If non-bird dinosaurs were alive today, they wouldn’t be seen with nearly as much awe. Sauropods would just mean more traffic as they crossed the interstate. A tyrannosaur would be something you see lazing around in a zoo because they’ve been driven away everywhere else. A dromeosaur would just be another twitchy chirpy featherduster that wakes you up at 5am by singing incessantly right next to your window for hours on end. But this isn’t to say that dinosaurs are lame. This is to say that the animals we have now are awesome, and that we should pay attention to mundane creatures we live with as well as the beasts of far away places and times.
For the longest time I’ve always strictly gone to pet stores for all of my reptile supplies but lately I’ve been finding that it’s just getting too pricey. This morning I needed two 100 watt bulbs and more substrate, and the total would have been $65 at PetSmart. I decided to do some online research instead. Apparently for only $11.49, Home Hardware has large compressed blocks of coconut husk, a substrate I’ve been desperately wanting to try for a while but couldn’t find anywhere other than online. I also found a two pack of 100 watt bulbs for only $5.99, BUT! You’ll always want to buy shatter resistant bulbs and I forgot about that part before I bought these, so keep that in mind. If you have any other hacks (or comments/concerns) please add to this post!