The nests of the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles have risen in numbers in the last fourteen years. In 2000 the number of known nesting sites had only been 154 sites. That rate has more than tripled since then to 468 nesting sites. Also, some great news is the number of poachings of this rare animal has decreased dramatically.
Sometimes news for endangered animals can be awesome, and this news is that and more. We're rooting for these creatures, and keep hopes high that many more endangered animals will have this same turn around.
Read more about this story on ScienceDaily.
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.
Someone asked me the other day if I actually sleep.
No. I really don't. :)
But I love it.
I am back from taking a break from orders this week. I love you all and love the support you all give me, and I'm grateful that you all understood! Thank you.
Cyber Sunday Monday Funday Sale.
With all the craziness, I wanted to add a little fun sale for you. It's a two-day sale on Sunday and Monday and you can get up to 35% off. This is a coupon that's only reserved for volume orders. And you can get this on ANY order you want. I will be taking custom items out of the store, though during the sale because those are calculated by my time and aren't eligible for big sales.
In any case! Stickers, magnets, gift tags, wrapping paper, ALL THE THINGS are all up for grabs for 35% off! Enjoy! (wrapping paper will be in store by Friday!)
COOLCYBER2014 is the coupon code to use! Begins at midnight (12:01 AM) November 30th. Ends December 2nd (12:01 AM). This time frame is in EST.
Pens and Pencils. Write in Style.
Like black ink? Like blue ink? What about pencils? Well, now you can get all these items in the store. At the moment I've got twelve pen and pencil types you can order. As time progresses we'll get more. I know that everyone wants their own little reptile on pens and pencils. Making the designs for them is a little time consuming, though and it bites into the time I have available to draw new stickers for the store.
All the pens and pencils are hand-wrapped and pens are laminated for durability with a non-toxic cold lamination so if you happen to chew on your pens it won't harm you. All our inks are non-toxic and eco friendly, the lamination process for stickers is just sometimes toxic. We use ZERO toxic chemicals on our wares. ZERO toxic aerosol lamination.
Also, if you want to get our pens customized with your name, company, or any other text I'm offering that in the store. Custom pens will cost more than non-custom pens but you can personalize it to say whatever you want. No one will be able to steal it from you if it's branded.
If that wasn't enough for you we've got more fabric items that are going to be hitting the store in December. You'll see what I've got up my sleeve with my seamstress and friend Sarina. We're working double time to get stuff into the store. Wallets are already beginning production, and a few other little items I'm excited about but not going to share till debut time. Not all these will be ready in time for Christmas, so I don't want to get anyone's hopes up. Fabric items will be a regular staple in the store and we'll be changing them up regularly, making new fabrics regularly and having limited quantities of certain items.
If you want your stuff to get to you by Christmas, it's a really good idea to order sooner rather than later. My weekend before Christmas I'm dedicating to shipping out last-minute orders on that Monday.
With standard shipping, the last day to order is December 17th. If you want your items by Christmas and you're ordering after the 17th you must select rush shipping and please mention in the notes that your order is necessary before Christmas. :)
Well! That's all for now! I'm signing off to go spend some time with my family. I hope that your upcoming holiday is awesome and that you get to eat alllllll the stuffing and turkey and mashed potatoes that you could ever dream of!
Happy Sticking, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Yesterday was our one-year-anniversary of being open. I just can't believe it. I feel like I should be doing something special, like baking a cake or getting some balloons, or maybe even a dozen roses for my store. I wonder if the store would appreciate that...
This week, though things have been busy for me but really slow on the new items field. Orders have been flying in for holiday gifts. I don't even know how many gift receipts I've printed the last two weeks. It's insane.
I appreciate everyone who is ordering well in advance. This makes my job a lot easier! :) I'm going to put this out there now: there are deadlines for guaranteed holiday arrivals. The LAST day that I'm shipping orders for Christmas arrival with standard shipping is for any orders made by December 18th. For RUSH, your last day to order for Christmas arrival is December 21st before 3:00 PM PST.
More Gift Tag Sheets
What I DID get done this week was filling lots of orders. I also designed a couple more gift tags for purchase. So far we have Chameleons, Ball Pythons, Axolotls and Crested Geckos. This weekend I hope to add TEN more gift tag designs. We're still on schedule for purse, coffee mug cozy and wrapping paper debuts next week, too. Oh yeah! Pluggin' right along.
End of November Cyber Sale
Black Friday is popular for brick and mortar shops. Since I'm an Etsy Entrepreneur I am going to do the Cyber Monday instead. But, this year I'm doing it for TWO days. You have TWO days to get in on deals from our store. During these two days I am taking custom items out of the store for less confusion.
Custom items aren't part of the sale, but any other items are free for purchase with our Cyber Sunday-Monday-Funday Sale. The coupon code is COOLCYBER2014 and it's only good from 12:01 AM November 30th to 12:01 AM December 2nd. Times are in PST.
That's all I've got for this week. I should have a much larger update next week! See you then and Happy Sticking!
This week has been a tad bit slower than other weeks, but that just means I'm busy doing other things like preparing for the holidays, opening up t-shirts, and brianstorming new things to add to the store.
Since the holiday season is coming up I wanted to be able to provide you guys with some shirts so you can buy them for your loved ones, or even for yourself. While I can't actually do shirts myself yet, I do have a new Spreadshirt shop open where you can find a myriad of different designs for pretty affordable. I love the quality of Spreadshirt. They do all our business shirts and this is the same company that did my shirts for last year's round of shirts. Working with a local small company, still to get some shirts from them instead of from a large company, but until we're able to afford them, we'll be going through Spreadshirt! Both companies will provide awesome quality.
I've got twenty designs in store now, but no worries. I'm working on getting more in there for variety. If you want to order a design we have but it's not in the store, let me know. I'll do my best to get it in there within a couple days of your request. As I doodle I'll be putting new designs in there. The initial process of getting designs file-ready etc is going to take a long while, though. Doing my best! The link to this Spreadshirt shop will always be at the top of this website under "Apparel".
A few Nail Wrap Designs. Available by Jamberry.
Another product by another company. I thought these would be fun, though and wear Jamberries like my life depends on it. So, I have these three designs available on nail wraps. They're $25 a wrap sheet, and I don't make any commissions off of these, I just thought they'd be fun. So if you'd like to order some, let me know and I'll get you in touch with my consultant to get them ordered for you!
Custom Holiday Items COMING!
I just started releasing holiday items for the store. Gift tags were an obvious necessity. This weekend is dedicated to a secret special project that I'm collaborating on with a friend (details will be released in the future) and THESE. So far there are Chameleons and Axolotls available. I'm working right now on crested geckos, ball pythons, tortoises, some obscure gecko species and other gift tags. My goal is to finish all the gift tags that I want to make by November 15th so you are able to buy these in advance of winter holidays.
There are a few slots left for Holiday Ornaments. I'm pretty limited on how many I can make, and as time goes on these slots disappear. I have four slots every week scheduled. That's the most I can do each week, so if you want one, better for you to get a slot booked in advance. Especially if you want them before any given holiday.
I begin making these custom items on Monday. We have all four slots filled this upcoming week and the week after. Pre-payment is required for custom items. These ornaments are $25 each, and I'll have pictures of them this weekend of some completed non-custom ornaments that are curing as we speak.
I don't have it in shop yet, but I'm working to get some wrapping paper printed up. I'm very lucky to have a wide-format printer, so hoping to find all the appropriate materials to make this happen with my designs on them.
While I'm doing custom ornaments, I'm also making holiday stickers that will be perfect for sealing envelopes for holiday cards, to adorn on gifts or, really anything. These will come in sheets of 20 1.5 inch circle stickers and will be available as one, two or five sheets. Below are a couple examples of what I'm going with.
Ball Pythons! I'm working on more of course! So keep an eye out! So far I've got Crested geckos, axolotls, and pied or albino ball python pencils available. Although, I cannot keep those crested gecko pencils in stock to save my life. I'll be ordering more pencils soon so I can get back to wrapping them for you and get those out in time for the winter holidays coming up. I've wrapped over 144 of the things, and they keep selling like crazy! They make perfect stocking stuffers. We will have these guys in packs of two or five so you can buy a just a couple, or a few more than that at a time.
ONE. I got ONE done this week.
Ah well. I've been gearing up for holiday stuff and doing my best to expand items for the store. You guys have been keeping me on my toes! This little guy is a little Lygodactylus williamsi, with the common name of Electric Blue Day Gecko. They're really small. And really really that blue. Just beautiful little geckos. These guys are critically endangered in a specific forest of Tanzania in part by the illegal capture of them for the pet trade and by the deforestation of the only known forest they live in. Such a shame on the pet trade part since they breed fairly well in captivity. One interesting thing about these little geckos is that when they're juveniles they start out as a drab green color. They are dimorphic once the male hits maturity. He turns blue, while the females stay that drab color of brownish or green.
In captivity these little guys do great in trios of one male to two females. They glue eggs to things, so if you keep them to breed you'll find little tiny white eggs glued on things. (Or, you might not actually find them!) Definitely a great animal to keep. The Lygodactylus williamsi is one gecko on my list of things to own some day.
Thank you all for reading!
Be sure to comment what you'd like to hear from me for our next vlog post! :)
This week was mostly used for one last logo I had scheduled for a client. With Halloween going on, I also had some local orders for some custom t-shirts and graphics that I did so my goal for new sticker designs was set back a little bit. There are some new products coming into the store, some for just fall/winter and some for year round. We’ll spill the beans soon on a few new items!
While I didn’t do much art work for stickers the last… ohhhh probably month or so I do have a little fine art print I have been doing here and there. It’s taking me a little bit of time to do because I want it to just be perfect. Fine art prints are going to be available in our store full time after I’m done drawing this one. I’ll have one new fine art print to work on every six months or so. Sooner if I’m able to dedicate more time to art.
I did, however debut one of my first from the line of Sea Slugs and Nudibranchs I’m doodling. This little guy is probably my favorite species of sea slug. Just… so striking. These guys are indigenous to the Great Barrier Reef near Australia and are only 4 cm long! SO tiny! It’s amazing how such beauty can be so small. While they are sea slugs, these little guys are not actually nudibranchs. Nudibranchs are technically different from the scientific ‘sea slug’ label.
We’ll be seeing one sea slug or nudibranch a month for the next year.
Here you can see one of my works in progress. It’s of my very own boy Tenmoku. He’s a Hainan Cave Gecko (Goniurosaurus hainanensis.). I’ve got a lot of work left to do on this. While his facial features look great to me, I still want to work on the back half portion, feet and tail. And of course, that background is nowhere near complete. Once I’m finally done with this piece, though, I’ll have twenty 8x11 prints available for $25 each. They’ll be numbered and signed and on a limited edition run. This will be the case for all my fine art prints.
I am getting SO antsy to tell you about two new items joining us in November! So, I’m going to tell you about one of them. The other will remain a secret till debut. You’ll hear about it on most of our social media sites and of course here for the blog.
My friend made me this beautiful buttercup bag for Christmas last year and ever since I’ve been teeming with desire to make them for the store. These will be in stock full-time year round but are scheduled currently for an end-of-November release. I’m starting out with ten bags to see how they do! Some of you were able to see this purse on display at Tinley Park earlier this month. We're starting out with this style, but I've already got a bunch of styles in my planner.
The store is starting out with this green leachie print, some crested geckos and axolotls with the same design as on our pencils. While this style of bag will be available year round, the fabric prints will be limited and seasonal. Eventually I hope to have a few designs available in my Spoonflower shop for fabrics that you can buy direct, but that won’t be the case for a long while and those fabrics will also be limited and seasonal. The majority of my fabrics are going to be an exclusive item for my own shop use.
Any New Stickers Soon?
This weekend is chock full of personal activities, so there won’t be much artwork I’ll be doing and updating you on till at least Tuesday. I have seven new animals on my list of things to-do. I was going to do some tortoises, but we may wait a little bit longer before we go that route. Instead, I’m going to get a couple large lizards and some more invertebrates. I also HAVE to do another gecko or two. Mostly because I enjoy doodling the geckos more than anything else since I love them the most out of all reptiles. So keep an eye out for a savannah monitor and another tegu!
USARK Quilt Auction
It’s over. Already. Man. It’s been so so wonderful doing this fundraiser. I just wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone involved, Phil Goss from USARK, Seri who made the quilt, everyone who bid, and most of all to Jessica Jager-Pawlak who won the quilt and bid $780. 100% of which is going straight to USARK. Thank you. Thank you thank you thank you! It’s been an emotional, wonderful, and fun-filled journey with all of you and I’ve been so grateful and happy to have got to know everyone that came our way during this fundraiser!
Thank you so much for the support and for reading!
Well! I haven't been doing any artwork since I got back from Tinley yet, as I'm working on one last commission that I had booked before I got really busy and filling orders, but that is sure to change next week. I've got six herptiles on my radar to doodle, most being inverts and tortoises. And another bearded dragon. I also got extremely sick again, so progress has been slow. My immune system must be workin' at half mast lately as I was sick just three weeks ago. Sick twice in one month is just wrong! But I'm back on schedule for our regular programming of Thank Art It's Friday! and another Artist in Question blog post coming up in a couple weeks.
USARK Fundraiser Continues
First line of business: fundraiser stickers.
I'm still blasted away by the fundraiser we've done. We've (we being Seri and I) raised so far 2680 dollars thanks to everyone and we're still going! While supplies last (very limited!) we have some left-over bumper stickers in my Etsy Store of some of the stickers we had for sale at Tinley that came with free entries. Well, now that the quilt winner has been drawn, we don't have any free entries to give away so we are liquidating the stickers, but all the proceeds are STILL going to USARK. :) We want to get them the biggest donation that we can. No more of these are going to be printed. That's it. So whatever we have is the last of the stickers.
You also still have a pretty good chance at getting that quilt. The person who won it, Terry Splichal donated it right back to USARK so we could auction it off. How sweet was that?! Thank you Terry! It's up for grabs on the Sticky Situation Project Facebook page! (Link Here) So join the group so you can bustle on in there and bid on this amazing piece of artwork.
It's been a total blessing to be able to be part of this fundraiser and I'm so excited to see what else everyone will be able to help us do with it and who will win it!
A HUGE thank you to Phil from USARK. It's been a wonderful time working with you on this fundraiser, too and without your help we probably wouldn't have been able to be as far as we are. You've been totally awesome!!
Last but definitely not least, a big thanks to Seri Dukart. One of my best friends in the world. I adore her and am so happy that she approached me with this quilt idea. Not only did it bring her and I closer, but it also gave me that get-up-and-get-em attitude to get to Tinley Park's reptile show a couple weeks ago. For me, everything that came out of this quilt is so good that I cannot express it in words. My whole world has changed because of it.
Pencils! A New Item!
I've been DYING to get these done and put in the store. Well! Now they're available! I already have to make more of these, though! I posted them for sale on Saturday and our Crested Gecko ones are already sold out! There are three packs of the Axolotl pencils left in the store.
These pencils are a high quality pencil with a medium graphite core. They're cedar wood to reduce breakage and splitting. The erasers are fantastic. They're considered No. 2 HB pencils and great for writing or sketching. Each pencil is wrapped and sharpened individually by hand and packed in a hand-made packaging.
Where does that packaging come from? It's the paper backing from our 'beauty prints' and excess backing so that the waste from our production is brought down even more! (All our excess vinyl and backing is sent to Portland for recycling anyway, but this is one more way to reduce waste and excessive packaging!)
While there are only Crested geckos and Axolotls available right now (err well, just Axolotls!) I'm working on a ton more designs for these pencils and hope to have them in shop full time year-round.
Earrings and Plugs, a Couple Other New Items
This Fall I've really been trying to incorporate more than just stickers to the store. I really want to expand. you can see that with the pencils, of course but here we've also got some jewelry that I've started making. I've got regular old earrings made with a hand-poured resin and our designs embedded as well as Plugs. I adore these plugs. Just... adore. This is one of those things that I've wanted to do for a long time. Plugs are one of my favorite items to look at, and personally I've wanted to stretch my ears for a year or two now.
One of my good clients Jeremiah asked if I could do some glass ones because of his ear sensitivities to metal and other materials. We both worked together to find a local artist that makes glass plugs and BAM! We found one! A great local artist that only lives a couple hours from me makes these. So I just customize them with my artwork. And as you can see they look fantastic! Everything about these plugs is made in the USA, so they're super duper awesome for our economy. You may know that I do my very darned best to find local companies and avoid having to use eBay or Amazon to buy supplies unless it's from a local home-grown store from our own soil. That's so very important to me, and I can see that it's also important to you!
Coupon Code Expires November 1st!
Thank you all SO much for reading my random ramblings. Is there something you'd like me to blog about? Anything that interests YOU? As a blogger, you're obviously my priority. If you'd like anything at all please comment below! Whether it's an art process, questions about me, my life or anything even a specific artist you'd like me to interview!
Well the last few weeks had been totally focused on preparing for the Tinley Park reptile expo where I had my stickery items for sale and was raising funds for USARK with Seri. It was so fun and so successful that I have already started plans to secure a table in March and working to figure out airfare.
So, how many stickers did we actually sell??
With everyone's help, I sold over six hundred stickers and magnets!! How awesome is that!? Wow. And meeting so many of you was a blast!! The success of this show is leading me to vend at the next Tinley Park expo in March. I also met Tell Hicks last weekend (might be or might not be my biggest artist idol) and bought a signed print from him. Although I got a couple hugs from him, I failed to use my brain and get a picture. Oh well. Next time.
There was so much stuff there I didn't even get to see it all. It's pretty hard when you're vending and running a fundraiser from your booth. The quilt generated a lot of interest, and so a lot of questions. With ticket sales alone, we raised quite close to three thousand dollars for USARK. The winner to the quilt also DONATED THE QUILT BACK! Thank you SO much, Terry Splichal for doing that for us! So, Seri and I worked with Phil from USARK to get it up for auction on the RAACA Auctions. You can find the auction being hosted on their Facebook Group (links below).
Who knows what it'll go for now. It'll be exciting to see what happens.
We also had some left-over stickers that came with entries to the quilt. I had printed a ton of these, so that's understandable. We've got these left-over stickers in my store for sale, now. The proceeds of these stickers are still going to USARK, so if you want one get one. We won't be printing ANY more. Whatever is printed is printed and that is it.
Below I shared a few photographs that were taken of myself and my friends at the expo. It was a real blast! Some pictures are from just my vacation, too so you can kind of see what I was up to. I didn't take many, but I did take a few. (If you have some pictures you'd like to share of our booth, or if it's of you and I please send them to me! I'd love to have them!!)
Now that my vacation and vending is done, the store will be back to normal! We're making a few changes, but new artwork and some new holiday items are in store for us come the end of October. I'm working diligently (albeit with the flu AGAIN, thank you Murphey!) to get some more artwork done. Especially in the realm of tortoises, turtles and invertebrates. The weekly blog will also be back up and running. Now that I've done a major show I know exactly what to expect, so I've got a few new streamlined things that help me with the store and with keeping things in line for when shows happen.
I'm also going to be vending at the Pomona show in Southern California come January. That's the Reptile Super Show, biggest show in the country. I'll be vending with some shared space with some of my friends that live down in California. Very exciting! I'll have my own table, but that's the plan.
Thanks for reading! (AND GO FIND THAT QUILT LINK! ;) )
Quilt Auction Location: Reptile And Amphibian Charity Auctions
Every show gets better and better for us. It's amazing. You guys kept us really busy at the Portland Metro Reptile Expo. We were lucky enough to have awesome helpers at the table, though so I could take breaks. Thank you Saille White from Sazilla Geckos and Bryan Duncan from Geektastic Geckos. I couldn't have done it without your help! That quilt that Seri was sewing up is totally finished, now too. We're selling sticker sheets that come with a free entry to win that quilt soon. Labor day weekend left us with THREE days for artwork! You can see what we did below!
The Sticky Situation Project
Seri and I have been working really hard to get you guys this quilt. We started this fundraiser project back in the end of March. All I did, really was draw up the artwork, host a few voting polls and make the stickers that would include a free entry to win the quilt. Seri has done all the hard work. It's been a wonderful collaboration.
I still can't believe it's been five months since we got this started. It really went by fast. And this quilt came out ten times more beautiful than I thought it would. You guys all voted for some of the most awesome designs to be placed on this quilt. Seri magically found just the right fabric--just the right colors to mesh together--just the right everything to bring this thing to life.
Week by week, month by month, we all watched as each block was made, as they were sewn together, as the stitching tied them all into one final piece. I started thinking how utterly beautiful this quilt was, and how utterly jealous I was of whoever gets to win such a gorgeous piece.... and then Seri went and got some top stitching done.
Once the top stitching was complete and the quilt was deemed finished I couldn't help but drop my jaw. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD NOT WANT THIS THING!? I want this thing. I really really really want this thing. Although I can never have this thing, I am pretty proud to say I'm a part of this fundraiser. That I was in on this project. That the wonderful and talented Seri Dukart picked me--me to do this with.
But.. wait a second. Win this quilt? Yes. Win. You can win this quilt. The whole reason for this project was to give this quilt away. Just give it away to one lucky person. You can win this by purchasing some exclusive The Sticky Situation Project sticker sheets. Each sticker sheet comes with a free entry to win this quilt. The sheets are $5 each or $20 for five. You can buy them here. We are also vending at Tinley in October. From October 11th-12th we'll have these sticker sheets for sale. They'll be at our table all of the first day, and most of the second day where the sale of sheets ends before the end of the show so we can have USARK draw the lucky winner from our unnecessarily large fish bowl.
Again, insert jealousy here. You lucky lucky winner you. Whoever you are, I hope that you are super duper happy with this beautiful piece and that you can enjoy it for years to come. Think of me every once in awhile... I know for sure it's going to be a super emotional day for me when we draw that winner. I may even cry on video. You may catch me crying--on video. Best luck to everyone who enters!
Back To School Stickers and SALE!
We put our Back To School stickers up for sale last weekend, and you'll be able to get these stickers at 15% off when you use the coupon BACKTOSCHOOL. This coupon expires September 6th and is good when you order $5 or more in stickers or items. You can get these little guys as a small sticker or magnet or as a large sized wall decal! The large wall decals come in 8-10 inches wide. Perfect for classrooms.
We haven't taken photographs of all of these, yet but that will happen this week some time. These guys will be for sale through the end of September. Then they're getting put into storage until next year.
Every year we'll add more animals to our Back To School sticker line and our Holiday stickers and still pull out most of the old ones. These mark the start of the holidays for us. We're go-get-em with a few Halloween lines already (all the artwork is done already hehehe) but those won't be debuted until September 15th. So keep an eye out. We'll have them as sheets of four stickers and as single stickers so you can get a whole line or just the ones you like.
New Squigs for the Week!
Look at this adorable Clown Tree Frog (Dendropsophus leucophyllatus). These guys are super cute. And fairly popular among frog enthusiasts! They come with a variety of common names, the most common being the clown tree frog. They're endemic to South America in the countries of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, and Suriname. Luckily these guys aren't a threatened species like many frogs these days are. Males get to about 1.3 inches long while females can get as big as 1.7 inches long. (So small!) They come in a couple of color variations, one being the "hourglass" seen to the left, and another being the "giraffe" which we haven't doodled yet, but expect to see one soon because they're really neat looking.
Oh boy. Boy. Boy howdy. I really love this design. I was a little nervous to delve in this species because the patterning was a little scary to think about drawing, but I think it's safe to say I managed very well to depict this species. This is a Jungle Carpet Python (Morelia spilota cheynei). A pure one. They are so gorgeous. Jungle Carpet pythons are endemic to North Queensland in Australia. They live in subtropical areas close to waterways. Sometimes they can be found in dryer areas, too though.
We also did another color variation of this guy, the Jungle Jaguar Carpet Python.
This is considered a morph in the pet trade and not typically seen in the wild. Carpet Pythons are semi-arboreal and can be found climbing trees and shrubbery. They do like basking, though and are often found in warm basking areas. The length of these beauties is between five to seven feet, making them a nice medium sized snake.
While this species is of least concern for it's native range, there is a slight decline in the numbers that are found in the wild, especially in specific localized areas.
The ever misunderstood burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus). These beautiful snakes are often depicted as monsters. Which is sad, because these snakes are like big puppy dogs. For some strange reason unbeknownst to me these guys instill fear in so many people. More dogs hurt people than large snakes ever have. Burms are a nocturnal snake and are often found near water and hanging out in trees. They're sometimes considered semi-aquatic animals and amazingly can hold their breath for up to thirty minutes under water. They are found in Southeast Asia in several different countries where they're considered threatened because they are seen often times as a pest and also used for leather-making goods. Some countries, like Southeast
China find medicinal uses for these snakes and even utilize them as a food source. These snakes can get up to 20 feet, but typically range between 15-16 feet in length. With any large snake, it is often recommended that handling is done with one person for every five feet of a snake. While these guys are docile and make awesome advocates for educational events for snakes, they are heavy and pretty strong, so you need assistance for larger individuals.
White's Tree Frogs (Litoria caerulea) are a unique looking critter. They're naturally chubby, blueish-to-grey-to-bright-green in color, and are capable of changing colors depending on temperature and humidity levels. They have little suction cups on the ends of each toe, which allows them to stick to a variety of surfaces. These little dumpy frogs are endemic to northern and eastern Australia and in New Guniea where they are active both nocturnally and diurnally. During the dry season they slather themselves in a big mucousy substance and burrow to keep moist. When it's the wet season, they get water by utilizing the pools of fresh water in leaves and crevices left by rainfall. White's Tree Frogs are bug eaters, and have a diet varied in cockroaches, moths and other insects that cross their paths. In captivity a white's tree frog can live up to 15-16 years! Luckily for this frog, these guys are not on any endangered lists and are pretty common in their native ranges.
The Portland Metro Reptile Expo
Thank you all for attending this show and stopping by our table, even if it was just to say hello! I love hearing from you guys, getting feedback and meeting the people behind the inspiration for my stickers. I met a few good friends from the internet on this show, and lots of people I have come to simply adore. I didn't get many photos with all you friends and followers, but next show I hope to do that! I always forget that I have a camera that I want to use to take pictures with you all. So remind me! I'd love pictures with you! It was so awesome to see you all!
I did get to get a photograph with one of my newest friends Madison. She's fabulous. I adore her. :) So come take pictures with me at upcoming shows! I love love love pictures!
Thanks so much for reading!
Rachel is the owner of HGSS and Geckos on the Beach. She has a big love for all things reptile and amphibian.