Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Animal Wednesday



Forgot to post it. I was trying to make a hydra monster out of Diego and Freida but it just wasn't working for me, so I labeled my frustration and for some reason, that made it work. HAW.

8 comments:

Debra Kay said...

Ok, one thing that is missing is scale...sort of, they are scaley..both these guys can fit in the palm of my hand right now.

They are half dwarf burmese pythons, second generation (two half dwarf parents). Neither parent was over 10 feet.

Freida (the more spotted one) has more of a dwarfish appearance at the moment and she took the dwarf coloring. It will be interesting to see what traits were inherited by each of them.

For retics and burmese, the dwarf form evolved on islands, but they can still interbreed with mainland species and produce fertile offspring.

In some of the dwarf strains, feeding can turn them into smallish not dwarf at all animals, so in working with dwarfs, the first thing you want to do is feed them well and often to make sure the size is genetic.

I also want to test my theory that many burmese are overfed too, which is what makes them sluggish. (It's easy to see there are a lot of overweight burms out there)....so my goal for these guys is two robust (but not fat) healthy and active 10 feet snakes.

It's hard not to think about Tarzan and Molly, my two 1/2 dwarf tiger retics I lost last year. They would have been 2 this year and I would have really enjoyed seeing them. I've seen siblings and they are magnificent creatures....yet manageable in size. I love genetics.

studio lolo said...

Excellent photo collage! I haven't forgotten that pic I want to paint of Freida and the lily. One day I'll just surprise you :)

Debra Kay said...

LOL-that was Ethel--I know all snakes look alike! (I can only tell Lucy and Ethel apart because of their size though...don't tell them).

Teri C said...

OMG they're bacccckkk! This is a pretty amazing collage.

HAW

kj said...

squeal. squeal. you know i can't help it, debra kay. squeal....

:)

Mim said...

I'm halfway between squeal and wow - but wow is winning. lovely collage and such beautiful colors. HAW to you!

soulbrush said...

amazing! although i hate them too, i would so much like to visit and actually see them with someone i trust to explain and show me and teach me about them!

human being said...

it may depend on us and our presuppositions and fears to see things negatively or positively...

love the way you help us to separate from our fears...