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Since I have things scattered all over the place, as is typical with me, I thought I'd just start fresh with a properly titled thread. (If you mods want to lock the others feel free!) So here goes.

First off, a thread introducing my pets that I had when I joined the forum: Pictures of My Pets.

After that, I added some new members, and that happens over here: New Family Members.

Here's a running total of everything I have right this second:
1 African Pygmy Hedgehog, male, Finnick, 1.5 years old
1 Australian Cattle Dog, male, Oz, Estimated 5 yo.
1 Senegal parrot, female, Pepper, 3 yo.
1 Blue Tongued Skink, female, Rocket, Estimated 5 yo.
1 Ball python, unconfirmed male, Illidan, 7 and a half yo.
1 Mexican black kingsnake, male, Sherlock, 3 yo.
1 Green tree python, male, Akihiko, Estimated 2-3 yo.
1 Veil tail betta, male, Keitan, 5 months old.
2 Tiger salamanders, one wild, one bought, unknown sex, Squee and Shaw, Estimated ages 2yo and 1 yo.
3 Crested Geckos, two female, one male, Nanamo, Mordin, and Grunt, all 1 yo.
3 Dwarf blue day geckos, two male, one female, Skaro, Lil Dude, and Kaylee, estimated ages for Skaro and Kaylee 4 yo. Lil Dude is 6 months old.
7 Dendrobates auratus "El Cope" poison dart frogs, two female, three male, two juveniles. All named after Adventure Time characters, Adults estimated 2 yo. Juveniles are 3 months old.
1 Saltwater fish tank. Contents: corals, pistol shrimp, hermit crabs, snails. All brand new.

Pets with estimated ages were either adopted later in their lives, rescued, or wild caught/farmed and imported. I've had a vet as well as an importer help me get as close as possible to everyone's actual ages.

I'll be embedding any future pictures of my family here, so they're all together in one spot. Not including Finnick of course, who can have his own threads, but will likely be duplicated here just for archival's sake. I also post videos from time to time and mean to do a lot more of that. You can see my YouTube account here: 5ubv3rsion. And I'd like to point out a specific video that I just added of Finnick chasing crickets around the bathtub. I took this a few weeks ago and forgot I had it, so here it is now: Pet Hedgehog vs Crickets.

And also, here's the fan favorite Finn Dust Bathing in His Mealworms.

Thanks for reading, and I'll update again soon! Maybe with a video of the ball python having a swim, and some more photos...
 

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Can't wait to check out your youtube channel! We also have a kingsnake, a leopard gecko, a couple dogs, and a tank full of fish. It used to be saltwater but when we had kids we kind of decided we could take care of kids, or a saltwater tank, but not both. :lol: Awesome that you are able to manage all your pets! :)
 

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That's awesome! Saltwater tanks are so pretty, but so much work. I have a leopard gecko as well, technically, but he's about a bazillion years old so my parents kept him when I moved out. I didn't want to stress the old guy. He's.... 19 or 20 now, I believe. I have his hatch certificate filed away here somewhere.

Is your kingsnake a California king or something different? I love Cali kings but I wanted something that stays fairly small for once :lol:.
 

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Griffin is a variable king, still a baby and so adorable. :) Castiel is our gecko. Watching him stalk crickets is always fun. :lol:

Loved your youtube video of Finnick chasing crickets in the tub, we will definitely have to give that a try!
 

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Awww they're so cute! Griffin is adorable! He's so teeny and just look at his little face! I want a variable kingsnake in the grey, orange, and black phase, or their visual counterpart, a grey banded king. They've been on my want list for years! Great little snakes. Castiel is so pretty! Is he a snow? How old is he? Mine is from back before leopard gecko morphs were even really a thing, so he's just normal. I think there's a picture of him in the first pet thread I linked...
 

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:lol: I'm seriously cracking up at the video of Finn rolling around on his mealworms. Also that video has me wondering if the people telling me to be careful with my slow-moving lazy snake have seen a hedgehog going after mealworms...NEVER get between a hedgie and their worms! :shock:
 

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Yes Cas is a snow and about 2.5 years old. Griffin is about 6 months and that pic from my iPhone 4 does not do him justice, he is stunning in person, especially after a shed. I'll try to get some better pics of him. :) His little face is so dang cute, I can never understand when people say they are afraid of snakes or don't like them. :lol:
 

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So instead of just bathing Illidan, I grabbed Sherlock and Rocket too. Here that is: Bath Time for Reptiles!

I have another video filmed, I just have to add some captions and cut it together all pretty-like.

Kelsey, I'm pretty sure a charging, mealworm-hungry hedgehog could mess you up pretty bad if you got in the way :lol:. Kind of like those angry rhino videos.

Aww, Cas is just a youngster then! You're in for a long haul :grin:. The world record for captive leopard geckos is 32 years. Mine is attempting to break it, I think.

Variable kings are stunning after a shed. (We snake-folk up here call them Thayer's kingsnakes, after their scientific name.) And all the time, really. Just wait 'til he gets older. Some kings get duller with age but those guys really don't. And all three phases are so pretty! Also, come on, who doesn't like snakes that pop out in multiple colors independent of the parents! It's like Christmas!

I can't understand why people don't like snakes either. Some things I can see being "creepy" or "gross" to someone, but I just don't get it with snakes :lol:.
 

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Yay someone gets the reference! All my snakes are named after characters with a fatal flaw (or at least an awkward quirk) in their personalities. His being both his lust for power, and his... uhh... "obsession" with Tyrande. :lol:

I'm trying to pretend not to be excited for the next WoW expansion, but I totally am.
 

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I'm beyond excited! it can't come soon enough lol. my hedgie is Poe, he's 3 months old. I also have 3 cats, Emmy, Bob, and Harley and I have a dog named Chaz. I'm getting another hedgehog soon, waiting for the babies to be born
 

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Just in case anyone is genuinely interested in my saltwater tank, here's a thread where I talk about it in more detail. I'll also show any photos, mods or upgrades there, as I don't think here is the right sort of place for technical saltwater things. My First Saltwater Reef

Poe is such a cute name! I wish I could have cats. My dog is a rescue and would eat them. It took several months to get him used to the parrot. And yay for a new baby hedgehog!
 

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That was my boyfriend's doing. There's a line where someone, I think Wrex.... says that if they have a baby girl they'll name it after Mordin. So our first female is Mordin. :lol:
 

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So a few things are new around here. First and most importantly, Finnick's old two-storey sleeping house absolutely reeks, and I can't find a way to get the smell out. The inside is just plastic, so I can wipe it down, but the outside is purple sheep-patterned fleece, and it is not pleasant. So while I work on making it smell at least tolerable again, his usual house has been replaced with a little pink igloo. You can see it in the tour video I posted, and the old hut is in the closet for now, perched on top. He's had his sheep-hut almost since I got him just over a year ago, and he's not so sure about the new igloo. I had to stuff it 100% full of fleece strips to convince him it was alright, and I still catch him sleeping wedged between it and the wall some nights. I think he's too impatient to find the door. The sheep one had a tunnel and a door, so he had less trouble finding an entrance that worked. And with this new addition, I'm finding fleece strips everywhere. In the sandbox, in the wheel, underneath fake plants... I have no idea what he's thinking!

He's also decided it's hilarious to knock over the cork bark hut the second I put it together. The bark weighs almost nothing and is just gently stacked into a cave-type structure. Finnick goes in, pokes his entire self out the smallest hole he can find, the whole thing topples over, and then he runs over the dismantled pieces. Not it's intended use, but oh well, at least he's using it somehow. :lol:

The cresties are all old enough to move in together for a test run, so both ladies are in with Grunt now. Grunt keeps singing his manly crestie-song to them, and Mordin at least is accepting of it, but every time I've seen Grunt approach her after singing, he messes up somehow. One time he spooked himself and fell off the wall and into the bromeliad. Mordin stared at him for a while and then went back into her bush. I'm not sure about him making a very good father, genetically speaking. :roll:

And last but not least, in saltwater-ville, the smaller crab has worn around every single shell I put in. He can't seem to make up his mind. He even convinced his roommate to switch shells with him, only to ditch that shell for a different one a few minutes later. The other crab had to go across the tank to get it back. And Seamus, my candy cane pistol shrimp, has started eating from an eye dropper that I fill with food and dangle in his face. I'll waft some of the tank water mixed with shrimp particles past his rock holes and all of a sudden two little antennae will pop out. He uses his smaller shrimp-hand to take the food nice and gently right out of the dropper. I'll try to get a video of that in the next few days. I think it's absolutely adorable, but I have an addiction to invertebrates.
 

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:lol: Poor Finn. Bindi has the same problem when she tries to go into the Lixit igloo I have. She gets too frantic & runs straight past the opening and then stops by the back of the igloo, completely confused. I hope you can get his usual hut cleaned up soon! And sounds like he enjoys being Mr. Destruction, heh.

I read the bit about the cresties out loud to my roommate, we were both cackling. Poor Grunt. :lol: Not so smooth with the ladies!

I wonder if shells for the marine hermit crabs are as scarce as ones for the land crabs these days. I know there's a shell shortage for the land ones, so when they get a huge variety in captivity, some of them just go nuts. They can't seem to believe there's really so many suitable shells available and can't choose just one. Wonder if he'll calm down soon or keep being a shell critic!

I'd love to see a video of the shrimp eating! I'll probably agree with you...I think my hermit crabs look adorable when they eat too. :lol:
 
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