My Other Critters :)

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by monarc23, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    I just now realized there was a board for other pets so I just had to show my other pets as well! [​IMG] Be forwarned, I love taking pictures...lol.

    First the newest member to my clan (until she's weaned then her and her mama will be going to my best friends house who shows her rabbits- I no longer show holland lop rabbits). Her name is Daisy:

    Nursing from her mama who was chilling in the grass at my knees (I raised the mother from 2 weeks old by hand along with her siblings who are now altered and living in an indoor pet home with wonderful bunnie owner parents):
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    Daisy sleeping in my hand after nursing to her hearts content:
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    Mama with her babydoll:
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    This is Mama "BumbleBee":
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    Then on to my doggies:

    Koda ( golden retreiver mix 7 months old just reciently spayed- these pics were taken the day before her spay):
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    Merelin (AKC American Cocker Spaniel) 6 months old:
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    Sitting waiting for me to throw his toy:

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    Sitting with Sam (my female) waiting paciently for me to throw the toy:
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    Sam (AKC American Cocker Spaniel) 5 months old:
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    A few weeks ago:
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    My cats....
    Tabby (oldest 2 years old- my precious girl, deals with pancreantitis, and has to be on expensive special wet food):

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    Ellie (1 year old- caught as a feral kitten and tamed):
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    Monte (almost a year old- bought at a petstore for $15, just couldnt leave the handsome man there, he wasnt from a kitten mill, just a local cat owner asked the petstore to try and home her kittens):
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    All three sleeping, I had to get up at 4 am one night to check on something (forget what it was, prob animal related), and I saw my cats sleeping like this at the foot of my bed...in the shape of a heart I feel lol!
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    My Common Snapping turtle (owned her since she was just hatched- she's grown a lot since then, and is about 2 months old now):
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    And last but not least, this wasnt a pet, but I named it and raised it from an egg....a Monarch Butterfly (i raise one every year that I find as an egg and take home and raise and then release). This year I named my butterfly "Munchie", it turned out to be a female and I released her on saturday evening as a gorgeous butterfly. I even "tagged" her with state and zip code incase any biologists in Florida see her when she hopefully makes it down there so they can know where she specifically came from...well florida or Mexico, I assume she'd go to florida butwho knows.:

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  2. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

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    Awwwww...........all are absolutely beautiful. [​IMG] Looks like you have a big, happy, family. [​IMG]

    I have often considered getting a baby snapping turtle. Saw a crushed female with eggs scattered everywhere recently and wanted to try hatching a few but they were all damaged. [​IMG]
     
  3. monarc23

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    Quote:awhhh! Did someone kill her? They are really interesting to raise. I wasnt planning on raising a snapper, however I was fishing and I almost stepped on her (never in my life before saw a just hatched baby turtle of any type in person) but I could not leave her there. The place is heavily fished, and people do horrible things to snappers. I have no problem with people catching them to eat, if they enjoy snapper meat, that's their thing ha ha. However, many people kill them just to kill them. I can understand "hate" for them on your own property as large ones can kill ducks and ducklings, but killing them in the wild for no reason other than "i hate them" I just cannot stand.

    When I first brought her home she was very fearful, but now when she sees me or my husband near her tank she swirls around in the tank and her eyes almost dazzle in excitment *FOOD*!!! They say they're mean, however, I don't agree. In the wild if they are trying to bite you it's in defense...and Morla (that's her name) surely would bite us if we put our fingers near her while she's in her tank, but this is because she doesn't know any better from finger to food, however it isn't aggression it's associating fingers to food. Ofcourse we keep our fingers away from her, I only handle her for update pictures, or when cleaning her tank, or scrubbing algea off her shell (her shell naturally gets algea on it--i assume for natural camo). My husband hated her atfirst, thought it was pointless to own such a critter, but the past few weeks, he fawns over her. Talks to her and feeds her any chance he gets ha ha. She may not be furry, and purr or whine for attention, but she sure does make sure you notice her because she knows we're the food bringers. [​IMG] I plan to keep her forever....in which case she will more tahn likely have to go in a will to make sure she has a good home after our deaths ha ha! Luckily we're only 24, so if no freak accidents happen we'll be around for a while with her ha ha.

    OH and before any one asks yep it's legal to own a wild caught snapper, as long as you have a PA fishing license. Odd rule however I'm glad for it. I just cannot sell her or give her away to anyone...however I can release her...I personally think that rule is stupid...i'd rather give her to someoen else than release her, she's known nothing but food being given to her, and in the wild she'd have to really transform back to a fully wild turtle to survive. I personally think the rule here needs to be changed to "no release after owning for a period of time".

    She could get as big as a turkey serving dinner plate and weigh a good hefty weight. She'll need one huge pool/pond or tank when she's older.

    Sorry for the big ramble on her but I'm really dedicated to this little girl. WhenI personally see snappers trying to cross the road I stop get out and personally escort them to the other side they aim to go to. I think they're fascinating. I've never seen an alligator snapper just commons, buti guess both are around here in PA?

    Thank you for the picture comments! [​IMG]
     
  4. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

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    I am assuming the one I saw was ran over deliberately. Right up the road from me are two large ponds, both full of snappers. Almost daily you see a few squished. I can't make myself believe it is accidental. [​IMG] I love them. I have stopped to remove countless snappers from the road. I even found one covered in leaches (I GUESS they were leaches...they were eating this poor thing alive)...they were actually burrowing through his shell. I spent almost an hour parked by the road with a pair of plyers and a FURIOUS snapping turtle pulling them off him and killing them. [​IMG] I think they are fascinating animals...but then I am a sucker for anything breathing. [​IMG]

    Your little one is just precious and I can see it would be easy to fall in love with her. [​IMG]
     
  5. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

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    Oh, dear. I just died from cuteness. We have horses, dogs, cats, chickens, turkeys, koi, and goldfish, but my daughter begs for a BUNNY every single day. I must never show her those Holland Lop pics! :eek:
     
  6. monarc23

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    Quote:*shudders* i haaaaaaaaaaate leaches! I've never seen them on a snapper, but i have seen them on fish and wood turtles and ew do they make my skin crawl!!! nasty things!!! However i do ilke the large ones farm bred for fishing....bass love em! LOL! That sounds like me yet pulling ticks off of dogs/cats and other various animals.

    I have actually never seen a snapper hit/crushed by a vehicle, however i dont want to take chances that's why I help them. I've seen many species of turtles with obvious cracks and scars from being hit however it's sad...i mean tiny turtles i can see them not noticing thinking they're rocks, but um....the HUGE snappers???? Either you're speeding and can't stop...OR you're just rude, either way ya deffinatly saw the poor thing right!

    Nice to have someone on my side with snappers, many people think im insane for loving one let alone owning one lol!
     
  7. monarc23

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    Quote:haha, yeah i'd avoid your daughter seeing them too those adorable lopped ears and expressions they make are just killer to the heart! However, one good thing (as a cautionary) to note is most pet bunnies dont make that great of pets anyhow. As most breeders mass produce them and dont handle them from birth, so when the kid gets them they get a rabbit that wants nothing to do with them, and is actually fearful of them and will kick merciliously. Luckily, BumbleBees mother was raised from a kit to be used to people, I raised BumbleBee from 2 weeks old by hand because her mother got sick (she's well now and lives in NC<--great pedigree lines), and then Daisy I am intentionally raising the same way I raise BumbleBee (handling, and exposing aspect of it) so that my best friend gets another well rounded rabbit for show and pet. A well raised one before (i mean well raised before weaning) makes an awesome pet. BumbleBee is so comfortable with me she'll hop in my lap and crash over like she passed out because she feels comfortabl there. [​IMG] She also seeks out kisses, and loves her head petted or scratched. [​IMG]
     
  8. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

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    I have found far too many people are just mean. Here (in backwoods Arkansas) the general feeling for a snapper is KILL IT!!! I mean, like you said, if they are going to eat it fine (I have and liked it)...but to just run over it is cruel and a wasted life.

    We have a box turtle that was hit by a car. Her name is Linda. We counted the ridges on her shell and estimated her to be about 13 or so years old. She was literally shattered when we found her. She has lived with us for over 2 years now and does great. I just can't imagine how someone could hit her and then leave her to die. [​IMG] We used to call her the prioriturtle because we stuck her back together with post office priority tape (it was the only thing I had handy and it was an emergency to stop the bleeding). [​IMG]
     
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  9. Love my Critters!

    Love my Critters! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks a bunch for sharing those pics. They were all beautiful!!!! The picture of Daisy is soooo precious. But the one that sent me over the edge was the one of Bumblebee. OMG she is to cute! That picture just made me get a huge smile on my face. Thanks again for sharing, you made my morning!
     
  10. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    Love my Critters! :

    Thanks a bunch for sharing those pics. They were all beautiful!!!! The picture of Daisy is soooo precious. But the one that sent me over the edge was the one of Bumblebee. OMG she is to cute! That picture just made me get a huge smile on my face. Thanks again for sharing, you made my morning!

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