What is the Difference Between True Vipers and Pit Vipers?
All vipers fall under the family Viperidae. However, it contains two sub-families that distinguish between what we call “True Vipers” and “Pit Vipers.” The distinction is whether or not a viper has heat-sensing organs, which we call “pits.” Pit Vipers have these heat-sensing organs and belong to the subfamily Crotalinae. True Vipers, on the other hand, lack these […]
Can I Feed My Animals Things From Outside?
The problem with this is most things from outside (like insects or maybe a mouse) likely have been exposed to many things that would be harmful to the captive animal. Insects, e.g. may be contaminated with harmful bacteria, fungus, or toxins like pesticides. All these may kill or poison your animal. However, even if it […]
What do Snakes Eat?
There are many things that snakes eat. Snakes are carnivores and eat other animals and what a snake eats mainly depends on the snake’s size, as they eat essentially what they can overpower and swallow. Small snakes will eat small rodents while very large snakes have even been known to eat animals such as deer, […]
Why is My Snakes Nose Bleeding?
While there could be many causes for the bleeding of the nose in a snake, one of the most common reasons in captivity snakes can have a nose bleed is because the snake is rubbing their nose and face against the enclosure wall for extended periods. This is likely due to the snake lacking something […]
What is a Hemotoxin?
A hemotoxin is a toxin that affects red blood cells. It may cause lysis in blood cells or change their coagulation properties leading to interference with blood circulation. Effects of Hemotoxin on Human body Hemotoxins prevent the normal coagulation process of blood. It can cause red blood cells to not clot, causing severe internal bleeding […]
Are Animals Poisonous or Venomous? The Correct Terminology
This is a notorious conversation you will have if you begin collecting venomous animals. It is a funny unspoken rule that everyone is to correct anyone who says a snake, spider, scorpion, etc. is poisonous. The correct adjective, when referring to animals that inject a toxin, is venomous. The keyword here is inject; the manner […]
What is a Spider?
Growing up, I assumed that eight legs were a part of classifying spiders, but that is not the case. Many other little creatures have eight legs, e.g., ticks. So what then makes a spider a spider? For the right and correct answer, it is the following: “The most important synapomorphies of the Araneae (which would […]
Why Do Snakes Shed Their Skin?
Snake shed their skin when they grow. Its the same for many animals; spiders, scorpions, centipedes, and many other animals shed their skin. When an animal increases in size, their skin gets too small for their body, so their skin comes off with a new skin underneath! It is an exciting phenomenon for every collector. […]
Can We Hold Spiders and Tarantulas?
The vast majority of spiders and tarantulas are not dangerous, and many can be held. However, remember, the pleasure of this activity is only for you; most spiders probably do not enjoy this activity. Although, at times, some appear to be curious about the change in their environment. Most of them probably don’t care. It […]
What is the World’s Most Venomous Snake?
If we are strictly referring to the toxicity of a snake’s venom, the Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus) is probably the winner for the world’s most venomous snake. However, when judging for this position, there are many factors to consider. For example, is this data referring to the toxicity to humans or certain kinds of animals? […]