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10 Facts About Fleas September 13 2016

The one fact we all know about fleas is that we hate them. They are the most common parasite that pet owners face. Everybody knows that fleas jump vast distances, up to 34 cm high off the ground, but you may not know these 10 interesting flea facts.

Dog and cat flea close up image

  1. A female flea can consume 15 times her own body weight in blood every day.
  2. Fleas are very adaptable in changing conditions, and can survive as adults in the environment for up to 60 days without a meal.
  3. It was the flea, not the rat, which spread the bubonic plague in the 14th The rat was only the taxi driver.
  4. There are at least 2000 species of flea and they have existed for at least 60 million years.
  5. If a flea were as big as a cow it would be able to jump 255 meters high. That is high enough to jump over the tallest skyscraper in Sydney, the 244 meter Chifley Tower.
  6. Fleas have hairs called spines that act like Velcro on your pet’s fur when you try to pull them off.
  7. For every one flea on your dog or cat there are 19 fleas living in its immediate environment.
  8. A female flea lays about 500 eggs in her lifetime.
  9. A flea can live on, and bite a cat or dog for 130 days.
  10. Fleas can be carriers of tapeworm.

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Ten Turtle Facts You May Not Know August 25 2016

Penny Turtles and Other Myths

One of the questions our reptile department is most frequently asked is whether we have penny turtles. The answer is no as penny turtles do not exist.  What used to be called penny turtles are simply immature Murray short-neck turtles or eastern long-neck turtles. 

While these turtles start small they grow to about the size of a dinner plate. Turtles can live for a very long time and need a great deal of care. They make great pets but are not suitable for a beginner.

Here are 10 fast facts about turtles you may not have known.

  1. A turtle can live up to 60 years.
  2. Turtles eat crickets and woodies.
  3. They prefer their own company and don’t always play well with other turtles.
  4. The lower shell on a turtle is called a plastron.
  5. The shell is actually a modified spine and ribs.
  6. Turtle shells have nerves and blood vessels in them. A turtle can feel pain if its shell is damaged.
  7. Turtles have a good sense of smell and use it to tell the males from females.
  8. A long-necked turtle’s neck can be 60% the length of its shell.
  9. Long-neck turtles use a foul smell as a defence.
  10. Turtles need sunlight or UV light to keep their shells hard.