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  1. Cicada87

    Herping At State Parks And Their Silly Rules

    Herping is a hobby that includes searching, capturing, and studying of amphibians and reptiles in the wild. The word derives from "Herpetology" which is the study of reptiles and amphibians.
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    Herping At State Parks And Their Silly Rules

    Acidophilus can get rid of e-coli and has been known to kill internal parasites in cows. Not certian if this applies to the worms turtles get, but my turtles have healthy poops and my captive bred African Mud is fine. Acidophilus is also proven to quickly treat diarrhea. Acidophilus is more successful in mammals than reptiles, so treatment may take longer. My turtles had diarrhea one year when I gave them a piece of hotdog meat, which I didn't know was spoiled until the turtles pooped. It was a mess! But it cleared up with the help of acidophilus. My stinkpot actually eats the tablets!
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    Herping At State Parks And Their Silly Rules

    That's why you have to quarantine them first. I also put acidophilus tablets whilst doing so, to kill off common worms and other common parasites and to boost the immunity of the turtle. Wild turtles make best pets when caught as hatchlings. They'll become more quickly accustomed to captivity and pellet-based turtle foods. The longer they've been in the wild - the worst pets they'll make.
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    My bugs keep dying!

    I just looked up Eutheola and saw other pictures and he look just like those!
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    My bugs keep dying!

    @Oak, I didn't put the bug in the bra, I put him on my desk and he crawled into it. Then I couldn't find him later, so I thought he ran off. Then, while cleaning off my desk last weekend, I found him in another one of my bras. @jreidsma - the bra wasn't the substrate. lol I just put it in there for him like a "bed" so maybe he'd feel comfortable. I don't know what kind of bug he was, I always find them flying around on the porch at night, and I don't find them anywhere else. So I wasn't sure about his substrate. That was going to be a question of mine too - before he died. But a dung beetle?! I don't even want to imagine what type of habitat I'd have to set up! Not to mention the "food" I'd have to give him! I was thinking, how long do adult grasshoppers live? There is this HUGE grasshopper hanging around our deck. I wonder if I should catch him before a bird or a lizard does, cause he's very easy to see!
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    Herping At State Parks And Their Silly Rules

    I hope so! But I notice the water has boat activity, and Muds prefer very shallow quite water and some inhabit irrigated ditches(where I found one when I was a child - never caught one since! ) However, there are upcoming Reptile Shows in October - I'm not sure if there are going to be any Eastern Muds, but I'm sure there will be Red Ears! And hopefully Razor Back Musks - ok, now I think I might be getting too many turtles. lol I'm going to get a big tank soon(75 gallon), so finally there will be more room for the turts. Unfortunatly, bigger tank means bigger stand, bigger filters, ect.!
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    Herping At State Parks And Their Silly Rules

    Well, I went for the day. I went far out into tall grass were no one was around and set my trap up but caught nothing. However, I could tell something was in there, cause my bait(baby shad) was torn up, the turtle/fish/whatever happen to get out. Pretty bummed out that day. I really thought I was going to catch something....
  8. As you guys know, I've been having bad luck with bugs and try to satisfy them the best I can, but they die. Well, my next pet bug I found was some kind of black beetle(not sure of the species, they are very common). He looks like this: He was about the size of a finger nail. Here's his story: About 2 weeks ago I found him paddling around in the water dish for the dogs outside. He wasn't injured. So I took him in and thought this will be my last chance, cause it's getting cold and all the bugs will be hibernating. Well, I put him on my desk were he snuggled in a bra lying around on there. lol Well, later I couldn't find him, so I assumed he ran off. Well, last weekend I was cleaning off my desk, and I picked up another bra of mine laying on there and he fell out! I thought he was dead, cause he was all closed up, but when I came back from the bathroom, he was crawling around! I grabbed my NEW bug cage, and since he apparently likes bras, I put one in there with a wash cloth at the bottom of the cage and gave him some cricket hydrate jell and a water filled hermit crab sponge. He was crawling around and under the hydrating gel, but it didn't look like he was munching on it. He then snuggled under the bra and haven't seen any activity from him since. I wasn't sure if he was hibernating or what, so I didn't disturb him. Well, about 10 minutes ago, I was planning on taking a picture of him and putting it on here to ask some questions about him in general(like species and what it likes to eat). And he was dead. Really, he's dead. His legs are curled and stiff and he's not moving at all. I don't understand. Why did I have such good luck with bugs as a child but now they're dying on me? Why did the bug live for a week in a bra on my desk, but not even a week(or who knows how many days) in a bug cage? Thanks for any answers and sorry for so much text!
  9. For anyone who lives in Virginia, I was going to take a herping trip at Pocahontas State Park in search for a hatchling Eastern Mud Turtle. This is the time when the baby bottom crawlers are abundant! A lot of herp hobbyiest go there. They allow camping, hunting and fishing(with a fee of course), everything seemed fine. Yet my mother, who doesn't want me to go, had to read all about it on different websites and according to one she went on, it said that you can't take any wild life home with you without contacting Richmond Headquarters - and for educational purpose only. Wtf? The Eastern Mud Turtle is not a protected species nor is threatened at all. Under VA state law, you can keep one of each unprotected/clear status species of turtle, for personal purpose only(like pets) even without a wildlife license, I own wild turtles at home. However, educational use requires a license. How do they allow fishing and hunting, yet I can't take a turtle home? This doesn't make sense. It's not like the turtle is owned by them! The Swift Creek Lake travels far throughout the county, not just the state park. I might be able to get away with it, this info I got may be invalid too. Do they check your bags before you set up on the campgrounds or check them when you leave? BTW, Don't look at me like a thief or smuggler, but I'm pretty upset if that someone can haul a dead deer in their truck or grill some fish at a campfire, yet I can't take a common species of turtle which will be in a loving home with an experienced turtle owner. My stinkpot just turned 10.
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    Hello!

    I gave the Lightening Bug some kind of fruit.(All fresh produce, not canned, frozen, or cooked). He really liked it. He just died one morning. His name was Bob and I found him one morning he couldn't fly. I gave the Cicada some mango nectar, but he didn't touch it. My mom found him and he had a broken wing. As for beetles - I know they love fruit! They like Jello and applesauce too! Lol, I only fed my pet June Bugs those junk foods as a child before knowing what they actually ate, just trying to see what they like, cause they didn't like leaves or grass(what a lot of kids who are new to bugs think they always eat leaves and grass).
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    Hello!

    That's true. I hope on my herping trip this weekend, if I have no luck with finding a mud turtle, hopefully I'll at least find a Hercules Beetle! They are really neat bugs.
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    Hello!

    Hello, I'm from Richmond, VA. I like Cicadas, June Bugs, Lightning Bugs, Rhino Beetles, and all sorts of bugs esp. beetles. I want to know how to take care of them better. I've been having bad luck with no conclusion to why the bugs I owned this year died withen 2 days to the point I think that the bug cage was cursed and threw it away! I haven't raised insects in decades, and had better luck with them as a child. I only like to keep bugs as pets if they are injured, like if they can't fly or have a broken wing.
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