When I am away from the business side of animals I come home to my very quiet, peaceful home which is full of my lifelong passion of..... My all time favorite, super sweet boy D'Argo http://www.chondrosbycathy.com/modules/gallery/albums/album08/aaa.jpg They are so peaceful after being attacked by noise all day long at work from equiment, dogs and the phones too. This is Pele' a truly rare "designer bred" girl... http://www.chondrosbycathy.com/modules/gallery/albums/album34/aae.jpg This one is Rupert, designer bred for his "blue" genetics.... http://www.chondrosbycathy.com/modules/gallery/albums/album14/aaa.jpg This one is also designer blue bred, but named Puzzle, we don't know how it's going to look when he/she grows up!! http://www.chondrosbycathy.com/modules/gallery/albums/album27/aab.jpg and this is Snapdragon or "Snap".. she displays all that mother nature has to share in her natural glory. She is the only "import" baby I own that came straight from breeding farms in Indonesia. http://www.chondrosbycathy.com/modules/gallery/albums/album21/aaf.jpg I am passionate about raising these beautiful animals.... in the case of reptiles and rare species across the planet it is a good thing when the private pet trade/breeders attempt to create a captive born supply hoping to take some of the pressure off of the native habitats which are being decimated by the pet trade industry. It would be a joy to one day have to start jumping on the reptile breeders asking them to slow down as the supply has finally caught up with the need/desire for these exotic animals. I just wanted to share this other side of me.... these are simply beautiful animals and suit my desire to finally "breed" animals responsibly with my childhood love of romping through the riverbed looking for "critters" of all sorts! I think snakes are the most misunderstood animals..... lol, you think pitbulls are misunderstood? ;)
Wench, those snakes are gorgeous! How big are they, its hard to tell from the picture. You're very talented at shooting them. Puzzle and D'Argo are my favorites. Many people think snakes are cold and slimy, but they are warm and satiny and if handled frequently, never bite.
Wench.......My son loves snakes. He has since he was a child. He just two new ones. I am thinking Red Tail Boa, but I am probably wrong. The one positive thing I have gotten from his love of snakes is that I am no longer afraid of the common ones I find in my yard. That is a really big improvement for me.
i absolutely love snakes . my dad always tells the story of when i was little he and my mom took us to a place called the pocono snake and animal farm. they were doing a demonstration on how to handle snakes. the guy asked the audience if anyone wanted to handle one of the snakes. out of everyone there, i was the only one who raised their hand. i was about 7 or 8 at the time. none of the adults were brave enough. i love puzzle. she is sooo gorgeous !! i could however never own a snake. i have 1 rule in my house. we are not allowed to have anything that eats live animals or insects. i detest insects and i could never bring myself to put an adorable little mouse or rat into the snakes cage to die. i just couldn't do it. and i have read it is sometimes very hard to get a snake to eat the dead frozen rats.
lalayla..........that is the one thing that I really have a problem with. A snake eating a mouse/rat in a cage is not the same TO ME as a snake catching one in the wild. I have had a lot of discussions with my son about that. He used to raise mice.
cricketmom i agree. i know they eat them and other things in the wild but i personally couldn't do it. you guys would totally laugh if you knew how long it took me not to cry when a lion or leopard downed a gazelle for food. i still have a hard time watching the crocs during the annual wildebeest migrations in africa. :(
Cricketmom: Your son would not like me very much. We once had 1 mouse run into my house and I freaked out. I was ready to pack my bags and move out. I had to cook standing on a chair with one of my kids holding a broom because it would go from the fridge to the stove. I got rid of that mouse, oh yes I did for $125.00 someone came and put mouse poison everywhere in my house and no more mice!
Aisha I am just as scared of rats as I used to be of snakes. Maybe even more so, because they are all over the place. No sense of direction or anything else. My son would laugh at you just like he does me.
Lol! : i would seriously cook on chairs and if I had valium in the house I probably would take the whole bottle. I get so freaked! Snakes are fine as long as they are in an aquarium or something. P.s. You were right should of left Aisha home tonight. Really bad scare!
lalayla: I tried that and other things too. This thing was really smart or something. So this included the removal of the mouse if needed, my husband hates bugs so I can just see him with the mouse. Little tiny grey field mouse had women cooking on counter tops. LOL
When I was a kid, they tore up a parking lot near our house and everybody got overrun with mice. We tried exterminators, but it didn't work, the mice were partying on the stuff. So my Dad bought a bunch of traps and he and my brother put their names on the traps to see who would catch the most mice. They picked their choice of bait and strategic locations. We'd be sitting at dinner and hear a trap go off and both of them would bolt to the basement to see who got one. All in all we caught 27 mice. I forgot who won the contest.
Scout where do you see all of this stuff. I am thinking maybe Animal Planet. Aisha I would be right behind you, or push you off of that chair, and get up there myself. I saw a tiny mouse in my kitchen one day, and I ran outside, got my hunter cat and put him in the cabinet. You have never heard such a noise. Pots and pans going everywhere. I finally got the nerve to open one of the doors and my hunter had the mouse in his mouth. I sure didn't think much about right or wrong with the food chain at that moment. I read a story in the newspaper years ago about a woman that saw a RAT in her kitchen and scream, That RAT jumped into her mouth, and she said she had to put her hand on her throat to keep that RAT from going down. Dear God, I do not know what I would have done.