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Okay, so the title is a classic Bait-and-Switch! I didn’t see one snake or scorpion or tarantula… This weekend I went with the kids to their ranch in Duval County, Texas. Although they bought the place several years ago, this was my first visit. My point about the critter boots is that they make everybody who visits wear a pair of snake boots. These are some that Charlie outgrew, but they provide… Read More

I just might be the only old woman who would buy a bison jawbone! (Bison Occidentalis) It is from the Pleistocene period 1,000 to 15,000 years old. Found in the Kansas River Bed, Wyandocotthe County, Kansas. It reminded me of a Viking ship. He appears to have had most of his teeth when he died. They could have used a bit of dental cleaning, I suppose, But so do mine every three… Read More

Sam is a baby Veiled Chameleon. His body is about 3.5 inches long. He is perhaps two months old. I have had Sam for four days. And, I am still trying to figure out what he likes best. In the gallery below, the first photo reveals his displeasure. I was arranging his vegetation, and he didn’t like my hand in his cage. Chameleons are shy creatures who should be housed alone and… Read More

Well, Little Lucy is not gravid. After a weekend of hand-wringing, She was able to see the vet. The good news is that her bone density is superb. She is not egg-bound.   The bad news is that she has calcium deposits in her kidney. As you can see on the radiograph, there is a large area of calcification in her right kidney. When Dr. Beck evacuated the vent, there was a… Read More

Oh, Dear!  I think Little Lucy is gravid (about to lay eggs)! She is exhibiting all the signs of a gravid dragon. Some female dragons who are not bred will lay eggs. Just my luck! Little Lucy began to develop a huge belly some time ago. I asked the breeder, who sells Dubia roaches, if a dragon could be too fat. He assured me that it was harmless as long as she… Read More

Moody Gardens, Galveston, Texas October, 2014 Charlie, you were pushing my wheelchair when I photographed the diver, I think. I had no idea that Mom was standing behind me until I saw the photo! It was so dark in there that I could hardly see through the camera viewfinder. There were some fairly long sharks who swam by this diver. EEEK! I was particularly interested in the group of pregnant seahorses. The… Read More

The Pyramid Rainforest at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas There are many levels of exotic plants and animals and birds on the walk through the pyramid. Charlie, do you remember the butterfly enclosure?  You were walking behind me when you kept telling me to touch one.  I didn’t think you were serious since I never saw a tame butterfly. When I looked back, you really were touching them! I never paid much… Read More

Charlie, you never liked the Bearded Dragons. I remember when we bought the terrarium for Mr. Frog. I suggested that you could use it for a Bearded Dragon when you tired of Mr. Frog. You said, “I wouldn’t touch one of those things!” And you were as good as your word! Big Lucy But, I want to share some simple facts that I’ve learned about Dragons. They have spines on the undersides… Read More

When you are no longer required by civility to answer the phone or the door, When you are no longer required to go out into the world of work, When you can sit and contemplate absolutely nothing, Life is a holiday. A holiday often filled with surprises. A white blur appears in the pergola. A Mother’s Day orchid has blossomed in the early morning light. I race for the camera chuckling to… Read More

Charlie, if you saw a video of an old lady talking to a box of roaches after midnight in her kitchen, which of the following would you think? A.  Eww!  That’s totally disgusting, and in the kitchen, too. B. That old lady is definitely suffering from a serious case of dementia. C. I wonder what animal she’s feeding the roaches to. ♠ Actually, this box is almost empty. I order a thousand… Read More