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Caique parrots are very intelligent and enjoy learning and showing off their tricks. They are, however, very strong-willed and will need a firm hand in training and in any interaction. Caiques need lots of attention. They love to show-off, clown around, and examine new things. Unlike other parrot species, he will not cling to just one person in the household but will love anyone who shows him love, kindness, and respect.
Whale shark close to sitting in a boat fisherman,who feeds her from the hands of saltwater shrimp in shallow waters off the coast of Oslob, Philippines.Local fishermen are willing to show the audience admired the amazing process of feeding the giant fish length exceeding 7.5 metra.Mestnye fishermen consider whale shark as a kind of a good deity patronizing them and bringing a good catch.That did not stop enterprising locals demand from Shawn and a half dollars for every shot they made,which was recorded feeding process akul.Sharks filter the water for feeding,so the man is,in principle,are safe.Local residents in the past engaged in fishing whale sharks due to the fact that the high demand in the markets enjoyed their meat and fins,but these fish are now in the Philippines under the protection and there is a ban on their fishing.
There are many unique and unusual animals that are enjoying an increase in popularity among pet owners. One such animal is the scorpion. There are many different types of scorpions that are gaining popularity as a household pet, but the emperor scorpion is the one most commonly found in homes. Although this pet certainly is not one that you will let rest in your lap while you watch television, they are very clean animals that are easy to care for. In order to help your emperor scorpion live to its full life expectancy of six to eight years, however, it is important to know how to properly care for this exotic pet.
Housing an Emperor Scorpion
Housing an emperor scorpion is not particularly difficult, but putting together the proper housing is the most important step in keeping your pet healthy. Since this particular type of scorpion is native to Africa, it requires a habitat that is both warm and humid.
If you are only planning to have one emperor scorpion, a 10-gallon glass tank should be sufficient. If you are keeping more than one scorpion, you shouldn’t go any larger than a 30-gallon tank. If you do, your pet may have a difficult time catching its prey at feeding time. Regardless of the size of the tank, make certain your tank has a tight lid so your pet can’t escape.
The temperature inside your tank should range from 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Since scorpions are cold-blooded, you should keep one side of the tank cooler than the other. This way, your pet can move from one side of the tank to the other in order to regulate its body temperature. In order to achieve varying temperatures within the tank, place a heating mat on the underside of one side of the tank. You will also need to mist the tank on a daily basis in order to maintain the proper humidity levels. The substrate, which may be vermiculite, soil or peat, should be kept damp at all times, but it should never be completely wet.
You should also keep in mind that scorpions are nocturnal and that they like to hide and burrow. Therefore, your substrate should be 3 to 6 inches deep so your pet can dig as often as it likes. In addition, you should include plenty of hiding places in the tank for your scorpion to use as it pleases.
Feeding Your Emperor Scorpion
Emperor scorpions eat insects, arthropods and small lizards in the wild. Although they eat a variety of different creatures, your pet can live a happy and healthy life with a diet consisting primarily of crickets. It is a good idea, however, to occasionally supplement its diet with moths, mealworms and other insects.
Feeding is quite easy with emperor scorpions, as they only need to eat one cricket every other day or so. The most important part is to be certain the crickets are eating a nutritious diet. This way, they will be full of nutrients for your scorpion to absorb. To further increase the nutritional value of the crickets, it is a good idea to dust them with a mineral supplement before feeding. Although scorpions don’t drink a significant amount of water, you should also provide it with a shallow dish of water as well. Make certain to keep the dish shallow so your pet doesn’t accidentally drown in the water.
There was a time when parrot food was only about seeds. This really is so simply because seed products are thought to contain the the majority of vitamins and minerals that are essential for bird development. Seeds are likewise the most typical element in a bird’s diet plan. The commercially created ones usually might have the balance and various types that a normal bird will need. But these times, seeds aren’t the sole ones that are being given to these avian species. As bird breeders grow in knowledge and expertise in coping with their pets, they are now a lot more mindful of the numerous outcomes of diverse foods to their pet parrots. The pellet is yet another choice apart from seeds. Some would probably declare that pellets are actually healthier for a bird’s diet plan than seeds. One of the explanations may be that pellets give ideal nutrients and the entire nugget is digestible. Compared to the seed that leaves the hull behind, the pellet is completely edible and therefore there is absolutely no waste product that comes about along the way.
Another food alternative that bird breeders have is to get organic and natural. Whatever this entails is offering food item that is natural or fresh or home made. This might possibly include fruits, pasta, vegetables and some vitamins and mineral supplements. But bird breeders should always understand that just before offering their bird any of these or picking out this sort of eating plan, an overall consultation with a veterinarian should be done first. A veterinarian can really help pick which combination of a range of food would have the correct quantity and right form of nutrition the pet bird should have.
Some of the concerns for this would be that table food or “human food” that is fed to birds may not be acceptable for them if they possess an excessive amount of sodium or if the size is not suitable for the bird. Small sizes should be taken into account when serving these especially when giving nuts. A justification that this kind of feeding is looked at is for variation. In reality, avian species also get tired of having to eat the same thing again and again. Not to mention that they may not be receiving adequate and assorted nutrients from the same food. Bear this always in mind when giving parrot food. Furthermore, do not ignore the need to consult with a veterinarian first before making a choice which diet program to pick.
It’s well known that we now have food sorts which are good and helpful for your bird’s health and fitness. In contrast, there are also food varieties which should be prevented at all costs. Samples of these would be foods that are too salty or too sweet. Those with alcohol and caffeine should also be prevented. Also included in this list are garlic and onions. Curry powder is a no-no. Mushrooms are not motivated too because some forms may contain fungus that can detrimental to your bird’s health. As well as leaves that are found in tomatoes. Avocados in their entirety are also unhealthy for your bird as they can cause cardiac arrest. Stay away also from plants such as amaryllis, shamrock, azaleas, lantana, and daffodil among a good many others. These types of plants could bring different kinds of health issues that can range between gastrointestinal problems to depression.
Certainly, picking out which parrot food to feed your bird is something that is not done flippantly. Nonetheless just do bear in mind that what is healthy for you may also be healthy for him but consider so when you have got the consent of the veterinarian. You would know that you are doing a fantastic job at taking care of your pet if his feathers are gleaming, his beak is smooth and solid, his stool is well formed and his eyes are clear and glowing.
Conures come in a variety of breeds, sizes and colours. Their big characters make excellent companion birds and are thus popular as pets. Lets take a look at some of the more popular conures that are kept as pets.
The sun conure must be one of the most beautiful birds on the planet. With its bold predominantly yellow body, accentuated with bright orange highlights on the head and underbelly, green splashes of colour over the back and wings, and deep blue highlights on the tips of the wings and tail, this a truly stunning bird to behold. It is one of the average sized conures, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in personality and voice. However they tend to be rather screechy, sun conures are extremely alert birds, and this characteristic makes them very vigilant “watch dogs” as they will alert you to anyone approaching your property. They are hugely affectionate and playful, and love to snuggle into their owners neck. They can also be quite demanding as they constantly want attention. The sun conure requires lots of affection and companionship, and as it is quite a noisy bird, it is definitely not a good idea for those that have neighbours living close by.
The Jenday Conure is often confused with Sun Conure as they are very similar in both size, colour, and character. However, the colouration of the Jenday Conure, is set out in distinct patches of colour as apposed to splashes of colour covering the entire body. It has a bright yellow head, with bright green on top of the body and wings, while the underside is a deep orange to red, with green and blue feathers on their tail.
Maroon Bellied Conure
The Maroon Bellied Conure is a small conure, with a dark green body, and a yellow-green striped chest. Not surprisingly, its stomach is maroon, while the wing feathers are blue-green in colour, and the tail is green on the upper side and maroon on the underside. It has a patch of light brown on both sides of the head. These little conures are very friendly, and like most conures they are highly intelligent, affectionate, love to play, and will continually seek attention and interaction with other birds and/or their owners. Being socially natured makes them suitable for communal aviaries. The maroon bellied conure is one of the calmer conures, which usually are notoriously noisy birds. Their less vocal nature makes them the ideal friend for apartment dwellers as they tend to natter and chatter away rather than screech for attention.
Green Cheeked Conure
The Green Cheeked conure is often confused with the Maroon Bellied Conure as they are very similar in colour and nature. However, while the Green Cheeks also have a mainly green body, they have grey breasts, maroon tails and blue primary flight feathers. The top of the head is a dark grey colour, and as their name suggests, they have green cheeks.
Peach Fronted Conure
The Peach Fronted Conure has a predominantly bright green body, with a grey-green chest, with the underside being a light shade of green. The top of the head is bright orange, with blue going down the sides of the crown and around the eyes. The rest of the head, body and tail is green, with blue tips on the tail and black tips on the wings, and a black beak that separates it from the Orange Fronted and Half Moon conures. The Peach Fronted Conure is a very sweet natured bird. Like all conures, it loves to cuddle and play. They also tend to be reasonably quiet as conures go, so will make a perfect companion for apartment dwellers or those not partial to the diva nature of some of the other conure species.
The Patagonian Conure is the largest of the conures species, and can reach up to 20 inches in size. The body colouration is mainly olive green-brown, with a grey chest, a patch of bright orange-red on the belly, and red “socks” on the legs. It has white around the neck, and blue edged wing feathers. Patagonian conures tend to be extremely vocal, and while their noise may not be enjoyed by everyone, the upside is that they make great talkers. They have the playful, affectionate nature of the smaller conures, mixed with the bigger size and capability to copy and talk, which makes them popular pets.
If you are looking for a wonderful devoted companion bird, the conures come highly recommended. Their smaller size make them easier to keep than others, and while some species tend to be noisy, they have great personalities that tend to overshadow this small irritation. As they are highly intelligent and playful by nature, they need to be provided with plenty of toys for stimulation, and a cage big enough to accommodate them and of course all their “parrotphernalia”.
There are lots of different causes of feather plucking in parrots. In order to help your bird effectively, you must treat the cause and not just the effect. Products such as feather pecking sprays, which have a bad taste, and feather protectors that cover or stop your bird from reaching his feathers, will put off or hinder plucking, but do not resolve the underlying cause of the problem and are therefore a short-term fix rather than a long-term solution to the problem. Anyone that has a feather plucking parrot needs to determine from the start whether it is a result of physical stress related to health, diet or hygiene; or whether the feather plucking is as a result of emotional stress resulting from boredom, separation anxiety, loneliness, or because of some big change in your birds environment.
Treating your parrot with natural homeopathic remedies is a safe way to tackle feather plucking. Moisturising sprays that have aloe extracts contain natural soothing properties that will help to relieve skin irritations, and dry skin. Stress can also be eased with homeopathic solutions, such as Bach Flower remedies which contain extracts of Passion Flower, Kava Kava or St John’s Wort, which are natural sedatives, and have a calming effect on birds. Other natural ingredients that may be helpful for treating feather plucking, which is caused by skin irritations is Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE), which has natural antiseptic, antibiotic, and anti-parasitic ingredients.
Natural dietary supplements, such as Vitapet Feather Conditioner are specially formulated and contain a range of essential vitamins to maintain a healthy feather condition. They are extremely useful for birds that are suffering from a vitamin D deficiency due to being fed a bad diet, and because they will help with feather regrowth, they are beneficial for any bird that has plucked out its feathers.
Other Things to Consider
Depending on what is triggering the feather plucking behaviour, a pet owner can take a number of steps to both prevent and cure feather pulling in their pet parrot without the use of medication and drugs. These include the following: Ensure that your parrot gets a healthy, balanced diet to maintain healthy plumage. Keep your bird in healthy surroundings, keeping in mind that cigarette smoke and aerosol fumes are extremely toxic and can start feather pulling behaviour. Also make sure that your bird is in an area that gets adequate light, that he does not get too hot or too cold, and that the humidity is not too dry. Parrots originate from tropical rainforests, and heaters can dry the air in the room. When you use heaters, it is advisable that a dehumidifier, or a type of water feature, is provided to prevent the air from becoming too dry and thus drying out your birds skin and feather follicles, resulting in irritation and feather plucking behaviour. Your bird will need eight hours of beauty sleep every night. Keep him in a quite corner with a cover over if you plan to party all night. Stimulation is vital, so provide lots of interesting toys and puzzles to keep him busy and stop boredom. Socialising is very important. Preferably let your bird out of his cage on a daily basis to socialise with you. Provide other stimulations, such as music, when you are not at home so that he doesn’t sit alone in a quite house – very dull for a pet parrot. It may be worth thinking about getting another parrot to keep your pet company if you work all day and he has to stay at home alone.
By following all the above points, your bird should be kept happy and content, and should not resort to feather plucking due to health or psychological stress.
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If you are thinking of starting an aquarium, then a few basic facts are essential. Deciding whether you want to have a saltwater or freshwater aquarium is the first step. Because of the many different types of freshwater aquarium fish, this tends to be the most popular choice as a starting point for this wonderful hobby.
There are two types of freshwater aquarium fish from which to choose, coldwater and tropical. Because the coldwater aquarium needs less in the way of equipment, heaters for example, they are a common starting point.
Some of the more popular types of freshwater aquarium fish for coldwater tanks are goldfish, koi and some of the tetra fish species.
But of the types of freshwater aquarium fish, the most sought after by far are tropical fish. These colorful and beautiful fish need a heated aquarium to survive and therefore cost a little more to maintain, but the sheer beauty of some of them make the expense worthwhile.
If these are the types of freshwater aquarium fish you decide to keep, then the choices you make can make this a cheap and satisfying hobby or a very expensive one indeed!
When you’re first setting up your freshwater aquarium it’s a good idea to buy young and healthy fish to start off with. If you choose to add more mature fish as you become more established, that’s fine as long as your aquarium has had time to stabilize.
Selecting the proper species of fish is essential to the success of your aquarium. The types of freshwater aquarium fish for the tropical tank should be hardy and able to withstand variations and fluctuations of ammonia and nitrite as your aquarium becomes established.
Without proper guidance of an expert to guide you in which types of freshwater aquarium fish to introduce into your tank initially, your beautiful new acquisitions could very soon become ill and die.
Some recommendations for the types of freshwater aquarium fish to start off your tropical tank with include Tetras, Danios, Barbs or Cichlids.
When choosing tetra fish for starting up your aquarium, choose those with round; large bodies over the thin, torpedo shaped ones such as neon tetras as these tend to be hardier.
Danios are an excellent type of freshwater aquarium fish. They include zebra danios, leopard danios and giant danios.
Barbs are a good choice of tropical fish for the beginner although you have to be careful about the fish you put them in with as they can a bit temperamental and nip the slower moving fish.
Cichlids are a very large and diverse group of tropical fish and African cichlids are an excellent choice for starting a new aquarium, but should not be kept with other fish, as they can be aggressive.
As there are countless types of freshwater aquarium fish from which to choose each with their own behavior patterns, it is always a good idea to take the advice of a professional before making your choices.
Fish kept in an aquarium are definitely the easiest pets you can keep. The first thing to do is to learn the basic steps in caring for an aquarium. There are things that should be done daily to care for fish and some things that need only be done weekly or bi-weekly. Fortunately, daily care consists of very simple things to do.
Just spend a few minutes watching them and you can detect any signs of unhappiness if any. Yes, fishes do suffer from stress so keeping a fish happy is the secret to keeping it healthy. The lights and filters are important to maintain the perfect equilibrium of the aquarium so do check them regularly to make sure they perform in peak working conditions. Do not forget to give your fish their food everyday. Give them, enough food that will last for the duration of two to three minutes feeding time. Excess food that is not consumed will sink to the bottom and become debris, adding to the nitrate levels and rising the toxicity of the water. You should check the water ph and temp weekly. If there are changes required, do them promptly. You can know about what conditions will be suitable for your fish from the pet store where you purchase the fish from. Every variety of fish can thrive in particular conditions.
You have to spend time to clean the filter too. Filters collect waste excreted by the fish and left in the tank in the form of excessive fool. If you do not clean these filters, they will get clogged and not be able to perform their task of filtration. In addition to eliminating waste, a filter sometimes acts as an aeration device cycling oxygen through the tank. In case your filters get congested, the movement of gases in them will also slow down. This can reduce the total volume of oxygen in the aquarium. Without rectifying this problem as soon as possible, your fish are surely moving towards an untimely death. Change the filter on the aquarium every two to three weeks depending on need. As soon as your water begins looking dirty and has an offensive odor, you must clean your filter. Some filters need to be replaced, while other simply need to be cleaned with water.
Go slow when you are changing water in your aquarium. Do not let the lights and other fixtures remain when you are cleaning your aquarium. You must replace roughly a third of the water in the tank with fresh water every week or two. Water can be added from the tank provided you treat it for temperature, keeping it near two degrees of the water in the aquarium. The retailer at the pet store will guide you on the proper kind of water to be used. Sometimes, the tap water treatment is done in about an hour, while for others you will need to keep the water overnight.
You can remove the algal growths from the walls of your fish tank by using a scrubber. Be very particular you are not disturbing the fish when you are cleaning the tank. You will have to move about the rocks in your tank too because this loosens the residue collected under them and make them come to the surface from where you can remove them. A siphon or a small bucket may be used to remove this debris which you can do when you are replacing the water. Remove all dead leaves from the water plants. In order to clean the outer portion of the aquarium, simply use a squeegee soaked in water. Do not miss out on cleaning the lid and the cover of the tank. Lastly, plug the aquarium back in, and enjoy the freshly cleaned tank.
* Exotic birds can come in many various colors; the amount of different colors they have can’t be determined by just examining one individual. Every different individual bird can have their own unique pattern and colors relevant to their species.
* Exotic birds are available in all sizes and shapes to ensure that you are able to determine on which kind of bird you should have from the cage you are able to afford. Most of these birds are really big and have big wings whilst other birds could be extremely tiny. A small cage could be spacious enough to let it even fly inside it.
* Even if you are not there to exercise the pet or keep it challenged throughout the day, a few toys would be sufficient to keep the animal occupied throughout the day. Just like children they adore playing by themselves and watching them play can be really the treat.
* Some species of parrots try to discover how to speak by themselves. You can discover your parrot trying to mimic the sounds it is hearing through the course of the day. This would be a good sign which means you could attempt training it to speak much more and much more.
* Most species of exotic birds like parrots and Macaws are very lively animals which are extremely playful and are active all day. You can anticipate hrs of fun playing with them without tiring them out.
* Birds are some of the most lovable pets around the world due to their playful nature and natural beauty. Getting a bird can be so much enjoyable whilst it teaches the owner to become responsible and care for the pet.
* A nicely groomed and loved pet bird can turn out to be very lovable and it can turn out to be extremely loyal to you. It could usually be about you lookout for you, if someone comes too close they might even attack that individual.
* Exotic birds can be groomed to be very clean simply because it is feasible to bath them every day. Some birds will adore bathing every day and even like to play with water. This tends to make certain you have a clean pet that likes water and is simple to bathe.