Pets

I have a lot of pets. Some are furry, but most are scaly. Here’s the showcase in chronological order:

 

Cat, Domestic, Female Muffin

This cat is a terrorist, she acts all cute and innocent most of the time, but the moment you look away she is doing something she knows she is forbidden to do. In her head, the concept of ‘I am not allowed to do this’ doesn’t exist. Instead she thinks ‘I can do anything I want, when master is away’. She’s a sneak who loves eating headphones, phone chargers, and cigarette butts.

 

Cat, Domestic, Male Captain Cuddles

This cat was abandoned as a kitten along with many others, on a farm not far from where we live. While sitting around one day, this kitten crawls up my body, nuzzles into my armpit and purrs itself to sleep. After a trip to the vet to take care of a very nasty ear mite problem, he found a new home at our house.

 

Rabbit, Mini Rex, Female Faya

This rabbit was purchased for $40 from a local pet store. There is nothing interesting about this rabbit at all, other than it is allergic to vegetables. Seriously, if you feed it fresh veggies it goes on a sneezing fit for hours. We feet her timothy hay and special pellets to keep her alive.

 

Mouse, Fancy, Female Maggie Mae and

Mouse, Fancy, Male Billie Jean

This pair of mice was purchased on a whim after I spent a boring overnight shift at work chasing mice across the shop floor. They were great fun. I would feed them whatever potato chip I happened to be snacking on, and they ran on their wheel and peed religiously. One day while I was vacuuming, Maggie Mae had a heart attack and died. Billie Jean wasted no time and had eaten half of her before I had noticed what happened. I released the cannibal mouse into the garden.

 

Leopard Gecko, Normal, Female Lucy

One time while mowing the lawn, I ran over a huge Eastern American Toad. He survived the trip under the mower unharmed, and so I captured him and bought him a terrarium. This was my first pet that didn’t have fur. I named him King Rooster, and fed him various insects I collected from the yard until one day I decided to let him go. In order to fill the now-empty terrarium I went to the pet store in search of a more pet-like critter. I happened upon the cutest looking leopard gecko I’ve ever seen. I named her Lucy and took her home. The pet store I got her from hires people who know nothing about the animals they sell, so I nearly lost Lucy to incorrect substrate (guy assumed because leopard geckos come from the desert, you put sand in their tank, but in reality they come from the rock deserts of pakistan, and sand can kill them by binding in their guts) to incorrect diets (they told me 100% cricket diet, when in reality they need a strong mealworm diet with crickets only as treats). She’s happy and healthy now, eating her own skin and laying eggs for no reason whatsoever.

 

Chinese Mountain Dragon, Male Lord Picklewick and

Chinese Water Dragon, Male Loki

We purchased these little guys out of newfound fascination towards lizards and reptiles. Lord Picklewick would rest on your shoulder all day, looking around in his tiny glory. Loki was more of a trickster, jumping and running everywhere every chance he got. Eventually Lord Picklewick got sick and died, and Loki ate his eyes.

 

Corn Snake, Motley, Female Sassy

Purchased as tiny little baby, this was our first snake, that set off our collection. They are soft, smooth, friendly, easy to take care of, cheap to feed, and make no noise. They don’t ruin the things you own, or stink up your house. Probably the best pets ever. Sassy likes to wrap herself around your wrist and pretend she’s a bracelet. She’ll stay there all day. We immediately purchased another:

 

Corn Snake, Motley, Male Cupid Von Mouseslayer

Cupid is a little more spirited than sassy, and is growing faster too. He has a heart on his head, which was the inspiration for part of his name. The rest of his name was suggested by a coworker. There’s not much interesting about these little spaghettis, other than they grow to 6 feet, stay very thin and lightweight, and eat once a week.

 

Ball Python, Normal, Male Shmendrick and

Ball Python, Normal, Female Lola

This was our first intermediate snake purchase. These guys were wild caught and shipped over as hatchlings. Balls are a bit heavier than corn snakes but infinitely more docile. You could literally physically harm them and they wont defend themselves at all. They grow to 5-6 feet, get nice and fat, and eat once a week. These two are still young, but growing steady. Lola is growing very fast, I guess it’s because she’s a female. These snakes will gently wrap around your neck, and will chill there as long as you will let them, occasionally nuzzling your ear or kissing your cheek.

 

Ball Python, Lemon Blast,  Male Jager

This was our first purchase of a fully-grown ball python. Being several generations captive-bred for its color, he’s not as big as a wild ball can be, but he’s a good looking snake. This snake nearly met his end at the hands of an unregulated under-tank heater (that a certain pet store employee told me would be perfect for this snake). The snake, naturally seeking warmth but unable to actually detect danger, curled up directly above the heater, and stayed there, cooking itself nearly to death. By the time I noticed how hot the snake had gotten, the damage was done. The snake attempted to have it’s normal shed, but half of his belly scales came off with the skin. The snake suffered with exposed flesh and several scabbing/shedding cycles for months. We applied polysporin twice a day, every day, until he began to heal. As of now, he is incredibly all healed up, and attempting to mate with a certain female lemon blast:

 

Ball Python, Lemon Blast, Female Sharona

This was our second purchase of a fully-grown ball python. We chose the same morph as Jager, in order to start a small breeding project. Interestingly enough, Jager was very lethargic during his healing process, but when we brought home the female, he perked right up with excitement. He began eating again and sped up his healing drastically. Sharona (yes we named her after the song, as we do with many of our pets) is a bit heavier and longer than Jager, and has a brighter yellow color to her. She loves to climb on your head and pretend she’s a turban.

 

Ball Python, Normal, Male Bubbles

Another baby to supplement our breeding project. Bubbles is a captive bred normal, most likely a reject from a breeder trying to come up with some fancy color. He started off a non-eater who wouldn’t even look at food for months, to a tiny killing machine who eats whatever you give him. He still sometimes has difficulty actually killing his food, and attempts to eat it alive.

 

Boa Constrictor, unknown, Female Nyx

This is my first big-boy snake, an itty bitty baby boa constrictor. I purchased her at the age of two months. She couldn’t have been any longer than 16 inches. She is incredibly soft, very curious, and not afraid to bite. She is expected to reach about 9 feet in length, and weigh up to 50 pounds. For now, she’s still a baby, and a sweet one at that. She refuses to be put down, and will use her tail to grip your wrist while she explores as much as possible.

 

Boa Constrictor, BCI, Male Alice Cooper and

Boa Constrictor, BCI, Female Roxanne

These boas was purchased partly because I got impatient waiting for Nyx to grow up so I could have a huge snake. They were both abandoned at a local reptile store. The male was dumped by someone who claimed it was a 5-year-old-female named Alice. It turned out to be a male (worth less in the breeding market) and was of little interest to snake enthusiasts, even though he is highly iridescent. I renamed her to Alice Cooper (the only male I know of with the name Alice, who turns out to be known for having a snake while performing, and also he rocks). The female was dumped by another person who severely neglected her, often going months without feeding it, and rarely taking it out of its terrarium. A real shame. Instead of paying for the snakes, we traded our water dragon. They are now well taken care of, with an arduino-controlled heat source, together and mating vigorously.

Last Updated September 2014

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