The Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo is a great place to visit and walk as it covers a large area and has a great variety of animals. The Zoo is divided into sections of different animals from similar geographic locations. They have all your Zoo classics; gorillas, elephants, bears, big cats, giraffes, rhinos, etc. However, they have some […]

How to get Free Decor for Your Animals.

There is a great and easy way to acquire free decor for your enclosures. Go outside! There are lots of fallen logs, rocks, sticks, etc, outside that can be very useful and attractive in your terrariums. However, make sure you only take these things from places you can. It is illegal to remove or take […]

Antivenom: An Introduction

A venomous animal envenomates a person, now what? Well, they go to the hospital, and depending on the situation, they may receive something called antivenom. Antivenom is a serum of antibodies. An antibody is “A protein made by plasma cells (a type of white blood cell) in response to an antigen (a substance that causes […]

Top 10 Most Venomous Snakes in the World

This is a list of the most venomous snakes in the world in order by the LD50 according to subcutaneous injection which is the most common form of envenomation in humans. There are some difficulties with making a list like this, but if we just go by the LD50, this is the list you would […]

Commonly Kept Venomous Snakes

The following is a list of genera of the most commonly collected venomous snakes in the private owner community. Knowing at least one species from each genus will help you identify the different species that you encounter among private keepers. I encourage you to focus on learning genera and not species because you will cover […]

Why We Should know Scientific Names

I maybe exaggerating when I say this, but it seems people call hundreds of different species of spiders “Banana Spiders,” ranging from Trichonephila to Phoneutria, and if you recognize these two genera, there is a tremendous difference. If you were bitten by a species of Phoneutria and said it was a “Banana Spider,” that would not benefit you at all, […]

One of My Greatest Regrets – The Story of Birtha

I had a wonderful tarantula named Birtha; she was a Lasiodora parahybana or a Brazilian Salmon Pink Goliath Tarantula. I paid $15 for Birtha from an online breeder and raised her from a sling. This is one of my first pictures of her: Well, time passed, and I was older and in college. I kept downsizing my […]