Guide to a Pet Disaster Pack

It doesn’t matter what part of the world you live in natural disasters, of some sort, are universal. Nobody likes to think about them, but being prepared is the most important thing you can do!!! My usual plan is: worry a bunch when nothing is happening, make a plan, get prepared, and then hopefully never have think about it again. Here in Florida, hurricanes are our most common threat. We haven’t gotten a bad hit in quite a long time, but we had two little ones pass through last year, and we’ve already had a couple tropical storms blow through this summer. In my lifetime, Florida mostly gets hit in the fall, so it’s that time again when families start going through their supplies and making sure everything is in order. I found this great resource for getting your all your pet’s ducks in a row when it comes to natural disasters. No matter what kind of disasters come your way, be it hurricanes or something else, I can’t stress enough the importance of being prepared, not just you, but your pets too.

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Pet Photography 101

As pet parents, one of the things we like to do most is take pictures of our pets. I mean what parent doesn’t love snapping tons of pictures and sharing them with random strangers. We all do it. The cashier at Tractor Supply showed me pictures of her dog the other day. And let’s not forget social media! So, I figured, if we’re going to spend all this time taking and sharing pictures, why not take a few extra seconds to make sure our pictures are amazing.

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Pop Up Outdoor Lizard Pin

Now that the weather is warming up and the sun is getting stronger, it’s a perfect time to get outside. Better yet, it’s a perfect time to get your reptiles outside. Natural sunlight is so good for reptiles. Not only does it provide that warmth they love and need so much, but it also provides essential UVB rays and Vitamin D3. These are necessary for things like development and  digestion (you know those things that help you live), and also your pet’s mental health.  There are some great synthetic lights that simulate sun exposure, but in the end, it’s not the same thing. Think about yourself, would you rather go out and feel the sun or sit in an office with a vitamin D lamp on the back of your legs…exactly.

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Reptile hand print keepsake: with reptile safe paint recipe

Paw prints are the perfect keepsake craft to do with your pets. They are literally the pet version of preschool handprints. You can even color things around them to make more elaborate artwork. This post is not about making fancy paw prints, but about making safe paint so you can get creative with your pets, or just make a simple keepsake.

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Two Step DIY Pine Bedding

So the other day I took my younger daughter to the park. We go every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but this time we just happened to go after a few days of heavy wind. We played just like normal and then got ready to go home.  One the way out though, Aubrey saw this huge stick, a small branch really, and had to pick it up. I really can’t say anything about my kids picking stuff up off the ground, because I still do it all the time. So we each picked up a small branch and carried them back to the car.

Originally I was thinking I could clean these branches up and use them as a climbing structure, but I soon noticed that the wood was very soft so I made bedding instead. Pine bedding is a great substrate for just many reptiles. If you need a humid environment, it holds moisture well, and if you need a dry one pine is nice and soft (great for burrowing). So here’s how we made it

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Six great uses for coconut

Ok, so today I want to talk about coconuts. Do you know how versatile a coconut is? I’ll be honest, I really never thought about it. I don’t eat them, so I don’t pay them any attention (sounds like a dog’s mentality… and I’m actually ok with that). But last week, being DIY home accessories week I cracked one open for the first time, and once I did I opened up a world of ideas on what to do with it. So if coconuts go on sale near you, or your looking for a natural and inexpensive addition to your pets habitat check out some of these ideas.

**Side note about coconuts. I was wondering what this food is actually classified as so I looked it up, and then I got sucked in. Apparently a coconut can be called a fruit, a nut, and a seed (fascinating); with nut being the least correct. It is technically called a “drupe” and is in the same family as peaches, mangos and olives.

So anyway…onto the coconut projects!


Coconut Mouse Nest

Coconut is great for rodents. It is the perfect size for most small rodents to fit inside, it’s attractive in your cage, and it’s perfectly safe for chewing on.


Coconut Bird Nest

If secured properly a coconut half can be a perfect nest for a small bird.

*Note: Please use strong rope or small chains for securing your nest. I used yarn just for display purposes, but would never use anything so weak for a real bird. (Chains are best, because they cannot be chewed through)


Coconut Hermit Crab Hide (Also great for Tarantulas)

An upside down coconut half is a perfect place for little pets to hide. Again, this is a natural decoration that will look great in your tank. The great thing about this hide, is that it will also help hold humidity. Spray inside the coconut once a day and the natural fibers will help hold that moisture in.


Coconut Bedding

Smashing or shredding a coconut shell is a great natural bedding, that’s safe for most pets to chew on if they choose to. P.S. – smashing coconut it is a great stress reliever. I placed mine in two plastic grocery bags, wrapped it tightly and wacked it like crazy (apparently also a good way to fuse plastic bags together, who knew).


Coconut Snack

Once you hollow out your coconut, use some of the meat as a great snack. Animals that can eat coconut include: rodents, hermit crabs, dogs, and tropical birds

Another suggestion is to hollow one side, and let your pet eat the other side. Just be sure if you do this, you take the coconut out after a bit, so as to monitor intake.


Coconut Chew

Rodents are always in need of something the wear down their teeth. Place an empty coconut shell in their home and let them chew. Easy.

If you found this useful, or if you know any other uses for this amazing fruit seed nut thing please let me know in the comments. Thanks so much.


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Four Easy Peasy Ways to decorate Your Reptile’s Home for Fall

   Decorating for fall is so much fun! I love the colors and the smells that come this time of year so much.  So much so, as a matter of fact, that I try to incorporate them everywhere. The porch, the front door, the dining room, the kitchen, the bathrooms…you get the picture. But so often we leave our scaly friends out of the fun when we decorate, so this year take some time to include the whole house. Here are four super easy ideas for including your reptile babies in season. Have fun and HAPPY FALL!!!

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