Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rileys post

Greetings! A blog post from the other fledgelings from the nest (Riley). I am taking this chance to brag about my hobby of keeping pets. But first I must apologise for the mess I have made of this blog. I absolutely HATE the setup of these blogs. I had a terrible time trying to get my pictures on and kept accidentally deleting them. Finally I gave up on organization and put my pictures on indiscriminately.
The corn snakes you see are two of my favourite pets. their is a male and a female. The males name is Julius Squeezer and the females is Scarlet. I got them as hatching's on August 30, 2009. That makes them about 5 months old.
In the plastic container pictures are before and after pictures. The one below the other is when I first got them and the one above is from a few days ago. They have both grown about 4 inches and will eventually get about 3-5 feet in length. Not your largest snake but impressive enough.
In two of the pictures you see Julius climbing on the handle of a door and then their is another picture of him climbing up in between the door without any support. This is a small example of their athleticism. I had to put clamps on their cage lid because they kept inch worming their way up the corner of the cage, pushing up the lid and escaping. They are constrictors and are quite Strong. Their is also a picture of Scarlet trying to be a hat on my head.
Their is also several pictures of my fire bellied toads. I got them for Christmas last year. They are very pretty and entertaining. You can tell I had fun designing their cage.
The picture of the Betta is a fellow I just got a few days ago. The plant in his boll is a live plant called a Java fern. He has been very entertaining to watch. Especially when you put a mirror up to him.
And lastly my least favorite pet. the garter snake at the top used to be my favorite but now he is about a year and a half older and a lot bigger and nastier. The cute thing in the picture is now about two feet long and has a grumpy disposition. He or she (I don't know which because it's wild caught) is relatively docile if you have been holding it for a wile but if you wake him\her up you might get bitten. Just yesterday I caught a night crawler for it and brought it up and the little devil bit me, then musked ( a nasty thing, garter snakes are somewhat like skunks in that respect, secreting a nasty smelling liquid when first caught, startled, or in this case just plane mean) then ate the worm. How is that for thanks? I am going to let it go this spring when it warm up more.


  1. I love all the snake pics! When my hubby & I got married when I was 19 & he was 20 we started collecting snakes. We had alot of snakes in tanks in the house. We even had snake babies once. I remember once taking one of our huge snakes to the vet - it freaked out every in the waiting room! Then we started raising mice for the snakes, and the mice got out of hand. We had hundreds of mice, we setup 1 bedroom in our house with tanks lining the walls full of mice. We supplied 2 different pet stores and all our friends with mice - it was crazy. I bred different types of mice & unique color combos. Looking back, that seems so long ago - our snake & mice days... Thanks for the memories!!

  2. Ha. I have the same issues with my pictures. I have gotten to the point that if the show up at all, I'm happy.

    My son came home with some kind of dragon iguana 2 months ago. I'm pretty easy going but it smelled so bad that it had to go back to the pet store.

  3. Your snakes are pretty cool. I have a few tortoises myself and know how specialized reptile keeping is. It sounds like a good idea to let your garter snake go. Then you can replace him with another snake that you like better. :) I enjoyed your post and the pictures of all of your critters.

  4. Jenny, all I can say is you are one cool mama! Riley, great job on the post.