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.
Thanks for reading,
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.