Save on School Supplies at Target

What’s new at Target this week? The best way to find out is to visit their website and check out Target’s weekly ad. It’s a good way to find out about the current sales. The online version of the ad often contains coupons and special deals that you won’t always find in the store. Here is “the good stuff” from from this week’s ad. Deals last through August 10, 2013. School Supplies Sale: * Bic .7mm Mechanical Pencils 8-count – $0.99 * Bic .5mm Shimmery Mechanical Pencils 8-count – $0.99 * Avery Durable White Binder 1-inch – $0.99 * Avery … Continue reading

Rare Pets: Geckos

Geckos are great pets for both reptile lovers and for those just starting to think of keeping cold-blooded animals as pets. One caveat: if you’re thinking of obtaining a gecko because the animated one in the Geico commercials is cute, think again. Pet purchases should never be made on the basis of media representations, especially not for less common animals. If you are seriously interested in having reptiles for pets, however, geckos are a great start. They’re easy to care for and rather social, for reptiles anyway. In fact, geckos are so social that it’s best to keep at least … Continue reading

Goldfish Bloat

Bloat can be a serious health issue for aquarium fish — especially goldfish. How do you know if your goldfish has bloat? The following symptoms are common at various stages of bloat: Bloating or swelling of the body. Passing clear, bubbly strings of feces (in early bloat). Refusal to eat. Inability to poop (in advanced bloat). Difficulty swimming. Reddish areas on the skin (in advanced bloat — often an indication of internal bleeding, which can lead to life-threatening infection). A goldfish doesn’t have a stomach that uses acid to break down foods, like humans do. Goldfish don’t have stomachs at … Continue reading

Loose Lizard Lends to Utilizing Tabby’s New Skill

The other day I had to laugh because I had just written about all the crazy animal stories on the news lately when one more, this time local in nature, aired. It was about a rather large (three feet long) and unusual lizard captured in a nearby state park. The lizard wasn’t all that unusual as far as being a rare species that hasn’t been seen for years or anything of that nature. It was a run of the mill monitor lizard. What was unusual was that it was in Long Hunter State Park, where such reptiles aren’t usually seen. … Continue reading

Leapin’ Lizards! A Study in Pet Teamwork

As I touched on in My Life With Cats, I was born into a family of dog lovers. My mom’s never spent much time around cats. (Tabby and Mr. Meow have since seen to it that she’s become a non-cat convert though.) And she certainly hasn’t spent much time with both cats and dogs in one household. I’m well aware that it’s possible for cats and dogs to get along, but my mom’s still trying to understand how it is they all get along. It’s simply amazing to her that not only do Murph and the cats tolerate each other, … Continue reading

Chameleon Care

There are several different species of chameleon that are popular as pets. Veiled chameleons are large — reaching up to two feet in length — but also relatively hardy. Jackson’s chameleons are smaller and have three horns on the head. These lizards do well in lower temperatures. Panther chameleons are also large and exhibit striking colors. Males are much larger than females. Chameleons are solitary and easily stressed. In the wild, they live exclusively in trees — so the habitat you create must provide plenty of branches for climbing and foliage for hiding. The more space you can provide, the … Continue reading


Chameleons are amazing and interesting pets but are not necessarily the best choice for beginning lizard hobbyists as they are easily stressed. These lizards are known for their ability to change color. Young chameleons are usually a dull grey or brown color and can change color only a little. Around five months of age, the adult color develops, bringing the ability to change through an amazing range of colors. You may see an adult chameleon display green, blue-green, turquoise, black, and more! Why do they change colors? Camouflage is the best known (but not the only) reason. Chameleons also change … Continue reading

Giant Tegu

Also known as the Argentinean tegu, the big headed tegu, or the black and white tegu, the giant tegu is a gentle giant lizard. Don’t confuse an Argentinean tegu with a Columbian tegu — the Columbian is somewhat smaller and less docile than the Argentinean variety. These lizards truly are gigantic — an adult black and white tegu can reach four feet or longer (including the tail). The whole body sports a pattern of white and black dots and stripes, making the giant tegu a distinctive pet. Despite the intimidating size of the giant tegus, these lizards can be very … Continue reading

Bearded Dragons

The bearded dragon is also known as the inland bearded dragon or the central bearded dragon. This large lizard hails from Australia. Compared to the Chinese water dragon, you might think the bearded dragon is small — a fully grown adult has a length between 16 and 22 inches. (By comparison, male Chinese water dragons reach around three feet in length!) Bearded dragons are still considered large reptiles, and will need plenty of room to move. The tank base should be two feet by three feet (or more). House your bearded dragons in a glass aquarium with a screened top … Continue reading

Chinese Water Dragons

Like their name implies, Chinese water dragons love water. Don’t be surprised to see your Chinese water dragon spending a ton of time in the water! These lizards hail from Southeast Asia — Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, and China. To mimic these warm climates in your lizard habitat, keep the daytime temperature between 83 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit. You should also provide a basking spot at around 90 degrees Fahrenheit so your Chinese water dragons can thermoregulate. Overnight temperature should be between 75 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the lights and heat on a twelve hour cycle for most of the … Continue reading