Saturday, October 14, 2017

Snake Face

I just thought you all deserved to see what Olympia has started doing some days. She sleeps with her snout peeking out of her hide for a little while and some nights if her light doesn't go off on time she lays with her whole head out staring at me until I turn it off. 

Funniest thing ever. 


Thursday, October 12, 2017


Hate em. But you're deep loathing doesn't matter when your bearded dragon uses them as a staple food. 

We have various bugs cycle through the house. We always have dubia roaches. I have a small colony set up that is slowly expanding. We have (last I counted) 21 adult females, 7 adult males, and 297 tiny babies that were born over the past few months! And today I got my order of 500 medium roaches as feeders. Mail time around here is the best, a little box full of hundreds of loose roaches. 
Some of the female roaches

500 medium dubia

A lot of the time I get superworms for the beardies too, though they come and go with decent gaps (havent tried a colony for them yet). 
I order various worms at different times, Norberta's favorite is the hornworms though they are pricey so she doesn't get them often. We also get waxworms and phoenix worms (aka black soldier fly larvae). 

Our newest bug crew is for Rose, the hermit crab. Isopods! 

Isopods (rolly pollies/pillbugs/whatever) are a great cleaner crew that people use for various bioactive reptile cages and I finally have gotten tired of trying to clean large amounts of small crab poop and and grabbed a few from the garden. You can buy them online or from your yard, but make sure no pesticides are used in the yard! 
So far out of the five I threw in her tank they have pretty much all fallen in the water bowls multiple times for me to save them from drowning and Rose has caught one and eaten it. I don't see much cleaning going on but once I buy some more then maybe it'll help. 


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Shedding Ball Python

One of the coolest differences (in my opinion) between Bearded Dragons and Ball Pythons is when they shed.

When beardies shed they do it in pieces and chunks, different parts of their bodies going into shed at different times and then them all getting loose and being rubbed/scratched off at different times too.

Ball Pythons shed all in one piece at the same time, which leaves behind a pretty impressive shed if they manage not to ruin it before you can snatch it.

Olympia just shed recently and I got pics of the process. It usually takes me a while to notice she is starting to shed, starting usually with her belly turning salmon pink, which freaked me out the first time because I thought it was a burn.

After that her body starts to dull until she looks like a ghost (get it, Ghost morph, ghost?). Her eyes get clouded like the rest of her body and she gets kinda skittish and doesn't like anyone moving or messing with her, since she cant see very well and obviously doesn't feel great. When I notice this I bump her humidity up to around 70% to help her out.

Then the cloudy coloring pretty much disappears, but she still hasn't shed yet! This usually happens a few days before she actually sheds. And then I wake up to her tank torn apart, a huge poop and her shed piled up under a hide or in a  corner.
Her colors always pop after she sheds, this time her black was super bright afterwards.
I also got a pic of her first shed with me and this last one. She's pretty much DOUBLED in size!! 
I'm 5'6" for reference... 


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.