one topic per paragraph is for suckers.

Oh my gosh, my snake finally shed! I was getting kinda worried, but she totally shed perfectly all in one piece. And I got another batch of freelance work, due early on Friday morning. I’m 1/4th of the way through it. I wanted to save her shed because it’s like… cool and whatnot, but she took a huge freakin’ dump in it, which is a thing that happens apparently. So never mind that went directly in the garbage. I’m hoping I’ll get one more batch of work this week, Friday through Sunday. That would be ideal and super useful all around and also ideal and also yes please money please I need more work please please please. Dang this snake looks so cool and bright yellow now that she just shed. Seriously, I bet she’s happier too. Hopefully she’ll feel more up to being active now that that’s over. This type of work is really boring but at least it’s easy and it requires very little brain power so I can do other stuff in the background like hang out with people or watch the dumbass star trek movies my boyfriend is currently watching. She’s such a good eater too, I’m really glad. And I held her for the first time in over a week and she was still really sweet and nice and no biting or striking or anything like that. A+ snake. She’s gotten so much bigger it’s nuts. She’s still hella freakin’ cute tho I love her. I have to do some more work before I go to bed, so I’m gunna go do that now. Peace.

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My wallet in a can

I’ve been having such morbid thoughts lately. It’s really not cool. It’s fucking me up kinda. Morbid thoughts and weird dreams, and I’m still wicked new at being a snake owner (less than 2 months) and I’m still learning and doing my best. I know her viv has A+ conditions I’m not worried about that. Just a little worried about handling and reading her body language and when the hell is she guna shed she’s been out of blue for a few days she even ate on Saturday but she hasn’t shed yet as far as I can tell. Haven’t found a shed that is. ~ shrugs for a thousand years ~ idk. I just don’t wanna stress her out by handling her really while she’s in shed, but I hate going so long without handling her since I was working so hard to get her chill and comfortable with my. Idk. Idk Jack. Still haven’t even told my parents I have her lol the longer I wait and the bigger she gets the more awkward that could be. But whatever. I’m an adult I have my own place I can make my own decisions even if they don’t understand them / approve of them. *air guitar solo* *writes this on my phone while hiding under a blanket so the light doesn’t wake up my boyfriend* *gets really hot and claustrophobic and starts freaking out* *heart pounds* soooo yeah guess I’ll be done with this then aay? Sweet dreams, good tomorrows.

Soul fodder

I just finished re-reading another one of my soul series, the books my heart guts are made of. I feel slightly bereft, in a way. I finished my curation work, hopefully I didn’t fuck it up… I’ve never done a batch quite like this one. hopefully I get paid for it soon and more is forthcoming. I’m tired I think. Summer makes a terrible person out of me. I need to fucking MOVE. I’m not looking forward to the 4th of July. chances are there will be  people there I could live without seeing… ever again… our album has been getting positive feedback which is cool, but we need more people to listen to it. (Check it out at kindsmartdangerous.com if you haven’t yet, or search kind smart dangerous on YouTube to see the lyric videos I made for all the songs.) I’m growing super attached to my snake daughter. She’s 7 months old today, she’s grown a bit in the month I’ve had her. She’s awesome and wild and curious and shy. We’re slowly and imperfectly forming a bond of trust and understanding. Animals are amazing. I should try to sleep or something now.

*warning* snake feeding pics featuring a dead rat don’t click it if you don’t wanna see that jazz.

so I’m feeding my snake again today, going for a weaned rat, aka a crawler. It’s pretty much the exact same diameter as the widest part of her body, so it should be perfect. So, ima walk you guys through the process, because it’s weird and interesting, cool and a lil gross.
First thing I do is take my snake out and put her in the little feeding tank.

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(It’s basically just a plastic tub w/air holes that I partially covered with paper to make her feel safe)

The separate feeding tank helps her know exactly when she’s going to get fed, and it ensures she won’t accidentally ingest any of her substrate. I leave her in there for a little while to sniff around and get comfortable while I defrost her dead rodent meal in warm water.

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(Exhibit A)

It takes about 20min, you gotta be real sure it’s fully thawed. When it’s done I take it out of the bag, lay it on some paper towels and blow dry it. I shit you not. Literally blow drying a dead rat. This gives the rat a nice strong heat signature for my snake to see, and it spreads the delicious rat smell through the air so she knows it’s food time. Next, I take my giant tweezers (aka tongs) and pick up the floppy dead rodent around its midsection. Once I have a good grip, I wiggle it around in front of Basil’s little snake face until she strikes, grabs it, and constricts it. Today she was hella hungry and ready to eat, she grabbed it the second I lowered it into the tank

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Then I poke it with the tongs and wiggle it a little more so she feels like she killed it with her amazing powerful predator skills. and then,she eats it.

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This last pic is her all finished eating, after I left her alone for about 30 min to get it all the way into her stomach. You can see how much bigger she looks. After that I carry the little feeding tub back over to her real tank, and gently gently gently pick her up and set her down in her snake domain. Then she immediately goes into one of her hides, (usually on the warm side but not always) and I usually don’t see her come out for at least 24 hours, and possibly 48.
That’s pretty much it! Thank you for joining me. I’m super proud of her for eating so well, and for switching from the dumb small ass mice her last owner fed her to appropriately sized rats.

Feeding

More snupdates (snake updates) this evening. After having her for 5 days I managed to successfully feed her this evening. She ate a rat pup, which is way more appropriately sized for her than the tiny ass mice the people I got her from were feeding her. I’m weirdly proud of her. It was pretty damn awesome, and only slightly gross. She struck at it 3 times and got it on the third. Then I just left her alone in the feeding tub for a while and cleaned her tank. Also I got the thermostat all set up which is awesome and makes me feel more comfortable. She’s back in there now and I’m just guna let her chill and digest for a couple days. So far having a pet snake has been awesome and fun.

Snake charming

*makes all my posts this week about snakes* so I’ve actually been handling Basil, my beautiful pastel ball python every day for the past three days. She’s really warming up to me and enjoying climbing all over me and sniffing stuff. She’s amazing and cooler than I ever could have hoped. I’m waiting a couple more days before I try to feed her again, to be sure she is fully adjusted to her new home. I’m guna throw down some more pics now. On her “neck” she has a tiny little making that’s perfectly heart shaped. It’s cute as fuck.

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Look at that ridiculous tiny perfect heart. Amazing. She also makes an excellent bracelet, 10/10 would wear.

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