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Ian
11-28-07, 12:13 PM
I've always loved animals. My adult life has been filled with them. I've trained horses and dogs and enjoyed keeping a wide range of pets. In the past few years I've discovered that reptiles, amphibians and arachnids need lovin' too. :eek: At last count there were 48 critters around here, not counting the dogs, cats and fish.

The pimary links below lead to sets of images on the title topic.

Our recent MHS (http://www.manitobaherp.com) holiday party
http://www.flickr.com/photos<wbr>/clocker/sets/72157603295074651<wbr>/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72157603295074651/)

School presentation my youngest and I put on a a couple of weeks ago.
http://www.flickr.com/photos<wbr>/clocker/sets/72157603165853162<wbr>/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72157603165853162/)

Manitoba Breeders Expo. They have a cool video (http://www.themrbe.com/) of the last show.
http://www.flickr.com/photos<wbr>/clocker/sets/72157602293571550<wbr>/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72157602293571550/)

Lizards
http://www.flickr.com/photos<wbr>/clocker/sets/72157601272643153<wbr>/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72157601272643153/)[/url]

Narcisse Snake Dens - They were so thick you could hear them.
[url="http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72157600259192582/"]http://www.flickr.com/photos<wbr>/clocker/sets/72157600259192582<wbr>/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72157601268155086/)

Amphibians
http://www.flickr.com/photos<wbr>/clocker/sets/72157600257502310<wbr>/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72157600257502310/)

Arachnids
http://www.flickr.com/photos<wbr>/clocker/sets/72157600257462066<wbr>/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72157600257462066/)

Snakes
http://www.flickr.com/photos<wbr>/clocker/sets/72057594087072769<wbr>/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72057594087072769/)

Some videos:

My Savannah monitor is quite the character
Savannah monitor on the bed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqWTw3UZvmo)
Savannah monitor on the bed_0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tX4dva7deg)

Madagascar hissing cockroach (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGWtU5rlkY0)

Emperor scorpion in hand (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2FR_k8owYI)

My most recent addition. Brazilian Rainbow Boa - Epicrates cenchria chenchria
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2329/2053695873_356afe836d_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/2053695873/)

My favourite 2.5m jungle carpet python - Morelia spilota cheynei. JC had just blown a big hiss at her. For any fretting parents, no he's never shown any signs of being defensive. He's been a big hit in classroom presentations.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2157/1574685994_3bf9bf9132_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/1574685994/)

Matt S.
11-28-07, 12:16 PM
Oh they are pretty, I used to have a chinchilla, that's a weird pet.

I will have to look for old pictures and scan them though.

Honeybunnie8
12-06-07, 01:44 PM
I have 2 chinchillas and 3 rabbits....they have their own room, does that count? I use to have rats and mice also, they make good pets also.

My mom and I use to have an Iguana and I always wanted a pot bellied pig. Sugar gliders are cute little things also. Hedgehogs I hear make nice pets also.:D

Ian
12-06-07, 10:49 PM
Of course it counts! No images? :D

jeffery
12-30-07, 10:19 PM
Thanks for sharing

Teedrum
01-02-08, 07:54 AM
i had a pet rock...used to take him around on a leash

lars
01-06-08, 07:04 PM
I've always loved animals. My adult life has been filled with them. I've trained horses and dogs and enjoyed keeping a wide range of pets. In the past few years I've discovered that reptiles, amphibians and arachnids need lovin' too. :eek: At last count there were 48 critters around here, not counting the dogs, cats and fish.

The pimary links below lead to sets of images on the title topic.

Our recent MHS (http://www.manitobaherp.com) holiday party
http://www.flickr.com/photos<WBR>/clocker/sets/72157603295074651<WBR>/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72157603295074651/)

School presentation my youngest and I put on a a couple of weeks ago.
http://www.flickr.com/photos<WBR>/clocker/sets/72157603165853162<WBR>/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72157603165853162/)

Manitoba Breeders Expo. They have a cool video (http://www.themrbe.com/) of the last show.
http://www.flickr.com/photos<WBR>/clocker/sets/72157602293571550<WBR>/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72157602293571550/)

Lizards
http://www.flickr.com/photos<WBR>/clocker/sets/72157601272643153<WBR>/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72157601272643153/)

Narcisse Snake Dens - They were so thick you could hear them.
http://www.flickr.com/photos<WBR>/clocker/sets/72157600259192582<WBR>/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72157600259192582/)

Amphibians
http://www.flickr.com/photos<WBR>/clocker/sets/72157600257502310<WBR>/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72157600257502310/)

Arachnids
http://www.flickr.com/photos<WBR>/clocker/sets/72157600257462066<WBR>/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72157600257462066/)

Snakes
http://www.flickr.com/photos<WBR>/clocker/sets/72057594087072769<WBR>/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/sets/72057594087072769/)

Some videos:

My Savannah monitor is quite the character
Savannah monitor on the bed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqWTw3UZvmo)
Savannah monitor on the bed_0 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tX4dva7deg)

Madagascar hissing cockroach (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGWtU5rlkY0)

Emperor scorpion in hand (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2FR_k8owYI)

My most recent addition. Brazilian Rainbow Boa - Epicrates cenchria chenchria
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2329/2053695873_356afe836d_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/2053695873/)

My favourite 2.5m jungle carpet python - Morelia spilota cheynei. JC had just blown a big hiss at her. For any fretting parents, no he's never shown any signs of being defensive. He's been a big hit in classroom presentations.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2157/1574685994_3bf9bf9132_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/clocker/1574685994/)

Thanks for sharing you beautiful pets here. Those are some of the prettiest snakes and lizards I've seen. They all look so healthy.

I noticed in one of the links that there's a snake in a plastic tub and the pic is titled "second shed." Is that plastic container something that helps facilitate the shedding?

I've never kept reptiles as pets, however I have always enjoyed them, and would often catch garter snakes, northern water snakes, and rat snakes growing up and then release them after keeping them for a couple of days of showing them to family and friends. Anyhoot, this past summer I came home one day after being in the lab all day working with the honeybees, and my neighbors were gathered out in another neighbors yard across the street and they were all staring up into a large tree in the neighbors front yard. Needless to say I was curious, so I walked over and I asked what was going on. Turned out that there was a 2.5 to 3 feet long iguana that had climbed up the tree, and was resting out on a branch about 20 feet up. It had been chased up there by some neighborhood kids who were trying to catch it. I also found out that the whole neighborhood had known about this thing running around the neighborhood for the previous couple of weeks! Evidently it got loose from someone who had it as a pet, because I live in central Kentucky, and we have no iguanas around here that are native. :)

My neighbor called a local "critter catcher" who advertises in the yellow pages to come catch it. He came, and he caught it. It was a very nice looking lizard, and I'm pretty sure that he ended up keeping it as a pet.

Kimalimah
01-09-08, 08:15 AM
Do you actually own a scorpion now, too?

Ian
01-09-08, 11:21 AM
Kim - I have a few actually. This youtube video shows off a big Emperor of mine (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2FR_k8owYI).

Thanks very much for the compliments Lars. I've really enjoyed my introduction to these animals. Most seem to thrive in captivity if some of the simple rules of temperature, humidity and cleanliness are observed. Some of the sun loving reptiles require a source of UVB, but otherwise they are usually very easy to keep.

I had to look at the image gallery to figure out what you meant by the comments about the second shed shots. That's actually the king snake's water container. It has a hole in the top so it's more difficult for him to tip it over. I found him inside it like that and thought he looked cool that way so had to have a few images of it.

The main concern through a shed is keeping moisture up, so if the snake resides in an open container it's very difficult in dry climates to achieve a high enough humidity for them to shed easily. Of particular concern are the scales that cover the eyes. If they retain those, it can be a challenge to remove them manually.

I guess Diego just felt the need for a good soaking, but that can be a sign of a mite infestation. I have a Honduran milk snake that behaves in the same way and is a very similar snake biologically.

There are few people that can responsibly continue to keep an iguana through it's adolescent phase without big problems, so I've heard. Shelters are full of them. They are beautiful, but not the best choice for a place to start I don't think. I've heard of a local shelter just for iguanas. It's apparently got about 50 adults. Not pretty.

Many of my creatures are from rescue situations for one reason and another.

Mohawk1984
01-17-08, 01:06 PM
Well, I had a lizard .Forgot to feed it and it died.

r2d2
01-18-08, 06:41 PM
does a gimp in the dungeon count as a pet? ;)


(sorry, my attempt at bad humour and no disrespect to this thread intended!)