Articles: reptiles

Red-Eared Sliders Regaining Popularity: That Might Not Be So Great

I can’t believe it’s still “a thing,” spontaneously buying red-eared slider turtles. Back in the day, in the 1950’s and ‘60 into the early 70’s, these turtles were commonly kept as pets. Typically, though, they suffered from poor care. Their habitats were plastic containers with a plastic tropical looking palm and a small place to…

Solutions for Pets Afraid of Fireworks; Small Scale Reptile Rescue Needs Your Help

TERRIFIED of fireworks – so many pets are. What do you do? Well, hopefully, you begin now, rather than wait until July 3 or July 4.  Dr. Jennifer Styrsky of CEVA Animal Health and I offer tips HERE on my WGN Radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World. We talk about jollying dogs by putting them…

Small Scale Reptile Rescue Has a Large Scale Problem: Please Help

Get this lovely fellow: When investigators turned up at Jason Littel’s cabin in East Troy, WI following up on complaints of sexual assault, they found 400 animals, many hognose snakes, various species of smaller reptiles and various frog species. Turns out Littel was charged with five counts of first degree sexual abuse, and use of…

Coyote Finds a Northern Blue-Tongue Skink

Coyote Peterson is the host of Brave Wilderness, a YouTube channel show, and I’ve been a fan for a long time. He also speaks around the country. I am posting this particular episode because he features an animal we happen to have as a pet: a northern blue-tongue skink. Even this wild skink, which Coyote…

Iguanas Falling from the Sky

People can deal with record low temperatures by putting on another layer of protection or not even venturing outdoors. Animals, however, have no choice in the matter. In Florida—in the water and on land—animals are paying a price. Iguanas are falling like coconuts from trees and appear to be frozen. The good news: Those that…

Reptile Awareness Day

Reptile Awareness Day was October 21, in case you missed it. Some reptiles make great pets, including Northern Blue-Tongue Skinks. This is our pet skink, Cosette. Other great beginner reptile choices include (but aren’t limited to) Bearded Dragon lizards, Leopard Geckoes and Corn Snakes. Indeed, reptile pets bring a bit of the natural world into…

CPR on a Lizard

This is dramatic video showing a lizard being brought back to life. We can all be heroes. This lizard fell into a pool, swam for a while, but then went under. This family retrieved the lizard, and miraculously brought the reptile back to life.

Wildlife in Mexico

Viva Natura: A Field Guide to the Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals of Western Mexico author Petr Myska talks here on Steve Dale’s Other World podcast about how, as a tourist in Mexico, you might take a day trip to see and swim with whale sharks or sea turtles or walk through a jungle with monkeys and…

Snakes on a Steve

Hard to believe – this isn’t the first interview I’ve done with a snake wound around me. Dr. Laurie Hess, author “Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of an Exotic Animal Doctor (or, What Friends Feathered, Furred, and Scaled Have Taught Me about Life and Love),” says that people can bond with snakes as pets. We talk about…

Unlikely Companions: Dr. Laurie Hess

It was a dark and stormy night. There’s an animal in distress. There’s a loving pet owner also in distress. Dr. Laurie Hess rushes to treat the emergency, and it’s not a sick dog or cat, it’s a sugar glider. Dr. Hess explains in Unlikely Companions: The Adventures of An Exotic Animal Doctor, the human-animal bond…

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