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How is this possible?

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out here in squirrel smokin big doinks in squirrel... big 'ol doinks
out can be pretty good too. The treehouse explorer and comfy cabin in a woods threads are super nice.
I'm just sad its impossible to escape the frogposting cancer ANYWHERE on this site these days. At least most of /an is good.
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Those are specially targeted bot postings for the most part. There's tons of it, but usually the slow boards are better moderated based on post count and don't attract as much bot attention in the first place.

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Hypothetically, is there anything stopping me from getting a pet nutria? They aren't native to the US and look at them. They're just smaller and uglier capybaras. I've eaten one but I never thought one as a pet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7H18MzT3BY (they even brux like rats)

I know I wouldn't be able to house one so I'm just curious. Not that I don't have the room but it's too cold up here for them without an indoor swimming place. They'd probably not only need a pool/pond to swim in but they get big. I can only imagine the kind of damage it could do to your house if you weren't watching them closely.
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for a second i thought that was some weird creepy monkey (it's nostrils being the eyes and its eyes being the ears)
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I thought the same thing at first. They are much cuter in other color morphs like albino and blonde.
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thumbnail looks like monkey
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That meat has more parasites than Nikki Minaj's vagina
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Kill it,have bacon for 3 months
Is that a flail made of cactus?

My sides holy christ

>tfw no oats

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What are some effective foods to use as bait for a mouse trap?
Peanut butter
thanks, man
My dick

Dog General #5 - Spooky Edition.

Dog food review site - https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com

Puppy guide - http://drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?articleid=1449

>What should I feed my dog?
>What breed of dog should I get?
>How do I train my dog?
>Rate my dog!
>Should I bring my dog to a vet?
>What breed is my dog?
>What toys should I get my dog?
>My dog is doing x, what do I do?
>Where do I get a dog?

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I know that feel
Cute pupper
How long should it take to teach a 20 week old puppy to stop pulling on the leesh? I've tried walking my aussie shepherd pup with my other dog and she is just impossible. So I take her alone and she still gets very excited and pulls. Been rewarding her when she comes close to me for about a week but it is so frustrating when she is doing good then out of nowhere its like she forgot everything.
Border or Jack Russels are good and have good stamina
Love me some border collies. Little farm collie-type sheepdogs are my absolute favorite types of dog.
>aussie shepherd
That might be the issue.
Herding breeds are notorious for leash pulling.
I have been unable to train my BC to stop despite sitting and waiting on command working perfectly. When it gets horribly bad, I sadly resort to using a single loop nose harness, which she hates, but stops pulling with.

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previously on /herp/ >>2506639

Reptile classifieds for finding breeders of various scaled and sundry creatures

>reptilescanada.com (Canadian breeders)
>caudata.org for newts, salamanders and lots more amphibians
>Also check to see if there are any annual reptile shows/expos in your area as these are good places to find good animals from good breeders at partial discount

/herp/ officially official all purpose care sheet of wonder and magic

>sand a shit
>use a thermostat

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want 2 fite ok i bite
Every 2 weeks is better, though many people will advise weekly, it really isn't needed, and they will grow just the same on a biweekly schedule (when compared to other conservatively fed boas).

As far as pairings, I'm not very knowledgeable on leopards. Afaik the way they look is mostly chance, as far as we understand the genetics right now. Which, apparently, isn't very well. I'd just get a male that you like the look of, most likely a "visual" leopard. You have 5 years before you can safely breed her, and a male does best at 3+, so you have time to research and find a male.

4 years is still young, she'll have plenty of time to grow if she will. Adults range in sizes, and all the power feeding in the world won't make a snake that's supposed to be small get big, one that's meant to get big will eventually get big even when underfed. Just feed normally (maybe a slight bit less), and give her time.

People say the same thing to me, it's like if you aren't feeding snakes the largest meals they can physically swallow weekly that they think they'll keel over at any moment.

Nope, everything in between is a-ok. Fuzzy, hopper, small adult, medium adult, and large adult mice are ok. Fuzzy, rat pups, weaned, small, medium, and large rats are ok. Non-nursing rabbits are ok. Fowl are ok.

That, and the milk has a high level of fat and like most animals they don't have the ability to digest milk. So that's why I don't advise nursing mammals. All jumbo or larger feeders are retired breeders, and they accumulate a lot of fat. The bigger the rat, the more dangerous, too. Some of the super-sized rats, such as the largest offered at Rodent Pro, have cause color loss, liver failure, and death in a variety of different species, even pythons. So a low fat diet is best in our captive reptiles, but the amount a snake can tolerate varies. Boas are all very sensitive to it.
No, they just grow for such a long time and people underestimate their lifespans that it seems like they do. Once they reach their predetermined size, they won't grow anymore. Underfeeding will lengthen the time it takes to get there, and overfeeding will reduce the time it takes to get there but halve their lifespan or worse. Once they reach full size, the growth is completely negligible, on a microscopic level (or nearly) per year. No real actual growth.

They do slow down the closer to their adult size they get, but there is a point where they stop growing at a measurable pace. My ball python hasn't even grown so much as a centimeter in at least 7-8 years, though he has gotten heavier.

They are very delicate, ambient temps above 85F can kill them or cause neurological damage, and too low of humidity much under 85-100% for babies and 80-100% for adults can cause them to regurgitate or refuse food and then have bad sheds. The humidity isn't difficult, it's just the margin for error with BRBs is so small that unless you have an especially hardy individual can have dire consequences.

Misting won't cut it, you'll have to have an enclosure that will hold the humidity. Misting just doesn't create high enough humidity levels, and causes too wild of humidity level swings for a BRB to be comfortable.
>85 F ambient
That's pretty hot. The tank I bought has venting options that I plan on messing around with to work with the humidity beforehand per the advice of the other dude.

Thanks for the info on the brain death thing though. I try to keep my room around 20 C year round, so as long as the cool end is near 22 C in the tank everything should be fine for thermoregulation. I'll have to keep a close eye on ambient temps in the short run though. Summer will probably be the worst considering the lack of cooling options in my room when it soars to 40 C outside. Cross that bridge when I come to it I guess.
My incubator is set at 31 degrees celsius and I'm using perlite for substrate. Mix in some water with the perlite until it clumps in your hand and no water drips out. Good luck anon patientce is the key.

Anyone have suggestions for a cool Starter Reptile/Amphibian?
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>refill water as needed
>clean poop whenever it drops a deuce
>open enclosure
>throw in food
>ignore for a week or two

literally all you have to do. the rest of the stuff is automated assuming you buy a thermostat and setup the enclosure properly
You also said starter.

This is real life, not Pokemon, faggot.
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This guy makes a great starter pet
Blue tongue lizard

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Discuss anything related to speculative biology/evolution/xenobiology here.

I've been trying to start a spec bio project about life on another world but it's hard to know where to begin. Picking a planet seems like a logical first step - after all an animal's environment is ultimately what guides its evolution. What are some interesting/alien environmental obstacles that would result from an exoplanet having higher/lower gravity, water, temperature, atmosphere etc.?

I've been toying with the idea of the first land colonizers being photosynthetic fungus analogs with some level of motility. However, I'm having a hard time coming up with a compelling reason why a photoautotroph would bother moving around on land. I suppose a low gravity planet could make movement energetically cheap, but that doesn't strike me as a very satisfying justification. Any ideas?
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>they never figured out an efficient, actively ventilated respiratory system
yeah, hahah, fuck those bug scientists
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Fun fact silicon is structurally similar to carbon. So its theoretically possible to have rocky or crystalline silicon based creatures
But silicon has lesser chemical activity and hardly forms long chains.
why are long chains necessary for sentient life?

inb4 rehashed rare earth/great filter arguments gimme your actual opinion faggot
they're necessary for any life, sentient or not.

How did dinosaurs fuck?
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>They probably evolved in a way that allowed their backs to strengthen over time by fusing the pelvic vertebrae
all dinosaurs had fused sacral vertebrae long before sauropods evolved.

they were fused because they were bipeds.
>pronated wrists
Raptors could pronate their wrists.

Dog General #6 - Thanksgiving Edition.

>What to expect when you get a puppy

>/an/ approved dog trainers

glasgow dog trainer

Zak George

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a pony
I have adopted an adult dog (Nobody else could, owner died, his widow was going to move to another town) who already supposedly knew commands, and tried to re-train him to recognize me and my voice.

I was holding treat out of his reach and gave him a command and gave him treat when he did it. But instead of learning voice commands, he learned pose I was making (Right hand raised, open palm outwards) and when he sees it, he does every command he can think of in sequence, ignoring my voice.
>falling for the positive training meme
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My doggo had his 8th birthday recently
Dudes still pretty nimble and full of energy for his age
I adopted a dog that was a total monster. The shelter said he didn't like other dogs. Ok nbd. We took him to the vet a couple days later and out of nowhere he mauled two vet techs. I guess I handled it well so they they told me to keep him but sent us to a meme dog behaviorist who thought I could convince my dog to not be aggressive with treats. I noped out of that and took him to someone who does schutzhund training with prong collar, worked out amazingly. Don't even have to use the training collar anymore, dog isn't disturbed by things that used to trigger him. Except halloween inflatables.

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What should this cat's name be?
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sir planty
Gib welfare
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party cat
I was afraid that this meme had died for good. Keep up the good work, anon

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The Plant General - Protea Edition

Welcome to /plant/, the magical green place on this blue board. ITT: dumb lava lamp ideas, cute tales of stinky Stapelia and the usual barrage of indomitable carnivore pics.

/Plant/ is for the discussion of plants (obviously). Horticulturists, hobbyists and botanists welcome! Questions about plants? Want to show off your two inch dick-I mean plant? Maybe you want to start growing something new and exciting? Well come on over to /plant/!

Introducing a new basic caresheet with every thread: Protea edition:
>extremely well-draining acidic soil - unlike cacti/succulents, do NOT allow to dry out completely
>never allow water contact with the leaves/stem
>high air circulation is a requirement
>strong temperature difference between day/night for fussier montane species
>strictly NO phosphates allowed - in fact, best not to fertilise at all
>do not allow roots to overheat - black pots ill-advised
>good luck germinating these awful little shits from seed

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just use rainwater anon
74 ppm is within the safe range for carnivorous plants. You'll just want to avoid using that water for any undrained containers where the minerals can accumulate. You can also do a flush of the pots every few weeks or month with distilled or rainwater.
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You can always buy distilled water and use it 50/50
I really do need to set up some sort of rainwater collection, I'm just so damn lazy.
Thanks friend
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I have what I think is a pachira aquatica that I plan on practicing bonsai with. What type of pot should I replant it in? Right now its just in a small black plastic pot and it's completely root-bound. I have a small pot to plant it in but I'm not sure if it's good for bonsai. Pic related is a similar pot about 6 inches

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funny pictures of doggos and animols
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That's an ugly dog
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Hey /an/ so I was on my way to class this morning and I saw this little guy outside in the parking lot freezing. Does anybody know what this is?
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This. Raise it as your son and you will have a lifelong buddy. Capys are so chill.
I dunno, but he's your child now. You better take good care of the kid.
Where do you live? These fags saying it's a nutria and to kill it don't know that muskrats are naturally occurring animals up north. Honestly looks too small to be a nutria.
The head is too large to be a true rat. Doesn't look like a juvenile Nutria. I think it's a relative of the prairie dog/marmot.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground_squirrel Clicking through here and finding what's local to your area should get you somewhere.
I see baby nutrias weekly, this doesn't look like one at all. Probably a muskrat or something.

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I don't think bugs are ferret food
I've read online that they can eat mice and chicks. That the bones are actually good for them. Dubias are high in protein, low in fiber. A little fatty. Why not?
First, few domestic ferrets are raised on live food, so that probably undermines them trying to eat any live food.

Second, I don't think ferrets eat bugs natively. Mice and chicks would be food they would eat in the wild so I suppose there is a natural inclination.

I'm not saying it is bad, though I don't know if it is or not, I have just never head of a ferret or close relative eating bugs in the wild or domestically.
Assuming the cockroaches are not poisonous in any way, I don't see why not. It might not be their "natural" diet but it is animal protein. Same as feeding a ferret beef or something--a ferret obviously wouldn't prey on a cow but it's animal protein/fat, so it is good for them. I wouldn't feed them cockroaches as their main diet but I see no reason it can't be a good treat for them, assuming they'll eat it
Honestly I can't imagine why you would do this except for your own satisfaction. The ferrets will get next to nothing from eating them

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