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.

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.

5 Most venomous animals in the world

Most animals are fascinating creatures but there are some out there you wouldn’t want to spend too much time with.
These are the 5 most venomous animals with number one being the most venomous.

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Death Stalker Scorpion
Although the death scorpion can’t generally kill a healthy adult human their venom is full of neurotoxins that can cause some nasty side effects such as cramping, convulsions, unbearable pain, and a fever. The side effects can kill young children, those in old age or those who have a health condition such as a heart failure.
Rest assured you do not find the Stalker Scorpion in the United Kingdom, as they are mostly found in North Africa and the Middle East.

Death Stalker Scorpion

Four
Blue-Ringed Octopus
For a tiny creature which is only the size of a golf ball, the blue-ringed octopus can certainly pack some punch with its venom.
Would you believe it this little creature carries enough venom to kill up to 26 adult humans within as little as a few minutes.
The neurotoxins after its bite work very quickly to carry through the blood stream causing weakened muscles, numbness to all parts of the body, followed by the slowing down of breathing and then death.
But rest assured you don’t need to worry about coming across one of these rather pleasant creatures when you go skinny dipping in the Bournemouth sea as they live mainly from the pacific ocean from Australia to Japan.

Blue-Ringed Octupus

Three
Marbled Cone Snail
When you think of snails, most people think of them being slimy, gooey and docile creatures. Not all are as pleasant as they may seem.
The Marbled Cone Snail looks very pretty and harmless and most can be with hundreds of different species. This being said these tricky little suckers are not what they seem.
The most venomous of the species can kill up to 20 adult humans. Yes you read that right that’s 20.
Cone snails use a hypodermic-like modified radula tooth and a venom gland which if penetrated into your blood stream can cause intense pain, swelling, numbness and then the more vital cases leading to muscle paralysis, distorted vision, respiratory failure and eventually death.
Have no fear these little critters prefer warmer sees and are not really found in the cold  seas around the United Kingdom.

Marbled Cone Snail

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The King Cobra
As you would guess the king cobra is near the top of the list being number 2 of the most venomous creatures in the world.
With all its ducking and diving and bobbing and weaving, this slippery devil can kill you when it eventually strikes with one bite.
The King Cobra can amazingly kill an animal the size of an elephant within 3 hours of its bite, if bitten in a vulnerable area. Who would have thought?
So our advice if you see a King Cobra would be to run for the hills before he gets you.

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Box Jelly Fish
And number one of course is the box jelly fish. With its famous appearance in the film Seven Pounds, we all know how deadly these creatures can be.
Its venom quickly attacks the heart, the nervous system and the skin cells, and its effects almost fatal if not treated quickly.
The Box Jelly Fish prefers to be in the waters around Asia and Australia rather than the murky waters of the Solent, so I don’t think you need to worry about finding one in this country any time soon.

Box Jelly Fish

So there it is the 5 most venomous animals. We at PB Animal Adventures can’t bring you super venomous animals like these to your children’s parties, however we can bring animals that are just as exciting and fascinating.

What makes a good birthday party for kids?

The question every parent asks themselves when their childs birthday party fast approaches is “how do I make my childs party stand out?”.

These are 10 very simple suggestions that may help:

1) Fill your childs bedroom with balloons and streamers, so they have a big surprise when they wake up in the morning and know it’s a special day for them, getting them all exited in time for their birthday party.

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2) Pick a theme with your child for the party that will stand out from the rest such as an animal encounter, pirates, princesses etc. It’s always good to consider a theme that fits in with most age ranges such as an animal encounter etc, so that all children attending can get involved.

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3) Make sure everyone knows all about the party by choosing the date, where you are holding the party, what the theme is, what time the party starts and then getting the invitations out as soon as possible, as we all know how busy parents and their children schedules are. Facebook is becoming an ever increasing way to get word out there about your childs party.

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4) Design and make the invitations with your child, so they are individual to you and stand out.

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5) Put up loads of decorations around the party venue. It’s always good to decorate the venue around the theme of your party and even better if you and your child have made the decorations, making your party stick out from the rest.

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6) Every party has party favours that are usually the same old party bags handed out to the children at the end of the party. Why not change things up a bit by getting the children to make their party favours as an interactive activity at the party.

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7) No party is complete without good party grub yum yum. Why not tailor your food around the theme of your party for example you may have animal shaped sandwiches if you have booked an animal encounter for your party. Of course the piece de resistance would be the birthday cake, which can also be tailored to match the theme of the party.

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8) Plan some party games that fit in with your theme such as pin the tail on the donkey or sleeping lions for an animal themed party etc. If your childs party has children in various aged groups, it would be suggested prizes are available for all of these age groups.

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9) Set aside a quieter time at the party for your child to open presents and say thank you to everyone one that has bought them something.

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10) Last but not least, the party has been planned with meticulous precision, your child and all the other children are happy and enjoying themselves, everything is going to plan, so all that’s left to do is relax, enjoy the experience and most importantly have fun.
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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.