red-tags asked: How can you sex goldfish?
There are many ways, but first you want to make sure the fish is old enough in order to be accurate. It can vary from fish to fish but when they’re around 6 months and about 4” in length, their sex will be relatively easy to identify.
- The most obvious way is breeding stars/tubercles on male fish. They are white nodules that look like spots, usually appearing on the fish’s operculum/gill plate and the leading ray of the pectoral fins. They can also be all over the face (eyes, cheeks, etc.), and can even appear on the scales. Some people mistaken them for ich, but the spots that are breeding stars will be larger. Sometimes when in the presence of a female that is ready to breed, younger males, less than 6 months of age, can develop breeding stars too.
- Males have thicker pectoral fins than female
- Females have rounder bodies
- Vents. Females will have “outie” vents that stick out
Anonymous asked: Omg, how do turantulas not scare you? Even thinking about them sends chills down my spine. >.< I am terribly phobic of them. What do you like about turantulas? (Not an "oh gross, how could you like them" kinda of q, I generally am curious and want to understand because they scare the bejesus out of me. My bro use to always want one, my mom said no. I wouldn't be able to even sleep at night if I knew one was in my house! I'd be afriad of it coming out, or touching me.
No no, I appreciate questions like this!
I was never actually scared of tarantulas, or any animal. I’ve always had an attraction to them, specifically reptiles, in my childhood. So I never thought any animal was creepy. I just was sort of thrilled with all of them! So I can’t say how they don’t scare me, they just don’t!
I find that a lot of people’s fear comes from misinformation or misunderstanding of facts. It sounds cliche, but that’s usually the case. The other main cause is conditioning to be scared. Humans are not, by default, scared of any animal.
When a couple comes in with their children, they walk past the rabbits. They say “Awwww! Look at the bunnies! Aren’t the bunnies cute *insert childs name*. Pet the bunny! See, bunnies are nice.” Generally, they say this until the child verbally agrees that the rabbits are “cute”.
Then they make their way to the reptiles. Things change and they say “*gasp* oh my god a snake! Eeeeew! Scares are so scary blech. Isn’t the snake gross?” until, once again, the child verbally agrees. It is through such conditioning that our opinions on animals during childhood are formed.
Yes, there is some rebellion but this is the biggest cause.
The other cause is, like I said, misinformation. The thought that tarantulas can “jump 7 feet across the room” or “eat birds” or are “deadly”. When in reality you can hold one in your hand and observe it without being in danger at all.
Yes, some tarantulas are defensive. This is just in their nature to protect themselves, there is nothing malicious about it. They should be given space and respect.
But looking at facts can be calming for some. For example:
- No tarantula can kill you with a bite, unless you are allergic or very young/very old.
- Tarantulas give physical warnings before they bite or kick hairs. They prefer to intimidate a threat away or flee.
- The largest species in the world, T. blondi (Goliath Bird Eater) very very rarely eats birds in the wild. It can be argued that they never do, period. The only time it could ever conceivably do this is if the bird encountered an adult, was on the ground, small enough to attack, and did not injure the tarantula. Just absurd.
Anyway, just be respectful of them and if you encounter one, just leave it alone! It’ll be sure to avoid you as well. :)
Ugh I hate when people are like “WELL MY ANIMALS ~STILL ALIVE~ SO IT MUST BE DOING JUST FINE”
all these people think an animal needs to be is still alive for it to be taken care of properly.
It doesn’t matter if their bird hops from perch to perch obsessively
Doesn’t matter if their rat paces in its cage
Doesn’t matter if their animals seem sluggish or depressed
AS LONG AS ITS STILL ALIVE ITS OK
Just gave my mom a sketch of an aquarium stand/bookshelf and told her to make it for me for Christmas.