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Legit, this is one of my favorite people in the internet/artists EVER GO CHECK HER OUT AAAAAAAAH

penanggalan:

In response to skummyskull's question, these are my top 5 favorite iguanas because it took way too long trying to narrow down my top 5 reptiles in general! x_x First is the St. Lucian iguana. It is debated whether or not it’s its own species separate from iguana iguana or just a unique coloration found only on the island. All the info I could find about them just said “The St. Lucia Iguana comes from a unique population distinct from other green iguanas. It grows to about 6 ft in length.” It looks pretty unique to me!

Next is the Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus). Darwin was revolted by the animals’ appearance, writing:

The black Lava rocks on the beach are frequented by large (2–3 ft [60–90 cm]), disgusting clumsy Lizards. They are as black as the porous rocks over which they crawl & seek their prey from the Sea. I call them ‘imps of darkness’. They assuredly well become the land they inhabit.Next is the beautiful lumpy orange baby, the Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus). Darwin described these as "ugly animals, of a yellowish orange beneath, and of a brownish-red colour above: from their low facial angle they have a singularly stupid appearance." dang, Darwin.

On South Plaza Island, where the territories of marine iguanas and land iguanas overlap, the two sometimes interbreed, resulting in a hybrid iguana with a mixture of features from each species.

The next is simply an albino iguana iguana, a spectacular tangerine albino morph bred by Tom Crutchfield. His iggies inspired my character, Gerine.

Last is a crested Fiji iguana (brachylophus fasciatus), an adult form that’s very hard to find images of. Many seem to prefer photographing their juvenile stages which show vivid colors from blue to green, but I tend to prefer this darker form of the older individuals. It is one of the few species of iguanas found outside of the New World and one of the most geographically isolated members of the family  IguanidaeThe Fijian name for iguana is “vokai”, although some tribes call it “saumuri”. Two tribes regard the iguana as their totem and as such its name is not allowed to be mentioned in the presence of women or the offender may be beaten with a stick.

Populations of these iguanas have been declining over the past century due to habitat destruction, and more significantly, the introduction of mongoose and house cats to the islands.

iantojonesthebetta:

Here’s Keene in all of his glory enjoying his 4-gallon setup.

I’ve noticed that he has a bit of scaling over his eyes (but not quite like our late Huw did). I also think he may have an issue with his gills or beard since a bit of the beard is always sticking out and his gills tend to be opened more. He probably has some burning or injury from the pet store, the poor love. I can never catch him in full flare to see if there’s beard damage because he only flares at the HOB filter so he’s always facing in the wrong direction to me, haha. Other than that, he’s been excellent! I’m absolutely in love with him.

Since he’s been in the tank, the snails have almost all disappeared… I’m thinking he’s been snacking. I’m concerned about the two ghost shrimp since I haven’t seen them for at least a couple of days. They aren’t tiny shrimp, though, so I’m hoping they’re just pretty much hanging out under the log.

Oh, Keene.

Such a pretty tank and fish!

Choosing a (good) food for your Betta

kai-ni:

First, check out this flier and betta care sheet to make sure your betta is living in a healthy home!

Now that that’s out of the way, just what makes a good Betta food? (Betta are carnivorous fish, keep this in mind!)

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zooophagous:

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queenofthenerdlings:

ashleyelizabethnicole:

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I’ll go through it step by step below!

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Can do this for bunnies probably as well.

for the love of all things good in the world, DO NOT PUT RABBITS IN SOMETHING THIS SMALL

While that person probably…

Rabbits aren’t really a “cage” pet so much as they’re a “pen” pet. Much like how it’s difficult and unfeasible to keep cats and dogs in cages often, it probably shouldn’t be the go-to for a rabbit either. Small pens or even free roam of a rabbit proof room is best from what I gather.

buggirl:

This BULLSHIT is popping up all over Facebook. This is not true- nor is confirmed by spider experts. Bunk stories such as these are commonly based on misdiagnosis on part of doctors (99% of “recluse” bites are staph infections), coupled with the general public’s lack of knowledge and distaste for spiders.

Spiders have evolved their venom to ingest insects- not bite humans!! If left alone, they don’t bite you in your sleep! If you have a mystery bite, it’s probably something a spider eats! Or you’re allergic to your laundry detergent. Here is an article written by a spider scientist at UCR. We do NOT have Brown recluse in CA. http://spiders.ucr.edu/myth.html

Stop spreading this junk that adds ignorance towards people’s perception of nature.

My spider research

naturepunk:

Examples of “unusual” wolfdogs - these are all animals with verified lineage, ranging from low-content to upper-mid. Each threw a unique trait usually seen only in dogs, which has apparently caused some confusion for people attempting to phenotype them. This is a PSA that phenotyping is not always as easy as it seems, especially in unique circumstances wherein strange genetics come into play. 

Starting from top left: A pure white wolfdog with pink skin and pale green eyes. This is likely the closest thing to true leucism I have personally seen in a verified wolfdog. According to the owner, other pups from this same litter had liver coloration. These dilutes, while not uncommon among domestic breeds like German shepherds and huskies, are rare in wolfdogs. But even so, this pup has a very wolfy cheek ruff, somewhat wolfy ears, and, in other photos, a lanky body structure typical of low-content wolfdogs. 

Beside the white pup is a unique black-phase upper mid-content wolfdog with bi-colored eyes. One is brown, while the other is husky blue. Wolves do not carry the genetic markers to produce blue eyes, so this feature obviously comes from the animal’s dog ancestry. It is further proof that phenotyping wolfdogs is about much more than simply putting check marks next to a list of wolf vs. dog traits. If someone said “it’s impossible for wolfdogs to have blue eyes!” then the animal above would obviously not be a wolfdog. But looking past this one unique discrepancy, it’s obvious to see that there are still many wolfy characteristics in his color, build, and even movement (note that he is single-tracking as he walks!). 

The big blue beast below the bi-colored pup is actually Jude’s uncle (full brother to Jude’s mother, Kai). He is part of the Blue Bay Shepherd breeding stock, and is an upper mid-content wolfdog. Obviously, he carries the genetic markers for the blue dilute that Jude, and indeed, most BBSs, have. He’s also got white socks, which is not common in wolfdogs. Even so, Dillon still has a wolfy coat, cheek ruffs, tail, ears, muzzle, eyes, legs, and posture.

Next are Leroux and his younger half-sister, Tundra, bred by Northernwoods Wolfdogs. They both express the liver dilute, but Tundra also had husky blue eyes! Despite these dog traits, she still displayed a wolfy coat, body type, and, according to the owner, a typical low-content wolfdog personality to boot. Unfortunately, she recently passed away when a store-bought vaccination failed to perform properly in keeping her safe from canine parvovirus. 

The black-and-tan wolfdog below Leroux and Tundra is a fascinating animal to me personally because it closely resembles some of the wolves I’ve worked with as pelts for taxidermy purposes. Its black-and-tan coloration is uncommon in pure wolves, but in wolfdogs, it’s not unheard of, especially in lower-contents. This one, however, is likely a solid or upper mid-content animal crossed with German Shepherd. You can still see that he has a narrow wolf-like muzzle, small angular eyes, rounded well-furred ears, and a wolfy body type. 

Next to him is Soldier, a mid-content wolfdog also owned by Northernwoods. He has one of the most unique faces I’ve ever seen in a mid-content animal, because it is surprisingly dog-like in structure, especially around the muzzle. Wolfdogs typically have tight lips with no droop to their jowls. Despite this doggy look, Soldier’s wolf heritage is highly evident in this photo from his coat, ears, and lanky limbs.

Next up are a some adorable low-content pups also produced by Northerwoods Wolfdogs. They are actually Soldier’s offspring! One has piebald marking and bi-colored eyes; another has piebalding and atypically dark eyes. Their pale-colored sibling looks much more wolfy than either of the black ones. A final pup produced in the same litter was almost solid blue. 

Lastly, there is the adorable ball of fluff known as Zo. Zo is a mid-content wolfdog who threw a woolly coat. This is not typical of the breed, and a few folks have attempted to phenotype Zo as a low/no-content animal on account of this fact alone. But misrepresentation works both ways. Imagine someone adopting a mid-content animal, expecting it to be a low/no, because it happened to have a few more dog traits than usual. Phenotyping is about looking at the bigger picture! This means taking into account multiple aspects of the pup’s genetic make-up, and not dismissing it simply because of one or two unique traits. Zo acts quite wolfy, has a an incredibly long, narrow skull, and has a very smooth stop to her brow. As she continues to grow, her woolly coat has become less and less poofy, revealing long legs, a narrow chest, and wiry frame. She will look very wolfy by the time she is a year in age. 

In conclusion, a wolfdog with a few dog traits is actually perfectly normal, even if they are unique. Genetics are, after all, very diverse, and so the ‘rules’ of phenotyping are not set in stone. 

Does this mean that any woolly, liver-colored, pointy-eared dog with blue eyes is a wolfdog? No. Most certainly not. In order for an canine to be a true wolfdog is must show wolf traits as well as dog ones, which is why I have pointed out aspects of both dog and wolf in each of the animals above. 

So! Mousy introduction time. The top is Porkchop, to compliment my other mouse Hamsteak. This is the friendliest of the three. Second we have Grinder, named after the sandwich. He gets along with Porkchop really well because they are siblings.

And last we have poor little Moo Cow (or as I like to call him, “Mook”.) He was added by his previous owner later on, and was picked on by the other two males.

I had hoped that by giving them a larger cage they would get along, but that was not the case. Grinder specifically attacked him and I had to put Mook back in the stupid tiny cage. :c So now I have to make or buy another cage! :D WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

And just in case anyone asks, I am not pulling Mooks tail in that picture. I have my fingers gently squeezing his tail (like suuuuuper gently) just in case he bolts off of my hand, so I can restrain him. It’s not the best method of restraint, and I made sure to hold him above the cage just in case he did dash away. They are 90% un-tame so I have to work with them.

I made a bin cage!

queenofthenerdlings:

ashleyelizabethnicole:

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I’ll go through it step by step below!

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Can do this for bunnies probably as well.

for the love of all things good in the world, DO NOT PUT RABBITS IN SOMETHING THIS SMALL

While that person probably meant well, there is literally no commonly available plastic storage bin large enough for any breed of rabbit period.

The general rule for rabbit cages is six times the rabbits length and tall enough for them to stand up on their hind legs without their ears touching the ceiling of the cage.

A juvenile Koran Angel. They go through quite the color change!

I had strawberries for lunch today and couldn’t resist giving this guy one. (it was only a treat! Do not give tortoises fruits often at all, even though they love them!)

Ready for breakfast.

Ready for breakfast.

cynocentric:

A few shots from Hunter’s recent photoshoot with a local friend. From handsome to goober in 2 seconds flat.

scalestails:

What the fuck even is this.
It’s a fucking dog toy. WHAT IS IT SUPPOSED TO BE????????

The notes on this are killing me.

scalestails:

What the fuck even is this.

It’s a fucking dog toy. WHAT IS IT SUPPOSED TO BE????????

The notes on this are killing me.

chicagno:

oh i think i will animals

chicagno:

oh i think i will animals