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I am female, 22 years old, and have an addiction to reptiles and video games.
I think my “daughter of two psychologists” came out in that replyidk it really bothers me when people chew on each others asses first thing instead of just being civil human beings
and this happens on many forum sites as well, not just on tumblr.
Getting angry at someone’s ignorance first thing isn’t going to help anything. It’s going to make them not want to listen to you.
TBH thefrecklebum does it very nicely. I’ve learned to “tone down” my arguments because of her sincere replies to people’s ignorance. She’s also super nice to talk to.
but idk if someone is like “it’s just an animal” or willfully ignore all the information given, then that is when I get angry.
Like for real I don’t even feel like I was super rude in my response but you see this every time someone gets called on their animal abuse: they either go absolutely nuclear and start acting like people care too much, or they start talking down to you like the fate of their animals relies on you baby talking them.
The victim here isn’t stickyfrogs of the oh so meanie-rude Skink, it’s the fish in stickyfrog’s care.
I get heavy because I try to drive home severity and urgency. I didn’t throw any personal insults, and I shouldn’t have to doll up an explanation of abuse to an abuser. The second someone goes “lemme police ur tone or i refuse to be less than ignorant” is the second you know they value protecting their own delicate feelings more than changing behavior that is hurting and slowly killing another living thing. After all, they act like they’re the ones under fire, not their care.
Reading your response it actually sounded kind of aggressive. I honestly would feel very put off by that if it were directed at me.
Aggressive responses are what keep people from not wanting to do what you’re asking/telling them to do. They feel put off, insulted, and irritated. If they weren’t going to listen to you before, they sure as hell won’t do it now. Just because you didn’t mean it as personal, does not mean they won’t take it personally.
It may not come off as mean/rude to you, but if this “i’m insulted!” thing has happened more than once, then it is how you type things that is leading to this “insulted” feeling that others are getting.
Instead of an aggressive response, maybe try teaching without using caps? Caps is generally a sign of aggression when not used in a humorous/excited way. You’re angry, we get that, they need to take better care of their fish, but TYPING IN CAPS IS NOT REALLY A WAY TO SOLVE THAT. SEE. IT APPEARS AS THOUGH I AM YELLING AND SUPER ANGRY BUT I’M ACTUALLY NOT RIGHT NOW I’M PRETTY CALM TO BE HONEST. COULD GO FOR SOME COFFEE.
Bolding or italicizing doesn’t give the same “yelling” effect as caps do. It emphasizes your point, but it does not look as aggressive.
You also can’t expect everyone to take top notch care of their animals. Should they? Most definitely! But we should be teaching people how to take better care of their animals, not chewing their ass off for it. Ignorance is something that happens often, but you cannot expect every single animal owner to know all the information you do.
A little respect for people goes a long way. If you don’t give any respect, absolutely do not expect any respect back.
I honestly don’t sugar coat things when people are doing something wrong. I give information, use resources, and type in a rather calm manner so it doesn’t sound like I’m attacking them.
But seeing as they see the fish as little more than petty decoration, I can see why you are angry. Rightfully so! Jumping down their throat is not really going to help the situation.
But if they keep going on about how “fish don’t have feelings” or “they are just fish!” or some other ugly bullshit, get angry! They obviously don’t care about animals, just the ones that seem “important” to them. They should not own animals if they aren’t going to take care of all of them properly.
Idk that’s just my 2 cents I honestly hate drama and I hate seeing people get yelled at first thing. I usually attempt education first, get angry second.
Sorry for the wall of text, pfftt.
SO I WAS TRYING TO STUDY FOR MY MIDTERM AND GOT DISTRACTED BY LOOKING AT TARANTULAS
OBT’S SOMETIMES HAVE FACES ON THEIR BUTTS/ABDOMENS WHATEVER I CALL THEM BUTTS BIG SPIDER BUTTS
and I think it’s really entertaining
I really hope Baird grows up to have a smiley face on his butt that would be the best thing ever
LIVE SHEET MOSS FROM JOSH’S FROGS. IT SMELLS SO GOOD.
I GOT TO HOLD LIKE, 6 BALL PYTHONS AT ONCE TODAY. IT WAS GLORIOUS. I WAS SO HAPPY.
It was literally a “why can’t I hold all these pythons” moment I was just smothered.
Some family had their landlord be a dick and say no more snakes and told them he’d kick them out if the snakes weren’t gone by morning so they brought like, 15-20 ball pythons to the store to have them boarded until they can get their landlord to not be a dick/move somewhere else.
They were so well cared for too ;; their scales were so shiny, they were well fed, very friendly, curious, ugh I felt so bad for them. I just wanted to bolt from the store with the lesser female they had.
the amount of times I have typed “pythong” instead of python lately is really ridiculous
Edward and Jeremy both got moist hides since they keep getting shed stuck and neither of them like to be handled. Jeremy also got a cage clean and reorganize. I like to move things around a bit once a month or so so he doesn’t get bored.
Names are written on all cages in dry erase marker so my mom knows who is who.
[carefully makes plans for the rocky mountain reptile expo in may]
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EVERYONE NEEDS TO CONTACT THE GOVERNOR AND VOICE YOUR OPINION!!!
Tell him why he should veto this bill! Every pet owner needs to be concerned about this!
Any snake that reaches 6 feet will be banned! Most if not all boas and pythons WILL BE ILLEGAL TO OWN!All rear-fanged venomous snakes will be banned, aka NO HOGNOSE SNAKES!They can add any animal to this list at any time with no public vote!!!!
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Comment to the governor:
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nope, basking is uva. uvb is basically an artificial sunlight, no heat output, lots of uv ray output
Yes, mercury vapor bulbs give off both heat and UVB, but not much is known about how efficient they are. I own two of them.
some Mercury vapor bulbs have been known to cause eye problems though so I stay clear of them and any lights made by zilla or reptiglo since almost all of them have been known to cause eye problems. They also cannot be thrown out like regular lights, so you should take them to a facility that will get rid of them for you safely. [most hardware stores will do this]
I use a Reptisun 10.0 and a 100 watt ceramic heat emitter. Though with tiberius new cage, I could probably cut down to a 60watt che.
Idk I like having the ability to turn off their lights at night so that’s why I have the tube for UVB and the CHE for heat.
I’ll need some more information before I could suggest what exactly is wrong :)
Scratching at the glass (to me) suggests that the conditions within his enclosure aren’t ideal/perfect. Could you submit some photos of your setup and more info on temperatures and such? Has anything changed recently?
Off the top of my head his diet sounds quite sugar rich, perhaps try feeding less banana and strawberries (blueberries are good) and don’t bother with lettuce if it is iceberg lettuce as it is primarily water. Maybe try feeding leafy greens such as dandelion leaves (as long as they are pesticide free), bok choy and grated carrot?
Lettuce can seriously screw beardies up. I never feed it.
This is a great nutrition guide and it’s what I use for my feedings. A good majority of the people on beardeddragons.org will recommend this.
If it is a bearded dragon under a year old, greens should still be offered but insects should be a main part of the diet. NOT superworms or mealworms. They are like, 99% chitin and crap in nutrition. Superworms should not be fed to beardies under two years of age for impaction reasons. [honestly, crickets and roaches are the best, silkworms if you can get them are even better.]
Adult beardies should have access to fresh green food every day. I feed mine a bit in the morning, and a bit in the evening. Beardies should not be fed 2 hours before lights out because they don’t digest well if they aren’t really active and it can lead to gross/runny stool. Adult beardies should get insects 2 or 3 times a week, as many as they can eat in 15 minutes.
These are great staple foods for beardies and should be fed daily. Mix and match them throughout the week so they don’t get bored. I chop mine up pretty good and follow the “don’t feed anything bigger than the width between the eyes” with anything that’s not a green.
These can be fed as occasionally once a week, add it to their mix! It keeps them from getting bored and can help their colors pop!
These are QUESTIONABLE items, which you probably shouldn’t feed. bolded items should never be fed to a bearded dragon, they are poisonous or just really bad for them.
I hope this helps!
Glassdancing is usually an issue with the enclosure. Or they just want you to take them out! Tiberius scratches at her glass when she wants attention.