No REPTILE DYSFUNCTION here … Just CREATIVE ARTS GROUP THURSDAY/FRIDAY

  
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No REPTILE DYSFUNCTION here … Just CREATIVE ARTS GROUP THURSDAY/FRIDAY
 

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Bearded Dragon Lizard

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A. Macarthur
1  author  A. Macarthur    last year

No "Non-Compete" CLAWS either … anything CREATIVE is welcomed!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    last year

Beautiful prints, Mac. Great detail as well.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
1.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    last year

Great photo Mac. Is he your guy?

I live in a turtle preservation area, so we have a box and snappers here. Even have some slidders that made it into the mix.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
1.2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1.2    last year

The box turtle in my photo ventured from the woods behind my backyard and into my backyard ... this was at least a dozen years ago.

I remember putting a small saucer of ripe tomato pieces in front of it ... which it devoured more quickly than one would think possible for a turtle. For the few days he hung around the yard, I referred to him as “Mr. Shelby.”

Hope he still lives in the woods behind my yard.

 
 
 
Old Hermit
1.2.2  Old Hermit  replied to  A. Macarthur @1.2.1    last year
The box turtle in my photo ventured from the woods behind my backyard and into my backyard

Your story reminded me of one from back when I was stationed at Cherry Point NC in the early 70's.

Not as sweet as yours but we thought it pretty funny at the time.

A car full of young Marines were driving back to base one hot Summer afternoon when the driver slowed down after spotting a turtle trying to cross the two lane blacktop we were on,

Well young Richter, a 19 year old PFC fresh off his families ranch in Gonzales Texas, deciders to go all white knight and save the turtle.

We stop and Richter jumps out, grabs what turns out to be a pretty large snapping turtle and tosses him into the passengers side floorboard, jumps back into the car and we take back off.

We didn't make another 30 ft before the car filled up with the most horrendous smell of stagnant swamp water & unwashed turtle. 

Just as we started back up Richter began screaming in terror for us to stop again because that snapper was Hissing, Jumping and trying to Snap his balls off .

The rest of us were laughing our asses off, of course, but pull over we did and Richter scrambled out, reached back into the car grabbed the thing by its shell and tossing him toward a drainage ditch beside the road.

We laughed for days over the adventure but that horrible smell lingered in the car for weeks. ( smile )FrigidObeseCottontail-max-1mb.gifs2O0WkL.gif?noredirect

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sandy-2021492
1.2.4  sandy-2021492  replied to  Old Hermit @1.2.2    last year

The last time I rescued a box turtle that was crossing the road, it peed on me.  Ingrate!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @1    last year

My turtle is bigger than your turtle. LOL

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A. Macarthur
1.3.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.3    last year

We’ll compare turtle tomorrow ... I have a few huge snapping turtles to show.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
1.3.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  A. Macarthur @1.3.1    last year

They get really big, and can remove a finger for you. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.3.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1.3.2    last year

We had one in our creek a few years ago but I think he moved on

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2  Trout Giggles    last year

Is the bearded dragon your pet?

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
2.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Trout Giggles @2    last year

The dragon is actually a resident in a childrens' zoo outside of Philly. In his intimidating way, he's beautiful.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  A. Macarthur @2.1    last year

I always thought they were fascinating creatures.

 
 
 
Old Hermit
3  Old Hermit    last year

Say Hello to my little friend!

Little dude comes around quite a bit but I don't mind since he helps control the mouse population around the cabin. 

Even found one of his shed skins up in the attic last time I was up there, (bout a decade back).

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Trout Giggles
3.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Old Hermit @3    last year

What kind of snake is that?

 
 
 
The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen"
3.1.1  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen"  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1    last year

It's a hermit snake.

 
 
 
Old Hermit
3.1.2  Old Hermit  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1    last year
What kind of snake is that?

I've always thought of him as a "Rat Snake" , but that's just an assumption on my part.  Someone might come along and set me straight. ( smile )

Rat snake images.

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Old Hermit
3.1.3  Old Hermit  replied to  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen" @3.1.1    last year
It's a hermit snake.

HA!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.1.4  Trout Giggles  replied to  Old Hermit @3.1.2    last year

I thought it might be a rat snake, but I'm not well versed on snakes

 
 
 
XDm9mm
3.1.5  XDm9mm  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1.4    last year
I thought it might be a rat snake, but I'm not well versed on snakes

It's hard to tell from photos.  It could be a rat snake, or it could be a black racer.  They're pretty similar in appearance.

But, they're harmless and actually as noted above can be quite helpful.  They keep the rodent population down.

 
 
 
It Is ME
3.2  It Is ME  replied to  Old Hermit @3    last year

I'd shit my pants while I was running to get a 20 ft. pole. 

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10 Ft. would be waaaaaaay too short !

 
 
 
Ender
3.3  Ender  replied to  Old Hermit @3    last year

Ack. A little close for my comfort level.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.3.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @3.3    last year

Non-venomous and I have an agreement....they go on their varmint hunting mission and I will try my very best to stay out of their way.

If Mr Giggles sees a king snake in the yard he picks it up by the tail and plays with it

 
 
 
Ender
3.3.2  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.3.1    last year

I have gotten about three turtles in the yard. Box turtles I believe. Luckily have never seen a snake.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.3.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @3.3.2    last year

It's almost time for our box turtles to start mating. They make a screechy little noise when they're looking for a girlfriend. Mr Giggles took a photo of two mating...they were at it All. Day. Long.

 
 
 
Kavika
4  Kavika     last year

 The local resident of Port Aransas TX. 

He was out attempting to woo a female in this photo. 

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The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen"
5  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen"    last year

My kid has a bearded dragon named Rex. He eats roaches and I know it's just a matter of time before one escapes and populates my house.

 
 
 
Ender
5.1  Ender  replied to  The People's Fish, Still "Hand Of The Queen" @5    last year

I always thought they ate crickets.

Of course you could still have the same problem, just louder.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
6  author  A. Macarthur    last year

Every now and then, I come across these boys while in the Poconos. I never put my hands in hollowed ground under rocks, always look under fallen trees across trails in the woods before climbing over, and, stay out of thickets.

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Timber Rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus (the biological name says it all), an endangered species

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Having spent lots of time in the deep woods of Northeast and Central Pennsylvania, I have seen more than my share of Timbers, Copperheads and Eastern Massasauga rattlesnakes. Having spent part of my life in biological population studies (mostly of Trout in wild streams), because such studies took me to pristine, beautiful forest interiors, I always considered it a kind of cosmic "honor" to come across such creatures (including Black Bears) … as long as I came across them before they came across me.

Of all such critters I've encountered, by far, the most aggressive and ill-tempered, are green and brown Water Snakes! Got photos if anyone is interested.

 
 
 
Ender
6.1  Ender  replied to  A. Macarthur @6    last year

We get rattlesnakes plus water moccasins, or some call it cottonmouth.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
6.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @6.1    last year

I learned something other day about the difference between a non-venomous water snake and a water moccasin (cottonmouth)

If the snake is gliding on top of the water, it's a cottonmouth. If it's completely submerge except for its head, it's just a plain watersnake

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
7  Buzz of the Orient    last year

Are these water snakes or eels?  I guess if they're water snakes this mess of them being sold at a street market in Chongqing would be Indiana Jones' worst nightmare.

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A. Macarthur
7.1  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @7    last year

If they have gill covers and gills, they're eels.

 
 
 
Kavika
8  Kavika     last year

This is Amos our resident armadillo in Missouri...He's looking for some grubs in this photo...He was with us for 6 years in Missouri and when we sold the house I informed the new owners that Amos came with the house and would not bother them. He was a peaceful critter.

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evilgenius
9  evilgenius    last year

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evilgenius
9.1  evilgenius  replied to  evilgenius @9    last year

The above is a bearded dragon in the reptile section of my local zoo. Below is a turtle at a local pond getting some sun.

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Kavika
9.1.1  Kavika   replied to  evilgenius @9.1    last year

Ya gotta love this photo...

 
 
 
evilgenius
9.1.2  evilgenius  replied to  Kavika @9.1.1    last year

I put it in my calendar that I have printed and sent out to family, friends and clients.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
9.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  evilgenius @9.1    last year

Many Chinese people keep turtles as pets for good luck.

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
10  author  A. Macarthur    last year

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This "monster" is a female Snapping Turtle; generally, a Snapping Turtle seen out of water (as when crossing a road in this case), is a female in search of a location to lay her eggs.

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Buzz of the Orient
10.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @10    last year

It may not be bigger than my stone turtle, but it sure as hell looks more vicious.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11  Raven Wing    last year

In keeping with the 'theme' of this weeks article, here is my Native American snake Spirit Guide creation.

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Buzz of the Orient
11.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @11    last year

What is the significance of the snake?  What is the meaning of hanging feathers from it?  Feathers hang from my dreamcatcher as well.

 
 
 
Kavika
11.1.1  Kavika   replied to  Buzz of the Orient @11.1    last year

In the Ojibwe culture the snake is the symbol of rebirth because of their ability to shed their skin. The snake is a prominent in many of the native nations and each has it's own meaning of the snake. 

In some native cultures it is the symbol of fertility.  

 
 
 
Raven Wing
11.1.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @11.1.1    last year

Thank you for the additional information Kavika. It is good to have members from different Tribes to help explain the meanings related to their Tribe, as beliefs, traditions and customs do vary among the different Tribes. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
11.1.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @11.1.1    last year

Yes, the significance of shedding its skin being symbolized as rebirth makes absolute sense to me.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
12  Raven Wing    last year

Many Native American Tribes consider the snake as a Spirit Guide, one of which is the Cherokee Tribe. For those who do not know about Spirit Guides and what they represent you can find more information here: http://www.tanahoy.com/3-things-indian-spirit-guides-can-protect-you-from/ and here: https://www.roscoleman.com/spirit-guides-q-and-a-part-one/

In Native American Tribes the Spirit Guides take the form of various animals, fish, reptiles and birds. For some various plants can be Spirit Guides. You can find the various kinds of Spirit Guides and their significance here: https://exemplore.com/spirit-animals/Finding-Your-Spirit-GuideAnimal-Totem

Here you can find your Spirit Guide by your birthday. https://www.whats-your-sign.com/native-american-animal-symbols.html

No one has to be Native American to have a Spirit Guide. 

The Feathers, besides being decorative, are a symbol of trust, honor, strength, wisdom, power, and freedom. Different feathers have different meanings, and varies among the Tribes. You can learn more about the significance of the feathers here: http://indians.org/articles/feathers.html  

I hope this helps answer your questions. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
12.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Raven Wing @12    last year

Thanks, RW, for that information and the links.  I'm happy to say that my animal sign is the Otter. Interestingly I have always been most comfortable near water, whether ocean, lake or river, and as well ON the water (but ever since watching the movie "Jaws", not necessarily IN it. LOL) - I have never been seasick no matter how rough the water has been.  As well, I can translate many of the attributes as being indicative of my own personality, career and lifestyle.

As for feathers, I knew about the importance and significance of the Eagle feather, but was not aware of others.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
12.1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @12.1    last year
I'm happy to say that my animal sign is the Otter.

I had a Cousin whose animal sign was also the Otter. As with you, he was in love with water. Even as a wee child bath time could last for ever and he'd be happy. 

My Animal Spirit is the Snake:

Snake spirit guides represents transformation, rebirth, and sexuality. They are strong creatures with strong personalities, but they often lash out during difficult situations. Snake totems teach us to work closely with the earth and to learn to understand the earth's vibrations.

My Spirit Guide is the Wolf. 

The Wolf totem has a strong connection to family and their pack. The wolf spirit guide represents strength, loyalty, and community.

The Earth is our Mother, and all that dwells upon her are our Brothers and Sisters. We are all One. We are all connected.

 
 
 
Ender
12.1.2  Ender  replied to  Raven Wing @12.1.1    last year

Thanks for the link. It says I would be the wolf.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
12.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  Ender @12.1.2    last year
Thanks for the link. It says I would be the wolf.

I'm in good company then! jrSmiley_13_smiley_image.gifjrSmiley_82_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
12.2  author  A. Macarthur  replied to  Raven Wing @12    last year

Great post, RW!

 
 
 
Raven Wing
12.2.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @12.2    last year
Great post, RW!

Thank you Mac, I'm glad that you like it. (smile)

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
13  author  A. Macarthur    last year

My wife wanted very much to get back to The Poconos and live our normal lives ... so here we are and the weather is perfect!

My apprehension is being some 90 miles from her doctor and hospital but hopefully that will not be a factor.

One thing I won’t do under the current circumstances, is go into the deep woods by myself since my responsibilities at home are potentially more crucial and I don’t want to take unnecessary risks.

Otherwise, there are photo opportunities in “safer” woods interiors, and places to fish nearby.

And my wife and I and Gracie can walk around the lake or on the mountain road on which our house kid situated.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
13.1  Raven Wing  replied to  A. Macarthur @13    last year

I am glad to hear that you and your wife are now in an area that is peaceful and lifts the Spirits of you both. The health of one's Spirit is often a good medicine itself, and makes life more meaningful. Your wife is very Blessed to have someone who understands this and is willing to help her find the peace that she desires, and needs, at such a time. 

Yet, you still have all the surroundings that help make your own life pleasurable, and lifts your Spirits as well. 

Sometimes, this is the medicine that works when others can't to help aid the healing process. (smile)

May the Creator hold you both in His loving hands.

nv-wa-do-hi-ya-dv (Peace)

 

 
 
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