A little blog about crazy animals and the even crazier person who cares for them.

Today I heard Robbie hooting! He is a man now. It was a proper grown-up hoot, too, so he must have been practicing when I didn’t hear him.

Progress today

Well, with the windchill expected to reach -60F on Monday and today being a balmy 28F, I decided it was a good day to do some weatherproofing. I found a hatchet in the woodshed and chopped the frozen dirt away from the bottom of the geese’s wooden door (this means I can close the door! And protect them from the majority of the wind), discovered that their water heater was not broken so I didn’t need to look for another one in the pigeon coop in the barn loft (it was merely so cold that the heater couldn’t cope, which with the wooden door closed shouldn’t be a problem), gave them a whole new bag of wood shavings to nestle into, filled all the wild bird feeders, and started a load of laundry!

Sad news.

I have some very sad news to share. My leopard gecko, Sir Zebediah Emmanuel Fabian Julien Jones, is now frolicking in gecko heaven, where there are as many crickets as he could possibly want, and lots of lady geckos. I don’t know what happened. I smelled something bad in his tank and thought it was some mealworms that had died, so I opened it to check and he was dead. Let’s have a moment of silence.

Oh, something weird today

I was feeding the Little Guy (red-tailed hawk) and saw something weird on the floor of his mews. I picked it up and it looked like it was the frozen, picked-over rear half of a woodchuck.

Poor thing must have gotten in thinking it would be a nice warm place to hibernate and gotten a nasty surprise.

crispysnakes:

The US Herpetoculture Alliance has just learned that reticulated pythons and green anacondas, along with two obscure species of anaconda, will be added to the Injurious Wildlife list of the Lacey Act. Boa constrictor will remain under consideration, but will not be listed at this time.

“We are making a final determination to list four species of large constrictor snakes as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act: Reticulated python, DeSchauensee’s anaconda, green anaconda, and Beni anaconda. The boa constrictor is still under consideration for listing.” ~ US Fish & Wildlife Service 7/23/13

The Herp Alliance has not engaged in advocacy for some time. Funding for a first class federal advocacy program is extremely costly. We have reorganized as a conservation and education organization.

The Herp Alliance broke this story yesterday. We are incorporating a news and commentary component to our mission. To that end, this information was first published last July in the Department of Interior Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. This notice provides the semiannual agenda of rules scheduled for review or development between spring 2013 and spring 2014. So this information has been available for some time.

Reticulated pythons and the anacondas will officially be added to the Injurious Wildlife list of the Lacey Act when US Fish and Wildlife Service publishes the finalized portion of the ‘Constrictor Rule’ in the Federal Register.

The reptile and pet trade associations cannot sit fat, dumb and happy while the rights of herpetoculturists are regulated into oblivion.  By the time the collective coma is shaken off, the days of breeding Burmese pythons, reticulated pythons and Boa constrictors may be lost forever.

It is the opinion of the US Herpetoculture Alliance that the only real recourse is for one or both of the trade associations to file a federal lawsuit against the US Fish & Wildlife Service challenging the merits of the original ‘Constrictor Rule’ of 2012.

Hey guys, so this shit is happening again.  For all you retic lovers, stay tuned to Retic Nation for updates, looks like the guys are trying to put something together.  And even if you’re not a retic or an anaconda lover, please consider helping out.  Boa constrictors are next in line, and our opponents won’t stop there.   

I had a milestone today. The Little Guy stayed on my fist to eat part of his quail! Up till now he’d just grab it and fly to the other side of the mews. This time I kept a really good hold on it and he tried to fly off with it, but ended up bating and hanging by his feet for a bit. Then he decided I wasn’t so scary after all and started eating. It was a good day!

Robbie keeps landing on my head and back. He’s a little hell-raiser. He’s even stolen my hat.

yarnsnard asked:

Why an owl?

For the most part they just sit and watch until they’re ready to try something. I think that resonates with me :P

yarnsnard asked:

If you could be any bird in the world, which would it be?

Oh, that’s a hard one. I’d have to go with some kind of owl, I think.

Shameless selfie but I’d like to point out how well Singulair is working for me. I’m living with two cats and have had very few allergic symptoms.
This is good news for Charlie because he’s a cuddly lovie bear.

Shameless selfie but I’d like to point out how well Singulair is working for me. I’m living with two cats and have had very few allergic symptoms.

This is good news for Charlie because he’s a cuddly lovie bear.