Hermit Crabs


One of the most popular pets in demand, and for good reasons, is the Hermit Crab. Though the name “Hermit Crab” is applied to almost every Hermit Crab sold in pet stores, in reality there are actually various species of Hermit Crab. The most commonly found Hermit Crab is the purple pincher/claw Hermit Crab. The reasons why they’re the most popular is due to their social natures (thus you can have more then one) and the fact they’re semi-aquatic. Which means they are quite easy to maintain and keep happy.

Quite hardy and adaptable, these social little crabs are a semi-aquatic animal that requires both land and a water domain. There are specially designed trays for Hermit Crabs (amongst other pets) for this very purpose of getting in and out of water; these items coming in a variety of colors, shapes and forms.

Purple Pincher Hermit Crabs are rather distinct in appearance, as they have one large huge purple claw. This claw is primarily used to aid in eating. This claw is also common for defending and some for mating display. Due to their exoskeleton it’s very important to have a variety of shells of various sizes in their enclosure as they moult on a regular basis. This means in order for them to get bigger they need to push out their old skeleton.

Though not always active, these little guys become alive when they are placed upon the palms of your hand or in water.

Because these are land crabs, as well as semi-aquatic, it’s important to have a high humidity level as this will supply good amounts of oxygen. Thus their humidity level should be about 70% and their temperature reaching 70F-80F.

Due to their social natures, it’s very important that they have at least one other grab to be with. They should have access to salt water (there are conditioners specifically for this purpose) and they should have sand as substrate. They should also have access to fresh water, as this is used for hydration. All water should be treated before hand.

These clownish crabs should also have various things to climb on, as well is to hide under or in. Hermit Crabs are expected to live over 3 years. Don’t be afraid if you hear weird sounds from your Hermit Crabs, this is a normal and natural behaviour that they do. Regardless of sex, Hermit Crabs have a relatively same disposition; however it has been our experience that each Hermit Crab has its own unique and distinct personality.

As stated above Hermit Crabs moult, as such it’s important to have a variety of shells in their enclosures. This is also partially to their finicky and picky natures.

Food comes in a variety of forms, the most common (and appropriate) is a pellet base diet that has been specifically geared and targeted for Hermit Crabs.

All in all, Hermit Crabs are robust, clownish and personable little guys. They are hardy and easy to take care of, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Many people like to decorate the shells, and due to their social natures they are perfect for any household.




Teeth, and Ears and Paws! Oh My!

It should come to no surprise that regular and proper maintenance of your pet insures a happy, healthy and pro-active life! But all to often it’s the little things that seem to build up, often times overlooked or neglected. Many people come in for both cats and dogs to get regular grooming but many are unaware of the importance of what might seem as “the small stuff.” In this blog post we’ll tackle three most commonly overlooked body parts of your cat and dog that often times impact their health.

Teeth are an essential aspect to a carnivore like a dog or a cat, obviously their used for eating. Dog and cat dentistry is vitally important to keep up those healthy purly whites of theirs. Without proper maintenance you can run into a serious risk of loss of teeth. This is one reason why it’s important they have hard foods over soft foods to eat, this will help reinforce the teeth. The most common aspect of lack of animal dentistry is gum problems. It’s estimated that 85% of canines (for example) over the age of 4 develop some form of gum disease. Other common problems with teeth include cracking, the loss and crooked teeth which can cause infection.


The loss of teeth is usually due to some sort of gum disease in older dogs. It’s important to understand that if this happens it’s important to make an appointment with your vet ASAP as this could be a sign of illness. Mangled teeth, or crooked teeth, can cause problems with eating. It’s important to use proper toys, for both dogs and cats. A good indication if a toy isn’t good is if there is blood left over after the animal has played with set item. The real problem comes when plaque begins to build and is left untreated.

Plaque untreated can cause gingivitis and eventually cause periodontal disease among other gum related problems.

Though it’s quite important to have hard things for dogs especially to chew on, it’s also important to understand when items are too rough or problematic. Chewing the wrong thing can cause tooth trauma, and eventually this could potentially lead to cracking or crooked teeth and left untreated can cause infection.

From a cracked or broken tooth comes tooth root abscess, this is a very painful and problematic bacterial infection. This happens when the root of the tooth comes into contact with bacteria, and thus causes an infection. If this has happened it’s important to see a veterinarian immediately. It’s a very painful and agonizing experience for your pet.

There are many, many wonderful products for breath, mouth and teeth found in pet stores specifically for the mouth of your pet; often times they are toys, sprays, liquids, treats, foods and brushes geared for protection and maintenance of teeth, gums, tongue, breath and mouth!

Moving away from teeth and moving unto ears.


Ears that consistently have build up, that has been left unchecked, can cause problems of infections and temporary deafness. Not only that, the build up in ears can encourage the presence of mites. Ears are very sensitive, especially in cats. Without proper maintenance of your pets ears you run the risk of damaging the ear which can lead to further problems down the road. Another common problem is blood blisters, this is where blood accumulates in the ear flap. This usually comes due to mites, fleas and infections.

Lastly the paws.

Though nails are common, people just seem to overlook it. If nails aren’t properly maintained it can cause walking problems and nerve problems in the nails. It can be very painful. Overgrowth is quite common, in minor cases it causes discomfort and difficulty of walking. In extreme cases it can cause separation of toes, arthritis, problems with the paws themselves and bone problems. With paws themselves, they can be easily scratched and torn open, which can lead to infection. That’s why dog boots are very much encouraged for those who walk their dogs in forested areas for example. The protection of your cat and dog pads and nails is crucial.



When all of these things are taken into consideration and properly looked after, not only will you have a healthy, happy pet but one where you minimize the risk of severe problems in the future. A healthy pet, is a happy pet, and a happy pet is a happy you!

Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD) in Reptiles


Metabolic Bone Disease (also known as MBD) is among one of the most common diseases found in reptiles in captivity, and it is a complicated issue all together which doesn’t always stem from calcium deficiencies (however, by far the most common reason). MBD is an umbrella term referring to abnormalities of bones caused by a broad spectrum of disorders. For reptiles it is generally an improper calcium to phosphorus ratio in the body as well a lack of Vitamin D. As such, with a lack of calcium, the body compensates by taking from other areas of the body, such as bones. This leads to the softening of bones, which in turn makes it easier for fractures to appear.

It also causes disposition of fibrous tissue as the body tries to strengthen the bone in an absence of available calcium.

MBD symptoms vary depending on severity, however, commonly noticeable signs of MBD are as followed:

* Limping
* Bowed legs
*Hard lumps along the legs, spinal column and/or jaw
*Softening and unusual flexibility of the lower jaw
*Difficulty raising off the ground
*Tremors, jerky movements and twitching
*Lameness and anorexia
*Lethargy, weakness and paralysis
*For tortoises and turtles their shells become soft and may cause the shell to “pyramiding,” the shell starts looking like a pyramid.

Though there are various treatments that can be done for MBD, they are often expensive, hard to find and can take years. If you suspect your animal to have MBD it is advised you make an appointment with an appropriate veterinarian and get a proper diagnosis.

However, there are measures one can take to help prevent the cause of MBD in your reptile.

Lighting and heating is essential to the prevention of MBD, it’s important to know the appropriate temperatures for your animal (as all reptiles require different temperatures), as prolonged exposure to coolness can cause MBD. Lighting is also essential, by lighting we aren’t talking about the light from the basking bulb, we’re talking about specialised bulbs that emanate ultraviolet radiation, these bulbs are known as UVB bulbs, they generally come in various different watts, sizes and types that are appropriate for your lizard.

Another important factor is how your animal will get it’s calcium, as the main staple diet often rarely fully donates enough calcium for their bones. Generally speaking most reptiles eat insects, as such these insects are sprinkled with a mineral or calcium powder to help supplement and augment the diet. Reptiles that often have a mammalian diet tend to get plenty of calcium from the bones of their prey item. Choosing a high quality calcium and/or mineral powder is crucial because a calcium supplement with too much potassium will actually increase your reptile’s chances of getting Metabolic Bone Disease.

Next on our list is a Vitamin D3 supplement. Though calcium dust and mineral powder are important, it wouldn’t matter if your reptile ate nothing but calcium if he also wasn’t getting enough Vitamin D3. The best way to insure your animal gets Vitamin D3 is a combination of certain calcium powders alongside with a UVB Bulb, make sure you read the label of your calcium powders carefully for the indication of Vitamin D3.

The most commonly used, and one of the highest grade calcium powders (which come in a variety specific to certain reptiles), is REPTI-CALCIUM by Zoo Med which can be a little tricky to get a hold of–luckily we sell it here.

Lastly, regarding feeding, it’s important to use the highest quality insects or animals around. This will guarantee that your animal will get the most of what it’s eating and with the calcium powder and the UVB bulb you will not only be preventing MBD you will also help prolong the life and providing excellent animal husbandry.

It’s also important not to overfeed your animals, as this can also be a factor in causing MBD. Many new comers to reptiles often make the mistake of overfeeding their animals and one should do proper research on the animal of choice before any big purchase.

*It’s very important that you witness signs of MBD that you take the animal immediately to an appropriate veterinarian clinic. As they have the equipment, knowledge and experience to deal with this issue accordingly. Consult the chart above if you feel that your animal is at risk as MBD kills reptiles. The process of MBD may be as simple as injecting the animal with a calcium shot, or it may be a long and gruelling experience for others. This disease and issue should not be taken lightly!*


Pink Toed Tarantula


We just got ourselves a beautiful female Avicularia avicularia or commonly known as the “Pink Toed” tarantula. The Chilean rose hair, Mexican red knee and Pink toed tarantula are the three most popular species of tarantulas, and are perfect for the beginners. Today we’ll be exploring the rather peculiar and beautiful Pink Toed Tarantula.

It isn’t hard to see where the name “Pink Toed” comes from when looking at this tarantula species. Simply put they have these pink toes that are striking against their typically blue bodies. Popular among the hobbyists for their beautiful colourations the Pink Toed Tarantula is a South American, though the name “Pink Toed” often refers to more than a two dozen species of Avicularia, the name Pink Toed Tarantula is commonly held for the species: Avicularia avicularia.

This blue bodied tarantula reaching lengths of up to 5 inches are astonishing. Not only are they pretty to look at their habits and personalities make them a very unique tarantula species to own.

Being a New World species of tarantula they are often docile, though they are incredibly swift and agile–making handling this particular species of tarantula difficult. Despite being a tarantula at young ages they can actually be kept socially if the right conditions are met. They also happen to be an arboreal species of tarantula.

An arboreal species of tarantula is essentially a tarantula that prefers to dwell high above the ground, terrestrial being a tarantula that enjoys ground level. Being an arboreal species, the Pink Toed Tarantula is well known for the intricate cobwebs they often make high in their terrariums.

They also require quite a bit of ventilation, temperatures of 75-85 Fahrenheit and a humidity level of 78% to 82%. Traditionally arboreal species of tarantula are fed with feeding tangs, they can be finicky eaters and may not go to the bottom to hunt themselves. Luckily Pink Toed Tarantulas are active little guys and most likely explore it’s terrarium bottom and all. Though feeding tongs should still be a requirement just in case your Pink Toed Tarantula refuses to hunt at the bottom.

Pink Toed Tarantulas also have a unique defence. Though all tarantulas are venomous and you should consult a doctor if one is bit, their venom generally isn’t hazardous. Those who are sensitive or allergic to tarantula venom however can make for a dangerous time. For this reason it is advised that people don’t handle their tarantula, not just for the fear of being bit but also it can be quite stressful on the tarantula themselves. They do not require our interaction and socialisation. Be smart and don’t learn the hard way!

Despite biting, which rarely occurs, they have other defence mechanisms at their disposal. They are fast little guys! They use their speed to their advantage when they feel threatened or intimidated, able to quickly escape from their threat this is another reason why we advise not to handle this particular tarantula.

Like most other New World tarantulas they also have very interesting hairs called urticating hairs which they fling in the air. These little hairs are incredibly irritating, one should never scratch as this will simply push the hairs deeper into the skin which can cause infections and inflammation. If you happen to get urticating hairs on you simply use duck tape and gently wash area with warm water and soap.

Not only are they speedy go getters, throw hairs in the air that are incredibly irritating and can also leave a nasty bite, they also have this notorious habit of squirting faecal matter, essentially flinging their waste of predators. No one likes a face full of feces.

These evolutionary defence tactics make the Pink Toed Tarantula a resourceful creature.

As mentioned above ventilation is important for this particular species of tarantula due to the high humidity, fungus has been known to grow in their lungs and eventually kill these beautiful animals.

They make an excellent beginner species due to their easy diets, maintenance and animal husbandry care. With beautiful colourations and unique defences and personalities they’re a remarkable tarantula species to own.

Fleas Begone!


Well it is that time of the year Flea season and people are in asking what my thoughts are.


Let’s start with how does my pet get fleas? There are multiple answers to this question, but to name a few they can come into contact with another animal that has them. The fleas can be in the grass your pet is playing on and they hitch a ride .You can even bring them home on your shoes as you walk across the local park grass Adult fleas need a live host to live on and feed from so they go looking for a warm body . The good news is that we taste bad and the proteins in our blood is not what they are looking for, that’s why they bite us but then leave looking for a different blood supply. With this in mind they will not spread to your other pets as well but you need to make sure that their cages are clean as they can lay eggs in the bedding.

How do you know if fleas are causing all that itching – formally known as aspruritus?

Generally, unlike the burrowing, microscopic Demodex or Scabies Mites, fleas can be seen scurrying along the surface of the skin. Dark copper colored and about the size of the head of a pin, fleas dislike light so looking for them within furry areas and on the pet’s belly and inner thighs will provide your best chances of spotting them. Another way to look for them is to look for f “flea dirt”, Get out your Flea comb this is a comb that the tines are tight together to trap the flea dirt. Flea dirt looks like dark specks of pepper scattered on the hair and skin surface, which is actually flea feces and is composed of digested blood. Take your comb after you have run it though the pet’s hair and bang it on a damp paper towel. If after a few minutes the tiny specks spread out like a small blood stain, it’s definitely flea dirt and your pet has fleas!

What to do now, we must first understand the flea’s life cycle since the various modern treatment and prevention products work on different parts of this life cycle. There are several stages to its life cycle: egg, larva or caterpillar, pupa or cocoon, and adult. The length of time it takes to complete this cycle varies depending upon the environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, and the availability of a nourishing host. There are three steps to treating fleas. An adult female may lay several hundred eggs over her life span. These eggs fall off of the pet into the yard, bedding, carpet, and wherever else the animal spends time.

STEP 1 Is to treat the premises with what is called a premise spray .This spray is used to treat the floor base board cracks anywhere the pet may go and the eggs fall of and stay to develop they can stay dormant for 6 months if need be
STEP 2 Time to treat the pet. I suggest you go to a pet store (not a box store) and get a good quality flea shampoo this is not the time to cheep out especially if you have a pet that does not like to be bathed, as you might have to do it more than once depending on how bad your pet is infested. If bathing the pet is a major problem you can buy body sprays at your pet store and they will work the same way. There are both chemical ways and natural ways to deal with fleas on your pet.
STEP 3 Is the most controversial ,it is preventative measures so that these pest do not come back . People will go to their vets who will say that you have to use their treatment, pet store say use ours. People say who do; I believe well I have been in the pet world for 30 yrs and have had dogs all my life and never used vet treatment. The big thing here is, you must treat the pet monthly or whatever is recommended by the product you choose to use. Do not over dose as you are using a pesticide and why the products are sold based on the pets wait and no not use cat on a small dog .You may have read things on the internet about a product harming or killing a pet in almost all of the case when the follow up is done it is found that the person use treatment for a great dane on a yorkie or cat treatment on a small dog

There are also alternative medicinal measures you can take to help treat your animals, be aware that some alternative medicines are okay for dogs but not necessarily okay for cats. These alternative medicines work especially well in preventing fleas. Citronella, orange, lemon, lemon balm and lemon grass (as well with bergamot) are said to be great repellents to fleas and is a great alternative medicine of getting rid of fleas as well. The safest of these is lemon, which can be easily turned into a spray by steeping a lemon (cut into quarters) in water overnight.

Apple cider vinegar is also quite safe for animals as well, and make their skin more acidic and not that appealing to fleas. As such it is often added to the water dish. Cats are allergic to things like garlic and chives and onions, however, dogs can generally eat these items in moderation making their blood unappealing to fleas and ticks.

Brewer’s Yeast is also quite common, but you should always check in with a veterinarian for the proper dosages depending on weight, species and allergies.

We’ve already mentioned citronella and lemon, but lavender (especially the natural oil) and rosemary (both water and oil) make wonderful repellents (especially the lavender) and can help eliminate the fleas (more so with the rosemary). These are just some alternative medicines one can use.

In conclusion if you give these little vermin the chance to come back into your pets’ life they will. You can pay a little now and stay on top of the problem or you can pay a lot later like having to get an exterminator in or vet bills when your pet gets sick. A little truly does go a long way.





When people come into the store wanting a bird, but never had one before, we often recommend a budgie: generally because budgies are small, easy to manage, can learn tricks, readily bond and they can learn tricks! Not everyone, though, see the budgies like we do, and want something bigger; sometimes these people want to dive right into owning a large parrots, the majority however are often to scared to own a big bird so the cockatiel is our next choice.

Cockatiels are a member of the cockatoo family, and are native to Australia. They can reach lengths of up to 33 cm (or 13 inches), and that makes them the smallest member of the cockatoo family. Cockatiels, like all members of the cockatoo family, they are famous for their distinctive erectile crests, it is through this crest of theirs that owners are able to interpret the mood of their bird: whether it be excited, startled, happy, flirtatious and scared to name a few.

These largely nomadic creatures in the wild, are bundles of energy in the home. They love nothing more than to explore, with their curious natures they need to be supervised at all times or else they may get themselves into sticky and sometimes potentially dangerous situations. On average, a cockatiel will live up to 10-15, good owners will see their birds reach their twenties, and there have even been reports of these little birds living up and past their thirties! These are lifelong commitments, and any family potentially looking into getting a cockatiel should think long and hard before the big purchase.

It’s because of their popularity that we now see a wide range of selections of colour mutations, the most common are the greys, whites, albinos, cinnamons and lutinos. They are flock birds, meaning they usually live in numbers, and therefore require at the very least a minimum of 1 hour of interaction each day, preferably and ideally of up to 3 hours a day.

People often ask us if Cockatiels can talk, and the answer is sometimes difficult to answer. The truth is, just because a species of bird is said to be able to talk, doesn’t mean all of them will talk–just the chances of it learning to talk is greater. On average, Cockatiels are more likely to pick up various sounds, songs, whistles and calls, rather than words and phrases. This makes them wonderful pets for those willing to challenge themselves, and their bird, to learn a variety of songs and tunes for you and your household to listen to.

This is where one of the downfalls of having a cockatiel may emerge, this very same gift that allows them to sing, whistle and talk, can also cause problems. Although they aren’t known for their screaming, Cockatiels are chatty, and will often enjoy using their new found knowledge of tunes. For some, this can be quite unbearable, and their high pitched single (sometimes repeating) contact call can get to some. However, if you are willing to preserver Cockatiels have more than just their lovely voices to share to the world.

They also have a remarkable talent for picking up tricks, such as playing soccer, or ridding a bike. They are witty birds, willing to use their intelligence to entertain and amaze! Their intelligence also makes them escape artists, so make sure your cage is well prepared. Also, because of their intelligence, Cockatiels require stimuli to keep themselves happy and healthy. In part, this is where you (as the owner) will come in, providing the appropriate amount of time and affection, but a lot of the time we are at work, or school, where we won’t be in contact with our bird and not every workplace will allow you to bring in your pet. This is where the toys come in, you should avoid plastics, mirrors and anything with faces with these particular birds. The rule of thumb is 3-4 toys, and 2-3 cages outside the cage, routinely rotated on a weekly basis. This will keep your cockatiel happy and content while you work away.

Cockatiels are sometimes described as lovers, and not fighters. They tend to be push overs, and aren’t big bitters (be aware, that anything with a mouth can bite!), that said if provoked they can give a wicked bite that can even draw blood. They are quick to warm up to people, and because of their flock instincts they will bond readily with each member of the family. A cockatiel may have its favourite, but the good news is (unlike other species) a properly socialized bird will mean wholesome and heartfelt relationships with all, instead of just one.

They are loveable, it is this very trait why so many have turned to them! They enjoy receiving scritches, pets and scratches by their owners and the people they hold dear. They love to share food, and love to be with everyone, whether it be on your shoulder going about your daily business or on top of the cage watching TV as you watch TV. They truly are magnificent pets and birds.

They should have a mixture of foods, and a balance diet of seeds, pellets, fruits and veggies. They are prone to fatty tumours, and with their hearty appetites, seeds and other fatty foods should be closely monitored. Other diseases and ailments commonly found in Cockatiels include (but aren’t excluded to) respiratory infections, polyoma, canlida and chlamydiosis. Females can have calcium deficiencies, due to chronic egg laying and egg binding.

Cockatiels are also notoriously known for their dust, these dust particles are created from the feathers. Some people are allergic to this dust. In general, the dust is messy and left un-kept can produce a fowl odour. A good way to keep down dust with Cockatiels is to bathe them regularly.

These are just some of the things one should keep in mind before buying a Cockatiel, just like anything in life there is the good and there is the bad. Overall, the cockatiel is a fine starter bird, with its rather docile nature, the larger size, beautiful voice and its wonderful feather orientation.







IMG_0040The Chinchilla is among one of the most exotic and probably one of the most prized of the rodent family as pets. In this blog post we will be discussing Chinchillas! The post will include animal husbandry, common illnesses and diseases, special requirements and what they are like as pets.

Chinchillas are native to the Andes mountains in South America, making them very robust little critters. They often live in colonies and they are named after the Chincha people of the Andes, who like the Chinchilla once wore its dense, velvet-like fur. The name of Chinchillas can be translated to “Little Chincha.” Chinchillas are well known for the fur, anyone who has the privilege to touch one knows just how soft and warm it can be, this fur helps them regulate their natural body temperature (along with dust) because unlike us as humans, they do not sweat.

Chinchillas are active little creatures, requiring extensive exercise in and out of their cages. Like most other rodents, their teeth will continue to grow, and therefore they will require all sorts of blocks and woods to help keep them from growing to long. Living in colonies means they require daily interaction from their owners, and because of their unique fur coats they require a dust bath (which can be purchased at most pet stores), this dust bath not only helps clean the fur, it also helps regulate the body temperature by mimicking the way we can.

Chinchillas require a special diet, they cannot efficiently process high protein or fatty foods meaning sunflowers, most seeds and raisins are off the market. A high-quality hay based diet with specially made pellets or Chinchilla food will meet all the dietary needs for the Chinchilla. They also aren’t big drinkers, so it is doubtful you will witness them drinking as frequently as rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters.

Chinchillas also have fantastic hearing, making them sensitive to loud and disruptive noises. For this reason most experts will tell you that they don’t make great family pets, and aren’t good for children. A family that is well prepared, however, and understand the need of their animal can maintain a perfectly healthy Chinchilla without the problems that often result to their sensitive loud behaviours. This behaviour includes weight loss, heart attacks, plucking and aggressiveness.

People are often surprised at how large a Chinchilla can reach, as such they should have a large enough cage for them to run and play around, and enough toys to keep their paws and teeth busy. They are also fragile animals, and also quite quick, another reason why they aren’t particularly good for children under the age of 8. Children who aren’t careful often get bitten and aggressive behaviour in the Chinchilla can develop.

Despite this seemingly dominating nature, Chinchillas make wonderful pets for the right homes. Like most mammals, they are capable of having multiple and individual relationships with all members of their “colonies” making each relationship in the family unique, rich and rewarding on its own. They are often quite affectionate, and enjoy been cuddled despite their energetic natures, they bond closely and readily with their members of the family–making them loyal and loveable creatures.

Chinchillas also happen to be nocturnal creatures, this means they are active at night, they are often considered more active during the hours of dusk and dawn, and during these times it isn’t unusual for them to “bark.”

Chinchillas, for a rodent, have a large “vocabulary” to express various emotions. One of the most common of these vocabulary is what we like to call barking. Barking, as you might imagine, is similar to that of a dog, and usually signifies excitement, or like birds, a call to their family. Be prepared for this barking during dusk and dawn at peek hours. They are also known for spitting, hissing, grunting, chirping and other similar noises.

Chinchillas have a dark history, something that most owners don’t know about, and that is the fur industry. They are well known for their fur, and they are highly sought out for their velvet-like, soft furs to make into jackets, boots, mittens, hats and other clothing items. Chinchilla fur-farming can be traced right back to the 16th century. Due to fur farming, the numbers of Chinchilla have diminished, but due to certain laws implemented 19th century, their population has risen and it is now quite rare to find their fur on the market.

Overall, Chinchillas make wonderful pets for the right families, and are unique, exotic and fascinating animals. As pets they are affectionate, loveable, playful and curious. They have a wide vocabulary for a rodent, and express themselves in very unique ways. They require a dust bath to help regular their body temperatures, and to keep themselves clean, and in the right families they will make a wonderful addition to these homes.