Anonymous asked: How many animals do you have? 0//0
I currently have around 108, including my two dogs. That is not including the other animals that live in the house that do not belong to me, however.
That seems like a high number, but it includes all the reptiles I have available for sale (about a fifth of the total number) and my pile of mourning geckos (L lugubris) - small parthenogenetic geckos that live in one vivarium and their many progeny.
If you subtract the critters for sale and those away on loan, that is around 76 including my two dogs and the militia of mournings.
Anonymous asked: I was wondering, how do your pets and your Tegu get a long so well? Did you have to train them and were they ever bit? I just want to know since i have a dog and ive been curious to know Sorry if i bothered you <333
As far as my dogs getting along with my tegu that’s all simple training is all.
Biscuit is extremely intelligent and picks up on my own body language, so he tends to like the reptiles in general. He does not, however, like to touch them; a behavior I reinforced with just a bit of training (he likes to lick the snakes though >_>). The training is basically a “leave it” technique except I say “don’t touch” because he is very welcome to look. Biscuit is basically my mini furry reptile keeper, he very much enjoys looking at all the reptiles and watching them. Sometimes he gets a little butthurt though when Guts is eating and he wants the food for himself.
Tanuki is basically the same as far as intelligence goes, except all the reptiles scare him so he gives them a respectful distance.
Guts has been raised around dogs. At first he was frightened of them, which is understandable considering he was a snack sized baby and they were large (in his eyes) predators. Just as he got used to me he got used to them and came to understand that no one is a threat to him (except maybe taking him out of the sun room before he’s ready). Guts is not fed live food of any kind except roaches on tongs. He is allowed to forage but not hunt. I do not engage in anything that would encourage a lunging and snapping behavior - that is how a very unfortunate accident could happen.
Guts is extremely intelligent as well, but is equally as stubborn. I don’t know how he views the dogs now, but he barely spares them a glance. He sleeps in their beds when he’s out and about, so he likely associates their smells with positive memories if nothing else.
Nope, none of the dogs have ever gone after Guts and he has never snapped at them either.
Not at all, thanks for the questions. :3