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anonymous asked:

What would you tell a complete beginner? I want to get a snake, but I don't know that much. What should I keep in mind?

Hello anon,  good luck with all your snake research!  Finding out as much as you can before getting the animal is probably the most important thing. I can give you a few tips others may want to add if i’ve missed obvious stuff!

1) First consider if you accommodate a snake in your life?  How much space can you dedicate to the adult enclosure? Are you on a tight budget when it comes to equipment costs? Is there an exotics vet near you? Are you prepared to cover these costs? Are you prepared for their long life expectancy?   

2) What do you want out of a snake? I would really recommend looking into species that are easy to feed and care for or species that are slightly more tolerant of the “beginners errors”.  But ultimatley you will be caring for your pet a long time as snakes are long lived. So assess want you want from a snake and get a species that should fit in to this…eg)  Is it important you can handle the snake? Do you mind if they may be bitey as hatchlings? Do you mind if they are known for defensive behaviours? Do you mind if you never see them in the enclosure because they burrow or are nocturnal ? Do you want to be able to observe your snake during the day? 

Once you have an idea of your wants and importantly your limitations when it comes to space and money, 

3)  look into species that fits your wants and will thrive on your budget in the space you can provide. For a first snake I would probably advise to stay away from species that have reputations for being very hard to feed or fragile in captivity (or any very big/giant snakes). But as said above snakes live a long time! Find a species you are excited about keeping. 

4) When you decide on your species, find a good reputable breeder with healthy animals.

**- don’t bring it home until you have the equipment and set up all ready for it-**

Ask people that own the species you are interested in about good breeders, look for reviews on breeders, join species specific face book groups, ask questions about husbandry.  If the species you want is very common in the pet trade you might also consider adopting from a reputable reptile rescue center. Just speak to them and make sure you are getting a healthy animal thats an established feeder as your first snake. Many reptiles do just find their way into rescue by circumstance they are not always problem animals in poor health. Consider if you want a hatchling or an adult. Adults will generally be less fragile to care for and should have an established temperament which is an advantage.


5) Enclosure design! Gosh you will so much conflicting things on enclosure design. “ Too much space is scary for snakes (myth)”   “Tubs are fine forever for x species (they are usually not)” “ All you need is kitchen roll and a water dish and just plug in a heat mat! (no. It’s not that simple and you will always need a thermostat too despite what some keepers may say!)”  

It can be a bit of a mine field of misinformation, especially for people new to snake keeping. Assuming you want your pet to have the best quality of life possible that you can provide - look for tips, advice and inspiration from keepers who’s priority is the same!  (That is often not the large scale for profit breeders that advocate bare minimum husbandry.) 

Look at the natural history and behavioural ecology of the snake you decide on. Does it climb? burrow? bask in the sun? Spend lots of time in water? Is it a very secretive species? How does it hunt: activley or with sit and wait ambush tactics?  Does it come for dry habitat or humid habitats? What kind of micro-climates would it make use of ? Make sure your enclosure provides a comfortable and stimulating environment which allows your animal to express it’s natural behaviours and offers it a variety of choices.  Good enclousure design promotes both mental and physical well-being.  You can read more about why that is so important in this post here: 

 http://rainbowsnakes.tumblr.com/post/119229812584/environmental-enrichment-for-reptiles-what-why  

or other bits and pieces in my “ animal welfare” tag 

Don’t get caught up with just meeting the minimum, go for the best practice!  

Also, worth noting that good enclosure deisgn makes snake keeping soooo much easier. You don’t need to be battling to keep temps and humidity right in a fish tank with a screen lid and a red heat bulb (avoid the hell out of those red bulbs btw).. It adds an unnecessary complication to deal with as a beginner and won’t facilitate good conditions for the snake. (Not to say tanks are always bad for everything of course, they aren’t and can be modified to make good enclosures).  Generally if its your first time setting up an enclosure you will be better off with either a big tub (with the understanding that depending on the tub size and the snake it will outgrow this), plastic caging or a properly sealed wood enclosure.  Some pro’s and con’s in this post here 

 @teleos  post below is also a good starting point for basic enclosure equipment and costs; 

  http://teleos.tumblr.com/post/139609431246/just-for-funsies-lets-price-out-the-best-stuff  

Learn the difference bettween ambient heat and surface basking temperatures , (shown nicely in this guide by  @wheremyscalesslither )

 http://wheremyscalesslither.tumblr.com/post/146329971064/setting-up-your-enclosure-temperatures

Look to understand how this relates to different kinds of heat sources such as using conductive heat sources (heat mats) for basking temps or radiant heat sources ( ceramic heaters, bulbs, radiant heat panels) which can create both basking surfaces and raise ambient temperatures.  The way you heat an enclosure will affect the choices for thermoregulation avalible to the animal and thus how they utilise the space avalible. Shown really nicely by @skies-of-salt pics here. 

  http://skies-of-salt.tumblr.com/post/132730518123/visualizing-the-thermal-gradient-reptiles-are

Learn the basics of how relative humidity (RH) works. (ie warmer air holds more water vapour than cooler air). An enclosure with an RH of 70% at a cooler temp is not the same as an enclosure with a RH 70% at a warmer temp…Thus a snake that needs humid conditions may shed well and remain hydrated in the warmer  one and yet shed poorly and become dehydrated in the other despite the owners reporting their humidity is the same.

look at the different types of thermostats availble and which one is most appropriate for your set up and heat source ( on/ off stats,  pulse proportional stats or dimming thermostats). 

You can look into lighting, which is an often overlooked component of enclosure design when it comes to snake care in particular.   

https://rainbowsnakes.tumblr.com/post/160416002964/my-ball-python-has-got-a-che-do-i-need-a-light-i#notes

This might all sound like i’m overcomplicating things but honestly it will make choosing equipment for your species and personal circumstances easier, and you might be able to stop and question misinformation like  “lights suck moisture out the air”  if you understand those basics. For me, enclosure design is one of the most rewarding and interesting parts of snake keeping!   

6) As a final note : When you have one snake you might well want more!  

If I could go back and tell my past self anything about snake keeping it would be not get carried away with getting the animals I want to own too soon… Set yourself a maximum number of animals you can house according to “best practice” with the space you have and stick to it. 

In all honesty I got slightly swept up in the metric tonne of myths about small enclosures being “ just fine” myself when I first got in to snake keeping.  My snakes current housing is ok but its not as good as I would like it to be…I have plans for big enclosures for all my snakes but maybe if I was to start over I’d have done things differently and have fewer snakes  but get them in their final big enclosures sooner…ya live and learn. 

Good luck with your research. 

Half Past Three

Pairing: Jordan Fisher x Reader 

Warnings: A curse word or two? 

Word Count: 1,286

A/N: I saw this prompt and thought it was cute: “I call you at 3 AM to talk about random stuff when I can’t sleep, and somewhere between ‘Do pandas like rock music’ and ‘Why can’t fish dance,” I ended up admitting that I love you.” Also sorry this took so long to post, life’s just been crazy! I hope y’all like it! :) 

Tagged: @sunriseovertheroomwhereithappens, @icanneverbesatisfied, @jzzyjones, @afalsacientista

You were staying up late studying for your AP US history test you had the next day when your phone buzzed from beside you. Glancing at the disturbance, you saw it was your best friend calling, and decided to answer.

“Can I ask you a question?” Jordan asked before you had the chance to say anything.

“Shoot, but what could be of such importance that you had to call at 3 in the morning?” You asked, leaning back in your chair.

“I couldn’t sleep, lots of things going through my head, like can you tell me why isn’t a banana called yellow if the orange is called orange?”

“Hm, that has nothing to do with the Civil War–I think that’s more of a question for a philosopher, so I’ll get back to you after I get in touch with Plato.”  

“Great! It’s mandatory I find out sooner rather than later.”

“I hope you know I wasn’t being serious.” You said.

“Yeah, I did, thanks anyways, (Y/N). Goodnight!” He hung up after that.

“Weirdo” you muttered, trying to focus back on something about the Emancipation Proclamation, but instead found yourself reminiscing about your friendship with Jordan.

You two met when you were assigned seats next to each other in a middle school music class, and bonded over your mutual love of the subject. While everyone else in the class were impartial to learning scales and music theory, you were both in awe of the concepts. From that one class on, you two were inseparable, hanging out every free moment you had.

Now that high school was coming to a close and college was starting in a few short months, you were glad you had a friend to distract you from the dull test material–even if he was asking a weird question at three in the morning. You just hoped that your friendship would survive the next four years of college.


Sophomore Year of College

While Jordan moved cross-country to LA to pursue acting, you moved to New York to attend NYU Tisch. Two years later, you two still managed to keep in touch, calling and facetiming whenever possible, although the time difference proved to be difficult. Sometimes you would stay up a little later and listen to him vent about a particularly awful date or you would ask him a basic question about music theory.

You were on the verge of falling asleep after a long night of reading for a play, when you heard the unmistakable buzz of your phone, you groggily reached over to stop the relentless vibrating.

“You do know people on the East Coast are asleep at this hour, right?” You grumbled into the receiver, already having an idea of who was calling.

“You still answered me though,” he replied, you could tell he was smirking, “I have a scene for my theater class due tomorrow and needed a distraction. So why not call my best friend? I was wondering if only 5% of the oceans have been explored, why can’t singing and dancing fish be a possibility? Also mermaids too, cause that’ll be sick!”

After all these years he still thought it was appropriate to call you at three in the morning, and out of all things ask about dancing fish? “You and your ‘fish have Little Mermaid tendencies’ theory…mermaids could definitely be a possibility, singing and dancing fish, however? There’s less of a chance. I have an 8am tomorrow, so goodnight, Fisher.” You responded, desperately wanting to go back to sleep.

You hung up without hearing his response, you liked having him come to you with questionable questions, but he needed to find a better time to call you.  


Senior Year of College

“Jordan?”

“You’re still up?” Your best friend asked, surprised.

“Unfortunately,” You sighed, it’s been awhile since your last late night conversation due to the many obligations of senior year with job applications, final projects, and looming adulthood, so it was nice hearing his voice even if it was 3 in the morning, again. “Senior year is kicking my ass with everything happening, so if you’re calling, there could only be one reason: what’s the great profound question tonight?”

“(Y/N), you got this!” He sang. “Though, tonight’s question is do you think panda’s listen to 80’s rock?”

You chuckled despite how stressed you were, “I’m pretty sure if you blast “Livin’ on a Prayer” everyone including furry animals from China would sing along.”

Jordan laughed at your response, which in turn caused you to smile. You missed the sound of his laugh.

When his laughter subsided there was a comfortable silence, it gave you and Jordan a sense of familiarity, just  listening to each other breathe.

You wanted to talk to him longer but needed to finish the final part of your thesis.  

“Hey, I gotta get back-” You started.

“Before you go,” He whispered, “I have one more question.”

“Go on.” You said.

“I love you, (Y/N).”

Of course you’ve said those words to each other before, but this time his words seemed to carry a different weight, it seemed a little uncertain but also confident, timid yet bold at the same time. He loved loved you. You realized after the words sunk in.

The confession still took you by surprise, you never really thought about your best friend, in that way, given the distance and the strict friendship you thought you had. You knew that confessing feelings could complicate things but apparently he was willing to say something that was risky. He was willing to take that chance for you- to be something more than friends. He must’ve been positive of how he felt, given the way he just said it. Before you could respond, you were interrupted by a knock on your door. Who would be knocking at 3 in the morning?

You looked through the peephole to be met with the sight of Jordan, confused you opened the door.

“Shouldn’t you be in LA?” You asked dumbfounded, not fully processing that he was standing in front of you, looking sleep deprived.

“It’s senior week for us so I decided to hop on a direct flight from LA to see you and say what’s been on my mind for the past 4 years.You’re my best friend, but you’re also so much more than that. You’re the only person who listens to me ramble at three in the morning and doesn’t judge me. You were also the only person in our middle school year who was as passionate as me in our music classes. You get me, (Y/N).” He rambled.

After listening to his spiel, you thought back to one of the first times he called you at three in the morning. You remembered you were studying for a test, desperately needing a break, when he had called asking some strange question about bananas and oranges. It had made you feel better, though, you didn’t fully appreciate it at the time. He loved you all these years?

He was always making you laugh or listening to your rants, and just overall being there for you even though your schools were on opposite sides of the United States. You guess it was the little things that showed he thought of you more than a friend.  

“Out of all the crazy things you’ve asked me at three in the morning this might just be the craziest thing you’ve said.” You murmured, pressing a chaste kiss on his lips. “But what I should’ve admitted at first is I love you too, Jordan.”

“I’m just glad after so many years of asking random questions, you finally gave me a straightforward answer to one.” Jordan grinned.

Get To Know Me Tag

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  • Nicknames: T, Puppy, Schneibz, Schneidz and sometimes my brother calls me Tillia (or something and I HATE IT)
  • Gender: Female
  • Star sign: Libra
  • Height: uhhh it was like 1.80-ish cm last time i checkedXD i’m a tall bean^^ My dad is 1.98cm and my uncle is over 2m.
  • Sexuality: Pansexual
  • Hogwarts house: I don’t know and I don’t know why it’s important to knowXD Love the series tho
  • Favourite animal: DOGGOS!! And Blob fish since i am one>< OH and like cute lil animals like tiny tiny sneks (it’s snek not snake!! jeez)
  • Average hours spent sleeping: around 4-6 hours on a weekend on school nights 7-9
  • Dogs or cats: (Look above)
  • Number of blankets I sleep with: 2
  • Dream trip: idk>< Probably a trip where I could meet my internet friends like @atotallyhopelessfujoshi, @lonely-kitten-named-bambi @zicosxnose💖 and @littlessquishy💖
  • Dream job: I have a few but idk. Vet or Nurse, Scientist, Chef, Musician or like work for Jyp, Bighit, Starship, S.m. or like Plan A, just ya know working under one of them.
  • When I made this account: uhh I think it was Jan 28th of this year, so whooo!!
  • Why I made this account: At first it was to just keep up to date on my idols, but then I found out more and more and I got inspired to do edits so I tryed and said hey why not post them so people can see I actually have a life!XD And not only that I was able to learn more about stuff I like and make amazing friends like @zicosxnose and @littlessquishy💖 I MISS YOU ANDY AND MAJOR!! and ummm I also now get noticed by some bigger blogs that I really love and I just go over the moon! So now Tumblr. for me is a home and place where I feel loved and cared for as well as have a small supportive fanbase and i hope to make peoples day:) 
  • # of followers: 33. It’s small but not many people know meXD So it’s like a small family here where people are always welcome, and i’d like to thank those followers for actually liking my stuff and supporting me:) Love you guys💖
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Yoongi; again and again

❝okay the thing about me writing sequels or a follow up story is that i’m afraid i won’t like, meet your expectations but since many some of you wanted it… i guess it’s better than nothing . - . /flings self into the sun 
►2989 words | scenario, college!au, a follow up for stolen words
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Ever since that first day, you have no idea how, when, what you’ve done that managed to stick out in people’s minds because now when you walk down the halls, they’re either giving you approving looks or those pair of eyes that gave off a vibe that they expect something from your or something. Which is why you rarely go down those halls—aha, being here for a month, you’ve traced out all the hidden passage ways that consisted of little people, the ways around the college without needing to bump into faces you don’t want to see and believe you, even on the first day you have listed a few people on your blacklist to avoid for the rest of your life.

Just because.

And that blondie can join in on that list, being the first. His posse isn’t that bad, so you didn’t bother putting them on the imaginary list that only existed in your mind because if someone found that list, fuck no.

Tuesdays were interesting—it had your favorite class, your mornings were free, and you had no roommate to accommodate with or whatsoever—perfect.

The go-to-place that you call yours is somewhere no one goes to, one. Somewhere that it’s quiet, though loud in the early morning sometimes, mostly quiet, two. It’s the rooftop of the dormitory areas, three. Simply because you live on one of the highest floors and it’s just a few minutes-walk which was convenient to begin with. By the time you’ve reached your designated area, you’re flipping out your book to analyze the skylines you’ve memorized since a week or two ago. The outlines and city lines are traced out onto your book and you need a little bit of color to bring it to life. Your eyes take in the image as fast as you possibly could and you never resort to taking pictures because you want the genuine feel—though, not sure how accurate that was, this would suffice. The sun rises and there’s nothing more to anticipate for when the colors are jotted down on the page and by the time you’re about to leave, a figure by the door is blocking your way and fuck, it’s like in the horror movies.

Someone’s going to push you off, your notebook will be beside your head and damn it, it’s going to get ruined by blood.

Fuck, fuck, fuck.

You’re staring at the figure whilst glancing around, wondering what the hell you could use as a weapon until the sunlight passes through the window and you see a blonde streak. With a scoff, you roll your eyes and reach for the door, lunging it open and he stumbles back before swiftly spinning around, bewildered is his expression, chilled is what he’s going for.

Cocky is what he sees, curious is what you truly feel.

“Wow, you couldn’t have knocked before you open the door?” He snaps, huffing and fixing his hair before he shoves his hands into the pockets of his hoodie and you click your tongue, “There’s a wall beside you, ever heard of using that instead?”

You’re pretty sure he catches that glare you give him before you brush past him and just as you’re about to slip through his fingers like the countless of times of passing by in the hallway, he finds the guts to step forward, latching his hand on your wrist, “W-Wait!”

I knew it, I knew it, how did I ever know?

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