We have a house and property full of critters. Our newest arrivals are a trio of Fire Belly Toads. They are pretty cool.
I am not confident enough to handle feeding them though. The tank they are in has a screen top with a metal clip on each side to “lock” it. We feed the toads crickets (which have their own little habitat), and superworms that we also feed to our Golden Tegu. I have had a hard enough time feeding the lizard, because I think the superworms are gross. I will only pick them up with tongs. The crickets freak me out, since they jump around. I really don’t want to lose any in the house. The habitat comes with tubes that the crickets crawl into, so you can use those when you feed your pet. I have not tried it yet. I am afraid that I might lose a toad when I open the tank. Luckily a feeding once a day is sufficient, so I leave it up to my husband. 😉
Here are two of the toads in a little “river” in the tank.
Here we have one on the vine which goes into the swimming area of the tank. We put a few fish in the swimming area. We caught them in our outdoor koi pond. They are just regular feeder goldfish that have bred out there though. I think we have about 100 babies in our pond! The toads might eat the fish since they will eat anything they can fit in their mouths.
Here is a close up of the nasty superworms. The bedding is oatmeal, which is also food for them. We have to feed them bits of fruit to keep them hydrated too. These turn into large black beetles that put off a stink. We will find the beetles in the lizard enclosure, because they escape from the food dish. The lizard enclosure has a mulch bottom, so the worms burrow and hide until they transform.
This picture is too blurry to show the little crickets, but it shows the tubes that they crawl into. The tubes slide out of the habitat and the opening has a cover. I see how this is better than opening the whole top… risking a mass exodus. ;P
Here are some pictures of our ball python and our golden tegu.
This is Sweetie. She is about 4 1/2 feet long. We have had her for almost 20 years. 🙂 I had her out the other day when my son’s friend was over for a visit. My son was not very amused when I put her on his head like a hat. I wore her around my neck, and that made them nervous. She is very strong, but I didn’t let her coil around my neck. Most of her body was hanging down the front of my body.
Here is our golden tegu. He/She doesn’t really have a name. I refer to it as a female, and call it Lizzie, but the boys think it’s a male. They don’t really call it by a name though. This variety of tegu is not easily tamed, so we don’t handle it. It’s just a lookin’ at pet. 😉
We do have “normal” pets like cats and dogs, and outdoor animals like ducks, fish and a rabbit. We had 2 rabbits, but lost one recently to old age.
😦 I had written in another post that soon we will not have the ducks, since we will butcher them for food. I plan on starting that Wednesday.