The phenomenon of the Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary has been occurring for centuries during the festivities to the Theotokos between August 5 and August 15 in the village of Markopoulo on the island of Kefalonia, Greece.
The small black snakes appear at the Eastern Orthodox Church of Panagia of Langouvarda on the site of a monastery, established as a nunnery and dedicated to Our Lady of Langouvarda.
The snakes have a small cross on their head and their tongues are also in the shape of a cross. They are known to belong to the Telescopus fallax species, also known as the European Cat Snake, and they appear in and around the courtyard of the church, on the walls and on the bell tower. The snakes show no fear while the services are held and are harmless during the festivities. As soon as the Liturgy concludes on the 15th of August, they become hostile and aggressive and disappear back into the wilderness of the area. The snakes cannot be found until the following year.
The inhabitants of the villages consider them to be holy, collecting them and setting them on the silver icon of the Virgin of the Snakes (Panagia Fidoussa). It has been documented by the locals that during World War II and the year of the island’s destructive 1953 earthquake in August, the snakes failed to appear. The locals now use this as a sign that if the snakes do not show just before the 15th of August that something bad is imminent.
This year, the snakes hadn’t appear until August 11, so panick attacked the believers that live in the island, because when they fail to appear, then it seems to mean that some sort of disaster is coming to the island.
Neat little thing I came across that I thought I would share. I’m Eastern Orthodox but I hadn’t heard of this occurrence. It’s nice to see that the snakes are appreciated and not killed or attacked. I don’t know if I believe that they get aggressive after the service is over, but it’s still a neat thing to read about. Hooray for people appreciating snakes!
MOAR GECKO BABIES! This might be my favorite set yet! These babes hatched over the weekend and WOW!
That top one is probably the best looking baby I’ve hatched yet. Look at how light it is! And look at the coloration on the sides! AAAH! This baby is very exciting to me! I might actually hold this one back to see how it develops. Since I’m going to sell some of my adults this year I might have space to keep this one. Especially if it ends up a female :D So pretty! I’m calling it Dia for now.
Then look at how dark the next one is! WOW! What a difference between these two! I wonder if this one will stay dark like its parents. Both parents are preeeetty dark (see the bottom row of pics) so I have my fingers crossed.
The bottom row shows both parents. On the left is the mother, Oolong. I don’t have many good pics of her fired up, but she’s gorgeous <3 Right is the father Finnick. I’m actually going to try to sell Finnick this year. He’s pretty, but not handleable (he panics easily) and I think I’m going to go in a different direction with my breeding projects.
On that note, I will be selling geckos this month in an attempt to lighten my load of babies before my long trip to DragonCon at the end of the month. I’ll be taking updated pics this week as much as I can (I don’t have a great camera or set-up) and posting them in case anyone out there is interested in buying geckos. Please feel free to send me a note or email me at email@example.com if you’re interested! It’s too hot to ship geckos right now and it’ll be at least a few more months until I can, but I’m happy to hold them until shipping is possible. Thanks, everyone!
crispyfishsticks said: Any chance you’ll have any really light colored or white babies this year? If so I want!!
Sadly, I doubt I’ll have much in the way of creams in this season. Maaaan do I want to add a high cream gecko to my group! I think the closest I’ll get is bright yellow babes, from this pair particularly. The other two sets of geckos were bred to be daaark. I’ll try to keep you updated on any light looking babes, though! Babies change a LOT from hatching to maturity :D Some of my babes are already looking better from when they hatched!
And, of course, if you see any gecko that jumps out at you just say the word and I’ll hold it for you :D I love when my little ones go to great homes!
Another pair of gecko babies for the month! Oh golly! I know another set is not far behind, too. I’m swimming in babies! The top three pics are the new babes and the bottom two are the parents. The babies are darker than I was expecting, but I have high hopes that they’ll brighten up as they get older. I mean, look at the parents!
The top pic is how I found these two in the incubator last night. They’re so cute stacked up like that :3 On the middle row the left gecko is Bing and the right one is Zing. You can’t tell from the pics, but Zing actually has two very nice dark stripes down the dorsal. I’m interested to see how these two develop.
Bottom left pic is Chamomile, the mother. And bottom right is Brutus, the father. It’s hard to see, but Brutus is actually sort of pinkish on his sides and VERY red on his throat and belly. So I hope some of the babies get their dad’s red belly :D Brutus is actually one of my adult geckos that I’ll be trying to sell this year. Gotta make some adjustments to the number of geckos in my collection :P
Hey, guys. If you keep reptiles or know anything about them, I need your help.
I recently moved onto a military base where I’m not allowed to keep reptiles, meaning my three snakes - who are like children to me - had to go to my sister in Colorado for a while. Long story short, I’m worried about their well-being and it isn’t working out too well. My mother refuses to take her to buy food for them, so they ARE NOT EATING. I am absolutely heartbroken.
So, if you live in Colorado or know someone there, please help me out. I need someone to watch them until I can have them again. I PROMISE I will reimburse you for everything as soon as possible. They already have cages and heating that I purchased for them. Please. I’m desperate. These are my babies and they’re going hungry. I love them so much. These animals have kept me from losing my mind and I can’t stand the thought of this.
Please reblog this. My animals need loving, temporary homes. I will be endlessly thankful and I will be sure to make it up to you. Just please help my babies.
Don’t hesitate to message me if you have questions.
Signal boosting to help some beautiful scaly babies!
BABIES! I managed to get a few pics of the freshly hatched babies last night. The second baby popped out and gosh it’s just a gorgeous little thing :D I’ve named this pair Jot and Tid. These two are offspring of Poppy and Sarge. Just like the first set, this pair look a LOT like their dad! Love those back and side patterns. They are going to be gorgeous adults, I can tell. The last pic in the stack is Sarge, the father.
You might notice that Jot (top right) is a bit more yellow than its sibling. Jot is actually still working off some of its first shed in these pics. Also, Tid is fired up because it just hatched and is thusly a bit darker. Gosh, these babes have great markings!
These babies along with all the others (save the one already set aside) will be up for sale very soon. I want to be sure they eat and poop well before looking for homes for them. They’ll be available for online sale but I cannot ship anyone until temps have cooled off, which will be a few months from now. I live in Texas and it’s currently VERY HOT! No shipping geckos in this horrible heat.
So I had another gecko baby hatch last night! No pics just yet cuz I wanna wait for its sibling to hatch too, but still very exciting! I was not expecting it so that was a fun find :D This one is another of Poppy and Sarge’s babes and yet again I see his back stripes showing up in his offspring. YES! Very happy that I keep seeing that trait!
Then I woke up this morning to find that Chamomile had laid her 4th clutch! MOAR BABIES!! That girl is an egg laying machine! Sadly, while cleaning out Poppy’s tub this week I noticed that she had laid a set of eggs outside of her nesting box and the eggs had gone bad :< I wish I’d caught them in time. This is her first year breeding, so some complications are expected. She still looks healthy, though, and that’s what matters.
I’m going to try to take some gecko pics this weekend if I can. I’m terrible at photography. I really need to get a light tent…
Oh gosh, even more babies! The third set of babes finally hatched :D I apologize that these pics are so bad. They were very wiggly and there was very little light in the room (it was night time). I’ll definitely try to get better pics of all the babies as soon as I can manage.
These two (I have names for them but they’re in my record book at home and I can’t remember what they are >__>) are Oolong and Finnick’s kids. Oolong is a chocolate brown and cream harley and Finnick is probably a flame with daaaark colors. The top one has a lovely pattern and I hope will get its parents’ awesome contrast. The bottom one looks almost solid. I couldn’t look at it close enough to tell if there was any patterning.
Very neat couple of babes! This is the father’s first time breeding. Like I said, I’ll have more pics as soon as I can manage. I like to give the babes a week or so to settle down before handling them for pictures.
More gecko babies have arrived!! The next set of babies has hatched :D This pair belongs to Brutus and Chamomile, two of my very light colored geckos. The top one is Bot and the bottom is Bit.
I was very confused as to why Bot ended up with darker body colors. Neither of the parents have dark colors but yet there it was. Bit is more what I was expecting from these two.
Unfortunately, Bot did not make it and passed away yesterday. :< I suspect that the passing of this little one was due to coming out of the egg too fast. I kind of panicked when I got home from a short trip last weekend and saw that little gecko sitting in the incubator. I had no idea how long it had been there and I rushed to get it out of the incubator and into a small enclosure. In doing so, I neglected to notice that it still hadn’t absorbed all of its egg yolk. I helped the little one onto a branch in the enclosure and about an hour later the yolk fell off. The little one seemed to be doing fine, moving around and exploring the enclosure. Then two days later it just…died :< I’ve never had this particular issue happen before but I’m still very frustrated that I didn’t wait longer. I feel that if I had the little gecko might have had a better chance at living. Painful lessons learned.
Bit came all the way out of the egg before I moved it to the enclosure, though, so I have high hopes that this one will do fine. I’ll have more pics as soon as I can get some. Still waiting on one last batch to hatch! Then it’ll be about a month before more eggs are ready.
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LOVE this! Very appropriate for this blog XD This is about to be me once all my babies start hatching XD Up to my eyeballs in gecko babies!
And baby #2 is born! This little one is the sibling to the booger I posted yesterday. And wouldn’t you know it, this little one got its father’s back striping too!! AWESOME! I wonder how many of his babies are going to get it :D
I’m calling this little one Pap for now. I’m hoping four other eggs will pop soon to join these little ones. GECKO BABY TIME!
GUYS! IT FINALLY HAPPENED! ONE OF MY GECKO EGGS HATCHED! 8D *dances in circles* I walked into my reptile room last night and found this beautiful little booger laying in the incubator cup. I’ve been waiting since April for an egg to hatch! I expect this one’s sibling will be out and about tonight sometime. Exciting!
So this baby is fresh out of the egg and hasn’t even shed yet. Those colors will calm down and start changing from here. Babies are pretty much fired up when they hatch. I am very excited to see that this little gecko has the awesome back pattern that it’s father Sarge has. I wonder how many other babies will look the same way.
For now I’m calling this little one Pip (because of those white dashes on its back). I try to keep their names gender neutral so as not to build an expectation of their eventual sex.
More egg pics! Because I don’t have babies to take pictures of yet >:I Stubborn babies! These are Poppy’s eggs and you can see the size difference as the eggs have grown :D
Bottom right are the first eggs (marked 1 and 2) and were laid in the middle/end of March. The bottom left is the next set and were laid at the end of April. The top left set (marked 5 and 6) are the ones I picked out of her nest box last night. It’s neat to see them all next to eachother as they grow :D
To those who may not know, these are crested gecko eggs and I expect the first two to pop any day now. Plus I have four others from my other females that should be hatching soon as well. Bring on the babies!!
Okay, this is a bad photo, but I thought I’d give a little update on gecko eggs. This is Poppy and Chamomile’s eggies and just look at the change! In both sets the older eggs are the ones towards the bottom of the screen. Notice how nice and plump they are :D This is the sign of eggs that are super close to hatching. SO CLOSE! I expect it’ll be any day now. Definitely before the end of the month. So expect some baby gecko pics as soon as they start popping out. Gecko time!