Meet Vinnie our Bearded Dragon

Meet Vinnie our Bearded Dragon

At PB Animal Adventures we have lots of animals that are handled regularly and are very tame. This makes our job so much easier when we visit the children at birthday parties, schools and clubs, elderly people in care homes, our clients living with learning disabilities and the busy environment of a corporate event.
Our animals always present themselves calmly and graciously to provide a close encounter for our clients that is safe and fun.
Vinnie our bearded dragon is no exception to that rule and is one of the favourite animals of our customers.

Check out this YouTube video to get to know Vinnie some more.

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What Vinnie our Bearded Dragon eats

What Vinnie our Bearded Dragon eats

Our customers at Birthday Parties, Corporate Events, Schools and Clubs and much more, always ask us what our bearded dragon Vinnie eats.

Here are just a few examples of the foods he can eat.

 

Collard Greens are good for Vinnie as they help him get some vitamin C and boost is immune system.

 

Collard Greens

 

Dandelion Greens are very good for Vinnie as they provide many vitamins such a vitamin A,C and K as well as calcium.

Dadellion greens

Carrots are a good source of minerals and antioxidants and we give it to Vinnie mashed as this helps him eat it without chocking .

 

Mashed carrot

 

Bok Choy (Chinese cabbage) is full of vitamin A.

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Strawberries are a good source of vitamin c. Vinnie loves strawberries and this is one of his favorite things to eat, although we do not give him too much.

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Crickets are a good source of protein.

 

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Roaches also a good source of protein.

Roaches

 

Mealworms and superworms are a good source of moisture with some carbohydrate and protein.

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So there are our examples of just some of what Vinnie eats. If you would like to find out more and meet Vinnie, why not book us now at www.pbanimaladventures.co.uk

 

 

Meet our wonderful Animals at PB Animal Adventures

Meet our wonderful Animals at PB Animal Adventures

PB Animal Adventures is a Dorset based animal encounter company for all types of events and venues. Whether you would like to book us for children’s parties, schools or clubs or a care home, PB Animal Adventures will bring excitement and learning in an event you won’t forget by giving you an up and personal encounter with animals every time we visit. Our quick and easy, hassle free set-up will put the event in almost any scenario so we can bring the animal encounters to you.

We have loads of animals that could be brought to you.

Check out our video to see what animals you could have at your next event.

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Reasons why PB Animal Adventures would be good for your event

Reasons why PB Animal Adventures would be good for your event

At PB Animal Adventures we are use to going to all kinds of places for all kind of reasons. We have been to children’s parties, birthday parties, corporate events, care homes, schools and much more.

We will be good for your event because:

1) We come with an easy set up for almost all venues.

2) We provide interesting and fun facts about the animals.

3) Our animals and staff are friendly and enjoy visiting you all.

4) The staff at PB Animal Adventures have a range of experience working with various people with different needs including children, people living with dementia, people with learning disabilities and much more.

5) A visit from PB Animal Adventures will make your event stand out from all the rest by bringing something cool and different that will be remembered by all.

Check out this video to see a bit more about us at PB Animal Adventures.

Why not make your next party or event stand out from all the rest and book us now at www.pbanimaladventures.co.uk

 

Interesting facts children learn about our animals when booking us at their birthday parties

Interesting facts children learn about our animals when booking us at their birthday parties

As well as having lots of fun, we aim for children booking us at birthday parties and events to discover something new about the animals they encounter making an experience they will not forget.

Here is 5 of those facts you can discover at your birthday party or event.

 

Fact 1 – Leopard Geckos detach their tails when they are trying to get away from their predators which are snakes, foxes and other large reptiles. The tails do grow back but not fully and this can be stressful to the leopard gecko because their tails store a lot of their food reserves.

Leopard Gecko blog

 

Fact 2 – Hedgehogs spikes are made of really thick hair (keratin), which Is the same stuff as what human hairs and finger nails are made of. They are able to use these hairs to protect themselves by using the muscle under the spikes to make the spikes stick out.

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Fact 3 – Degus have 15 different sounds that they use to communicate with. Degus are very sociable animals that live in groups. To be able to communicate well with each other they use different sounds in various ways to mean different things.

Degu Blog

 

Fact 4 – Cockroaches can live for up to two weeks without their heads, because they have breathing holes in different segments of their bodies. The reason the cockroaches eventually die is because they become dehydrated with not being able to drink without a head.

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Fact 5 – Millipedes (Latin word for a thousand feet) actually don’t have 1000 legs. They actually have anywhere from 40 to 400 legs.

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If you want to learn more interesting facts about the animals we have at PB Animal Adventures why not book us now at www.pbanimaladventures.co.uk

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.

How to look after a Bearded Dragon

How to look after a Bearded Dragon

Bearded dragons are very easy to look after providing you have the right set up for them to live in.
Here are some simple tips for looking after a bearded dragon that has worked well to keep ours healthy at PB Animal Adventures.
These are the questions we often get asked by our customers when at birthday parties and other events.

 

 

How big do bearded dragons get?
Bearded dragons generally grow between 40 to 60cms in length.
How long do they live?

With good care bearded dragons can live for up to 6 – 10 years in captivity.
Do bearded dragons mind being handled?

With regular handling bearded dragons become accustomed to their owner. Our bearded dragon will sit on any of our handlers for a long time quite contently while we are on the computers etc.
What type of housing does the bearded dragon need?

This very much depends on how many you get. We don’t advise two male beardys live together as they can fight, so if you want more than one a male and female would be suggested.

Most recommend a vivarium with a minimum size of 4ft x 2ft x 2ft for one bearded dragon. It would be suggested the more space the better and if you have more than one you will definitely need a bigger vivarium than that.

Bearded dragons like a place to hide and places to climb, so you will need to provide both in the vivarium also.

You can also decorate with plastic plants to make the vivarium more attractive.

We use beach chip substrate as it is easy to identify any unwanted mess (poo) to remove it and does no harm to the beardy.

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How do I keep my Bearded Dragon warm?

Bearded Dragons are not able to maintain their own body temperature so we have to help them with this in captivity.
It is important to provide a heated part of the vivarium and a cooler part, to enable the bearded dragon to choose what it wants.
We use a basking lamp on a thermostat linked to a temperature gage that sits within the vivarium to maintain a good temperature.
Most people recommend a temperature of around 45°c for the basking area and around 30°c for the cooler end of the vivarium.
Night time temperatures should be around 26°c.

 

What lighting will I need?

Bearded dragons require UV light and therefore you will need a UV light in the vivarium. These need to be changed every 6-8 months as although the light still works the UV coming from the light dulls over time.
The UV light is really important to help prevent metabolic bone disease.

 

How do I provide water to my bearded dragon?

It is important to provide your dragon with fresh water every day, in a shallow bowl. Although bearded dragons are from arid regions of Australia they are prone to dehydration. To prevent this, it is important to spray your dragon with water as this is how they would normally drink in the wild. You can also give a warm water bath once or twice weekly/as required. Don’t spray your beardy more than once a day as this will raise the humidity and can cause respiratory problems.

 

What do I feed my bearded dragon?

Juvenile beardys under a year old require more protein so their diet will consist of around 80% bugs and insects such a crickets, locusts, meal worms and grubs (As a treat) and 20% leafy greens / salads. Adult beardys require the opposite of 20% bugs and insects and 80% leafy greens / salads.
We use regular supplements of vitamin/mineral to help prevent metabolic bone disease.

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What happens when bearded dragons shed?

Bearded dragons shed several times throughout the year. This will be noticed when the scales on the beardy become greyish.
Although it is tempting, you must not peel the skin of for the beardy as this could do damage to the new skin that is forming.
Shedding can be irritating for the bearded dragon so as you can imagine they can become a bit grumpy and may go off their food during this time.
You can help your beardy by bathing them in water as this not only helps them to feel better but helps the skin to come off of its own accord.

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So there we are our suggestions on how to keep a Bearded Dragon. We hope this has been helpful to you. If you decide keeping a pet isn’t suitable right now why not book an encounter with our animals at PB Animal Adventures.

How to look after a Redfoot tortoise

How to look after a Redfoot tortoise

Red Foot Tortoises are the more curious personalities of the various types of tortoise and are a joy to keep as pets.
They do however require proper housing to meet their needs and a good stable diet.
It is important to do your research before deciding if the Red Foot tortoise is the right pet for you, so we at PB Animal Adventures would like to offer you our advice on this to help you out by answering the most frequently asked questions we have from our customers that book us for birthday parties etc.

Tortoises

How big do Red Foot Tortoises get?
They tend to grow to about 12-18” which is approximately the size of a dinner plate.

 

How long do they live?
Red Foot Tortoise can live for up to 50 years, if not a bit longer in captivity.

 

How can you tell the difference between a male and a female?
Females have much shorter tails and the males have a concave plastron. Red Foot Tortoises can’t be sexed until they reach 6-7” as it can be difficult to do this accurately before they reach this size.
Check out the picture below so you can see visually what we are talking about.

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What type of housing is best for my tortoise?
Most people recommend a vivarium so that the humidity can be easily maintained.
The most recommended size of vivarium is (48″x24″x24″) as this enable the tortoise enough room to explore and move around. We often have the tortoises out exploring our HQ to enable them to be stimulated and exercise providing it’s not too cold in the office.
The tortoise should have a shallow water bowel for them to maintain hydration. (Must be shallow to prevent them from drowning).
There should be a UVB light which synthesises sun rays and therefore Vitamin D, enabling the tortoises to metabolise calcium (helping them to grow). Without the UVB light the tortoise will develop serious disease problems. The bulb needs changing every 6-8 months, as although they look like they are doing their job, the UV is less effective after this time.
Tortoises like to have shelter in their vivarium so they have a place to hide and relax. There are lots of inventive ways you can do this; we use bricks as you can see in the photo below as the tortoises can’t move them as they are too heavy.

Set Up

 

What humidity would is best for my tortoise?
Redfoot tortoises come from South America with their habitats being anything from grasslands to humid rainforests.
When we first got our Red Foot Tortoises we found lots of conflicting advice about the humidity levels and housing for them on the internet and from vets we asked.
The best advice we can give you is try the basic recommendations that are about to follow and adapt them to what your tortoise responds to better, meaning remaining healthy and active. This has worked well for us and we have really healthy tortoises.
Most people recommend a vivarium so that the humidity can be controlled with a bit more ease. Most also recommend a humidity level of 70-80% which can be measured with a hydrometer.
We found that a couple of shallow water bowls and a spray of the enclosure 2-3 times a week maintain the humidity well.
It is important to ensure you don’t go overboard with trying to keep the vivarium humid as this can cause the tortoise respiratory problems.

 

What Substrate do we use?

We use orchid bark as we find this helps with the humidity and is easy to keep clean.

 

What temperature should I keep my Red Foot Tortoises Vivarium?
We use a basking lamp on a thermostat linked to a temperature gauge that sits within the vivarium to maintain a good temperature. The Vivarium should be big enough to enable the tortoise to choose to warm itself in the warm end where the basking lamp is or the cooler end.
It is recommended that during the day the temperature is maintained at 29-32 °c and at night around 20 – 27°c. The thermostat will help you achieve this with ease.

We also have a thermometer at each end of the vivarium as a back up to gauge the temperature just in case the thermostat is not working correctly.

Thermometer

What do I feed a Red Foot Tortoise?
Red Foot Tortoises like any other animal like a variety of foods and will get bored if fed the same old things all of the time.
Red foot tortoises are omnivorous and will occasionally feed on small animals such as mice, rats and chicks (Usually found dead on the ground their travels). They eat vegetables including dandelion, clover, honeysuckle, leafy salads, watercress, brussel tops, spring greens, coriander, parsley, rocket, carrot, parsnip, courgette, peppers. They eat non-citric fruits such as papaya, mango, apples, strawberries, blackberries, cactus fruit and tomatoes. Ones to avoid include cabbage, spinach, onion, tomato, buttercup, citric fruits and iceberg lettuce. Also dust the vegetables with Nutrobal before putting them in a food dish.
Tortoise pellet foods can be used as a treat for your tortoise; however we would not recommend this as a regular substitution for fresh foods.

We also use a cuttlefish bone as another source of calcium and also helps their mouths.

Does a Red Foot Tortoise need to hibernate?
The simple answer is no.
Red foot tortoises are one of the few types of tortoise that do not need to hibernate.

 

Where do I buy my tortoise from?
There are many reputable breeders around the UK that will ensure you are sold tortoises that are captive bred and not wild caught, come with the correct documentation needed, ensure all perspective owners are ready to receive their tortoises and offer you good advice on how to look after your tortoise.
WARNING – A reputable breeder will NOT send you tortoises via a carrier as this is not ethical.

 

5 of the weirdest animals you wouldn’t find at an animal themed birthday party

As you all know weird can be wonderful sometimes.
Here are the 5 most weird and wonderful animals that we think are great.

1) The Aye-aye
These delightful little creatures come from Madagascar and are nocturnal. They are primates that have a nifty way of getting their food. They tap on trees to find grubs and then use their teeth to nosh through and so they can use their very long middle finger to whip out those yummy grubs.
The Aye-aye is an endangered creature and certainly one we would love to see thrive again in the wild.

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2) Tarsier
These wide eyed creature are not only unusual but the cutest things you have ever seen. Also primates the Tarsier can be found in the Islands of South East Asia.
Each eyeball on these adorable creatures are approximately 16mm in diameter which is about the size of their brains.

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3) The Blobfish

The blob fish are very rarely seen by us humans due to them living in the deep depths of the ocean.
The blob fish has a density that is slightly less than water in order to keep its shape and withstand the pressure in the depth of the ocean, making its jelly like appearance.
Not the prettiest of creatures, however they do have top marks for individuality.

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4) Bergamasco Shepherd

These dogs are not like any other by any means.
Their appearance is very deliberate to allow them to protect sheep as predators often mistake the Bergamasco Shepherd for a sheep. With the Bergamasco being very capable of defending itself, those pesky predators will think twice before going near the sheep the dogs are looking after.

These shaggy creatures originate from the Italian Alps and although they do their guard duties very well they are very patient with good self-control, a good companion for some humans.

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5)  Lowland Streaked Tenrec
These prickly little creatures are found only in the rainforests of Madagascar and is similar to a porcupine. The barbs on the Lowland Streaked Tenrec’s back act as a defence and a very unusual and complex communication system. The quills produce a faint chattering sound when they vibrate and different sounds indicate different meanings allowing them to communicate with each other.

Lowland Streaked Tenrec

 

So there it is, 5 weird and wonderful creatures that we at PB Animal Adventures find fascinating.

If you want to meet some other fun and fascinating animals why not book your adventures with us at PB Animal Adventures.

 

 

5 events animal encounters would be good for.

Asking yourself what you would book an animal encounter for?
Here are 5 of the top animal encounters for events and children’s parties.

1) Birthday Parties

Making your childs special day both memorable and exciting can be challenging time for any parent. The trick is to think of something that will make your childs party stick out from all the rest and bring lots of fun and adventure.
Animal Encounters bring fun, adventure, wonderment and excitement to any party with the added bonus of being the envy of all the other parents with a birthday bash that is different from all the rest.
With all kind of creatures from creepy crawlies to the cute and fluffy, it is pretty irresistible to book that encounter and make your childs party an adventure they will always remember.

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2) Schools

Not only are animal encounters a fun and exciting experience, they can be very educational as well.
Animal Encounters can be matched with curriculums for example the animal handler can bring animals that are specific to areas of the world the children are learning about.
This educates the children about the world and the creatures in it in a fun way that will enable them to remember more of what they have learned and make the other schools envy the exciting way the school educates its children.

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3) Children’s Clubs

Children’s clubs like any other place can only remain open by finding new and exciting ways to draw people to them.
Animal encounters can offer a rewarding activity to the children that they will talk about to their friends and draw in more people to your clubs.
Animal encounters can also provide support to helping children earn awards within the clubs such as a wildlife badge etc.

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4) Care Homes

All care homes have to provide activities to their service users while working to a budget.
Animal Encounters provide an experience that works well within a budget and also offers the service a chance to promote an exciting activity as part of its marketing strategy.
Most importantly an animal encounter is therapeutic and stimulating for the service users who are able to learn more about the animals at the event.

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5) Corporate Events

Last on our list of events that animal encounters would be good for is corporate events. Why not make your business get together stick out from all the others by bringing the unusual idea of an animal encounter to it?
An Animal Encounter will not only entertain the adults amongst you but also the children, leaving people talking about the animal encounter & the event for a long time to come. This increases exposure of your company and adds an extra exciting element that your customers will really enjoy!

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So there you are, five really cool animal encounters for events and children’s parties that can add an exciting part to any scenario. Why not add to your event by booking an animal encounter at PB Animal Adventures.