Ball Python Care

The shed cycle of a Ball Python is an amazing and wonderful process. I have been keeping Ball Pythons for more than ten years and am still excited every time I see a perfect shed.

When I was a child I was very interested in animals. Regardless of the type of animal, I tried to mimic the natural environment as best I could for my pets. My hamsters didn’t have wheels, they had burrows. My Fish didn’t have skulls blowing bubbles; they had grass, rocks and a current to swim against. So naturally when I purchased my first Ball Python I tried to mimic the natural habitat as well. So I went to my local pet store and asked as many questions as I could think of about what to get my new snake. Several hundred dollars later I walked out of the store with a huge fishtank, a log, lots of mulch and a couple of heat lamps. Eventually I even added another Ball Python because I was told that the snakes would be fine sharing a fishtank this large. Then, shed after shed, both of my snakes had eye caps and skin stuck to their bodies. I did exactly what all the “Answers” sites say to do. I bathed my snakes, I picked off the eye caps with tweezers and damp Q-tips, I even put them in damp towels for twenty minutes at a time so they could get the skin off. My poor snakes!

Shedding is a simple chore for a human, but a lot of work for a snake. Your Ball Python will use a large amount of stored energy to shed its old skin and replace it with fresh new skin. All you, the owner, need to do is provide the correct environment for your Ball Python.

The shed cycle will occur over a seven to ten day period. There are four steps to the process, which we will go over.

The first step you will notice involves two changes. Your Ball Pythons skin will become dull and dark and the belly of the snake will become pinkier than normal. The second step occurs three to five days later when its eyes glaze over. This is the most obvious step and often the one a novice Ball Python owner will see first. Your Ball Python’s eyes will appear a milky white colour. During this time your snake’s vision is very impaired and it will likely be on edge and defensive, so you should avoid any contact with your Ball Python until the shed cycle is complete. Also, during this time avoid feeding your snake. Digesting takes a lot of a Ball Python’s energy and during a shed cycle the snake is already using a lot of its stored energy therefore it will not be able to digest properly. Two to three days after the eyes have gone completely white they will turn clear again, which is the third step. The eyes clear very quickly, with the whole process taking a day to complete. The final step is the best (in my opinion). One to two days after the eyes have cleared; you will walk into your snake room and find two things in your enclosure. First you will find a rolled up wad of snake skin and second, a high gloss Ball Python. If you get to the skin in time you can carefully roll it out and keep it as a memento. A Ball python, zero-two years old will shed an average of five to seven times a year and an adult will shed an average of four to five times a year. Also, females will always shed before laying eggs. Your Ball Python will appear much brighter and more colourful after it has shed its skin.

Now, that is how a Ball Python shed cycle is supposed to go. Depending on the type of enclosure you use, obtaining these results will vary. The best would be to use ball python cages.

Regardless of the type of enclosure you use for your Ball Python, you will need to raise the humidity to 70% during the shed cycle. If you keep your Ball Python in a fishtank you can obtain these results simply by spraying down the substrate in the fishtank about thirty times over the shed cycle. The reason you’ll need to spray so often is because a fishtank has an open top. An open top will allow the warm humid air to escape the fishtank leaving your Ball Python too dry to have a good shed. If you keep your Ball Python in one of our Ball Python enclosures you can obtain the same results with only three or four sprays. The difference between our Ball Python enclosures and a fishtank is that our enclosures have been designed for Ball Pythons, whereas fishtank’s have been designed for fish. Therefore the moral of the story is that no matter how nice your fishtank looks, it is still a fishtank and will never function as well as a Ball Python enclosure.

Tips to Prevent Spiders in Your Home

Spiders scare a lot of people.  Often they are suddenly spotted climbing up a wall or across the floor in your home.  While many homeowners would be perfectly happy to never see a spider again in their home, there is actually good reason to have spiders in the home.  I am not talking about a spider infestation, that’s not good for any homeowner. Rather, I am referring to the few spiders a year that you see in your home or the few more during spring time when may spiders like to enter into warm homes. The reason why spiders are helpful is because they eat other bugs!  Flies, beetles, small roaches, centipedes and more… spiders eat them and keep them from scaring you.

There are ways to prevent spider infestation or to prevent spiders form laying eggs in your home which would possibly create an infestation. Here are 5 tips to prevent spider infestation:

1. Get the Clutter Away! Believe it or not, spiders are attracted to piles- piles of papers, piles of clothes, piles of shoes and more.  If you do your best to keep clutter to a minimum then you could help reduce the amount of spiders around your house or at least the amount of spiders that you see.  The last thing you want to do is step into a shoe with a spider in it.  So keep your closets organized too and it will help.

2. Dust those webs away- Keeping your ceiling and corners of the ceiling 9and floors) dust and spider web free will eliminate webs, thus eliminating spiders from living in your home and harvesting spider eggs. Invest a few dollars into a good duster- one with an extendable arm so that you can get to those hard to reach places.

3. Repair windows and screens and seal cracks and holes around the house on the inside and on the exterior- it will help keep spiders out.

4. Remove cardboard boxes- Spiders love living in and around cardboard boxes.  it’s best to get rid of these and replace them with dryable plastic totes, carts or containers.  These carts can last a lifetime and won’t attract as many spiders- if any at all.

5. Have your house sprayed by a professional exterminator once a year.  This once (or in some areas twice) a year treatment will help with some of the common household pests such as spiders, centipedes and silverfish.

Follow some of these tips and it could help reduce the amount of spiders you see in your home!

Blue Buffalo Cat Food

Blue Buffalo Cat Food is one of the products on pet food market which is made by Blue Buffalo Company. It is one of the better products available on the market because it doesn’t have toxic elements which can lead to cancer in cats. Actually the company was found for the reason that owner’s dog Blue passed away because of cancer.

All of the products have real meat – let that be fish or poultry. Alongside meat come wholesome cereals, healthy fruit and vegetables. Blue Buffalo is the only company that puts something special into their food – dark kibbles that are generally a mix of nutrients (vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals). Those are known as LifeSource Bits and are designed to improve cat’s immunity mechanism, guard them from damaging environmental impacts and support their specific life phase needs. None of the products contain any meat by-products at all. All foods also are without any corn, wheat, soy and synthetic additives.

Blue Buffalo Cat Food products come in different sizes and shapes. They’re available in dry and canned formulas. Bags weigh from 2.5 to 12lb.

Products are arranged into various food lines based on cat’s body weight, age group and sensitivities.

Blue line is organized into several age categories – for kittens, for adult cats and for older cats. Food in this line is made of white meat, garden greens, fruit and whole grains.

Blue Longetivity line is meant to prolong cat’s life. Additionally , it reduces obesity given that calorie intake is way lower than concurrent products. It provides antiaging nutrients like omega3, garden vegetables and fruits, grains,… Those provide plenty of vitamins C and E, Beta Carotene and B Complex. This line is broken into age groups.

Blue Basics is a line designed for cats at risk of food sensitivities.

Blue Wilderness is dry cat food and is advertised as high protein and low carbohydrate cat food. It is designed for outdoor cats because it contains complex carbs which are alternative to raw food diet. 45% of protein is guaranteed.

There’s also Blue Healthy Gourmet line that is said to be cats “fine dining”. It is canned food. A few of the products as an example are: Flaked Chicken, Flaked Salmon, Flaked Tuna, Flaked Turkey,…

All round Blue Buffalo Cat Food is among the finest out there. It’s not the lowest priced but it is guaranteed premium quality. Nearly all customers don’t have anything but good to say of Blue Buffalo Cat Food products. Recent survey revealed a very high rating of 9.4/10: 8.5 for price, 9.5 for availableness, 10 for ingredients and 9.5 for flavor.

Tips Grooming For Long Haired Dogs

For most dogs with long hair fall brings the second heavy shed of the year. Dogs such as the Belgian Sheepdog with it’s jet black coat can be strikingly beautiful if maintained with the appropriate dog grooming supplies.

You will notice during dog grooming that the coat of longhaired dogs is double, with a soft, dense inner coat and a longer, slightly coarser outer coat. The coat on the Belgian for example, is medium long with noticeable fringes on the legs and tail as well as longer and thicker hair around the neck in the ruff and chest area.

While dog grooming a Belgian take note of any white on the toes of the back feet, which can extend between the pads, any white on the front feet is a serious fault in the show ring. The muzzle can have a slight amount of white or gray coloration. In some areas, the coat may fade to a slightly reddish tinge and this is not a fault if it is due to the environment and not to the actual coloration of the dog.

The Belgian Sheepdog as well as all longhaired breeds of dogs “blows” their coat in the spring and fall. This means that the winter and summer coat is lost in a very heavy shed twice a year. Longhaired dogs actually have two coats; the outer coat is thicker, coarser and designed to provide protection and waterproofing. The inner coat is softer, shorter and denser, adding insulation for the dog.

When shedding the inner, softer coat often becomes matted or tangled with the longer, outer coat resulting in thick, knots of hair that may need clipping to be removed. Daily dog grooming with a quality dematting tool will prevent matts and tangles. Also during the shedding season, a bath with FURminator dog shampoo will loosen the hair and make dog grooming much easier. Remember to use only dog specific dog grooming supplies, as human products will cause skin irritations and other issues.

Bathing your longhaired dog in the heavy shed times of the year in your own bathtub will leave a mess. If you choose to do the bathing yourself, it is best done outside in a dog bath tub. This way all of the hair can be collected and discarded without clogging your drains. Using FURminator dog grooming supplies will keep your house hair free for about four to six weeks. To accomplish this goal you will need to really work up a lather when bathing and then immediately brush your dog when the bath is over.

Always groom the outer coat first using a stiff bristle dog brush or dog combs. After the outer areas, including the fringe on the legs and the longer hair on the ruff is completely knot free, use a dog-grooming rake or pin brush to brush the inner coat. Simply and gently, push the longer outer coat up and groom the inner coat downwards in the direction of hair growth. Using these dog grooming supplies daily, especially during the shedding season will prevent most knots and mats from forming.

Using dog grooming scissors, clip the hair around the feet and between the pads to prevent balls from forming between the toes. These balls of hair and debris can cause severe lameness and infections between the toes. Clipping the long hairs on the ears and plucking or pulling any long hairs, in the outer ear area will help prevent infections in the ear itself.

Lastly, your dog grooming sessions should include a brushing their teeth. This component is something some dog owners forget. Dog are just as susceptible to the same tooth and gum diseases as us humans. Grooming your dog should be fun for all. By using the appropriate dog grooming supplies, you will enjoy a cleaner house and beautiful looking dog with fresh breath ready for those sloppy kisses.