Ekko

Breed : Labraheeler (Labrador x Australian Cattle Dog) (Rescue)

Habitat : Domesticated breed

Age : DOB 01/2023 (Arrived 22/10/22)

Likes : Long walks ; Pink pig toy that “Oinks” ; Eating

Dislikes : Carrot ; we will find out

Other : Ekko is a rescue, who was brought to be an autism support dog for a little boy. Unfortunately, they didn’t get on and he needed to be rehomed.

Male

From Suki’s Canine Rescue Crew

Max & Spin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Max (Left) Spin (Right)

Breed : Royal Python or Ball Python (Africa)

Habitat : Grasslands, shrublands & open forests

DOB : 2013 (Max) 2019/2020 (Spin)

Likes : Cuddles ; Rats ; Exploting

Dislikes : Squeezes ; Broccoli ; Cold weather

Male

KiKi

Breed : Chinchilla (or Cheeencheeeeeeela!!) (South America)

Habitat : Andes Mountains

Age : Born in April 2016

Likes : Being spoken to in a foreign accent ; Raisins (very occasionally) ; Gentle cuddles

Dislikes : Sitting still ; Bright lights ; A tidy cage

Female

The Brain

Breed : European Eyed Lizard

Habitat : Dry bushy areas, scrub, olive groves and vineyards

D.O.B : 2020/21

Likes : Locusts, crickets, chilling in the hot are of his viv

Dislikes : Being held (at the moment!), snakes

Male

FACT : Also known as the ocellated lizard, they are considered Europe’s largest lizard

Wynken, Blynken & Nod

Breed : Chickens

Habitat : Farmyards

D.O.B. : Feb 2020

Likes : scratching around in the dirt, muddy puddles, corn on the cob, mealworms

Dislikes : broccoli, waiting to be fed, foxes(!)

Female (x3)

FACT : An egg is the result of a chicken’s menstrual cycle which lasts for 26 hours. You can read more about chickens and their eggs in my book “The Existential Chicken” – available on Amazon (see “Books” tab on this website too!)

Mouffie

Breed : Striped Skunk

Habitat : Woodland

D.O.B. : April 2018

Likes : tearing up rolls of tissue, honey, stomping, mackerel, having her foot stroked

Dislikes : lengthy cuddles, brushes, loud noises

Female

FACT : When Mouffie was rescued, her name was Whiffy. I didn’t think that it was a name that encouraged self esteem, so I changed it. Mouffie, sounds like Whiffy and is short for “Mouffette” the French word for skunk. Their latin name is Mephitis mephitis – which is also close to “Mouffie”.

Tarantulas

Breed : We have 4 species of tarantula – 3 which can visit and 1 which is strictly a PET ONLY

  • Brazilian Black Tarantula – “Jet”
  • Texan Brown Tarantula – Y’All”
  • Salmon Pink Birdeating Tarantula – “Pinky”
  • Orange Baboon Tarantula (OBT or Orange Bitey Thing) – This is a PET ONLY & does not leave home – “Bitey”
Brazilian Black
Texan Brown
Salmon Pink Birdeater

 

Orange Baboon Tarantula – PET ONLY

D.O.B : 2021

Likes : Burrowing & crawling

Dislikes : surprises

Female

Rum & Raisin

Breed : Ferrets

Habitat : Woodland

D.O.B. : June 2021

Likes : making mischief, play fighting, climbing Dale, playing with balls, stealing stuff

Dislikes : water, being told off, vegetables

Male (x2)

FACT : The first recorded domestic ferret was kept by Roman emperor Julius Caesar

Smokey & Bandit

Breed : Rabbit

Habitat : Domestic

Age : Born September 2019

Likes : Binkying, Greens, Drinking the cat’s water

Dislikes : Rain, Cat food

Male

Smokey and Bandit were adopted via Pets At Home, Kidderminster and are named after the famous movie “Smokey & The Bandit” (1977) – Smokey is blue Dutch breed and has blue eyes (much like police lights) and Bandit has a moustache shaped marking on his nose

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Edge

Breed : Western Hognose Snake

Habitat : Sandy and gravelly areas across North America, from the Canadian border down to Northern Mexico

Age : Unknown, but thought to be of adult age (maybe between 5 and 7 years)

Likes : Exploring; Eating; Playing dead

Dislikes : Skunks; Dogs

Male – Males are smaller than females and an adult will only reach about 15 inches

This snake was discovered on Kinver Edge, a local beauty spot, whilst walking Beanz. As he was literally “in the middle of nowhere” he is thought to be a discarded pet, rather than an escapee. Hognose snakes get their name from their upturned nose and are adept at burrowing. They are fascinating and one of my favourite species (I have had 3 over the years) – they have a series of defense mechanisms, which are all bluff, they will hiss loudly and make strike attempts. If this doesn’t work then they will spread their neck out, cobra like, as they hiss and strike. Their final bluff is to play dead – if all else fails and they continue to feel threatened, then they flip onto their back and emit a foul stench, which makes them appear dead. When the danger has gone then they flip back over and continue on their way. Sometimes in times of extreme danger they will resort to this bluff immediately.