popular-pet

Fuck customers. Really. Why do shops need to have people in them?
So I work at a popular pet store and mostly it’s not too bad. But some people man. Some people are just so stupid. We have a ridiculously good returns policy (like really, it’s stupid the things we need to take back), and this family came in today and already I’m thinking oh no here we go cause the Mrs is totally looking down her nose at me.
Long story short the dude wants to exchange a dog harness because his puppy outgrew it. His puppy. His 4 month puppy outgrew his harness. Like no shit! It’s a growing dog! If course you’re gonna go through a few lots of accessories until it’s fully grown! And this was clearly a well used harness too.
So I call down my manager to see what he says on it cause if it was down to me I’d have told him to jog on, but of course he tells me to just exchange it for the bigger size for the guy.
To be fair on my manager though we had a good bitch about people like that together after they were gone. He said himself that he never used to do returns like that until he realized that those kinds of people will just phone and complain to customer services and end up with a sorts of gift cards as well as their return. Still though, you wouldn’t go back to a clothes shop because you got fat or your child got bigger, would you?

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last night i was briefly talking about furbies and agreed that they should be interpreted as miniature, flightless griffins 

‘furbies’ are opportunist desert insectivores that may also eat some plants or carrion. resembling the build of a chinchilla with soft downy feathers and an otherworldly rate of colour mutation. they live in large family burrows and are extremely socially intelligent and vocal, in captivity they will mimic human speech. because of this, their small size, and many morphs, domestic furbies are popular pets but must be kept in at least pairs

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Those eyes…

natgeoVideo by @joelsartore | Palawan leopard cats can be found on Palawan Island in the Philippines. They are about the size of a domestic cat but slightly leaner with distinct black markings on their heads and webbed toes. They’re solitary and spend a lot of their time resting in trees when they aren’t hunting for small mammals, birds and amphibians. They are capable of hybridizing with domestic cats, producing the popular pet breed, bengal cats. Though it’s illegal to hunt leopard cats in many countries including the Philippines, they’re still sold in the pet trade and their parts are distributed for decoration and use traditional ‘medicine’. Leopard cats are wild animals are are absolutely not suitable as household pets.

Why aren’t chickens and pigeons a more popular pet? Why are parrots, an animal which most houses cannot handle, more popular than the domestics? Pigeons and chickens and even ducks are AMAZING pets and really some of the only birds that can thrive in human care? And they’re so smart and they aren’t as dirty as you think and they’re? Good. Lov em.

052-BASTIN [Bastet-Statue]
-Rock
-The Statue Pokemon
-Ability:  Solid Rock/Magic Guard - Sand Force(HA)
-Dex: “This pokemon was adored by ancient royalty, loved by their sculptural figure and exquisite colors, becoming a popular pet among royal houses. This pokemon eyes are made of pure Jade, and are so valuable that graverobbers used to dig this pokemons tombs to sell their eyes on the black market. Selling, purchasing or owning a ‘BASTIN’s Eye’ is a crime.”
-Moveset:
    -Power Gem
    -Copycat
    -Ancient Power
    -Sandstorm

–>Evolves at lvl. 28<–

053-CLEOPANTRA [Cleopatra-Panther]
-Rock/Psychic
-The Guardian Pokemon
-Ability: Solid Rock/Magic Guard  - Sand Force(HA)
-Dex: “This fierce pokemon is regarded as an outstanding guard, thanks to its refined senses, its ability to stand motionless for hours and the ability to jump from its rest into attack in a flash. Their beautiful manes where adored by kings and queens, often imitated by them as elaborated headdresses, and more often than not, royalty would compete on whose CLEOPANTRA’s had the most luscious mane.”
-Moveset:
-Sig. Move: Sphinx’s Riddle “The user will channel the power of its allies with its psychic abilities, using one of its teammates move at random, the riddle is knowing who’s attack is it using. Nevertheless wich move it uses, it will be treated as a psychic move too”
   Type: Psychic
   PP: 15 (max 24)
   Power: –
   Accuracy: –
    -Stone Edge
    -Noble Roar
    -Wide Guard

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The slow loris’ huge eyes and soft fur make it incredibly cute and appealing to humans, but these features also cause people to think the slow loris makes a tempting pet.  The exotic pet trade in slow lorises is now one of the biggest reasons behind their decline.  The little primates are popular pets in Indonesia, and are frequently smuggled out to Japan, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Russia, and even as far as the US to be purchased by unwitting owners.  Many of these “pet” slow lorises have their teeth clipped or pulled in order to neutralise their toxic bites, which risks infection and death for the animal.  It is also difficult for the average person to replicate the loris’ complex diet, meaning that these “pet” lorises are often malnourished and/or obese.  They are also very prone to stress and shock, as well as sensitive to light.  And finally, as slow lorises do not breed well in captivity, almost all of the animals purchased as pets have been taken from the wild.  As many as 95% of these hapless animals will die of infection or improper care.

It should also be noticed that many “cute” behaviours displayed by “pet” slow lorises are actually misinterpretations by humans; the popular video of the slow loris raising its arms to be tickled, for example, most likely is actually a frightened loris displaying its venom glands as a form of defense, not a pet enjoying human attention.

Takaba as a cat...

Following mangakas on Twitter can be an entertaining thing at times because sometimes you get to see what inspires them or what they create while they’re just bored or doodling.. Yamane Ayano sensei is no exception and this time it’s all about cats - which is no surprise considering that she’s always posting pictures of her beloved neko-chans.. 

So, this was the inspiration. A retweet about the origin of organized crime boss cats. We know all too well that a cat is the popular choice of pet for any aspiring crime boss:



I suppose this got her to thinking about her own organized crime boss - Asami Ryuichi-sama! Of course, being a crime boss himself, why not have Asami pose with his own cat? The result - a very sultry-looking Asami with a cat.. complete with pinkie ring for effect! But something wasn’t quite right, which left her wondering “Hmm?”

ん?(´ω`)“:



I’m sure it was then that she realised that rather than having an actual cat, Asami already has a pet of his own! None other than that koneko-chan Takaba - complete with cat ears and a tail! Haha! She knew this was the perfect match since her response with this tweet was “This one!” And I guess it makes perfect sense since Takaba is the neko in this relationship, with Asami being the tachi!

これか!/(^o^)\“:



It’s nice when mangakas have fun with their creations and it’s even better when they share it with us! And I’m sure Asami would have no problem keeping this particular cat with him forever…

Source: https://twitter.com/yamaneayano

How to tame your hedgehog

African pygmy hedgehogs are becoming more popular as pets and with this rises the question on how to handle them. A quick glance at hedgehog fora and Facebook groups shows threads and posts titled “my hedgehog doesn’t like me” or “my hedgehog hates me”, “anti-social hedgehog”, “very angry hedgehog” and so on.

In order to understand the behaviour of our pets we have to look at the animal itself. What kind of animal is the hedgehog?

First off, hedgehogs do not “hate” people, nor are they “angry”. They are physically incapable of feeling such a human emotion. When handling hedgehogs we need to be careful not to project our own emotions and feelings onto the animal; this does not help us understand the needs of our pets. Instead, we need to go back to the root of it all: the natural instincts and behaviour of the hedgehog.

African pygmy hedgehogs (Atelerix albiventris) became more widely available to the exotic pet trade around the late 80′s/early 90′s in the US (and a decade or more later to other parts of the world). This isn’t that long ago. We need to realize our pet hedgehogs are not fully domesticated yet - in fact, they’re basically still the same (behaviour-wise, at least) as their wild cousins. I have seen wild caught animals which were more “social” than captive bred ones, and the other way around. This is also why I chose the word tame for the title of this post. While they might be captive born, our pets are still quite wild.
We cannot compare hedgehogs to animals we share an extensive, sometimes thousands of years old relationship with. But besides that, hedgehogs will most likely never become like a dog or a guinea pig simply because certain behavioural treats are not in their nature.
Learning how to handle your hedgehog starts with having the right expectations of its behaviour.

Hedgehog behaviour

Hedgehogs are relatively small prey animals. They are nocturnal, spend the nights foraging for food and sleep in their burrows during the day.
They are solitary animals and only come together to mate.
They are not aggressive by nature but have a marvellous defence instead: thousands of sharp quills. When threatened, they roll into a tight ball and wait until the predator has left (or in rare cases, fight, but only if they’re forced to).

So what does this mean for someone who has a pet hedgehog? 

1. Do not expect a similar bond as with e.g. a dog. Dogs are social animals that were bred from an animal that lives in packs. Hedgehogs are solitary. They are not social by nature. They do not need you and while they might get used to you being around, you’re mainly the Food Bringer and the Warm Thing To Sleep On but little more. There will not be much interaction. Your hedgehog will not come up to you when you call its name nor will it “love” you as its owner, simply because it can’t.

2. Being defensive prey animals, you can seem threatening to them. Balling up is an automatic response to a possible threat. This is totally normal hedgehog behaviour.

3. Since they’re nocturnal all they want to do during the day is sleep, not interact with you. And they do not interact or play the way some other mammals do. Most of the time you’re spending together will consist of the hedgehog either running around and doing stuff on its own, or sleeping on your lap.

These things are all very important in helping you understand the behaviour of your hedgehog. There are reasons your hedgehog is displaying these behaviours and if you know those reasons, you can use them to make your hedgehog feel more comfortable around you.
Arguably, other than looking cute hedgehogs don’t really have much going for them when it comes to being what most people think of as a “good pet”. They are definitely not suitable for everyone, but if they’re your type of pet they can be very interesting and wonderful animals to have!

Tips on handling/taming your hedgehog

Before I start I’d like to point out that every hedgehog is different and there’s not just one right way when it comes to handling. This is how I do it, coming from my experience with captive bred and wild caught (as well as actual wild hedgehogs) and from well socialized to not socialized at all. Besides the socialization of hoglets by the breeder, character plays a major part in hedgehog behaviour. Some hedgehogs seem to be naturally social and more open towards interaction (or at least let you interact with them) while others will remain more defensive for their entire lives.
The key with hedgehogs is patience. Do not expect a hedgehog to stop huffing and balling up within a week. If you just got a hedgehog it will need to get used to its new environment and owner, which takes time. How much time varies. Some will get used to you within a few weeks, others take months.
“Used to you” is also relative, as this doesn’t necessarily mean your hedgehog will stop balling up or quit huffing at you entirely - that’s very unlikely, since this is normal hedgehog behaviour.

Hedgehogs have bad eyesight and rely mainly on their excellent noses. You can make use of this by giving your hedgehog an old, worn t-shirt which has your scent on it. Alternatively, if you don’t have an old shirt, you can sleep with a piece of fleece in your bed for a day or two and give that to your hedgehog.
By putting this in the enclosure for the hedgehog to sleep in it will get more used to your scent.

The more you handle your hedgehog, the faster it’ll get used to handling. Don’t be afraid to handle your hedgehog; use your bare hands or a piece of fleece but no (leather) gloves, because then your hedgehog won’t be able to smell you properly. Do not reward unwanted behaviour (such as biting or extensive huffing/clicking) by putting the hedgehog back into its enclosure. Instead, enforce positive behaviour, e.g. by offering treats like live insects (I always use tongs so they do not mistake my hands for food).

Some people prefer a more “manhandling” way when handling hedgehogs, I personally don’t really like this for most hedgehogs but it’s a thin line: after all, you’re always forcing your pet to be with you when you get it out. If a hedgehog clearly shows it doesn’t like to be petted on the quills, I don’t go on petting it that way. But I don’t put it back either. Instead, I try to search for a way of handling with which this particular hedgehog is more comfortable right now. And yes, sometimes you have to do something they don’t particularly like, but be sure to reward positive behaviours - you don’t always need to reward with food, but it could also be simply “releasing pressure” (like giving them some space for themselves for a bit instead of continuously petting them, for example).
Handling should be seen in a very broad sense. Some hedgehogs prefer to sleep when out while others are active explorers. Try to adjust your ways of handling accordingly.
Because hedgehogs are nocturnal, some do much better when you take them out in the evening and/or when there’s dim lightning in the room.

When I have a new hedgehog which isn’t well socialized or simply has to get used to me and its new surroundings first I like to start by having it explore the (hedgehog safe) room or play area. I sit down on the ground and let the hedgehog do its own thing. If it likes to explore it can explore, if it likes to sleep it can sleep on my lap (most hedgehogs don’t like to sleep out in the open so a fleece bonding bag works great for this).
In the following days I will start to move around more. First still in a sitting position, then walking around, so the hedgehog gets used to my movements and me simply being there without me really interacting with it directly. You can do this both when the hedgehog is exploring or in its cuddle bag on you lap. For many hedgehogs it’s a combination of the two, some explore time and then back to sleep (especially during the day).
Depending on how much time I feel the hedgehog needs I keep repeating this for the following days or even weeks. With some, the slightest movement causes them to raise their quills. Others don’t react at all and could do fine with skipping these steps.

After that I start doing more “hands on” interaction, touching them more, trying to see if they mind petting on the quills or not, or the face, belly etc. Again rewarding wanted behaviour. It’s a constant search for what they really don’t like, what they tolerate, and what I think is necessary for the process. This is something you can’t just know without experience, it’s something you will have to learn and that’s completely fine! And simply being around them, having them sleep on your lap is bonding too. You might not be really doing much but the hedgehog will get used to your presence.
Even if you bought a hedgehog with the intention of not handling it much (which should be fine, as long as it gets enough enrichment from its habitat) handling should be a part of hedgehog ownership. You need to be able to check for injuries, clip the nails, etc. These “medical checks” are part of my handling routine: I hold the feet, check the hedgehog all over including their teeth (if possible). Your vet will thank you for this as well! Even when I have no intention of clipping their nails I still hold their feet, not only to check them over but also to make them comfortable with me holding them, which makes for easier nail clipping.

So it all boils down to this: have lots of patience, take small steps, and don’t have expectations a hedgehog simply cannot live up to. Accept that some hedgehogs, even with extensive handling, will never be “cuddly” simply because that’s how they are. All those hedgehogs you see on the internet, the ones that are getting belly rubs and petted while looking extremely chill: these are not the majority. This is rare. And even if you see a hedgehog that tame, remember there’s a lot you’re not seeing: possibly many weeks, months or even years working towards that moment, and it still is just a few minutes out of the hedgehog’s life. They don’t show you the times the hedgehog is huffing and clicking and balling up. Don’t feel bad if yours is, be open and willing to learn about hedgehog behaviour and never stop asking questions. And most importantly, listen to your hedgehog by watching its body language, because that’s going to tell you more about your hedgehog than my posts about general hedgehog behaviour ever could!

“Hey, wanna see a Pixie Frog?” I ask

“Sure,” you say, holding out your hands

I plop this into your arms.

“hold him like a baby, he’s heavy” I instruct you

“what,” you mutter “the fuck.”

congratulations, you have  been forcibly introduced to the African Bullfrog, also 

known in pet-owner circles as the Pixie Frog.

look at his little hands!

while they are indeed adorable, the nickname actually derives from the scientific name of the species (pyxicephalus adspersus), and not any positive qualities they possess. 

hoo boy they don’t have many of those, lemme tell you

found throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa, the Pixie Frog lives in wet areas where they eat pretty much anything they can fit into those ginormous mouths. (this includes fish, other frogs, bugs, snakes, lizards, other frogs, rodents, unattentive birds, other frogs, and probably you too if you hold still long enough)

this is a creature born with neither fear nor conscience

and it’s no idle threat either, because Pixie Frogs can grow to 10 inches long, which is well within ‘unreasonably huge’ for an amphibian. also, unlike most frogs, Pixie Frogs have fucking teeth

ALL THE BETTER TO EAT YOU WITH, MY DEARRRRR

in spite of all of this, Pixie Frogs remain popular pet animals, possibly because they will allow you to pick them up and carry them around like a newborn.

and we can respect that.

she has four of them and they’re named after her grandchildren

just, you know, make sure you count your fingers after you hold one.

No, your cat is not tricking you or setting a trap for you. You’re just misreading what she’s trying to communicate.

Basically, there are two ways that cats bond with their colonymates (and if you own a cat, you count as a colonymate): grooming, and play. Grooming is self-explanatory; play mostly means wrestling, because cats are hardcore like that.

A cat who wishes to engage in bonding - whether grooming or play - is going to do one of two things: either she’s going to initiate bonding, or she’s going to solicit bonding. A cat who wants to initiate bonding will just walk up and start licking or wrestling with you; conversely, a cat who wants to solicit bonding will indicate, in some fashion, that she wants you to be the one to start grooming or playing with her.

Now, here’s the trick: because play for a cat typically means play-fighting, one of the most common ways for a cat to solicit play is to deliberately adopt a vulnerable position, thereby communicating that her prospective partner should mock-attack her in order to begin a wrestling match.

Sound familiar?

Basically, if your cat rolls over onto her back and looks at you really expectantly, like she’s anticipating some action on your part, and you go in for a belly rub and get your hand shredded, it’s not a kitty prank. Rather, you misinterpreted a solicitation for play as a solicitation for grooming.

You’ll save yourself a lot of blood loss if you learn to tell the difference!

(It’s possible to teach a cat how to roughhouse with a human partner without causing injury, but it takes work. If you aren’t able to put in that kind of training time, it’s usually best to redirect to a different form of play when you recognise that your cat is trying to get a wrestling match going; a game of chase is a popular alternative.)

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A banded bullfrog [known in the pet industry as the chubby frog, kaloula pulchra] peeks over some leaves on the forest floor. These frogs are very common in southern Asia as well as China, and make popular pets due to their cute appearances and ease of care. They typically breed during monsoon season, and their call is often compared to the bellowing of cattle, hence the term “bullfrog.” Images by 何 彬宏.

Pokemon Headcanons

Hey, sorry if this somehow contradicts canon, I’m just being silly here.

  • Trainers are legally obligated to fill in the hole in their Shedinja’s back after evolution. Pokemon Centers hand Shedinja plugs out for little to no cost in areas where Nincada are common. They’re more expensive in other regions, however. Generally, Shedinja are harmless, but there are a few of them that get a little soul-sucky. So it’s just better to be safe than sorry.
  • Luvdisc are often given as pets to very young children, because they’re very harmless, docile pokemon. Magikarp were once popular pets, but the threat of evolution was just enough to make it a bad idea for most children. Luvdisc never evolve and generally suck at everything, plus they’re very cute. So they’re sold like goldfish are in our world.
  • People have been known to huff the fumes Musharna release to get high, as the fumes are essentially hallucinogenic dream inducing smoke. It’s rather harmless, all things considered. Although people have been known to hallucinate for longer than would be considered healthy, and when you stumble into the Pokemon Center high as a kite, you’re most likely going to be mocked remorselessly while you ramble aimlessly.
  • The Vanilluxe family was actually the origin of ice cream, when people started making cold creamy treats, they modeled them after them, calling them Icy Vanilluxe Cream. Eventually, it was shortened to ice cream, and named the first flavor Vanilla. So in the pokemon world, Vanilla was named after Vanilluxe and not the other way around.
  • Charmander trainers are recommended to cover their Charmander’s tails to keep them from going out. Most trainers use a specifically sold cover that lets in air and keeps water out. During contests, it’s usually taken off, because the covers aren’t very aesthetically pleasing.
  • Mr. Mime’s inspired people, and the art of miming was learned by mimicking the Pokemon.
  • Loudred can be used as speakers if taught to. They can imitate almost any noise, much like a lyrebird.
  • Loudred owners are required to muzzle their Pokemon when in populated areas. This has not stopped complete asshats from using Loudred to blast party music illegally. This is a big problem in some Hoenn cities. Please stop using Loudred to blast party music, you already have speakers, you fucking assheads.The damage from these Loudred parties are often massive. Not to mention busting hearing aids in a blockwide radius.

ok tumblr… time to get serious. with the sudden rise in popularity of pet clowns i think it’s important to remind you all that clowns are WILD BEINGS. they’re not meant to be inside a house all day! they need to be free OR live in good hilarious conditions that ensure their survival, such as a circus or a birthday party, but if you really must have one, and i cannot believe i HAVE to say this, then make sure to give your clown PROPER care! i see so many people here just not giving their jesters the nutrition or entertainment they need. like, you keep a clown captive just for show, only so you can let it d i e? they are NOT toys! so please check online resources on clown care before you adopt one jfc

These early rodent fakemon were commissioned by kyurem2424 (dA) and are based off his own designs.

Guindent (Normal)
#013 - A common sight in grassy plains, these social Pokemon live in small communities called herds, where there is safety in numbers. Relatively harmless, they are easy prey to certain quick Pokemon, whom they can’t outrun. They are a popular “pet” Pokemon, due to their calm and affectionate temperament, though trainers are encouraged to capture more than one, as they get lonely without other members of their herd.  

Guineadillo (Normal/Rock)
#014 - An early life being prey to many other Pokemon has caused it to develop sturdy, rocky armor for protection. If threatened, they can roll up in a ball, shielding their soft underside. When certain predators learned how to break the armor, these Pokemon adapted by learning to outrun them by rolling away quickly. If they chip or break their armor by colliding into things, a new rocky plate grows in even stronger.

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*rises this art meme from the grave* WOO ALOLAN VULPIX VARIATIONS because WHY NOT i was thinking of mint flavours idk
Peppermint: Named for the green tint to its fur and the “leaves” on its neck. Smells minty fresh because of its habit of rolling in a certain plant.
Cinnamint: The result of breeding Kanto and Alolan Vulpixes. (Vulpixii?) Its body temperature is higher than other Vulpix, so the frost formed on its fur slowly melts into dewy snow. Its face looks “sharp” in comparison to other variants.
Ice Cream: The “Cat-Fanciers” version of a Vulpix. He fancy. The “sprinkles” on its fur are actually multicoloured ice crystals on closer inspection. Longer and more slender than other variants.
Candy Cane: With its festive colours, rosy cheeks and “stockings”, it becomes a mascot during the holidays. Its smaller, rounder ears and eyes give it a baby face, making it a popular pet.

My Pantheon of Children

Artemis

Named after the greek goddess of the hunt, she’s an 8 month hold ferret. True to her namesake, she’s an accomplished mouser, and loves to hoard toy arrows! She also loves to steal my wallet and hide it under the tv. She’s got a cautious yet adventurous personality; she’ll look before she leaps but once she leaps she’ll go as high and far as she can. Her favorite game to play with me is tag. 

Apollo

Named after the greek god of prophesy and the goddess Artemis’s twin brother. 8 months old and the perfect foil to his sister. He’s a rolly-polly cuddle bug, super chill and relaxed. He loves nothing more than to find something crinkly to chew on and box to play in. Together they love to wrestle and play tag. He also likes to just flatten himself out like a pancake and take in the scenery. 

Chloris and Boreas 

Chloris, the green one, is named after the Greek nymph who represented spring and flowers, her name means ‘greenish yellow’. She was a foundling and not very trusting.  She’s missing a few fail feathers, but whether that’s from her old home or from being outside, I have no clue. Budgies are social birds, so I got her a friend, Boreas. He’s named after the Greek personification of the north wind. He’s a little more trusting and brave.  Their wings have been clipped but they’re getting stronger every day and hopefully once they molt we can work on some flight time! 

Peneus

Probably my post popular pet after that one post took off. He was once the last betta in the store because he was dully and ugly. I overheard a woman saying she was going to purchase him and keep him in a mason jar, promptly lied and pretended I’d already planned to get himself. It worked and now I’m sold on proper betta husbandry. He’s named after the Greek river god, and his favorite thing to do is to hide in his ironically placed mason jar hide and try to fight the moss ball in his tank. I *think* he’s a rose tail, but who knows. 

Hades

Hades is foundling ball python, about two months old, and named after the Greek god of the underworld. Apparently he’s a butterball morph, and I feel like that more or less describes his personality. He’s an easy-going snake who likes to sit back (or, rather, stand up) and observe the world around him. He’s a voracious eater and has never missed a meal or a strike! His favorite thing to do is stretch out in his tank in the evenings and watch what’s going on in the living room. 

Helios

The Brazilian rainbow boa, about two years old. Named after the Greek personification of the sun. He’s quite a long little noodle, even at 2 year old! I haven’t been able to measure him, but at 435 grams, he’s about four times as big as Hades. The rainbow effect comes from the way his scales form a prism and reflect light. He’s a very good eater so far (he’s a new addition!) and he lives to burrow into his substrate and hide. 

Charon

Named after the ferryman of the river styx, this rosy boa is my smallest snek. The care sheets about rosy boas say they’re very slow moving snakes. LIES! This dude is inquisitive as all get out, and can’t hold still to save his life once he’s out of his tank. Once in his tank he likes to burrow into the substrate completely hiding his body, except his little nose poking out.