Friday, May 30, 2008

Sometimes, I miss his little baby proportions, from his scrawny little thighs to his stubby snout and (relatively) giant eyes. Reminiscing about young Richard distracts me from admiring the current Richard, though, so I'll try to let go. :-(

"Can't a guy get some privacy these days???"

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Beetle Boom

What will I think of next?

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Richard, the sock cubby pirate

Because it's normal to find reptiles in your socks. :-) Because Richard likes that area so much, I've had to find a way to hang his UV light near it.

I promised myself I wouldn't turn this blog into a soapbox, and so I won't, but I should make a statement about my opinions on keeping wild animals for pets, since Richard is wild-caught. Technically, I don't think it's nice to capture something wild to turn it into your own personal source of entertainment. In the case of Richard, he was at a pet store. If I didn't take him home, someone else would. A lot of people go into pet stores and buy animals on a whim, without serious investigation as to how the animal needs to be accommodated. So, the way I see it, I guaranteed Richard a safe and healthy life, and I don't regret that! :-)

Switching gears...

My efforts to breed mealworms have resulted in what I can finally declare a self-sustaining operation! I'm replacing beetles as they die of old age. I have larvae of all sizes, as you can see below. The smallest mealworms were too tiny to disturb for this photo-op. The largest mealworms had already been fed to Mister Richard.