Hand Feeding Your Axolotl

Hand Feeding Your Axolotl

There really is no trick to “teaching” an axolotl to eat out of your hand. Remember, that cute little guy sitting at the bottom of your tank is a predator by nature. If you hold food in front of his mouth and he’s hungry, he will go for it. Don’t worry about being...
The Rudiments of Water Chemistry

The Rudiments of Water Chemistry

Most aquarists will happily debate water quality to the point of being obsessive. Water is, after all, the atmosphere on which your pets depend. It isn’t necessary to have a degree in chemistry to maintain a healthy aquarium, but you will need to do some water...
Daily Care of a Capybara

Daily Care of a Capybara

Make no mistake; people who decide to keep capybaras as pets are willing to make a lot of modifications to their homes and lives to accommodate these giant rodents. If you search online you’ll find stories from capybara owners who have installed extra toilets into...
Do Capybara Make Good Pets?

Do Capybara Make Good Pets?

Like many exotic animals with unusually good natures, the capybara has been brought into the pet trade. Just because they are kept as companion animals, however, does not necessarily mean this is a good idea. Before you consider adopting a capybara as a pet, you...
Characteristics of True Eels

Characteristics of True Eels

All true eels have a laundry list of readily identifiable characteristics including: elongated bodies a snake-like appearance no pelvic fins no pectoral fins no gill cover openings no scales continuous dorsal and anal fins locomotion via flowing, undulating strokes...
Saltwater Moray Eels

Saltwater Moray Eels

Worldwide there are 15 genera in the family Muraendae to which the moray eels belong. This accounts for a total of 200 species. Of those, about a dozen could be raised in a home aquarium. Only five of those, however, can be safely housed with other fish, and this is...
Understanding the Kennel Cough Vaccine

Understanding the Kennel Cough Vaccine

The “kennel cough” vaccine is actually an injection or nasal mist that specifically targets the bacteria bordetellabronchiseptica, which is only one of several potential infectious agents underlying canine infectious tracheobronchitis. Because bordetella is a very...
What is kennel cough?

What is kennel cough?

Kennel cough is an infectious respiratory disease seen most often in dogs. It can be contracted by other companion species, including cats, but those instances are more rare. The scientific name for kennel cough is canine infectious tracheobronchitis. Puppies age 6...
History of the Rodent Fancy

History of the Rodent Fancy

The history of rodents living with humans is long and convoluted, beginning with an involuntary relationship on the part of mankind. When we ceased to be primarily hunters and gatherers, shifting to a more agrarian existence, rats and mice happily moved into grain...
What are Rats?

What are Rats?

Rats are the most intelligent of all the rodents, although squirrels run them a close second. In the wild, there are two species of rats: Rattus rattus, the roof rat, and Rattus norvegicus, the Norway rat. The two species cannot interbreed, but are still closely...