Bichirs are a primitive group of fish that are considered by some to be the evolutionary link between amphibians and fish. Their jaw structure more closely resembles that of the tetrapods compared to ray-finned fishes. Additionally, they possess a pair of lungs which allow them to breathe atmospheric air.
(Polypterus senegalus depicted)
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So I needed earthworms for our axolotl and I thought the closest place to get them would be the Bass Pro shop.
It is larger than a Wal-Mart.
It’s located off Bass Pro Drive.
It has like a 2,000 gallon aquarium of local fish.
You have to go through turnstiles to get in like it’s a fuckin museum.
They have zoo-quality displays for live alligators and wild boars out front.
The fishing section alone has as many aisles as a grocery store.
And they do not carry any kind of live worms.
YOU HAVE FUCKING ALLIGATORS IN YOUR STORE JUST FOR LAUGHS AND YOU DON’T HAVE PLAIN OLD WORMS LIKE i COULD HAVE BOUGHT AT THE GAS STATION A MILE FURTHER
You have an axolotl?? :D
This is a blood smear from a White’s Tree Frog, Litoria caerulea. Amphibian RBC’s are nucleated which is one of the most striking differences from mammal blood. The cell full of pink granules is an eosinophil.
I was waiting to be picked up from work and was talking to my coworker J about my White’s and this gentleman came in asking if we take in mice. So my first thought was his grandkid (he was an older guy) lost interest in it. When I asked if it was friendly he said yes. When I asked what color (just…
That’s fucked up! I hope she’s healthy.
Adult eastern red-backed salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) showing the three common color morphs in Faifax Co. VA.
Yeah, you’re probably right. It surprised/stressed me a bit at first haha! But I enjoy running both blogs.
I think that would be fine, as long as it’s nothing offensive!
I usually get to them once every 2-3 days, though I feel like I’ve been neglecting it a lot lately. I should be answering them every day, not doing all 15-20 at once. But I go through and empty my inbox every time.
It’s weird, though. Once I start asnwering asks I sTART GETTING MORE ALL OF A SUDDEN like I’ll go ALL DAY with no new asks and the second I start answering them I get a bunch more.
I realize this is said again and again but it is extremely important that you do so. A fish may look healthy and not show any signs of illness but that doesn’t mean nothing is there.
Last week, we went out to buy some more tetras. Luckily for us, the tetras were on sale 5 for $5 so we grabbed a…
Regarding the tags, it’s ich! Because it’s short for Ichthyophthirius multifiliis. :3
Also, important message guys!
Or the other way around…
Ugh… I almost broke a heater like that. I forgot to unplug it before the change and I could smell it getting warm….
Lesson learned haha
Oh jesus I’ve done this.
Tegus can make fantastic pets due to their intelligence. Like all good things however, it takes work - time and a lot of effort.
Each tegu is an individual with their own distinct personality, likes, and dislikes - this is the most important thing to remember when thinking about purchasing or adopting a tegu as a pet. I’ve known people that have tegus that were baby dolls from day one, super tame, affectionate, everything someone could want in a scaley pet. A lot of CB Argentine B&Ws are that way, especially the All Americans or Extreme Giants. When getting a tegu for oneself, you may get that tegu and everything might go great.
You might not. So a prospective owner needs to be able to adequately evaluate their own tenacity and desire for owning a tegu. If you don’t get that “perfect tegu” how long and hard are you willing to work with that animal?
Guts is a pretty good example of the hard work and commitment type of tegu. When I first bought him he had a lot of behavior issues and behaved more like a wild tegu than a CBB animal (which he was). It took a full year of daily handling and training to get him to where he is today. 365 days of getting scratched, whipped, ect on top of his regular care - and I was working a full time job at the same time.
Guts still has what I call “tegu tantrums”. He’s a lot like a reptilian two year old - he wants to do what he wants to do when he wants to do it. If he doesn’t get his way he’s prone to throwing tantrums. Tantrums generally involve a combination of things he thinks will get him what he wants while also doing things that annoy the daylights out of me.
Guts is also extremely picky about his food. Most tegus are not but Guts is not most tegus and I know there are others out there like him. Guts will NOT eat turkey, beef, or chicken - which are the least expensive and most common type of ground meat people use when making their “tegu food mix”. I have to purchase bison or deer - sometimes I have to get it shipped in from out of state depending on the season. It’s expensive.
He’s like that with fruit too. He hates apples, but loves mangos.
I mentioned in the beginning that tegus are extremely intelligent, Guts can open the latch on his cage doors from the inside so they have to be locked at all times when he is inside his enclosure. He can also find his beds in the basement laundry room if they are waiting to be washed. They can be creative in finding ways to get in to trouble.
So, depending on the person, tegus can make great pets (probably the best of the larger lizards commonly kept) but they’re not for the faint of heart. If someone lacks the dedication then a tegu is probably not for them.
I’ve compiled a few reviews of some small betta tank kits, and added a few of my own!
So if you’re wondering which tank to buy next and which to avoid this may be helpful to you! I’ll add more as I get them, and you can message me if you have any reviews! I’ll include them in this post.