From the category archives:


While hermit crabs may only be a few dollars apiece, providing them with a proper home takes time and more money. These charming little creatures are not “throwaway” pets, and can live for upwards of twenty years with the right care! Learn more about their needs.


Did you know that a snake’s shed skin is not a reliable indicator of the snake’s true length? Learn a little more about my snakes’ process of ecdysis, or skin shedding.


By gut loading feeder crickets for 24 hours before you feed them to your Leo, you will be letting the crickets fill up on beneficial nutrition which will then be passed on to your leopard gecko when it eats those crickets.

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A Paludarium, part 2

by DFS-Pet-Blog on October 22, 2009

In part 2, read about some of the changes I made to my office “water garden terrarium,” including adding fish and new live plants.

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A Group of Geckos

by DFS-Pet-Blog on October 7, 2009

Leopard geckos are one of the few lizards that, with limitations, can be housed as a group. Learn about my lizard family of eight female leos and how they interact (or don’t).

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A Paludarium, part 1

by DFS-Pet-Blog on September 26, 2009

For three years, I’ve shared my cubicle with a small jungle. That’s not a reference to my coworkers, or the mess on my desk, but a paludarium. The word paludarium stems from the Latin words “paludal” (relating to marshes) and “arium” (a place of, or connected to). That is, an environment that combines both water […]


While they don’t stick around like some other species of geckos, Leos do have one distinct feature that most others don’t: eyelids. Most researchers believe leopard geckos developed these translucent, movable eyelids because of their natural habitat, (rocky, desert-like parts of the world such as Afghanistan and Pakistan) where a certain genetic trait such as eyelids would come in handy against dust, sandstorms, etc.


Hermit crabs are fascinating little animals. You may think they’re rather ungainly, what with lugging around a big shell and all, but that shell hides no less than ten legs! The first pair is the hermit crab’s claws, and the second and third pairs are also visible, meant for walking. The fourth and fifth pairs […]


How Fluffy Was He?

by DFS-Pet-Blog on August 20, 2009

My boyfriend Duane has ALWAYS wanted a lizard. After much research, he decided that an Argentine Black & White Tegu was the best match. Tegus are monitor lizards, the same family as Komado Dragons.


Learn to Love a Leo

by DFS-Pet-Blog on August 18, 2009

Seeking a little adventure and a roommate, I took a trip to the pet store. I wasn’t allowed to have cats or dogs, but the landlord never said anything about reptiles.


Snakes on a Blog

by DFS-Pet-Blog on July 30, 2009

My fiancé and I keep a small zoo. We recently purchased our first home, and the resolve to keep it at a steady population level has pretty quickly weakened. We’ve wanted a snake ever since his rescued Burmese Python passed away back when we were in college, although this time I insisted on choosing a […]

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