of goldfish include: The Fantail goldfish, which has a double fan-shaped tail and can come in a variety of colors; the Ryukin, which is recognized by its humped back, deep belly, and pointed head; the Oranda goldfish, which stands out because of its wen, or a bright red headgrowth; and the Bubble Eye goldfish, which have fluid-filled sacks near their eyes giving a large-eyed look.

How big can goldfish get?

Often, goldfish have stunted growth because they are kept in tanks that are too small and therefore accommodate for the size. However, if provided enough food and enough room, a goldfish can grow to be over a foot long!

What do goldfish eat?

Similar to other fish, goldfish are classified as “opportunistic eaters,” meaning that they will not stop eating on their own and so must be allocated a certain amount of food each day. In the wild, the diet of a goldfish consists of plant matter, insects, and crustaceans. In comparison to other fish food, goldfish food consists of higher carbohydrate and lower protein content. Stop by Pet World and talk to one of your experts today.

How old to goldfish live to be?

When kept in tanks of a proper size with water conditions optimally maintained, goldfish can live to be over 40 years old! The longevity of goldfish make them great pets as they can remain companions for such a long period of time. You can tell how old a goldfish is by looking closely at the rings on its scales.

How should I acclimate my new goldfish to its new home?

Keep your tank light off and float your new goldfish in it’s travel bag in the tank water for about twenty minutes so that it can adjust to the new temperature. Do not just dump the whole travel bag of water into your tank, but rather scoop your goldfish out of the bag and transfer it into the tank this way. Then discard the water from the bag. Allow your goldfish to swim around in its new environment for a while before turning the tank light on. At this point it is normal for your fish to hide behind any structures or plants you might have in the tank, as it gets used to its new home.

Importantly, if you are taking home multiple goldfish, do not add them all into the tank at one time. Goldfish create ammonia naturally that gets filtered and cycled by the tank as time goes on. If you add multiple goldfish into a tank at one time, the water doesn’t have the time to adjust and process the increase in ammonia and could prove harmful to your new pet.

How often should I change the water for my goldfish?

Making sure that you regularly change the water for your goldfish is crucial. The process of water changing clears the tank water of any pollutants that naturally build up. The most common toxin that could accumulate is ammonia. You want to make sure that you regularly test the ammonia levels in the tank and regularly change the water to avoid accumulation. The water in your goldfish’s tank should be changed once a week. It is recommended that you change about 50% of the water in your goldfish tank at a time. You do not want to completely dumb all the water, as you would be eliminating some of the good bacteria that builds up and protects your goldfish.

Reptile FAQs

What do you recommend for a family that has never owned reptiles before?

We carry a variety of smaller reptiles here at Pet World, including Bearded Dragons. These reptiles are great beginner lizards for those who may not have much experience caring for reptiles. Generally, these Bearded Dragons are reptiles that can be bred in captivity, are comparably available, permit regular handling, eat a great range of foods, and typically grow to be only about 18 to 24 inches in size. Green anoles and geckos are also available at Pet World and are smaller reptiles that can be wonderful first time pets for beginners.

What are the four groups that reptiles are divided into?

The four groups of reptiles are turtles, squamata, crocodilians, and tuataras. Turtles are the oldest of the groupings of reptiles and sport a protective shell that houses their bodies. Squamata reptiles are known for their breadth, include snakes and lizards, and periodically shed their skin. Reptiles known as crocodilians included crocodiles, alligators, caimans, and gharials. Interestingly, those in this group of reptiles are the most closely related to birds. Finally, the tuataras appear very similarly to lizards, but are distinguished from these other reptiles because their skulls are not jointed to their jaws. Tuataras reptiles can only be found on a few remote areas of New Zealand.

How many species of reptiles are there today?

There are almost 7,600 different species of the squamata reptiles with 4,500 species of lizards and nearly 2,900 species of snake. Turtles have 294 different species, crocodilians include 23 species, and finally, tuatara reptiles have just 2 species remaining.

When did reptiles first appear in existence?

It is commonly understood that reptiles are descended from amphibians and thought to have appeared during the Carboniferous Period, almost 340 million years ago.

What does temperature have to do with biological sex in reptiles?

In some reptiles, the environmental temperature during the second third of development for the embryo determines the sex of an offspring. Scientists call this process that occurs for some reptiles temperature-dependent sex determination.

Of all reptiles, which is biggest? Of all reptiles, which is fastest?

The biggest of all the reptiles of the salt water crocodile, growing up to 12 and a half feet long and weighing up to 2,000 pounds. The spiny tailed iguana is the fastest of all the reptiles and can run up to a speed of 20 mph.

What do reptiles typically eat as pets?

Diet for reptiles as pets depends mainly on what types of reptiles you own. Lizards typically have the diet of reptiles that consume mainly insects, known as insectivores, however, they might also eat fruits, plants, and some small animals, depending on what type of lizard. If you are interested in having pet reptiles that are turtles, it will likely eat a mix of fish, insects, and plants. Some pet stores supply pre-made food sticks or containers. Reptiles that are snakes, on the other hand, will consume mice and rats, or other small animals. No matter what types of reptiles you own, they will need plenty of water. For reptiles we have all the necessary supplements for you to keep your reptiles healthy. We also carry pelleted diets, live crickets and mealworms for reptiles as well. Our associates are happy to help you determine what type of food would be best for your reptiles. Come into Pet World and talk to one of our experts about reptiles and what the typical diet might be for the pet you are interested in today.

What if I don’t have the proper housing for reptiles?

Keeping reptiles can be a hobby that proves both educational and rewarding. Home aquariums make the perfect housing situation for many reptiles and provide entertainment for your family. When considering an aquarium for reptiles, considering the available space you have is necessary; you will want the biggest size possible to allow for more room for your reptiles. Additionally, you will need a sturdy table or an aquarium stand to put your new tank on for your reptiles. At Pet World we sell tanks up to 20 gallons, and we can special order larger tanks. Your new pet reptiles will require the appropriate substrate, heating and lighting depending on which reptiles you decide on. The well-being of reptiles depends on having an appropriate set up and environment.

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