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>ITT pets you want but can't have

I've wanted a large parrot all my life, extensively researched them, worked with some and even very temporarily came under care of a few(owners went away, 3rd party for adoption processes/rehoming for people, etc). But I could never live the rest of my life with the noise. I'd fucking kill it.
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>>2018191
I've wanted to work with parrots in a shelter or foster home situation but there aren't any shelters in Louisiana that I can find. I'm like you. I don't think I could be a permanent home for a large parrot. I'd like to try dealing with an African Grey in particular after reading some stuff by Irene Pepperburg.
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I've yet to have any pets of my own (I'm excluding family pets growing up). I'm waiting until I'm in a secure position to take care of them properly.

I'd love to have rats, dogs, do beekeeping, keep chickens, an aquarium, turtles/tortoises, maybe hermit crabs again. All sorts.
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>>2018224
Rats are great. I was sold two small rats but they were large when they got older. Kept em in a 100 gallon tank. My big boy would jump up out of the tank and balance on the edge and wait for me to get close enough and start licking my face and then sleep on my shoulder. The girl got pregant and got out and hid her babies under my dresser but I put her back in and she was fine. One day I found a field mouse pinky. Put it in my rat cage thinking they would end him quickly but the mother brought it to her pinkies and...
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Hi, I'm quite new to this and I was hoping if there were some tips on how to create a living biosphere with plants, ants and possibly other critters? I wanted to see if you guys had ideas on plants that I could add that would be compatible with an ant species known as Harvester Ants, small self sufficient plants that could survive with artificial sunlight bulbs in a fish tank 4'x2'?

I plan to add a small pond that wont soak through the dirt, and small bugs that could survive on plants or aquatic plants that could be another source of food for the ants,...
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bump.
I'm interested
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>>2017858
You can't create a working ecosystem in a small tank. The ants would eat too much of the plant before it can regrow, kill all the food bugs or the predator would wipe out the ants.

Best you could do is give the ants some aphids in case the species is known for milking them so they can live together.
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>>2018330
I believe this is true. Ecosystems are too big and chaotic to try to contain. OP, I would say figure out which animals you'd like to keep as a baseline, then figure out what else you can put in there that can live comfortably in the same conditions.

So, I'm thinking about a little formicarium too, but I would just put it inside a terrarium with some air plants as decoration. not trying to devise an elaborate interconnected ecosystem, just caring for the ants and caring for the plants and they live...
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Need help socializing my german shepherd. I got him when he was 2 months old (14 now) and he's extremely weary of strangers and won't let anyone he hasn't met before go near him. When walking him and walking past people he's fine but if I tie him outside dunkin donuts to get a coffee I worry somebody's gonna try to pet him (especially a kid) and he's gonna bite them. What do?
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Also need to buy new dog food soon what brand would u guys recommend
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>>2017130
science diet is the best
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>>2017134
before this shitposting cockweasel gets everyone on /an/ to respond, let me say this:

it depends on your dog. after battling with a bunch of parasites and illnesses immediately after I rescued him, the most high-quality foods were NOT agreeing with him, and I took my vet's (and my friend's, and my boss's, and my aunt and uncle's) advice and tried science diet. his poops were immediately normal where they had been terrible diarrhea.

I know science diet is not the best food, but it...
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What's the airspeed of an unladen swallow?
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Is it a European swallow or an African swallow?
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>>2015190
9001 meters per second
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>>2015201
I would like to know about both and make a comparison between the two

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You're in the middle of the Eocene epoch and this mother fucker jumps onto your avocado tree.

What do you do?
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>>2015129
Kill it and its entire family and wipe out all primates.

If that's a primate.
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>>2015394
Despite all the anti-misanthropy, this is actually the best option. Life on Earth will always be a cruel struggle for most animals, but industrialised breeding and slaughter takes the cake. Most other species would be better off without humans(both as species and as individuals).
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>>2015129
admire his huge spotted black dick

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I feed my cats by filling my bathtub up with water, putting fish in, and then letting my cat hunt them.

Is this bad?
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>>2018899
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>>2018900

Well, it technically is bait fish. Just little minnows and stuff. I don't really see the problem. I enjoy watching him and he has fun, and if he's still hungry I put out some traditional cat food.
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>>2018904
If you don't see a problem why are you asking the question?
Personally, the only reason I see it as unethical is the fish don't stand a chance. They can never escape and you don't have an aquarium set up if they do.

Then I think: "all the fish I eat is aquacultured. Those tilapia and salmon didn't have a chance either."

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Why are ostriches classified as birds instead of mammals? They have everything to be a mammal and almost nothing to be a bird.
>can't fly
>heavy
>tall
>runs very fast
>has red meat
>doesn't make chirping, screeching or squawking noises
>eats a lot
>is kept on barns and not on aviaries
The only thing it...
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>>2016805
Do you think bats should be classified as birds too?
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>>2016808
Bats don't have beaks and feathers, so no.
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>>2016805

>nothing to be a bird

>feathers

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So I'm thinking of getting a Ball Python. For those who have owned one, do they typically eat live mice or frozen mice? Or could you train them to eat a certain type? Also would you suggest feeding them in a separate enclosure, or does it really not matter? I've never owned a snake before, so sorry if these are stupid questions.
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Most owners prefer to feed frozen/thawed.
Which answers your second question.
As for the separate enclosure, it depends on your comfort with your set up. If you feel like something in the tank can a) enter and irritate the snake's mouth or b) somehow stop it from correctly grabbing and eating the mouse, then yes, take it out and feed it in a plastic cubby.
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>>2010443

And let me just state - many owners will say to take the snake out just to avoid the chance of them swallowing a large piece of bark and causing a serious obstruction.

Chances are, your snake is never going to swallow a fucking pinecone, but if you do use some sort of bark or mulch, consider a different substrate. Might be less pretty, but you and your snake both will get over it, and it'll be safer and easier to clean.
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Feed frozen. Safer on the snake and more humane.
Don't be worried about BPs not eating anything for awhile in general too, as a heads up. They are notorious to just straight up not eat for months. They are either probably one of the easiest snakes to take care of to one of the more difficult ones because of so many being so finicky with food.

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New Mustelid general. Post your ferrets/otters/weasels here.
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Are there any toys I can put in my ferrets cage? I don't like to put plastic balls in as they tend to just chew on them when its in their cage (worry about choking).

I feel kind of bad that they don't really have much things to play with?

They have sleepcubes and tubes, plenty of things to crawl in and relax but I'm wondering if theres anything more I could do?

Also, I'm thinking of getting a third male ferret - my current ferrets are two 5 month old males, currently un-neutered but will be soon. Any tips to introducing a new ferret?

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Looking for help with this tree's name. Let me know if you have questions.
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It's not a tree. That's a leaf.

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What would you do?

You catch an animal of an introduced species, one of the worst among birds. Do you:

>a) Kill it

>b) release it

Hard mode: You're at work and there are city people around who will think you're a monster.

Nightmare mode: It's only a baby one, can barely fly, and it's parent are above, squawking in response to its terrified shrieks.
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>>2018077
1. a
2. take it to the bathroom
3. stick it in a drawer and go after the parents.
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>>2018077
>a)
> cook and feed baby to parrots
>eat parents myself
Best thing for invasive species is to give them a predator
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Feed it to my cat. The fucker is a garbage disposal and eats everything remotely meat-ish he can get his claws on.

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How smart is /a/ ?
Why aren't all plants poisonous?
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animals shit out seeds, plant grows. so why would they be poisonous when it helps when they're seedberries get eaten.

haven;t you ever looked at deer shit? or looked at what birds eat?

sage because i don't care
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>>2017835
Technically right, but not what I'm looking for. I know the answer, this a like a fun little quiz.
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>>2017839

sorry, i just looked at this thread like "What breed is my cat threads"

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i bought seeds for a black rose, and so I'd like to grow a desk plant. What type of desk pot would you recommend? would you recommend getting a Hydroponic Lamp and plant food? pretty much how can i make this plant look bad ass on my desk?
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Lots of pruning and a lamp brighter than what you originally thought.
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You can't grow a black rose, anon. You've been duped. Roses don't even grow in singles.
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>>2017034
True, it's not -completely- black, but it's such a dark pigmented purple that without good lighting you really can't tell that it's not.

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Anyone ever considered keeping tiny freshwater invertebrates as pets, such as Scyphozoa or Branchiopoda? Maybe in a tiny tank?
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>>2013718
kept brine shrimps and triops lots of times, they are great
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>>2013723
I know what you mean, the tank would probably be boring, but it'd only be a little tank, just for aesthetics and a little bit of life. I didn't even know freshwater sponges existed
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>>2013725
I'm thinking of a more... Unusual sort of thing

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What is the most underrated animal, and why is it the leopard seal?
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The lowly dik-dik. Small animal, huge heart.
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>>2007347
I thought I was the only one.
My Dad got chased by one across the sea ice when he was with the navy.
I think a woman got dragged underwater to her death by one as well. I wonder if it saw her as food or just a threat?
The Southern Elephant seal is quite a beast too
>dives to the same depths as Sperm Whales
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>>2007356

> My Dad got chased by one across the sea ice when he was with the navy.

Please tell this story.

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