jennyrage asked:

Financial and/or ethical concerns aside, if you could have any animal as a pet what would it be?

If financials and ethics weren’t a concern I’d create Jurassic park and have a pet spinosaurus.

More realistically, in terms of animals that I’d be comfortable actually owning (cross out crocs because tbh that is too unsafe for me, also a lot of WORK), I’d love a silver arowana someday. I’d need a really big tropical pond though, that can’t be jumped out of… So that would be pretty difficult, but that’s the dream.

My more realistic ultimate pet is a Japanese dragon moray. The only prohibitive thing about them is the initial price tag. Everything else is fine. I am thinking it could be my next moray, but for now Sasha is enough for me. :)

Another really amazing one would be a viper moray (Enchelynassa canina), but the sheer size puts me off and attracts me. 8’ of aggressive eel. Want it, but again it may not be possible due to the size. It would probably also eat my arm and I’d have to consider that too. It has the most impressive set of teeth I’ve ever seen on an animal though. THAT JAW.

I know I didn’t list reptiles, but I already have bloods so I’m pretty happy! I’ll get a white lipped python someday, but that has nothing to do with cost or ethics. I’m just waiting, for some reason.

samsketchbook asked:

What artistic improvements have you made that you are most proud of? / the real question: what pets do you have if any

I think this picture meant a lot to me because I was really struggling with getting that color scheme down for a long time. I’ve also seen my doodle quality just improve over the last 6 months by doing warm ups every day. It gives a nice measurement of how things are going.

This is sort of related, but it relates to being proud of my work or even liking it in the first place:

When I was taking a class, one of the “Get to know the class” assignments was to draw a tree. Any kind of tree, any style, in like 2 minutes. When the professor put them all on the big screen, I was super bummed because it looked like mine had gone missing and wasn’t up there. I couldn’t find it. Oh well. :( But I saw one that really appealed to me, and it was a style that I had been wanting to achieve, it was basically everything I wished my art would be.

I started getting a little sad, as not only was my tree lost, there was this pretty sick looking tree up there making me feel kind of little about my own work.

Then I realized that tree I loved was just my tree turned upside down. No joke this actually happened like 2 years ago. I didn’t recognize my tree for 10 minutes just because the angle was changed.

That was a REALLY significant moment for me just to learn that wow, my art actually looks cool when I don’t know it’s my art? Maybe I’m not that horrible? It changed the way I look at my art, and enabled me to be more proud of it in general. This is where it ties in with the question. I wasn’t proud of my work until the tree happened.

I felt like sharing that because it really helps me put things in perspective, and maybe it will help others too. Every time I am feeling down about my work, I remember that tree. You’re your own worst critic, it is so true.

As far as pets go, I actually have most of them listed on the side of my tumblr lol with their tags. I have 7 snakes, 2 fish, and a bunch of fire red shrimp!

crispysnakes:

Come on folks, there are only a few days left to comment on this!  Deadline is July 24th!  This Thursday!

All Americans who appreciate their freedom to have pets should comment. This may only affect big snake keepers now, but any species could be the next target. The entire pet community is being picked apart as we are not supporting each other in protecting our freedoms. Support your pet and reptile community and comment today! Over 80 million American households have pets. Over five million of those have pet reptiles. There should be tens or hundreds of thousands of comments made against adding additional species to the Constrictor Rule. This needs to be shared! Below are Talking Points, comment links, mailing address, sample letter, FAQ and more. 
Deadline is July 24 (no extension): Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is taking additional comments regarding listing five species of snakes (Boa constrictor, Reticulated python, DeSchauensee’s anaconda, Green anaconda and Beni anaconda) as injurious under the Lacey Act. These species were originally proposed in 2010. If listed, FWS would ban interstate transportation/commerce and importation. Remember to be professional and civil with your comments.
Comments must be submitted at www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FWS-R9-FHC-2008-0015-4570 and clicking Comment Now! in the upper right. You may also comment at www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-R9-FHC-2008-0015-4570.



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Please guys, if you haven’t yet, go visit the site and comment to defend our ability to keep our animals.  If you missed why this is so important to us (and me) last time, it’s this: once added to the Lacey act, these animals cannot be moved or sold across state lines. 


For me, and in time you (you know they’re coming for BPs and smaller exotics next, just look at the bans coming out of West Virginia and the Carolinas), this means:

1.  If you get a job in another state or have to move to another state, you cannot take your pet(s) with you like a responsible owner.
2.  If your vet is across state lines or you have to seek medical attention for your animal across state lines, you can’t take it there.
3.  You can’t ship in or ship out from your state, destroying any chance at a solid business.
4.  Do you travel from state to state doing educational programs with your animals?  Good luck.  You might be able to get a permit for it.  Maybe.  If they’re feeling generous.
5.  Conservation through captive breeding?  Not anymore. 

And if you get caught trying to take your pet or sell your stock over state lines?
1.  Up to $10,000 in fines
2.  Jail time
3.  Congratulations, you are now a felon.

So again, please help us stop this assault on responsible reptile ownership.

Please sign this while you still can!
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crispysnakes:

Come on folks, there are only a few days left to comment on this!  Deadline is July 24th!  This Thursday!

All Americans who appreciate their freedom to have pets should comment. This may only affect big snake keepers now, but any species could be the next target. The entire pet community is being picked apart as we are not supporting each other in protecting our freedoms. Support your pet and reptile community and comment today! Over 80 million American households have pets. Over five million of those have pet reptiles. There should be tens or hundreds of thousands of comments made against adding additional species to the Constrictor Rule. This needs to be shared! Below are Talking Points, comment links, mailing address, sample letter, FAQ and more. 

Deadline is July 24 (no extension): Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is taking additional comments regarding listing five species of snakes (Boa constrictor, Reticulated python, DeSchauensee’s anaconda, Green anaconda and Beni anaconda) as injurious under the Lacey Act. These species were originally proposed in 2010. If listed, FWS would ban interstate transportation/commerce and importation. Remember to be professional and civil with your comments.

Comments must be submitted at www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FWS-R9-FHC-2008-0015-4570 and clicking Comment Now! in the upper right. You may also comment at www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-R9-FHC-2008-0015-4570.
Please guys, if you haven’t yet, go visit the site and comment to defend our ability to keep our animals.  If you missed why this is so important to us (and me) last time, it’s this: once added to the Lacey act, these animals cannot be moved or sold across state lines. 
For me, and in time you (you know they’re coming for BPs and smaller exotics next, just look at the bans coming out of West Virginia and the Carolinas), this means:
1.  If you get a job in another state or have to move to another state, you cannot take your pet(s) with you like a responsible owner.
2.  If your vet is across state lines or you have to seek medical attention for your animal across state lines, you can’t take it there.
3.  You can’t ship in or ship out from your state, destroying any chance at a solid business.
4.  Do you travel from state to state doing educational programs with your animals?  Good luck.  You might be able to get a permit for it.  Maybe.  If they’re feeling generous.
5.  Conservation through captive breeding?  Not anymore. 
And if you get caught trying to take your pet or sell your stock over state lines?
1.  Up to $10,000 in fines
2.  Jail time
3.  Congratulations, you are now a felon.
So again, please help us stop this assault on responsible reptile ownership.

Please sign this while you still can!

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