Goodness, do I just love geckos. There are thousands of species of them in the world, and so many that haven't even been discovered yet. Recently, there's been a new species described in Thailand by scientists. It's exciting news, but also sad since we don't even know what we're missing out on species wise. There are forests and habitats being destroyed everywhere. What else is out there that we don't know about?
Cyrtodactylus saiyok is one of many new species coming up in Thailand. This species of gecko is a light colored gecko with dark contrasting bands. The common name used to describe it is the
Sai Yok bent-toed gecko. It's a small gecko that can get up to two and a half inches long. You can read more about this interesting and beautiful species in this article written by Mongabay.com. It also mentions a little bit about the process it takes to describing a new species.
Read more about this newly described species here.
Every first of the month I look at my previous month, and my upcoming month. What did I do? What do I need to do next? What are my goals? We've set our goals and it looks like they're getting finished one by one! We love that noise! Trying our hardest to do at least one doodle squig a day. We didn't quite reach that goal this week, but we did pretty darn good! Only missed one day! We're going to make that up, though this weekend and shoot for about 6 new stickers on Saturday and Sunday.
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Lookie here. Finally finished. We squiggled up our pancake tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri). That shell. Boy. Their shells are rather different. Not only are they artistically interesting, the physiology of them is strange too! The shells are flat and long, and are also fairly flexible since the shell comes in a number of pieces and openings that allows for them to move. How cool is that? In the wild these guys can be found in southern Kenya and eastern Tanzania among brush and savannah lands. The namesake of the tortoise comes from their flattened shell. Little squashy tortoise must have reminded someone of a little flap jack.
The blue tongued skink is a lizard that is endemic to Australia, Indonesia and New Guinea. There are eight species of these skinks. These little guys are full of personality and a little bit of surprise once they stick their tongues out at you. Their little tongues are literally a bright blue color, which can be striking against the animals' often-times drab coloration. The species we chose to draw is an Australian species, the Northern Blue Tongued Skink (Tiliqua scincoides intermedia). The Northerns live in (you guessed it!) Northern regions of Australia and are the largest and heaviest of the eight species. They're diurnal omnivores and so they eat lots of bugs, fruit, and flowers while roaming around their habitat during the day.
The Northland Green Gecko (Naultinus grayii). This is one of my favorite geckos. Ever. They're rare, beautiful, brightly colored geckos. It is near impossible to find them in the pet trade, and if you do they can cost you an easy ten grand for a pair. It's a lot easier to buy a sticker of one these days than an actual gecko. These beautiful geckos are endemic to the gorgeous country of New Zealand where they are critically endangered and intensely protected by the government there. These beautiful creatures are diurnal, arboreal and live only in the northern tip of New Zealand where they eat a variety of bugs and the occasional treat of berries and nectar.
Pet Sticker of the Month for August
Each month, at the end of the month we ask you all to enter your beloved reptile and amphibian pets to our monthly pool. We pull a name out of that pool and doodle it up. This month, we drew this gorgeous creature.This is a very special sticker in my heart. I collaborated with the owner of the model for this Tegu, and by the time everything was done both of us were in tears. It was a very great experience, and one I'll never forget.
Meet Xenia. She’s a big beautiful argentine black and white tegu. This isn’t any ordinary tegu girl, she’s changed many a heart and mind on what a lizard is. And a lizard is anything but scary. Xenia started out showing people how cool tegus are by visiting a preschool classroom and wiggling her giant way into the kids’ hearts. Xenia is a big tegu advocate, and loves sharing her awesome cuddles with anyone who crosses her path. After all, who could resist a big lizard puppy?
The Argentine Black and White Tegu (Tupinambis merianae) is the largest species of Tegu. The Argentine Black and White Tegu can get up to four feet long and weigh up to fifteen pounds. These lizards co-evolved with the Savannah monitors and fill the same void, except these guys are in South America. In the wild they eat a variety of items including bugs and insects, eggs, birds, other reptiles and also fruits and berries when given the chance. These gorgeous animals make pretty good pets if you have the means to keep them and can be pretty sweet and tame as long as you continue to work with them.
No News is Sometimes Good News
We focused this week on doing doodle squigs, and don't have any new news for the shop as far as products go. We are waiting on some static clings to get in, though. T-shirts are going to be a tad later than what we were expecting, and might not have them at the expo after all. We are going to get a few more stickers this week and next week so we can open up our second sticker shop, though. We'll have some cupcakes, butterflies, and a few doggies to start out.
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We finished quite a few doodles this week! YAY! We also got our new printer, inks, vinyl, paper, and vinyl cutter machinery on it's way, so we've begun adding new items to the shop! What a week! Been doodling like crazy! Our goal of 15 species for July is well on it's way!
We may have given you a little bit of insight about the agricolae last week during our WIP update on the squig. These little geckos are catching on in popularity, and for good reason! They're pretty personable, tiny and they puff up like little angry dragons when they get mad or scared.
The Boa Constrictor Constrictor. We consulted a pretty keen and knowledgeable keeper on this pretty thing. He suggested we do this locale, since it seems they're the most popular. He also helped us with line-art consults to make sure that the body and head were accurate to the species. I'd like to thank Michael Tiller for helping us out with this one! He really loves the boas and it shows in how chatty he can be about them! I love talking with him about them--I always learn something new and interesting.
I've only met a few boa constrictors in person, but those that I have met are all so sweet. My favorite part about them are the little mustaches they all have. So adorable. And much like the burmese pythons, I LOVE their giant forked tongues.
While we are trying to focus more on species to doodle, we did leave open a tad bit of time to squiggle up some additional morphs before the next show. It was ALBINO week. Lots of albino things. It wasn't planned that way, but that's sort of how it turned out. Enjoy these new doodles and expect to see them in shop in a couple weeks
Commissioned Doodles of the Week
Commissioned doodles are expedited stickers that come with stickers. Anyone who commissions a piece gets their stickers before anyone else can buy them! This was a commissioned doodle from Star, a loyal customer who we appreciate in so many ways. She was excited to book a commission with us and share a few Steppe Runner photographs so we could doodle this cool little lizard. Pretty neat things! I hope you guys enjoy this new addition to our shop! We'll have him available once Star receives her package.
We lost a member of our motorcycle family last week. I didn't personally know Chris, but any loss in the motorcycle community hits hard with every racer. So much love has come of these decals. It was an honor for me to be designated as the artist for them. Rest in peace, Chris Knauer #74.
Next Week's Doodles
This one was a request from a little lady who asked for a booking long before we began booking anything for custom stickers. It wasn't a commission, but I decided to take this doodle on and put it in my shop since she was so patient and sweet about having to wait. Her enthusiasm really sparked my inspiration. He's not quite finished but we'll get him done by next week's TAIF!
We never got to our little gecko we planned to have done by this Friday. Hoping Monday we'll start that one. It's one of my favorite geckos, so I'm pretty excited to do it and feeling very antsy to get it done. I made it a goal-gecko so I could look forward to drawing it, and I am almost at that goal, I just have to finish this tortoise and the blue tongued skink first!
We just started our new line of DISHWASHER magnets! We've been stewing on these pretty things for months now, just waiting till we had the means to be able to make them. These little guys are made-to-order and printed and cut in our own home! :) They're not produced in large quantities, but they are cut out professionally with some spiffy equipment to leave you with a really clean edge. Soon we'll have more of these in our shop. Just have to divvy up the designs and get them out. We're also waiting on more magnetic material. We posted these for sale on Tuesday and they were sold out by Wednesday morning. We'll have them in stock again soon!
Mini Sticker Sets!
These will be back in stock on Thursday of next week! We miss having these around! These little mini sticker sets will also be given frequently as freebies for our amazing clients who purchase at least ten dollars worth of stickers from us. For the minis we're doing them as restickables or as the little permanent decals. You can stick and restick or just stick and leave it. The size of these will also be a tad bit larger than they used to be since we have the convenience of having a printer right in our own home to make them with. Also! You can pick the eight stickers you want in the mini sticker sets or just have them random. They are printed to-order so we can print whichever you would like!
We just opened up printing services! We can print stickers on glossy paper, restickable matte vinyl or on glossy permanent vinyl. Whichever you prefer! Our inks are an eco-friendly kind with a Green Guard certification for low-emissions. That's GREAT for the environment and makes the printing process for me safer than standard inks!
Static Clings and Clear Vinyl Stickers
Yep! We will have static clings and clear vinyl stickers in shop next month. We're waiting on the static cling and clear vinyl media to come in but with our new professional printer we can totally print on clear media. The ink stays fast on there!
The Sticky Situation Project Updates
Seri is ALL DONE with blocks! Now we're just watching to see her finish stitching together all the blocks together and finishing the quilt. Now our next goal is to sell enough stickers to get to Tinley in October so we can be there to see it. In order to do that we've got lots of new designs coming up and some new ideas to keep our shop fresh. Crossing fingers!! We really want to see everyone there and see this fundraiser quilt in person!
Doodling FULL BLOWN CRAZY doodles this week. Already we've completed two and a half. Our goal was two this week with a four species goal as a really good week. I'd say we did pretty well! Read further to learn more about our pre orders, new doodles and also about an auction going on in a group on Facebook!
This week’s doodles
The namesake of my shop are all the little critters I have in my house. Geckos. I adore geckos more than any other animal. Well, maybe not salamanders. Salamanders are pretty funny. We just can’t own most of them in Oregon, so my love lies in keeping geckos instead. This week was one of my favorite weeks for drawing doodles. It was gecko week, essentially. I drew up a Mourning Gecko, a Malaysian Cat Gecko and started with a Eurydactylodes agricolae (agricolae for short).
One of the smallest species of geckos is the teeny tiny Mourning Gecko. Funny thing about these? They’re all female! Girl power! The whole species lays eggs without the help of males. Pretty neat, huh? The way they fertilize them is by a process called parthenogenesis. It’s… sort of like cloning. But not quite. The little lady takes her own DNA and mixes it all up, rearranges it, and puts it in an egg. Then she lays it. Usually they lay two eggs. We have a few of these little pretties. I love them. They chirp and chirp and chirp when they’re happy and it’s an amazing thing to hear when you’re relaxing at home. They sound like little teeny clicks.
Malaysian Cat Geckos come in a variety of locales. I really love all of them, but I’m not well versed in the locales. I’m not even exactly sure how many there are or how their eyes play into the role of locales. But I do know that the eyes play a big role. I look at images and talk to experts in the species to make sure my art is accurate to locales and species. It’s important to me that my work looks accurate. That way you’re not getting a weird hybridy thing. These little geckos are super sensitive and demand specialty care. They require deionized water for misting, so you can’t just spray them with regular treated water like most geckos. It takes a very avid keeper to do well with these beautiful creatures. Maybe someday I can own some myself. Their curly tails and silly-looking kitty cat demeanor make me smile.
Agricolae have a common name: The Bauer’s Chameleon Gecko, but I have actually never heard them referred to that in the reptile industry. In order to figure out their common name I actually had to google it. Everyone just calls them agricolae (a-grih-cole-ay) (“a” sounds like the “a” in apple). I’ve had the luck to meet a few of these little things. My buddy and I call them bullet train joker geckos affectionately. These things puff up all funny like and their tails are ridiculously big considering the size of the animal. They’re very small, too. They fit easily on your thumb like little Thumbelinas. And they HUG you, too. It’s pretty adorable.
Next Week's Doodles
Next week I have three doodles on the plan. Only clincher? They’re secret! One is a gecko. One is a tortoise. One is a snake. I need you to vote on which I should do first, because I just can’t make up my mind! It's been pretty even across the board on what you'd like to see, so if you haven't
Pre Order Items
We have eight items up for pre-order in our Etsy shop. Our Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko, Malaysian Cat Gecko, Mourning Gecko, three Dart Frogs and two Pacman Frogs. I've been wanting to get all of these in, and I'm glad to be able to finally do that. We have our own machinery coming and as soon as our decal vinyl gets in we'll be making the regular decal stickers. We already have our restickable sticker vinyl in and our magnets in so we can start printing those and cutting them out as soon as our vinyl cutter gets here.
If you pre-order, every single sticker you pre-order comes with a small sized magnet. PLUS you will get your stickers shipped one week before they are available to purchase in the shop. Get them before everyone else with extras!
Name That Beardie Sticker! Event
Contests have been moved to twice a month instead of every week. This is so we don't bombard you with so many posts and so that we are able to keep them to a minimum with higher quality content. We don't want to spam you with 3-5 posts a day or more because we know that your friends' posts are pretty important to you. That also means most of our debuted stickers will be shared on other venues than Facebook and on our weekly blog.
Right now we're going towards the end of our little event. Voting for your favorite beardie and their story ends tonight. Please vote for your favorite beardie to help this contest along! :)
Donations and Help For Jared
We donated a $30 credit to benefit Jared Johnson, a fellow herper who came onto some very tough times. Since someone bid $30 we added a custom sticker commission with four prints to the bundle. If you want a chance at getting this item, click on the graphic above to be taken directly to the auction. Check out the other auctions, too! There are some nice geckos, feeders, supplies and MORE up for grabs! This auction ends July 2nd.
15% of any proceeds we make until the 3rd will also be donated to Jared Johnson. So if you can't bid on those items, buying from the shop will go for a good cause as well. :)
The Sticky Situation Quilt
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.