new critters

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Lazuli… Cobalt Blue tarantula…wee sweet little baby… he’s not really blue yet… if he’s a he, he will probably be a bit bland in color but if he is a she, she will become quite gorgeous. He, I’m just using that moniker because he has proven to be kind of a snotty little he type person, has already tried to be vicious, running like lightening to escape his lovingly appointed tank then rearing up to show us his itty bitty teeth… was hard not to giggle at his tininess, he is after all about the size of a dime… Granted I guess I would be a bit of a snot too if my shipping container had been thrown quite unceremoniously onto the porch by the jerky Fed Ex guy… He arrived with a dull thud on September 5th 2014

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Oliver with his new not-a-Chihuahua-Russian Tortoise, Rafael. Yes named after the Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtle with the purple headband and knifey deals… I’m not totally up on the TMNT craziness. Rafael is less than a year old, may grow to 10 inches long and could live up to 55 years. So far he really likes violets, blue berries and freshly mown grass. Over the winter we will be growing a patch of grass and clover for him downstairs with us… he resides in a wading pool under Oliver’s loft bed. He runs little tortoise laps in circles around his water dish. He was acquired on September 6th… just because he was there…


silly Shamus

Shamus having a few silly moments with his blanket.  Don’t tell Olivia though, she thinks it’s still hers in spite of the spit, tooth marks and Shamus funky smell to it now.

Habeeb Shamus

Sprawled on the floor Shamus

Tongue Shamus

Yoga Shamus

October 27th 2013

a couple reptilian sweeties


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looking up at me…what…no food?!? Be gone human! She’s about 8 years old now…a blue tongued skink bred and born right here in the frozen North although her ancestors are from Australia. May 20th 2013



500 minerva skitter 5-21-13

skittering across the wall of her tank.  Minerva is my freshly adopted Tokay Gecko.  She’s not known for being the most hospitable of geckos but she is lovely! May 21st 2013


A little early morning tummy time

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for Minerva basking in the glow of the early news as well as her black heat lamp. She squeaks like an angry rubber duck when she’s mad…I won’t be going out of my way to upset her. May 21st 2013



500 Minerva-Mighty Mouth peek 5-20-13

peeking from behind her water dish once the hubbub calmed down after bringing her home.  She watches you move…wonder if way back in her lineage she was a velociraptor…May 20th 2013

Gotta Skink in the Bucket

Helga Hiss A Lot –

Blue Tongued Skink, 8 years old – in the big green bucket while her tank lid was being modified…

modified meaning Jim was using the grinder to remove the latch that Olivia really wanted to impale her little baby head on now that she can pull her self up on things…I figured Helga wouldn’t enjoy the sparks flying and the screaming of metal on metal oh the excitement at our house! September 17th 2012


Sadly my sweet Tiberius the tarantula was found deceased Tuesday morning… 😦 I didn’t even have him a year…

😦 non arachnid loving people can’t understand how someone can become attached to a spider…sigh…I’ve been around spiders all my life heck you probably are within 10 feet of a few right now…My mom had tarantula’s till I was about 8…I’ve had my own tarantulas as soon as I could afford them… RIP Tiberius…

Mind you I’m not blindly replacing one beast with another…my daughter and I were out and about and found Endora…and yes it’s the same gravel well washed…

introducing Endora the Rosy haired tarantula…sex and age unknown (yeah I’m shocked too…well no) with her fuzzy legs spread out she’s about as big as my palm…she likes hanging out on the glass in the corner of her tank…OH yeah sh’s named after that fiery redheaded mom on Bewitched…