Separation Anxiety

This issue is seen quite often in shelter dogs. I’m dealing with this issue for a dog I simply adopted from a shelter has separation anxiety. If the problem is not treated or worked on it may lead to more stressful problems. This issue is not seen in every dog.

Some of the signs to look for are:

Some dogs has more extreme case of separation anxiety and be more destructive than others.

Destructive like chewing on shoes or furniture, scratching, digging or going to the toilet on the flooring.

Barking, Raccoon Poop, whining, howling.

Depression, lack of appetite, trouble breathing.

After you from room to room.

The dog starts running in circles as you’re getting ready to leave.

Some dogs may try to escape out of the house to look for you.

Here are some strategies to decrease the separation anxiety on your dog.

For a shelter dog that’s been adopted is to have patience. The dog will learn new commands better to help fight the issue if he believes that the new home is safe, secure environment. Need to bond with your puppy like playing and going on walks. This can help to use up his energy and be ready to relax alone. Create a quiet safe space for the pet only. Over time your dog will learn that he will be safe in that space as you are gone.

Next is to keep passing and coming low key. This might be hard at first. For departing try to not pay attention to the dog for 10 to 15 minutes before leaving the home. After arriving home ignore the dog for a few minutes, than acknowledge him with some calming petting or hugs.

Offer some more reassuring things for the dog by leaving a piece of clothing that will have your scent on it. This will help relax and some sense of familiarity due to your scent. Also don’t forget to leave his favorite toys and treats. Purchase some treat games to him busy and the brain mentally stimulating when you’re gone.

You could introduce a safety cue to be used such as”that you will be right back” for each time you leave the house. Start small with the safety cue when you’re going outside with the garbage. Most of the time you are only gone a couple of minutes. Than keep building up the time you’re away.

At first practice your departure regular by gathering your things that you take every day with you and sit down. Repeat this routine till your pet show no signs of distress. This way you are establishing a routine. Most dogs love having a daily routine with it master.

Don’t be cruel to your dog by yelling or ignoring him. This might cause the problem to get worse. Try to calm him down with relaxing petting and talking softy to him in a low tone.

The best piece of advice is to be patient, consistent and persisted in the technique you are using.

Separation anxiety is not a consequence of lack of instruction or disobedience but it is a panic response.

Apartheid Policy

Politician, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

In order to completely understand the rise of apartheid (Afrikaans: apartness) and its ensuing polices, it is necessary that the history of South Africa prior to 1948 first be comprehended. For many years this area, once known as the Boer Republic, had been ruled by whites that had come from Europe. Up until 1899, this area was ruled by Afrikaans-speaking Dutch settlers. When the British Empire invaded in 1899, the Boer republic consisted of two separate states: the South African Republic, and the Orange Free State.

This Second Boer War, which lasted nearly three decades, would end in a British victory. Both Boer republics were annexed by the British Empire and were subsequently incorporated into the Union of South Africa in 1910. In spite of the fact that they had once been enemies, Great Britain and the Union of South Africa became allies and joined forces against the German Empire in World War I. Former generals in the Boer War against Great Britain, Prime Minister Louis Botha and Defense Minister Jan Smuts, were now both members of the Imperial War Cabinet

Defense Minister Smuts was a part of the United Party. Malan became the prime minister, and thus was launched the era of apartheid.

Apartheid legislation in reality wasn’t anything new, as it was actually based on former British legislation that Great Britain had put into place after the Anglo-Boer war in a bid to keep the different races segregated. Using the British laws as a model, the NP leaders reasoned that South Africa was not a united nation, but instead four countries separated along racial lines. While some of their reasoning might appear strange to us today, they were in fact in line with most beliefs of their day that tended not to only look back on interactions between different races, but in many instances deemed them immoral, or even in certain scenarios illegal.

Although there were several sub-groups designated, the country was split into four main racial groups: whites, blacks, Indians, and coloured. The whites were either immigrants from or descendants of English and Afrikans speaking immigrants from Europe.

There were two types of apartheid laws instituted: grand apartheid and petty apartheid. Grand apartheid was the separation of peoples along racial lines. The grand apartheid laws split the cities into little townships where people were transferred to based on skin color. All interaction between the races was prohibited. Petty apartheid laws were those dealing with everyday places such as clubs, beaches, restaurants, and the like.

An article on the website Stanford.edu says”that with the enactment of apartheid legislation in 1948, racial discrimination was institutionalized. Race laws touched every part of social life, such as a prohibition of marriage between non-whites and whites, and the sanctioning of”white-only” jobs.”

The second such law was the Population Registration Act of 1950 which required people to carry an identification card suggesting that racial group they belonged to.

This apartheid law formally sanctioned the separation of the races into areas based solely on race. Forced removal was often implemented.

According to an article on the site africanhistory.about.com, the Reservation of Separate Amenities Act 0f 1953 was”forced segregation in most public amenities, public buildings, and public transportation with the purpose of eliminating contact between whites and other races. The act said that facilities provided for different races need not be equal.” (Boddy-Evans)

The Suppression of Communism Act of 1950 banned the South African Communist Party and any other party that subscribed to any form of Communism. The legislation was written in such a broad sense, however, that any kind of government that opposed apartheid could be banned regardless of whether it had anything to do with communism or not.

The Bantu Education Act of 1953 established a system of schools and universities that were tailored for individual races. With this sort of educational system, it made it impossible for blacks to become anything besides common laborers.

While interracial contact in game was frowned upon, there were no official laws separating the races in sports.

Other nations, by way of the United Nations (UN) began to show concern about the apartheid laws in 1946, but it was deemed that this was an internal affair better left to the care of South Africa. Finally, in 1960, after the Sharpeville Massacre, in which 69 protestors were killed by authorities, the UN agreed on a concerted action against apartheid. It was demanded that apartheid and racial segregation be eliminated in South Africa.

In 1962 the UN passed Resolution 1761 which formally condemned the South African policies. Apartheid became formally illegal and was categorized as a crime against humanity, open to prosecution for any perpetrators. In 1977 Resolution 181 was changed from a voluntary to a mandatory arms embargo.

Throughout the 1980s, many leaders attempted to reform apartheid in a bid to quell several uprisings, but to no avail. It had been determined that the only way to solve the problems in South Africa was to repeal the apartheid laws and in 1990 then President Frederik Willem de Klerk began negotiations to repeal them. Although All of the apartheid laws were repealed in 1990, the recognized end of apartheid wasn’t until 1994 when South Africa held its first non-

Racial general elections which were won by the African National Congress under the leadership of Nelson Mandela, who only 4 years prior was released from prison after serving 27 years of a life sentence for leading protests against apartheid.

Protect Your Piercings

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Among those longest-standing fashion styles for both genders are surface piercings. Body piercings can be dated back all of the way to the start of humanity, from ancient Egyptians with stretched ear lobes and lower lips, to ornamental tribal piercings and similar body modifications. Even though these civilizations primarily used piercings and stretches for religious and cultural purposes, you can see these exact trends in today’s society as a type of fashion.

Today, we have the technology and medicine to ensure that surface piercing is secure nevertheless, it’s up to you to ensure your pierced skin remains in good care while it heals. Not only must you keep your piercing clean and undamaged, you also have to protect it from excessive heat and sun exposure. This includes taking certain precautions when tanning, whether in a bed or outside in the sun.

Surface Piercings

Surface piercings are different from traditional ones since they don’t go all the way through the skin and out on the opposite side; much like ear and belly button piercings. They’re also commonly seen on abdomens, arms, and more.

It is important to protect regular pierced areas when they’re new, but surface piercings need more attention when tanning. Basically, you will take care of a surface piercing exactly the same as you would a regular one when tanning, but it’s important to really take some extra precaution so that it does not get infected.

What To Do:

If your piercing is extremely new, you should avoid tanning and sun exposure completely. Wait at least a week before tanning to ensure that no infection has formed because of the actual appointment. In the event you were to get a sunburn round your pierced skin, then it might take even longer for the piercing to heal, plus cause more pain and distress, as well as permanent scarring. Additionally, it opens you up to a greater risk of post-piercing infection.

Whether you’ve got a surface or normal piercing, the first step to take before tanning is to clean the area thoroughly. Use an antibacterial soap, clean water, and a clean rag to get rid of any germs or dirt. Instead of soap, you may even use antiseptic fluids such as hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol.

Once it’s clean, be sure that you do not get any sunblock, tanning lotion, or oil near the area. This can also result in infection, pain, swelling, and discomfort.

To prevent sunburn and product contamination, cover your pierced skin with a bandage. Just be sure the adhesive from the bandage doesn’t get in the hole of your piercing. For even more security, consider covering the bandage with a different bandage, such as medical gauze or a clean washcloth. In actuality, this is recommended for bigger surface piercings.

What Is Art You Find Online?

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Insights derived from the survey outlined below should be taken primarily as anecdotal indications of hot, culturally specific sentiment. It would be foolish to weigh interviewer-constructed, curtailed answers received by under a thousand respondents as some form of undisputed truth when gauging the art world’s nearly incomprehensibly diverse and expansive practices.

Respondents taste’s do although hint at more widely applicable considerations.

“The percentage of art buyers making online purchases has dropped in the past year, and the increase of internet art sales has slowed for the second year running, a new report has found.

The survey also found that mobile purchases have continued to grow and take a larger share of the market, and social media remains an integral way for people to find new art. “The future of the online market is guaranteed, although the shape remains a mystery,” writes Robert Read, Head of Art and Personal Clients at Hiscox, the insurance provider behind the report. He proceeds:”Buying art is still hugely exciting and enjoyable (as well as sometimes frustrating) and the continuing influence of social networking, notably Instagram, helps fuel the development of the market.”

Shifting Sales | The report’s findings, which also evaluate the impact of cryptocurrencies and cybercrime, are based on feedback from 831 art buyers surveyed through Art Tactic’s customer mailing list. Roughly 43% of art buyers bought online in the last 12 months, down from 49% the previous year. Only 36% of this group purchased art online in the last 12 months, compared to 44% the year earlier. According to the report, this implies that the art market is”struggling to convert hesitant, as well as occasional online buyers, into repeat customers”. Hiscox notes that while the online art market grew by 20-25percent between 2013 and 2015, the previous 24 months showed signs of a downturn,”perhaps as the industry struggles to expand and grow its online customer base”. The industry growth rate fell to 15% in 2016 and 12% in 2017.

Tate’s Instagram accounts has 2 million followers. 90 percent of new art buyers stated that price transparency was a key attribute when determining which online art sales to buy from, making this a possible obstacle to increasing sales.

Threats | The report also finds more than half of surveyed selling platforms had been the target of attempted cyber attacks within the past 12 months. Around 15% stated that an attack had been successful. Just over 40 percent of online art buyers are either concerned or very concerned about cyber crime if purchasing art online, and 82% said they’d most likely buy from platforms they had prior knowledge of because of fear of cybercrime. Read concludes:”The art market is dominated by little – and medium-sized companies who have historically been in the less tech-savvy, more complacent end of the scale. “These businesses are vulnerable and our findings suggest that cyber criminals might be waking up for this, possibly seeing the art market as a target.” Arts Professional

Discussions reference art sales as they pertain to traditionally defined canvases, prints or typically smaller compositions. Like the construction of the most popular promotional tool employed, Instagram with it’s series of panels, a’gallery perspective’ is perfectly suited to these.

Here it may be argued that each phase of the process has been influenced. From concept, production to end-client delivery all parts necessarily either overtly or unconsciously account for the promotional constraints that such a medium inherently entails. Meaning an artist who profits from utilization of the’gallery view’ sales channels may coordinate their efforts, however individually measured as ultimately positive or negative, so as to achieve the best outcome when their work is seen through this type of platform.

A similar contention might be exponentially compounded for mixed media, larger three dimensional compositions, performance or any variety of visual art forms. If understanding the purpose of artistic creation to be unencumbered creation or sharing of novel interpretations, this type of self-reflexive and influential delivery mechanism should perhaps cause some misgiving.

Who’s Buying & Why?

Galleries and advisors were held as gatekeepers, the art world governments. The Tate’s two million followers on social media prove it can still be argued that source reputation and influence may precede deference to personal interpretations. At the minimum formal reputation may function as a type of collective indicator of quality filtering for what is an eclectically varied or perhaps commonly imperceptibly saturated field. And when seen as investment vehicles, this collective work test retains a significant impact.

An inconsistency appears though with bureaucratically structured gatekeepers now facing democratized, self-controlled and almost truly decentralized purchasing capacities. Art transactions are possible directly between just about any gallery’s producing and consuming target markets.

Through internet channels independently each artist has the potential to reach relatively unlimited audiences. Although their authority, expertise and or’formal’ stature might be diluted in the face of participant breadth as well as presentation context. At this time galleries or advisers may maintain an educated experience, discerning judgement and or appreciation far beyond the commonly grasped. Although a purchaser’s choice in choice could nevertheless be seen as a liberated one due to the multiple avenues permitting ownership accomplishment.

Purchasers may decide to purchase straight from an artist or upon pro influence. Do they appreciate a composition or did they purchase it because they believed it to be of value. The democratization of availability calls into question how value may now be collectively assigned.

Source

Pricing transparency was indicated as the single largest influential element. The safety concerns and utilization of reputable channels is more or less subsumed to that metric. If the website, channel or medium was not safe nor secure then any’transparency’ in pricing would naturally be secondary and untrue.

Yet to quantify price must be to defer to a collective or subjective interpretation. It’s the cost attainable during re-sell or what is self-ascribed from attachment or belief. By itself, transparency may offer no stable universally extendable footing. Value ascribed remains as variable as the art itself, it is derived from the eye of the beholder or market [beholders].

Online or off, publicly available options loosely dictate art sales being formed from a place of educated value recommendation or as a facilitation of subjective interpretation. Objective gradations and statements of a composition’s worth cannot be equally nor officially applied to all.

Salt uses

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Salt was surely the first food seasoning. Prehistoric people got all the salt they needed from the meat that made up a sizable part of their diet. When people started turning to agriculture as a reliable food supply, they discovered that salt-most likely from the sea-gave veggies that salty flavor they craved. As the millennia passed, salt slowly made life more comfortable and certain as people learned to use it to preserve food, heal hides and heal wounds. Salt is an indispensable ingredient when you’re cooking. Food is inedible without salt. But salt has many more purposes. You’ll be surprised by these tips using salt.
It’s possible to run out of elbow grease trying to scrub burnt-on stains off enamel pans. Skip the sweat. Soak the pan overnight in salt water. The stains should lift right off.
Make short work of the cleanup after you’ve rolled out dough or kneaded breads. Sprinkle your floury benchtop with salt. You can now neatly wipe away everything with a sponge. No longer sticky lumps.
Tea and coffee leave spots on cups and in pots. You can easily scrub away these unsightly rings by sprinkling salt unto a sponge and rubbing in little circles across the ring. If the stain persists, combine white vinegar with salt in equal proportions and then rub with a sponge.
Water marks on tables will disappear by mixing 1 teaspoon of salt with a few drops of water to form a paste. Gently rub the glue unto the ring with a soft cloth or sponge and operate it over the spot till it’s gone. Restore the lustre of your wood with furniture polish.
If ants are bearing a path to your house, intercept them by sprinkling salt across the door frame or directly on their paths.
Keep fleas from infesting your pet’s home by washing down the inside walls and floor every couple of weeks with a solution of salt water.
Do you will need to prepare leafy salad in advance of a dinner party? Lightly salt the salad immediately after you prepare it and it will remain crisp for many hours. For fruit salad you will want to be certain that your freshly cut fruit looks appetising when you serve the dish. To make certain that cut pears and apples retain their color, soak them in a bowl of lightly salted water.
Apples need a facelift? Soak them in mildly salted water to make the skin smooth again.
Cheese is much to expensive to throw away because it has become mouldy. Avoid the mold by wrapping the cheese at a serviette soaked in salt water before storing it in the refrigerator.
Not only are you able to test eggs for freshness with the addition of salt in a cup of water and lightly placing the egg in the cup (fresh egg will sink) but in the event you ever dropped an uncooked egg, you know what a mess it is to wash up. Cover the spill with salt. It will draw the egg together and it is easy to wipe it up with a sponge or paper towel.
Life made easier with a little salt… do not you agree?

Get rid of leg cramps

Have you ever been struck with a sudden, painful leg cramp? Most of us have at some point, and it isn’t a pleasant experience. We all can think about is the way to have leg cramp relief. The majority of the time the leg cramp will disappear as quickly as it came. But what about those leg cramps that will not go away no matter what you do? There’s relief. Have a look at the leg cramp remedies below to find out what people have found most useful. These leg cramp treatments have been tried and tested by millions of people for hundreds of years.
• Stretching
One reason people get leg cramps is they are overusing a particular muscle. So, if you’re working on a specific task, consider changing your position or with other muscle groups. If you’re stationary or lying down, try to get up and stretch periodically. The key is that you don’t want your leg muscle overworked. At exactly the exact same time, you don’t want your leg muscles lying idle, like when you’re sitting in a chair all day .
• Water
Most of the time leg cramps are caused by dehydration. This one is an easy fix, but it is something which a lot of people neglect. Try to drink lots of water throughout the day, especially if you continue to have cramps. A good deal of people do not like drinking water, so grab a drink such as Gatorade if you don’t like the taste of water.
• Hot or Cold

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For those leg cramps that don’t appear to go away, a cold or hot press is sometimes needed. Occasionally a heat pack will do the job better. You will need to experiment to determine what works best for you. You can purchase small heating packs or even a small heating pad at Amazon.com relatively inexpensively if you shop around. An ice pack is normally used by most people, but buying a small heating pad might be a worthwhile investment.
Massaging the area is the most common technique that most people try. The excellent news is that it works! Just remember to take it slow, and do not apply too much pressure. You need to slowly work the leg cramp out. Gently massage the area surrounding the cramp and work your way straight over where it hurts. Don’t try to hurry it. Go slow until the muscle begins to relax and you feel relief.
• Vitamins
Your muscles require a whole lot of different vitamins. You can take a multivitamin to help give your muscles the minerals and vitamins your muscles need. Make certain to talk to your doctor before taking any medication. Allergies and other pertinent information are important to let your doctor know.
• Maintain Legs Warm During the Winter
Keeping your legs warm in the winter may also prevent leg cramps. No one is certain why the cold causes leg cramps, but many have speculated that the cold can cause the leg muscles to contract. Leg and foot warmers are found at places such as Amazon or your local department store.
• Foot Bath/Soak before Sleep
If you decide to try a foot bath, ensure that you use epsom salt. Epsom salt includes magnesium which will absorb into your skin to help with cramps. You can also try mixing in some apple cider vinegar which is high in potassium. These two minerals are electrolytes, which carry the electric signal to your brain for muscle contraction and relaxing.
• Moving
If leg cramps hit you at night, sometimes it’s a good idea to wake up and move around. So, by moving you can reset that procedure in your brain by causing the muscle to contract and then relax again.
A lack of calcium can cause leg cramps as well. Calcium is an electrolyte, which, when low, will not allow your leg muscles to relax. If dairy products don’t work for you, eat things like broccoli, sardines, or kale, which are all high in calcium as well.
The majority of the time leg cramps are caused by something which is preventing your muscle from relaxing, so you may need to experiment to find out what works for you. Just remember to keep hydrated and attempt to stretch periodically throughout the day. If none of these methods work, then you may need to see a doctor. Sometimes a doctor can prescribe a vitamin that your body is lacking. So, follow up with your doctor if you think that you may have a more serious problem.

Not eating is not healthy

It’s well known that in order to lose weight, you have to create a calorie deficit: burn more calories than the number you eat. If that is indeed the case than what could be easier than to just decrease the calories you eat to almost nothing? This seems to be an easy and logical way to create a enormous calorie deficit which should lead to losing weight, right?

Wrong!

Starving yourself to lose weight is the absolute wrong thing you should do in order to achieve a long term weight loss. In actuality, you may be endangering your health and making it very tricky for yourself to shed weight and keep it off for a long time to come.

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Why starving yourself to lose weight does not work?

1. Palm Bay Rat Removal – Have ever tried going without food for at least 1-2 days, or even going on very little of it? It’s not fun. In actuality, it can quickly become quite depressing. This is precisely what you don’t want to happen when you are trying to drop weight. You want to remain motivated so you will have the ability to stick to your diet plan for the future. Starving yourself will make this very tricky.

2. Disrupting your health – Just like a car can not run without fuel, your body can not run without food. You could be risking your health if you’re trying to starve yourself. You may experience tiredness, lack of energy, loss of muscle, hair loss. Trust me, this is insecure.

3. In terms of weight loss, starving yourself might be counterproductive. The reason is that when you cut down your calorie intake too low, your body goes into starvation mode. It slows down your metabolism to reduce the speed in which you burn calories. This is done to preserve whatever calorie stores your body has. It’s trying to make sure you are going to be able to survive without food for as long as you can. It is a survival mechanism.

If your metabolism slows down, your body loses weight more and more slowly until you just can’t drop weight anymore because you’re burning so few calories.

I hope that I have convinced you not to go on a starvation diet. It’s not a wise way to try to lose weight.

Vultures

When I was a young girl, many, many years back, my Mom and I frequently picked wild strawberries as a special summer treat for that night’s dessert. On one occasion, as I bent down to loosen a bunch of sweet tiny red berries from their stalks, from the corner of my eye something grabbed my attention. I looked beyond our neighbor’s house, and into the sky above’Sugar Hill’, where I had enjoyed watching so many awesomely beautiful sunsets. A large dark bird with an impressive wingspan was moving quietly and slowly, circling in the skies over the hill.

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“What IS that, Mother?” My mom stopped picking berries and stood upright, shading her eyes from the bright sunlight. “Oh”, she said with a positive note,”that’s a turkey vulture riding a thermal.”

The truth about turkey vultures:

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Do not spread any diseases at all, contrary to popular beliefs
Crucial part of Nature’s cleanup crew
Perform removal of carcasses before they can become diseased
Purify environment by eliminating animal cadavers that are already infected
Considered sacred in some cultures for their gift of sanitizing
Enjoy soaring on high with hot thermals to lift them upward
Resemble wild turkeys with their red featherless head, dark body and two-tone wings
Lazy, dirty, aggressive, morbid harbingers of death? While those are clear responses, I fear they are based on pictures conjured up by Hollywood Westerns.

The black vultures most often seen in the west and south throughout Mexico are indeed competitive.

Common all over the United States, it is the turkey vulture which uses its highly developed ability to detect the stench of cadavers, even at great distances. These large eagle-sized birds game distinctive two-toned wings which are dark brown, with silvery gray feathers on their wing borders.

Turkey vulture heads are small and featherless for an excellent reason. Think about it–similar to workmen dress for the job, these birds do exactly the opposite. They undress (their heads) for the task at hand. If their noggins had feathers, they would find all gummed up when they dove into carcasses. It’s not pretty, but it is true. Vultures would be spending far too much of their time preening and cleaning instead of filling their bellies. The smaller head size enables them to get into all the nooks and crannies where the meat is. In the bird world, efficiency most often translates into survival.

When the young hatch from their excellently camouflaged eggs, they are powerless to defend or feed themselves. Their parents are ever watchful for possible predatory attacks, and they are adept at providing loads of food for their downy chicks for the next 60 to 80 days.

In some cultures they’re revered as cleansers and sprays. Buddhists believe they have the ability to release the soul and take it to Heaven. So it’s a routine practice to provide their deceased to vultures for’cleansing’ and delivery to the firmament, also known as’sky burials’.

Their scientific name, Cathartes aura, actually translates to either’purifying breeze’ or’golden purifier’. Either of those interpretations is more precise than the term’vulture’, which means to rip.

They’ll take turns, as opposed to fight over bits and pieces of flesh. Other birds, such as the black vultures and hawks, find it easy to drive them away from their own finds.

Possessing excellent immune systems keeps them from contracting any nasty diseases from the dead animals they ingest. When roosting on the floor or atop a dead tree stump, they spread their wings outward with their backs to the sun to help rid them of parasites contracted from their food resources.

If they feel afraid or threatened they regurgitate (often in the direction of the perceived threat). This offensive action repels, and takes their attacker by surprise, with the sight and awful odor. Additionally, it serves to lighten the load for a faster get away!

The unfounded fears that turkey vultures spread disease frequently prompts intentional shootings and cruel poisonings and people calling Palm Bay Raccoon Removal for trapping. However, these birds keep the surroundings clean and disease free, as opposed to the reverse.

As humans, I think we sometimes tend to equate beauty with goodness, and ugliness with evil. The much maligned Turkey Vulture serves a noble purpose. We will need to look past the superficial idea of attractiveness, and provide the Turkey Vulture the reverence it has rightfully earned and deserves.

Information on Gopher Turtles

Where exactly do you get a title at? If I had one it probably would not be so flattering, alright now keep the wise cracks to you self! Knowing my friends I can guarantee it would be less than flattering. This brings me to an animal that’s been given a title with some authority. The Gopher Tortoise, Nature’s Landlord or maybe the Landlord of the Sand hills, either way it’s definitely better than the moniker that I would probably wind up with. Its’ claws are broad and flat with small protective scales extending up the tortoises shovel like front legs.

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Their burrows can be up to 40 feet long and 10 feet deep, descending in a 30 degree angle. The width of the burrow is usually the period of tortoise, allowing for it to turn around in any section of the burrow. The male Gopher Tortoise can have a mean of 17 burrows while the feminine preserves an average of 9, but it’s common to have more than one tortoise sharing the same burrow. Fellow tortoises aren’t the only species that share the burrows, actually not even close. The title Palm Bay Wildlife Removal Nature’s Landlord comes from the fact up to 360 different animal species seek refuge in the tortoises burrow.

The list contains the gopher frog, the Florida mouse, opossum, indigo snake, pine snake, armadillo, burrowing owl, gopher cricket, scarab beetles, the Florida Scrub-jay and many others. The Gopher Tortoise is cold blooded averaging 10 inches long and up to 9lbs, its’ life span ranges from 40- 60 years but in captivity can live over 100 years. This particular tortoise belongs to a group of land tortoises that originated in North America nearly 60 million years ago and out of the almost 23 species known to have existed on this continent as little as 4 species remain today. Once a year the female tortoise will lay an average of 6 eggs based on their body size and it takes about 100 days for the eggs to incubate.

The gopher tortoises have temperature dependent sex determination, if the temperature of the sand is over 30 degrees the hatchlings will be female and under 30 degrees they will be male. The male tortoise has a concaved plastron (bottom shell) with a protruding plastron under the tortoises chin while the female’s bottom shell is perfectly horizontal.

When the tortoises head and neck are completely retracted into the shell, the tortoise is usually safe from most predators. Although the tortoise has some natural threats like disease and climate, humans are the primary cause for the decline of the species. In a list which range from street mortalities to habitat destruction human interaction has played a significant part in bringing this gentle herbivore closer to extinction. Florida gets the gopher tortoise present in all 67 counties that has it on the listing as a species of special concern.

Other states like Georgia, Louisiana. And Alabama have them listed as a threatened species but South Carolina and Mississippi have the tortoise on the endangered species list. The Gopher tortoise is an important part of the ecosystem and some of the species that share its burrows couldn’t exist without them. Raising awareness and enforcing the protective laws is the only hope to keep Nature’s Landlord from being evicted

Are squirrels good pets?

Where can I buy a squirrel?” This article will explain how you can receive all the cuddly squirrels you want for free.

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First, before you jump into getting your squirrel, it is important to learn a few basic facts.

Baby squirrels are unusually willing to be raised by humans. It’s amazing. For the first six months of the life, if you give them good care and love, they will gladly accept you as their mama. They are enthusiastic fun loving little creatures, and you can experience many hours of pleasure with young squirrels.

As the infants come to maturity, the situation varies. They want to go off in to the world, live the life a million years of evolution have made them to reside, enjoy their freedom, and engage in, um, baby making actions.

If an adult squirrel is denied the life they were created to live, they become less cuddly, nervous, and possibly even a bit ornery. All of the energy they would normally use in a pure life outdoors now gets applied to chewing on your furniture, electrical cords, and maybe your fingers. Adult squirrels can’t be house trained .

The point here is, baby squirrels make excellent pets, but adult squirrels don’t.

So, the wise way to have squirrels as pets would be to have a series of baby squirrels that you maintain a few months each, rather than one squirrel you keep for decades.

You release the babies in to the wild when they are ready, until they become a problem for you. They’re happy, you’re happy, everybody wins.

You’ll be surprised at how much your squirrels love their first experiences with the natural world.

And here’s some fantastic news. You don’t need to spend your hard earned money on purchasing a string of baby squirrels.

You can get them for free!

If you reside in a place where squirrels are found in the wild (almost everywhere), it is a sure thing that there are baby squirrels nearby that need your help.

Somebody in your community has probably already discovered the joy of raising baby squirrels. There can even be a wildlife rehab group or Palm Bay Opossum Removal.

At certain times of the year, state when a storm coincides with squirrel baby season, these rehabbers are probably flooded with calls from people who have found a baby squirrel. All you have to do is locate these rehabbers.

Tree trimming businesses locally also probably know who is rehabbing squirrels in your area.

When you find the rehabbers, don’t offer to purchase a squirrel. That won’t be what they’ll want to hear. Rather, volunteer to help, and seek their advice.

To maximize your chance of being welcomed by the local rehabbers, do some research first, and find out something about increasing squirrels. You don’t need to become an expert, just put yourself in to a position to ask good questions, and demonstrate you have a sincere interest in serving the needs of baby squirrels.

If you take this approach, you’ll find the vast majority of wildlife rehabbers will welcome you with open arms, and help you have the experience you need to have.

You don’t need to dive in to raising baby squirrels until you’re ready. As example, you might volunteer to baby sit infant squirrels for a couple days when the rehabbers go from town. You might volunteer to assist the rehabbers with their squirrels.

As soon as you’re ready to have your baby squirrels, you’ll have to spend some money on supplies. It’s not real expensive, but particularly the first time, you want to stock up on formula, syringes, nipples, cages and so forth.

So, you’ve discovered that baby squirrels make great pets, and mature squirrels do not. You have also heard that, if you do it right, you’ll never have to purchase a baby squirrel.