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The Top 25 Small Animal Bloggers

From hamsters to rats, ferrets to hedgehogs, small animals are as cute as it gets. One look at their tiny paws and you’re a goner. For that and many other reasons, small animal lovers can be found all over the world, whether it’s a rabbit mom offering advice or a chinchilla rescue worker. In honor of these enthusiasts and expert’s dedication to our furry friends, we proudly present Bel-Rea’s list of the Top 25 Small Animal Blogs.

Small Animal Talk: Based out of Sydney, Australia, Dr. Anne Fawcett has it all: she’s a journalist, veterinarian, and a lecturer in veterinary science.

Atlas of Small Animal Ultrasonography: Written by a duo of ultrasound masterminds, this blog is the perfect resource for vet tech students trying to hone their small animal skills.

My House Rabbit: Backed by articles from bunny experts, this blog provides news and insight for anyone interested in keeping a rabbit as an indoor pet.

Animal Hearted Blog: This blog updates almost every day with a new article about your favorite small animals—and gives 25% of its proceeds to animal shelters.

About Pet Rats: Jasmine Bachrach has been a rat fan since 1990, so she has lots of experience to share when it comes to these intelligent little rodents.

The Pet Blog Lady: Though this blog also offers info about cats and dogs, it covers a wide spectrum of small pet animals—complete with witty commentary.

The Rabbit House: Another UK blogger, Tasmin, addresses every aspect a rabbit owner should think about, from diet to what types of cages are best. She also gives interesting tips on rabbit care in a modern world.

Rats Have Feelings Too: This Tumblr blogger has all the ratty goodness you need to brighten your day, with photos of rats doing what they do best—making us smile.

The Pleasantries of Princess Pricklepants: If you think hedgehogs and classical art go together, this is the blog for you.

Our Crazy Rat Adventure: This blogger was shocked when she realized her new rat was pregnant, but thanks to her hard work, we can all enjoy her sweet newborn ratties.

Renkun Hiiret: This Finnish Tumblr blogger offers abundant mouse-owning experience with a nice mix of advice and cute photos (in English, not Finnish).

The Pets Dialogue: Get the historical background of your favorite small pets, from how to tell the difference between different hamster breeds to what the classifications are for dwarf rabbits.

Happy Cavy: Self-described as the internet’s only four-webcam broadcast of guinea pigs in Portland, Oregon, check this blog for insight into the life of a guinea pig owner.

Great Lakes Rabbit Society Blog: The official blog for the Great Lakes Rabbit Society, these writers will inspire you to give a rabbit a fur-ever home!

How To Care For Hamsters: This German blogger, who pulls together information from reputable sources, responds to your questions about hamster care every day—in English.

The Rabbit Rabble: This rabbit-owner/rabbit-sitter is always posting to her blog with updates on her rabbits’ health and silly behavior. This is a great blog if you’re thinking about getting a long-eared friend.

Skunk Guru: Though skunks are not legal to have as pets in the entire US, this blogger will convince you that they’re as adorable as any other small animal!

Ratropolis: Life with Rats: Though this blogger specifically focuses on what it’s like to own rats, the best thing is the holiday pictures. Did we mention the rats are in full costume?

Memphitis Advocate: If you’re looking for skunk-related news, especially when it comes to pet skunks’ protection, look no further than this newspaper-themed blog.

The Gerbil Blog: Between videos of gerbils opening Christmas presents to photos of them in Chinese teacups, it’s hard to resist this blog.

Rabbit Ramblings: This eclectic blog offers a little something for every bunny lover, whether that’s Monday memes or epic videos epic bowl-throwing proportions.

Mouses Houses: Even if these aren’t real mice, the adorable staging in these lifelike photos will make you think differently about the furry friends in your life.

Cavy Savvy: A Guinnea Pig Blog: Buffy, Broccoli, and Lola will steal your heart away when you read what they’ve got to say about taking care of pet guinea pigs!

Friendly Ferret: Discover hilarious ferret shows and touching life moments with Anja and her ferrets, Frida and Yoda, who live in Zagreb, Croatia.

Cats and Hamsters: Montreal Pet Sitting: This Canadian pet sitter shares interesting stories about buying & caring for hamsters and how to be prepared to have pet sitters in your home.

The Top 25 Reptile And Amphibian Bloggers

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These animals may be ectothermic, but they aren’t cold-blooded. Reptiles and amphibians can be just as lovable as any other animal, from the cute way they stretch out in the sun to how they playfully coil, hop, or crawl around your fingers. Although these mini-dinosaurs are often misunderstood, many of our students at Bel-Rea are making strides in appreciating our sun-loving friends. And they’re not alone. Photographers, researchers, and enthusiasts around the world have dedicated their lives to the care and study of these incredible creatures. That’s why we’re proud to showcase Bel-Rea’s Top 25 Reptile/Amphibian Blogs.

The Painted Reptile: You’ll want to check out how this team of writers addresses the issues every reptile owner will end up facing at one point or another.

Pretzel the Hognose: Want a western hognose? See what it’s like to be a first-time reptile owner in this fun Tumblr blog.

Backwater Reptiles Blog: Experienced reptile-owners offer the knowledge and pets you need—and donate a portion of their proceeds toward protecting the Madagascan forests where many indigenous and rare reptiles live.

Reptile Talk: This blog collects interesting information and news about reptiles and amphibians across the world, making it an excellent news hub for all things herpetology.

The Wandering Herpetologist: This multi-authored blog chronicles hands-on experience with reptiles and amphibians in the wild, from California to the UK.

Life Is Short, But Snakes Are Long: PhD student at Utah State University indulges his interests by writing about snake ecology—while also changing others’ perception of snakes through education.

Dancing Snake Nature Photography: Happiest behind a camera, this photographer specializes in desert, wildlife, and nature.

The European Reptile and Amphibian Blog: With a passion for world travel, this English blogger lets his exotic photographs do most of the talking.

Serpent Research: Former biology and anatomy/physiology professor shares his wealth of knowledge of herpetological history with an emphasis on snakes.

Living Alongside Wildlife: “Don’t hate, educate.” Wildlife ecologist and assistant research professor encourages an appreciation for wildlife that tend to have a bad reputation, addressing common fears and myths.

Advocates for Snake Preservation: This blogging duo promotes compassionate conservation and coexistence with snakes by sharing news and dispelling myths.

The Travelling Taxonomist: Running a light-hearted Tumblr blog, Mark addresses anonymous questions and studies the reptiles and amphibians of Madagascar. Occasionally he bakes.

The Croc and Gator Blog: Join in the discovery of a zoo worker as she documents the life and times of crocodilians in her care.

Reptile Zoo Blog: Less and less people in urban environments ever get to see wildlife. This blog shows how reptiles and amphibians can bring joy to people of all ages.

Frog Blog Manchester: This conservationist at the Manchester Museum in England shares compelling events and stories about amphibians all over the world.

Creepies and Crawlies: Photography, pop culture, and general hilarity come together in this blog to promote a love of reptiles.

Save the Salamanders: Join in the rise of this new blog—a full-time salamander advocate has a lot to say about the importance of these amphibians to our every day life.

Amphibian Survival Alliance: Armed with the experience and knowledge of a global alliance, this blog both inspires and keeps you informed on news related to reptiles and amphibians.

Herpetology Blog: The University of Kansas’s Biodiversity Institute brings a rich history of studying herpetology to the table as it shares the findings and triumphs of students and professors alike.

The Herpetology of Trinidad and Tobago: This academic blog gives you all the Latin names and scientific jargon you need to understand the diverse reptiles and amphibians in Trinidad and Tobago.

Field Notes by Bryan D. Hughes: A blend of humor and seriousness help this Herper withstand the Arizona sunburns as he researches and relocates reptiles and amphibians.

Strike, Rattle, and Roll: This seasoned blogger shares a little bit of everything, from the predator-prey relationship between rattlesnakes and ground squirrels in California to why earthworms are important.

Dooferette Herpetology: This Brazil-born Londoner presents her “Herp of the Week” and honestly faces the issues of the day.

The Venom Interviews: Focusing on venomous snakes, this new blog stems from the recent documentary The Venom Interviews.

Cuteness Pet Blog: Reptiles can be cute too. Here you can learn about the potential of having a reptile as a pet.

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