On a wander in the hills today near my partners I just happened to find myself in the middle of a farmers paddock. There were a couple of rocky outcrops in it which is what lured me in. Under one of those rocks was this Carlia sp. skink which was a tad feisty trying to continuously bite me and about as fat as a little finger of a larger structured man!!!
Update on my rescue pythons! Becky is eating, drinking, pooping well. I can confidently say she's a healthy snake now despite her kinks. She can move around on her own now (although slow and derpy). Bailey has kept her force-fed meal down and seems to be digesting well now that she has correct temps and humidity. I think she'll put on weight soon!
Who knows with reasonable authority what sort of creature could have possibly made this sort of scratches in the freshly deposited flash flooded superfine silty slimy clay stuff on the edge of a creek bed in Arizona? The scratches are only an inch or 2 long, there are no prints of the pads of any toes, and each line is fine enough it looks like a pin made it. I can't think of any animal this light with nails that long and only maybe a half inch wide for each foot that could run along the ground without leaving foot or heel prints just scratching everywhere this erratically. This was by far the most puzzling thing of all the numerous prints all along the water's edge. A small bird repeatedly swooping down grabbing at something? Anybody? Will post a more thorough video to follow. #altnps#audubon#herpetology
We made some progress tonight! For the past 2 weeks or so, I haven't been able to handle Nagini at all. She struck at me once when I was holding her, and from there it got worse. She would strike if she even thought my hand was gonna come in her tank. If I had to change her water, I had to make sure she was in a hide, or watch her like a hawk. Taking her out to put her in her feeding tank, I had to use a snake hook. Something I never dreamed of having to use. But today we made some headway. I put on some gloves and took her out with the hook, then placed her in my hand. I pet her for a little while with the glove. She didn't seem too bothered. So I took the glove off and stroked her. She didn't seem too bothered by that either. Finally I "got real ballsy" according to my girlfriend, and handled her without gloves or the hook. She seemed chill, but active. Maybe just a bit tense, given that she hadn't been messed with for about 2 weeks. I'm hoping that, with some determination and patience, I can get her to calm down and be docile and friendly. But for now, I'll settle for just being able to touch her without any visible aggression 💚
Research has indicated that Australian Green Tree Frogs (aka Dumpy Frogs or White's Tree Frogs) may have homing abilities. After being caught and moved considerable distances, individuals have been tracked back to their original location!
Annie: "As always we love getting respectful suggestions!"
Allie: "We will give our (nonprofessional) tips from time to time, but don't just get all your info from us, ask other keepers too!"
Amy: "The best keepers are constantly growing and improving, and that reflects on their animals too
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