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.

Our Degus Mica and Milo

Our Degus Mica and Milo

Our two Degus Mica and Milo have exciting and mischievous personalities that make them a popular attraction for PB Animal Adventures at children’s birthday parties, corporate events, care homes etc.

This blog is a snippet of the fun facts that you could get with your animal encounter.

  1. Mica and Milo are approximately 3 years ols and have lived together all of their lives. Degus are very sociable animals that love to live in groups and hate living on their own.

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2. Degus originate from Chilie and live in burrows which they build as a team/group.

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3. Degus are very prone to developng diabetes so are very rarely given sugary foods.

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4. Degus live for 6-8 years in captivity.

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5. They are sometimes known as a brushed tail rat and are known for their teeth which are yellowish in colour.

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So that is a small bit of fun facts about Mica and Milo.

Want to Learn more about them and meet then in person?

Email us now at info@pbanimaladventures.co.uk or visit our website at www.pbanimaladventures.co.uk

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 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.

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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