Scaly Love

Geckos, snakes, and all manner of scaly creatures

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Update on my logo! Thanks for all the positive comments on my sketch post, you guys :D This is the lineart that I’ve got right now. Not 100% sure about it yet. Gonna try some color tests when I have the time. My aim is to have a few different versions featuring different reptiles in my collection. I like color variants :D I’ll eventually get business cards with all the different variations on them once I’ve settled on the design. I like the font but I might try to stretch it out further. Bluh, I suck at fonts :P Design is hard!
It’ll take me some time to do colors because I have a friend visiting this weekend (EXCITE!) but I’ll post them once I start on them. I’ll probably get stickers printed too because…stickers. I love stickers :D

Update on my logo! Thanks for all the positive comments on my sketch post, you guys :D This is the lineart that I’ve got right now. Not 100% sure about it yet. Gonna try some color tests when I have the time. My aim is to have a few different versions featuring different reptiles in my collection. I like color variants :D I’ll eventually get business cards with all the different variations on them once I’ve settled on the design. I like the font but I might try to stretch it out further. Bluh, I suck at fonts :P Design is hard!

It’ll take me some time to do colors because I have a friend visiting this weekend (EXCITE!) but I’ll post them once I start on them. I’ll probably get stickers printed too because…stickers. I love stickers :D

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kidimkus asked: I want to start breeding them in a few years when my female gets big enough. But I have no idea who I'll sell the hatchlings to! Or how I'll get the word out about them considering I don't have a website or anything :p or how much money to charge. Any tips? :)

Well, I haven’t sold any ball pythons yet, so I can’t give much advice about that directly yet. There are a few different venues to look into depending on your location. You can try getting a table at a local reptile convention. Here in Texas there’s a reptile con just about every month (except in the off season) in either San Antonio, Dallas area, or Houston area. There are also websites dedicated to people selling their reptiles. Fauna classifieds and Kingsnake are two that come to mind (just google them, they’re popular). Facebook is a popular venue for reptile sellers, but I know a lot of them are breeders who have established sites already. Tumblr is another venue to try. Sites like Facebook and Tumblr require more work because you have to build a group of followers if you hope to have any luck at selling there. Afterall, you can’t sell if no one’s looking. That’s about it off the top of my head. Hope it helps!

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kidimkus asked: Do you breed ball pythons?

I plan to as soon as my snakes are the right size! But I haven’t bred any just yet. Nor have I bred my hognoses yet. I’ve been breeding crested geckos for three years, though :)

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Working on a logo for my reptile breeding biz. Man, I am NOT good at logo design D: I just don’t have the right visual vocabulary for good logo design. So I do as best I can with what I’ve got. I really wanted to include all three reptiles that I breed: crested geckos, ball pythons (soon), and hognose snakes (also soon). 
My fave of this batch is the top left and I’m going to try to work that into a more solid design. I want something simple and homey with maybe pale colors. Happy and gentle, you know. That’s how I see my reptiles.
Anyways, gonna work on this some more until I get something I can use as a facebook/tumblr/business card logo. Wish me luck -___-

Working on a logo for my reptile breeding biz. Man, I am NOT good at logo design D: I just don’t have the right visual vocabulary for good logo design. So I do as best I can with what I’ve got. I really wanted to include all three reptiles that I breed: crested geckos, ball pythons (soon), and hognose snakes (also soon).

My fave of this batch is the top left and I’m going to try to work that into a more solid design. I want something simple and homey with maybe pale colors. Happy and gentle, you know. That’s how I see my reptiles.

Anyways, gonna work on this some more until I get something I can use as a facebook/tumblr/business card logo. Wish me luck -___-

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alltailnolegs:

Just FYI, this kiddo is still for sale! In case anyone wants a project to make their own BELs or just wants a cutie.

You can see what some typical adults look like here.

Reposting for anyone potentially interested in a gorgeous ball python :D This guy is my Gouda’s sibling. Let me tell you, Gouda is about as perfect a snake as I could possibly hope for! Always eats, poops on a regular schedule, cute as the dickens! Alltail produces quality babes!

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jediknightsami asked: How do you like using carefresh vs a more popular reptile substrate? (Or is that just how they shipped the hoggie?)

He was actually shipped with sani chips. The carefresh is what I put him on when he arrived :) I used to use regular aspen for my hognose, but I switched to carefresh and I’m very happy with the switch! It’s easier for me to find soiled bedding, allowing me to keep her enclosure cleaner. She loves digging around in it, too. I like it a lot and I definitely recommend for hognose snakes! All my other snakes (my ball pythons) I just keep on paper towels.

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NEW SNAKE DAY! Gotta love new snake day. This little boy is our new western hognose snake. He’s 100% het anery/axanthic and he’s the first step towards producing some gorgeous anery/axanthic hognose snakes. My husband loves monochromatic snakes, so we decided this would be one of our first hoggie projects. I like the way axanthic hogs look more than axanthic ball pythons. These guys stay truly grayscale, where I feel that the balls turn kind of brownish as they grow. Now I just need to find a 100% het anery/axanthic female and I’ll be all set. Haven’t found one yet that’s not sold only as a pair. But hoggies will be hatching soon and I have no doubt I’ll find what I’m looking for. I’ll also be keeping my eyes peeled for extreme red albinos in hopes of starting a pair of those this year for future breeding.

But this guy has been named Raiju (we’re naming all the normal hogs after Pacific Rim kaiju) and he’s a nice healthy looking snake. He showed up in blue (I mean in shed, not his blue carefresh), so I didn’t take too many pics today. I’ll get more once he sheds. He’s a cute little patoot and I can’t wait to get to know him. Welcome to the family, Raiju!

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I forgot to mention! The easter bunny came to my house early this weekend :D Only it wasn’t so much an easter bunny as it was an easter gecko. My girl Poppy laid 2 more lovely eggs for me :D This brings my total up to 8 so far with 4 more soon to show up. Oolong and Chamomile look about ready to pop. Baby geckos soon! I estimate the #1 and #2 eggs in this clutch will hatch some time next month. Crossing my fingers!

I forgot to mention! The easter bunny came to my house early this weekend :D Only it wasn’t so much an easter bunny as it was an easter gecko. My girl Poppy laid 2 more lovely eggs for me :D This brings my total up to 8 so far with 4 more soon to show up. Oolong and Chamomile look about ready to pop. Baby geckos soon! I estimate the #1 and #2 eggs in this clutch will hatch some time next month. Crossing my fingers!

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butthurtherpetologist:

beefdip:

I don’t understand why people have snakes but keep them in rows and rows of tiny little plastic drawers?

Is that really okay, because it doesn’t seem it? Or do they come out or, I don’t know. I don’t understand.

Yes, they do usually come out. But most species of snake kept in tubs prefer to have small, warm, enclosed spaces to hide in otherwise they can easily become stressed and then many other problem arise. So yes, its safe for most species kept in the tubs.

I am not however saying all species can be kept in tubs. Some species require much more room than a tub can offer.

In other words, it depends on the species.

My ball pythons have responded very well to being in their rack! Since I moved their tubs into the rack I have noticed Cheddar and Havarti, my shy kids, hanging out outside of their hides a LOT. So yeah, some snakes do very well in tub/rack systems :) My ball pythons LOVE it!

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alltailnolegs:

lyssaslyzards:

the-smart-eddboy:

Neighbors found this guy in the back yard and decapitated it …Is it a bad snake or good? I swear I’d be the first one to die when it comes to identify a snake. ;3;

there is no such thing as a “good snake” or a “bad snake” when it comes to species.
however, this is a deadly coral snake, but they’re very shy and don’t go out of their way to hurt people. they have no reason to. what an asshole to decapitate a creature that had no intention of hurting him. if he was scared that it would hurt him or his family, he could have called animal control and they could have safely relocated it.
fucking pigs. if you want to have a way to remember which ones are deadly and which ones are not, remember this rhyme: “red touch yellow could kill a fellow, red touch black won’t hurt jack”

I will make a note about the ‘deadly’ part.
 ” Only two documented fatalities were attributed to this species in the 1950s, and only one has been reported since Wyeth antivenin became available for it in the 1960s. The most recent fatality attributed to the eastern coral snake occurred in 2006 (confirmed in 2009 report).[7] The victim failed to seek proper medical attention and died several hours after being bitten, becoming the first fatality caused by M. fulvius in over 40 years.” [x]
I’ll let those numbers sink in with everyone.

And as I just said to a friend in a private message, ” you are more likely to be bitten by something without a mouth than a coral snake”  They are very shy and super reluctant to bite. ((seriously, more people are bitten by hognose every year))
Coral snakes are super chill and are actually great to have around your house/farm/ wherever because they control rodent population and other snake population as well. And since they bite so infrequently and are so easy to see they’re super easy to deal with safely.

I’d like to add that these guys are pretty small and can be easily contained. Just get a little bucket and a stick. Lay the bucket on its side, providing a covered place that looks safe. Then just use the stick to guide the snake into the bucket. Turn it right side up and your little snake is trapped. Then call local animal control or, if you have one, a local herp group to pick it up. Here in Austin there are herpers who will gladly pick up your “pest” snakes. These guys and other venomous snakes are valuable to places like the Kentucky Reptile Zoo who use snake venom in important medical research. These guys can do us humans loads of good in the right hands! Please consider safe capture and relocation in place of just killing these beautiful animals! Are you too timid to try to contain the snake? That’s okay! Just call your local animal control instead. Just please PLEASE don’t kill snakes on sight. They’re very important to our eco system!

butthurtherpetologist:

alltailnolegs:

lyssaslyzards:

the-smart-eddboy:

Neighbors found this guy in the back yard and decapitated it …Is it a bad snake or good? I swear I’d be the first one to die when it comes to identify a snake. ;3;

there is no such thing as a “good snake” or a “bad snake” when it comes to species.

however, this is a deadly coral snake, but they’re very shy and don’t go out of their way to hurt people. they have no reason to. what an asshole to decapitate a creature that had no intention of hurting him. if he was scared that it would hurt him or his family, he could have called animal control and they could have safely relocated it.

fucking pigs. if you want to have a way to remember which ones are deadly and which ones are not, remember this rhyme: “red touch yellow could kill a fellow, red touch black won’t hurt jack”

I will make a note about the ‘deadly’ part.

” Only two documented fatalities were attributed to this species in the 1950s, and only one has been reported since Wyeth antivenin became available for it in the 1960s. The most recent fatality attributed to the eastern coral snake occurred in 2006 (confirmed in 2009 report).[7] The victim failed to seek proper medical attention and died several hours after being bitten, becoming the first fatality caused by M. fulvius in over 40 years.” [x]

I’ll let those numbers sink in with everyone.

And as I just said to a friend in a private message, ” you are more likely to be bitten by something without a mouth than a coral snake”  They are very shy and super reluctant to bite. ((seriously, more people are bitten by hognose every year))

Coral snakes are super chill and are actually great to have around your house/farm/ wherever because they control rodent population and other snake population as well. And since they bite so infrequently and are so easy to see they’re super easy to deal with safely.

I’d like to add that these guys are pretty small and can be easily contained. Just get a little bucket and a stick. Lay the bucket on its side, providing a covered place that looks safe. Then just use the stick to guide the snake into the bucket. Turn it right side up and your little snake is trapped. Then call local animal control or, if you have one, a local herp group to pick it up. Here in Austin there are herpers who will gladly pick up your “pest” snakes. These guys and other venomous snakes are valuable to places like the Kentucky Reptile Zoo who use snake venom in important medical research. These guys can do us humans loads of good in the right hands! Please consider safe capture and relocation in place of just killing these beautiful animals! Are you too timid to try to contain the snake? That’s okay! Just call your local animal control instead. Just please PLEASE don’t kill snakes on sight. They’re very important to our eco system!

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butthurtherpetologist:

oneiromania:

butthurtherpetologist:

oneiromania:

actually, speaking of remi,

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That’s exactly how I heat my rats for my snakes ((in the hot water)) So I doubt that’s the issue. Most likely he is just off feed for some reason or another. Have you tried putting a blanket or something over his feeding bin to simulate a dark environment? that may help.

 Possibly, but what’s bugging me is that after a while he does pay attention to rat, like he used to when he wasn’t off feed. He gets all in position/tense and all, but he just doesnt go for it, and I can’t help but feel like it’s because I can’t get it warm enough.

 I could try that! His enclosure’s already dark as hell when the lights are off, so

Jaqen has done that a few times to me before, the way I usually deal with that is to wait another 10 minutes after getting him riled up the first time and offer again. he usually takes it the second time? Maybe they’re just caught off guard and not ready to eat? Who knows, snakes are weird.

Sometimes I like to get my problems eaters excited to eat before I actually feed them. I have a little paper bag full of used rodent bedding that I use. I open the tub and fan some of the smell from the bedding into the tub and usually I see hungry little snoots poke out within seconds. Then when I introduce the food a few minutes later they’re all ready to eat and strike instantly. This doesn’t work on everyone, but it’s a fun trick I’ve gotten some mileage out of :)

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