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    Re: Snakes and Stones

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    I never imagined leeches in a pool, but I once looked at a house for sale that had an un-maintained backyard pool, & it was full of the cutest little froggies! Zillions of tadpoles all the way up to adult frogs looking back at me, just daring me to jump in. I passed on the opportunity. Besides, it would have taken me forever to relocate them all...

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    As for feeding rodents- I've used a couple other brands of rodent lab blocks in the past (subject to what was available where I lived), but never dog chow. I currently use Mazuri. I prefer to stick with food that's balanced specifically for rodents. But hey, I just discovered my mice enjoy bits of fresh tomato when I was cutting up some of my garden haul. They're usually such fussy eaters, I normally only give them bits of greens (kale), carrot or apple. Didn't expect they'd like tomatoes?
    Knowing me, if I had zillions of tadpoles I would have to raise them all and release them. I hatched a mantis egg case once and kept hundreds of them until I felt they were large enough to have a fighting chance. Flightless fruit flies colonies can regain flight if you get a single flighted one in there...learned that the hard way...

    Tomatoes for mice! I did not know that. I have quite the haul of tomatoes at the end of the season and my chickens are so stuffed full of them they won't go near them!

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    I did take a few photos, but just put them in my Gallery. Since you requested them here...
    My female Ultrafly, just after she shed, with a chunk of petrified wood and... I have no idea what the other rock is. Some kind of conglomerate, I assume, which I found interesting at a garage sale. It's quite round.

    The petrified wood was dug out of the driveway of the feed store I used to buy hay at. I still have to cringe... the owner had a pothole, so he brought in a load of rock from his property to fill it. It was all petrified wood... and black obsidian. He had no idea what it was, let alone what obsidian would do to tires. It was hard to resist digging up his driveway for the petrified wood, but I did leave with one piece.

    Male Banana Fire Bee, much more cooperative about being photographed generally. Just some spheres and eggs; Cherry Blossom Agate, Polychrome Jasper and an Amethyst.

    Another of the Banana Fire Bee male. Just because I found it amusing to have him wrap up some eggs. Again, Cherry Blossom agate and Polychrome Jasper.
    Love the snakes and love the stones! My neighbor the down street was mentioning the other day how all the white quartz seemed to have disappeared from his driveway. I think if he had an unidentified pile of petrified wood and obsidian--it would be mysteriously replaced with pieces of granite...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    All are very beautiful, thank you Argentum. Now Lord Sorril won't have to work quite so hard.
    Not so hard? Nah! I'm planning on reaching my personal record for BPs this season, I plan on 100% capacity in my snake rooms. All my thermostats are online, enclosures set up, and all I need is my snake guests. My first for the season is hatching today. I had a 50% chance of being Axanthic on this one-would have been awesome to get an Axanthic as a first hatch---Burned! lol...

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    @ Lord Sorril: regarding tomatoes for mice- they only eat small bits, so I don't think they'll get rid of very many for you. And if they eat too much of any fresh produce, yes, they get good vitamins, but too much & they'll have the "squirts", lol. I was just surprised though that they seemed to like the taste. Maybe if served with salt-free corn ships, they'd eat more?
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    Re: Snakes and Stones

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    Maybe if served with salt-free corn ships, they'd eat more?
    I know I would. But, I will take the salted ones with a hint of lime...

    Here is my first Photo for 2022: Photo #245

    This Pastel/Het Lavender Albino still has its new hatchling skin.
    The pairing was Lavender Albino x Pastel Het Lav Albino--did I produce any Pastel Lav Albinos? Guess you will have to wait and see.

    The stones are tumbled/polished stromatolite from the mid-west USA.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stromatolite
    Due to the nature of stromatolite-it is a challenging stone to achieve a nice form.
    Shown are the first pieces that have made it out of polish.

    Here is a little video of what it looked like rough:
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    Re: Snakes and Stones

    Side story:

    Last week I visited the Yankee Candle - Flagship Store in South Deerfield, Massachusetts.
    I drop by about twice a year to take a look. They have all sorts of neat stuff there.
    Yes, yes, they have an area with candles, but, ironically I have no interest in those.
    I do wonder what their electricity bill is though...look at all those spotlights!

    Anyhow, I scoured the shopping center and came up a bit empty...apparently snakes aren't a popular Holiday theme/animal lol.
    I was hoping maybe finding a serpent or snake as part of a Halloween themed item.

    But, apparently snake keepers are relegated to this:

    Of course, he is a Lord, and I am Lord, but, I resent that stereotype!

    I looked around a bit more, no luck.


    There is an area with Resin toys, I was almost certain I could find some interesting detailed resin snakes to photograph, but alas, none found!
    I thought it was both funny and kind of sad that you can buy resin cat figures and then buy a resin cat scratching tree for them.


    So, how does any of this relate to Snakes and Stones? I saw a resin 'Fire Eagle' figure that looked cool that I wanted to buy.
    My gf asked what I was going to do with it. I said I was going to use it as a prop in a snake photo. I thought it was pretty obvious I was joking!
    This morning she asked me where the photo was...and I was like...uhhhh...yeah...I'm going to take that photo today...

    Here it is
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    Re: Snakes and Stones

    Photo #246

    This Brazilian Agate was difficult to photograph. The dark colors and mirror polish really confused my camera.
    Ball Python is a 100% Het Lavender Albino.
    With 100F heat + humidity outside, I didn't want to bother trying an outdoor shoot.
    My cats wanted to help me with the photos, but, still got a bunch of blurry images...anyhow, you get the idea.
    My fingerprints show in the second photo below, but, the cats face was too hilarious for me to pass over...


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    You cannot fool ME! Those last 3 are not "snakes & stones"- Stones, yes- snakes, nooooo... GREAT shots though- especially that gray ("blue") face in the middle, hahaha!
    Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
    Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)

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