IT IS THE FIRST OF OCTOBER
IT IS TIME
TIME FOR SPOOKY SCARY SKELETONS
I was so afraid of becoming my dad. Mostly because I thought I never could. How do you become someone that great, that brave, that selfless? I guess you can only try.
what a beautiful person
And to the introverted theatre kids, public speakers with social anxiety, and florists with allergies.
Somewhere in the distance, Beethoven’s ghost is applauding.
my love for this post reaches no limits
This sunset is so pretty.
We found this in an abandoned parking lot today
GET TO KNOW ME MEME || (2/5) royal palaces: Frederiksborg Castle (Denmark)
Frederiksborg Palace is a palace located in Hillerød, Denmark. It was built as a residence for King Christian IV between 1602 and 1620. Frederiksborg Castle is the largest renaissance castle in Scandinavia. The palace is located on three small islands in the middle of Slotsøen (Palace Lake) and is adjoined by a spectacular formal garden in the Baroque style. Since 1878, Frederiksborg Castle has housed the Museum of National History and since 1693, the Palace Church has been used as the knight’s chapel for the Order of the Elephant and the Order of Dannebrog.
On 18 November 1995, Prince Joachim of Denmark and Alexandra Christina Manley were married in the Palace Church. Following their divorce in 2005, Alexandra was created Countess of Frederiksborg by Queen Margrethe II in honour of where her marriage to Joachim took place.
Note to self: don’t let anything destroy you, especially yourself.
- (163/365) by (DS)
These are my two “aggressive” snakes.
I got them both from people who swore up and down they were too aggressive to be handled.
The rat snake, Puff, is from a local pet store and was sold for $10 down from $50 because they couldn’t offload an “aggressive” snake on anyone.
Problem is, he’s not aggressive at all. Young rat snakes, wild or captive bred, are incredibly defensive until they’re larger because they’re prey animals for just about anything. They will, if given a few seconds to psych themselves up, begin hissing and striking whenever anything comes near. You get around this by not GIVING them time to freak themselves out, open tank, grab snake, snake has no time to start worrying, and settles right down once in hand.
What was happening is people would go to pick him up, get scared (ffs, his teeth can’t even break human skin at this size), and start flailing their hands around if he’d strike, which only terrified him and made him continue to hiss and strike, which got him labeled ‘aggressive’.
The second snake is a corn snake, that I renamed Snaps, I got off of Craigslist for $5.
There was a long ad about how the person had bought the snake on Craigslist a few weeks prior and was told it was aggressive but the aggression was understated, that they didn’t know how to deal with such an aggressive snake, and were now afraid of it. They’d worked with him ‘for weeks’ and saw no change. I was expecting to find an adult that maybe just hadn’t been handled much.
What I got was a barely not a hatchling who was behaving, you guessed it, perfectly normally for a hatchling. Hatchlings of most species are defensive and will readily strike, hiss or bite, because they’re frightened and are reacting like the prey animals that they are.
Neither one of these snakes are aggressive.
They will, as they get larger, largely grow out of it and will be easier to handle without having to be quick about getting them picked up out of the tank.
These snakes stay small for several years before they hit adult size. They will be defensive and snappy if allowed the time to get themselves worked up and freaked out before you pick them up. It may take 3-5 YEARS before your baby calms down enough to be calm with your hands poking around in their tank.
Settle the fuck down and stop telling people you have an ‘aggressive’ snake (and for god’s sake, stop rehoming them as ‘aggressive’) when what you have is a young snake behaving normally.