Animal Realm

A blog for all animal and reptile related posts, stories, jokes, photos.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A comment amidst the spam

Looking through some of the old comments and deleting the ones that were spam I saw a comment that someone left thinking that my husband Peter had written some post. It is doubtful that he wrote it since he hasn't written any posts about snakes. Not ever. lol...

But thank you for the remarks anyway. I need to catch up and do some new posts on animals or reptiles.

Any suggestions are most welcome.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Environment - Sea Census

Some of the world's most unique sea creatures can be seen here courtesy of the

Thanks to the Guardian for sharing this wonderful story.

Monday, August 02, 2010

The post! The post boss!

Finally back to create a post. I will try to post a bit more often but I won't promise anything. :o)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The animals have been waiting.

Now that I have finally sorted out a problem with my blogs I can post again.

This blog is in dire need of a few new posts to liven things up so I shall begin that soon.

I hope you all have a very wonderful holiday and please remember to treat our furry and scaly friends too. I give my mice and gerbils extra special nuts and they seem to love the extra bit of attention. Ginger the cat gets his can of tuna which he loves. Sierra my ball python doesn't get an extra mouse but if she is close to dinner day, I do feed her.

Whatever pets you have, give them a treat or an extra cuddle since it's Christmas for them too.

I shall return with a post soon.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Global antidote for snakebite

Scientists in Melbourne Australia gathered to discuss Global Snake Bite Initiative which will help prevent and treat snake bite. Read the story on Science Daily.

According to the article the number of snake bite victims is staggering and most occur in the poorest countries, many of the victims being children and young adults.

I have long known that the number of bite victims of the Russel's Viper is quite high.

I suspect it is possible that the bite numbers would be higher for that species if more data could be obtained from the outer villages and farms, areas sometimes not included on city reports.

The Russel's viper is only one of the snakes that causes serious injury and death. Check out the important information in the link above on Science Daily site.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Being a responsible snake owner

Something I want to talk about came up for me yesterday morning when Pete and I took Sierra to Colorado State University Veterinarian Hospital to check about a slight lump we saw on her two days ago. The Vet checked her but found nothing.

I don't know whether to be happy or nervous wondering what it may have been. Regardless, I will be watching her to see if it happens again. Of course IBD is an ever present worry...

Anyway, one of the assistants actually had a great idea – she suggested taking a picture of the area if the lump comes up again. That I can certainly do. Anything to help my little buddy.

While we were talking with the Vet Pete mentioned something I hadn't thought about in a couple of years.

We had taken Sierra in to see the Vet in Dallas for her checkup and someone had brought another snake in that had been left alone in a box with a rat that was a potential meal.

What ended up happening was the poor snake was just torn to bits. It was so sad to see such a beautiful snake torn up so badly. I knew it had to be in great pain with all the serious wounds.

I cried – and even my husband talking about it today reminded me of how badly the poor snake was torn up and I cried today too. I tired to shush him but he didn't realize I would remember how badly the snake was injured so he kept telling them about it. I tried not to cry, to think of something else but it just didn't work.

People... it really does not take that much time for a hungry snake to eat a meal. Always stay with your snake until after it begins eating its meal. If you have to go to work, then wait until you get home and then feed it. Put your pet first. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR SNAKE ALONE WITH A POTENTIAL MEAL. Doing so can and has cost many a beautiful snake it's life.

I simply cannot say that often enough. If you truly love your snake and value them as the gorgeous, necessary animals they are, NEVER NEVER LEAVE THEM ALONE WITH A POTENTIAL MEAL. A rat or other prey animal will fight for their life just like anything else will and as is most often the case the snake has no where to retreat for safety.

That very sad incident ended with the snake being put to sleep by two extremely upset professional Veterinarians that both cried when they saw the state of the poor thing. Needless to say they were both very angry as well. Everyone that saw it was upset. However, I did manage to keep my mouth closed until Pete and I left.

It is a very irresponsible person that would let something like that happen to their snake simply because they did not take the time to stay with their pet while it eats.

Take care of your snake. Treat them with the love and respect they deserve. And please remember what I say in regard to venomous snakes – don't keep them and don't handle them.

Love them, protect them, read, study and learn about them then pass that knowledge on to others so we can conserve them.

Catching Up

It is catch up time for me with this blog. I haven't posted anything for sometime now so I figure it's time to get back on track. I think a lot of bloggers go through periods much the same in that you either can't think of a specific subject you want to write about or you feel that what you've been writing about is actually in some strange rut of sorts and seems quite boring.

Still I know there are people that know me that may be reading this thinking...”Kate? Bored with animal and reptile subjects? What's up with that?...” It's not actually the reptiles that I get bored of. It's other bits of life that get in the way of my association with animals and reptiles.

Most of the time when I see a snake I feel that same breathless excitement that hit me the first time I really saw how amazing they were. That feeling has stayed with me since. I don't know if all snake lovers feel that way but I certainly do.

If you read the following post and have anything relevant to add, tell me or show me, please feel free to email me at the address below and let me know. If you have something on another page or site that you would like me to add I can either copy it (with appropriate credits given of course) or simply put a guiding post up for others to follow.

In any case I would love to hear from you all.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Larimer County Search and Rescue

I will have some photos up here soon of some of the dogs owned by Larimer County Search and Rescue here in Colorado.

I hope to gather enough information about them to let people know how very important these dogs are in saving lives here in Colorado.

I'll keep you all posted.