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Rabbits Listed below are some nutritious foods for you to incorporate into your family member’s diet.  Nutrition plays a major role in the health and longevity of any animal.  Keep in mind that moderation and variety are the keys to offering a complete, well-balanced diet. Vegetable/Fruit Calcium Vitamin A Swiss [...]




Lizards There are many different kinds of lizards. Their needs are very specific. Erica Mede, CVT Natural History Also known at the Carolina anole, the American anole, the Red Throated anole, and the American Chameleon, this lizard has become popular pet in the United States .  Native to the south east [...]


Guinea Pigs and Rodents


Guinea Pigs and Rodents by Jessi O’Connell, CVT Photos and edited by Susan Horton, DVM General Characteristics Chinchillas are rodents, characterized by their large hind feet, chubby round bodies, soft dense fur, large eyes and ears, long whiskers, and squirrel-like tails. Chinchilla lanigera, with a longer tail, is the most [...]

Guinea Pigs and Rodents2019-11-14T12:53:01-05:00

Turtles and Tortoises


Turtles and Tortoises Erica Mede, CVT Natural History Alligator snapping turtles inhabit deep water ways such as large rivers, canals, lakes, bayous, and swamps.  Alligator snapping turtles are found only in a select number of states in the southern portion of the United States.  Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Texas, [...]

Turtles and Tortoises2019-11-14T12:53:10-05:00

Sugar Gliders and Marsupials


Sugar Gliders and Marsupials by ​Deanne Strat-Zenoni, DVM Pictures by Susan Horton, DVM Sugar gliders are marsupials (warm-blooded animals with a pouch like the kangaroo and wallaby). Gliders originate from New Guinea and Southern Australia where they spend most of their time living in the trees. They possess a gliding membrane [...]

Sugar Gliders and Marsupials2019-11-14T12:53:16-05:00



Snakes Erica Livingston, CVT Edited by Susan Horton, DVM Natural History Amazon tree boas, also known as common tree boas, garden tree boas, and Ammies are found throughout South America in the rainforests.  This species is highly arboreal preferring to drape on branches and exercise between tree limbs.  Despite their preference for arboreal living [...]


Potbellied Pigs


Potbellied Pigs Erica Mede, CVT Natural History Pot bellied pigs are often called Vietnamese and Asian pot bellied pigs aptly named for their round appearance. These animals are a subspecies of the domestic farm pig and have several of the same characteristics, especially personality wise. Many folks have found that [...]

Potbellied Pigs2019-11-14T12:53:54-05:00



Kinkajou Care (Potos flavus) by ​Erica Mede, CVT Natural History Kinkajous, often called honey bears and night walkers, are found throughout much of South America ’s rainforests.  There are several subspecies of kinkajou which vary in size from 2 lbs all the way to 12 lbs in the pet trade.  Kinks, as [...]




Hedgehog Care ​(African) Susan Horton, DVM BABIES! Baby Hedgehog (Hoglet) Care Written by: Dr. Justine Hammond, DVM Help!  My new hedgehog just gave birth unexpectedly! Lately, Chicago Exotics has received numerous calls and office visits due to unplanned births in recently purchased female hedgehogs.  I would like to share some information on [...]


Frogs and Other Amphibians


Frogs and other Amphibians (Ornate Horned Frog, Wide Mouth Frog, Pacman Frog, Bell Horned Frog) Erica Mede, CVT Enclosure Style Semi-Aquatic Natural Habitat Grasslands near shallow fresh water in Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil Diet Style Insectivores and opportunistic carnivores Life Span 7-10 years Size 4-6 inches Temperature Range Ambient: 76-82 [...]

Frogs and Other Amphibians2019-11-14T12:54:17-05:00