Bayshore Pets

By: Bayshore Pets  11-11-2011
Keywords: Pets, Fish

Scientific Name:

Chinchilla lanigera

Life Span:

Chinchillas typically about 15 years, but 18-22 years is not uncommon.


Body length about 10-14 inches; tail is another 5-6 inches or so.


With gentle handling from a young age most chinchillas will become quite tame and bond closely with their owners, although sometimes they do not like to be held or cuddled. They are very active and playful. Chinchillas can be kept singly, and usually will do fine as same sex pairs especially if they are litter mates or introduced at a young age.


Chinchillas are largely nocturnal so will be most active at night. Sometimes they are called crepuscular, meaning their activity peaks at dawn and dusk. In any case, they should be kept in a fairly quiet area during the day. They prefer a consistent routine for handling a feeding times and may be stressed out by changes to their routine. Since they are so active and playful, chinchillas need a roomy cage for exercise as well as daily playtime. Warm temperatures are more of a concern for chinchillas than cool temperatures, so care must be taken that pet chinchllas do not become overheated.


Chinchillas require a lot of roughage, and the diet should mainly be made up of a good quality grass hay along with pellets made for chinchillas. Treats should be given in moderation (one teaspoon per day in total). The digestive system of chinchillas is fairly sensitive so any diet changes should be gradual.


Chinchilla cages must be large, and multi-level cages with platforms, ramps, and perches are ideal.

Dust Bath and Toys:

Along with regular access to a dust bath, chinchillas need a variety of toys to keep them busy and active, especially items for chewing to keep the incisor teeth in good condition.

Handling and Taming:

You must be gentle and consistent to gain the trust of a chinchilla.

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The gecko is found in many warm climates around the globe. Gecko's can be located in a variety of warm areas, they are wide spread, pose no threat to people and are quite adaptable. They do not mind the presence of people and will live peacefully with them.

There are around 750 species of these fine lizards, that are broken into 4 sub categories, Eublepharinae, Sphaerodactylinae, Diplodactylinae and lastly Gekkoninae.

Geckos can be kept easily as pets and make a beautiful addition to a lizard collection. The best option is a captive bread specimen. The price ranges from $20 to as high as $3000. Sizes range from 3-4 inches for a new hatchling, and right up to 12 inches for some of the giants. The typical size of most adults geckos is 8 inches. The lifespan of a gecko can be as long as 20 years or more in captivity. The type of care is deterministic of these long life spans. A happy gecko is a long lived one.

Once the decision to keep a gecko has been made, getting basic information about how to house and care for it is essential to make sure it is a good experience for the gecko and its keeper.

Once you have acquired your pet, created its housing, set up its nutritional needs, and let it settle in, it is time to get acquainted. So in general, try not to handle your gecko on a regular basis until they settle in for a few days and are at least 6 inches in length.

A final note about gecko care, when your pet lizard is big enough, it is best to sit on the floor, and let your gecko crawl around through loose fingers hand-over-hand for 10 to 15 minutes per day until accustomed to the touch. This process takes around seven days. Never, ever grab the gecko's tail, or it might be dropped. though quite often it can regenerate in less than 45 days.

Bala Shark, (Balantiocheilos melanopterus) Also known as the Silver Shark, the Bala Shark is a growing favorite among tropical fish hobbyists. This tropical fish isn't a shark at all though. It belongs in the "Cyprinidae family". They are named sharks because of their appearance and the shape of their dorsal fin. These "sharks" require large tanks because of their potential adult size of 13 inches. They are mostly peaceful but may eat smaller fish such as neon tetras when they reach a large enough size.

Also, be warned that Balas (Silver Sharks) are excellent jumpers. Have a hood on your aquarium to prevent your Silver Shark from leaping to its death. They are very fast swimmers and will dart around your aquarium very quickly. Be sure you don't have any sharp objects in your aquarium that could injure your fish.

Care Level: Easy to Medium, needs lots of swimming space and a larger tank.

Size: Up to 13 inches (33 cm)

pH: 6 - 8

Temperature: 72°F - 82°F (22°C - 28°C)

Lifespan: 8 - 10 years

Temperament / Behavior: Peaceful and can be kept with smaller fish. However, don't keep with tropical fish small enough to fit in the Bala Sharks mouth.


GloFish®. Seeing is believing. They are absolutely stunning! GloFish fluorescent fish are beautiful, hardy fish, perfect for both hobbyists and beginners. Available in three striking colors--Starfire Red(TM), Electric Green(TM), and Sunburst Orange(TM)

GloFish® are brilliantly wonderful fish that add color and excitement to any aquarium, whether at home or the office, or in classrooms.

Today's GloFish® fluorescent fish are bred from the offspring of fluorescent zebrafish that were originally developed several years ago. Each new GloFish® fluorescent fish inherits its unique color directly from its parents, maintains the color throughout its life, and passes the color along to its offspring

Aside from their color, fluorescent zebrafish are the same as other zebrafish in every way. This includes everything from general care and temperature preferences to the growth rate and life expectancy. Accordingly, all females will carry unfertilized eggs upon reaching maturity, resulting in the "pregnant' look.

Sexing them is not too difficult. Males are longer and more slender around the stomach, while females have a rounded, whitish looking stomach.

Size : Up to 2 inches

pH : 6.5 - 8

Temperature : 65°F - 75°F (18°C - 24°C)

The mini Rex, (Oryctoloqus cuniculus), is a small breed of rabbit with fairly short ears. The face is fairly thick, but it is not particularly short. The body is close-coupled and rounded. The most easily noticed attribute is the amazing fur, which feels like velvet.

The coat is upright, short, and very plush. The guard hairs are the same length as the undercoat, and the coat is very thick, creating a plush, velvety texture. Mini Rex should not be brushed with a brush or a comb unless there is a distinct matt that needs removing. Instead, to remove loose hair, moisten the palm of the hands with water until they are just damp enough to be sticky, and then run your hand over the rabbit's coat backwards. This will then remove the loose hair and static electricity.

Mini rex are usually a very friendly breed. They have a medium level of activity, and can be perfectly content to play or to just sit on your lap and be petted.

Mini rex come in many different colors, Black, Blue, Broken, Castor, Chinchilla, Chocolate, Himalayan, Lilac, Lynx, Opal, Red, Seal, Tortoise, and White.

They are a small rabbit usually weighting around Males: 3 to 4 1/4 pounds, and Females: 3 1/4 to 4 1/2 pounds.

Mini Rex Rabbits are among the most popular breeds. Mainly for the fact they have great personalities and do well with kids. They are easy to handle, house and feed due to their small size. The average lifespan for the Mini Rex is about six years.

Check with Bayshore for all types of dwarf rabbits and other awesome pets.

The information in this article was current at 08 Nov 2011

Keywords: Fish, Pets