About our Chinchilla called Winston

About our Chinchilla called Winston

Our Chinchilla called Winston is a favarourite at all of the birthday parties, corporate events, care homes, schools and clubs.

Here at some facts about Chinchillas you may not have known.

 

  1. Chinchillas are native to the Andes Mountains in South America and can live as high up as 4,270 m.

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2. Chinchillas live in groups called herds. They are very social animals that enjoy the company of other chinchillas.

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3. Chinchillas are currently listed as a critically endangered species by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species due to a severe population loss approximated at a 90% global population loss over the last 15 years. The severe population decline has been caused by chinchilla hunting by humans for their fur to be used for clothing.

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4. Raisins and sultanas are ideal treats for chinchillas and can be used as a reward in training too.

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5. chinchilla teeth are always growing so they need plenty of hard material to eat and chew on.

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So there are some facts about chinchilla’s you may nto have know. Want to meet our very own Chinchilla called Winston?

Visit us now at www.pbanimaladventures.co.uk  to find out more.

Facts about Leopard Geckos you may not know

Facts about Leopard Geckos you may not know

At PB Animal Adventures we have 3 Leopard Geckos, we refer to the 3 T’s. They are called Trudi, Tess and Tommy.

 

Here are some facts about Leopard Geckos you may not know that you could learn more about at your animal encounter, birthday party, care home, corporate event etc.

 

  1. Leopard Geckos are the only type of gecko that have eye lids to keep their eyes clean. Other breeds of gecko use their tounge to clean their eyes.

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2) When predators try to grab a leopard geckos tail, the gecko has the abiity to drop their tail, to enable them to get away from quickly. Geckos store protein from their food in their tails and therefore when their tails drop they need to eat more regulalry. The tail does partially grow back.

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3) Leopard geckos are found in Afghanistan, northwestern India, Pakistan, Iran, and Iraq.

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4) Leopard geckos live in rocky deserts and sparse grasslands. They avoid sandy deserts. They are mostly nocturnal, keeping out of the heat of the day, and emerging at night from holes and crevices to hunt for food. Leopard geckos are not found off of the ground very often.

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5) With eyesight comparable to a cat’s, geckos can see better than any other lizard.

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So there are just 5 of the may facts you could learn about leopard geckos.

Want to learn more and meet Trudi, Tess and Tommy, then you can visit us at www.pbanimaladventures.co.uk to book your animal adventures with us.

5 things you may not know about an emperor scorpion

5 things you may not know about an emperor scorpion

At PB Animal Adventures we take a range of wonderful creatures to children’s birthday parties, care homes, corporate events, schools and much more. We bring animal encounters to almost any event with an easy set up.

One of our scariest looking creatures is Sting the emperor scorpion, who is actually not as scary as he looks.

Find 5 things you didn’t know about emperor scorpions by reading our facts below.

 
1) Did you know Emperor Scorpions glow when exposed to UV light?
Scorpions tend to be nocturnal creatures, feeling vulnerable in the daylight. When exposed to ultraviolet, or UV, light at night, their exoskeletons glow, but scientists aren’t really sure as to the reasons why. There is a main theory that the glow is as a way to help scorpions find shelter in their dark environments. The exoskeleton develops several chemicals, including beta-carboline, that cause it to glow under UV light.
This glow is thought to develop with adult scorpions whose shell has hardened and developed. The scorpions tend not to glow when they are shedding.

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2) Emperor Scorpions are not as dangerous as you may think.
Yes the scorpions do sting and this will hurt, however unless you are allergic to their venom, their sting causes very little reaction. They say that an emperor scorpion’s sting is 4 times that of a bee sting.
The emperor scorpion also will not use their stinger unless it is absolutely necessary and are more likely to use their pincers first.
The emperor scorpion is the most timid of all the scorpion species.

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3) The only natural habitat you can find the emperor scorpion is in various regions of Africa.

They have been found outside of Africa in other countries; however this is thought to be the result of the pet trade.

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4) Emperor scorpions have the ability to dig up to 6 feet down underground.

The reason for this is so they can find their dinner being termites. The scorpion will eat as much as it is able to store food.
The emperor scorpion is a little bit lazy and will often wait in the termite burrows for the termites to approach them before grabbing them with their pincers.
In captivity emperor scorpions will eat crickets.

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5) Emperor scorpions are cannibals and have been known to eat each other.

This is more common with females who will eat their mates and their young; however males have also been known to do this, mainly during fights for their territory.

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If you have found this interesting and want to meet our lovely creatures and learn more about them, visist us by clicking on this link at PB Animal Adventures.

5 Reasons why animal encounters are good for children.

5 Reasons why animal encounters are good for children.

1) The presence of animals encourages social interaction and enjoyment between children. Another child holding an animal of interest will invite other children to be inquisitive and want to find out more, therefore promoting social interaction between the children. An example would be at a child’s birthday party, a child who struggles to interact with other children, may be enticed to interact if animals are present, encouraging them into taking part in social activities.

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2) Children learn about creature’s great and small in the world and their habitats. With knowledge of the animals, children will gain respect for all creatures and their environment and the protection of the animal’s environment. As we all know animals habitats are often destroyed by humans and their ignorance regarding the consequences of their actions. Encounters with animals will offer the children excitement, whilst learning about how they can help protect animals environments.

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3) Studies show that the presence of animals can increase a child’s self-esteem and respect for creatures more vulnerable than themselves as well as other children. At birthday parties children learn to take turns to hold animals, be gentle with the animals, gain confidence when handling animals and gain confidence interacting with other children by learning social graces.

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4) Studies have shown that children often mimic adult fears of animals and the misconception of different animals being dangerous. For example if mum screams “there’s a spider get it out” and the spider is no threat to her, the child will often pick up on that and mimic that irrational fear that spiders are bad and dangerous. By presenting a variety of animals to children in a way that shows responsibility and that the fear is irrational, the child will gain respect for different creatures and a knowledge that enables them to face fears and overcome them.

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5) When children interact with animals ie playing with their dogs, this provides movement in the body which improves a child’s cognition and motor skills. Animal encounters at birthday parties and schools often encourage children to mimic the movements of some of the animals, encouraging motor skills and cognition.

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So there are you’re 5 reasons to encourage your child to encounter animals, so why not book us now so your child can encounter lots of creatures from creepy crawlies to the cute and cuddly at PB Animal Adventures.