Friday, July 28, 2017

Tadpole Life Cycle

A friend of mine found a momma toad had laid a TON of eggs in a puddle on their garden tarp early in June. They put them in a baby pool and asked if we'd like some to raise and release.
Can you guess my answer?
Yeah, so we came home with 100+ tiny tadpoles. Like, smaller than a dime tadpoles. I set them up in an old plastic drawer with rocks at the bottom, filled it with de-chlorinated water and added the tadpoles. The friends had sent home with them some tadpole food they had bought from a petstore, and I read a bit to find out what else they could eat.
They can eat boiled lettuce chopped super tiny, the ground pellets, bloodworms (I happened to have some dried ones laying around for Rose). They also eat algae, which is good because they got a good amount after a while.
The tadpoles themselves look ridiculous. Like mini stingrays. They take their sweet time getting full grown, but now they are climbing up out of the water three or four at a time daily. The toads are the same size as they were when they were tadpoles, and they were pretty happy being released in the garden.

When we first got them

Full grown and tail-less!


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Summer Wrap Up

Summer is almost over, and it was busy for me and the girls! I've learned a lot and we've had some great things happen, including me being able to shadow weekly at a local veterinary clinic and Olympia turning two!

I'll do some short things in this post, then longer things will get there own posts.

Girls Weights
Mufasa: 327g
Norberta: 198g
Rose: 39g
Olympia: 1,105g

The garden was a pretty good success! Everything that we planted grew and produced and me and the beardies loved it all. Mufasa has a new favorite treat, (blackberries) and both of them ate the collard greens and mustard greens. My personal favorite was the peas. The one bad thing that happened with the vegetable garden was weeds. Weeds everywhere. Morning glories finished up the last of the plants for me, and it looks like a jungle. Next year we will try A) actually weeding. And B) cardboard laid everywhere there isn't plants or tarp/weed carpet.
The flower garden gave me flowers! Took them a long while, but they were gorgeous in the end.

A funny thing that's happened this summer is we have had several animal visitors come and go. A little kitten dropped by for a few weeks, a gray tree frog named Henry (who turned out to be a she), a few hundred tadpoles from a friends yard, and several adult cats, the current being a young male I'm calling Jack.

Girls Pictures


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mufasa's 2nd Birthday

June sixth was Mufasa's birthday! I was busy spoiling her so wasn't able to post on the actual day. Cant believe I've had her for two years! Its flew, and I've loved every minute of it.
Funny birthday present, she finally started shedding! She got a bath to help, snuggles and food. She seemed to enjoy herself.

Here is a picture of her a little bit after I first got her as a comparison.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Sunday Kitty

Went out to take some pictures of Butterscotch's houses, ended up with more pictures of her than the houses. She was really craving attention for once. Who am I to ignore her when she actually wants to snuggle?

Would not stop rubbing my feet and legs

Finally caved and sat down. She plopped herself right on top

She is starting to show her age physically. Her fur is getting more grey and she doesn't like to run more than she thinks is necessary (chasing a squirrel, food...). But her no-touch-unless-I-say-so attitude is exactly the same.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Garden Update

The garden is growing! (surprise surprise)

What we planted back in April is actually growing! Only producing leafy stuff, but we're getting close to the other things. The peas have started sending out shoots, the carrots are showing the fluffy tops, and the mustard greens are thriving! The collards and slowly catching up. The blackberry bush is already forming greenish berries and the weeds are growing even better than everything else.

The hope is to get the rest of the vegetables planted in the next week or so.

The flower garden still doesn't have any flowers, but the ones we planted are growing! Little green leaves are showing where the Forget-Me-Not's are, and several long stalks for another flower are sticking up. Need to plant the last flowers when I do the vegetables.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Eating Like a Snake...Finally

BIG news!!
Sunday is feeding day for Olympia, so in the morning I get a small frozen rat out and put it in a ziplock bag, then put the bag in a bowl of warm water to help start thawing it. It stays there until about 8pm when I change the water again and wait until Olympia sticks her head out for the night after her light is turned off, then she is fed with tongs. I try and feed it to her but she sniffs it for a little bit and headbutts it, then ignores it. So it is left on the ground while I wash the tongs and by the time I get back she is eating it.

Well yesterday I had warmed it up and saw Olympia coming out of her hide and rubbing against the glass front of her tank. So I took that as her actually being hungry and grabbed the rat and held it next to her and wiggled it a bit. She got really excited, sniffing it with her tongue really fast, then backed up and in a split second snatched the rats head and coiled her neck around it, pulling. Scared me half to death, but I let go of the rat and she stood up, half out of the hide and continued squeezing the rat.

Very excited she finally struck it! Might need to get some bigger tongs now...


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Weights and Pictures

Yesterday the girls got weighed, so thought I'd jot down what they were at and share some new pictures.

  • Mufasa - 282g
  • Norberta - 176g
  • Olympia - 764g
  • Rose - 39g

I was really pleased with them all! Mufasa is at her heaviest, though she lost a bit I think with a BM. Norberta is as big as she has ever been too and is feeling better. Olympia is four grams from her highest weight, so doing great. I decided to weigh Rose for fun for the first time much to her displeasure, we'll see if we get any differences in weight.

Picture dump! None of Butterscotch, but one of Rose when she tried on a different shell for an hour before switching back.