Sunday, October 26, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Before leaving work on Friday, I mentioned to my boss that Allen and I were going to be selling herp chotchkas at a reptile expo on Sunday.
My boss, a non-herper, looked bemused. What is a reptile expo? she said.
To answer the question:
It’s a convention hall (in this instance the White Plains County Center) where aisle upon aisle of snakes, lizards, frogs and turtles (as well as spiders, hissing cockroaches, and miscellaneous other animals) are sold for sums ranging from $10 to $10,000.
Most of said animals are displayed in plastic takeout containers or cages, like these snakes.
Iguanas are kept in wire mesh cages.
Chameleons are also usually displayed in cages. But sometimes, they're allowed to hang out on a tree branch.
Bearded dragons, that neither slither nor leap, are shown off for sale in oversized Tupperware tubs and fish tanks.
Large beardies happily ride around on an arm, shoulder or other part of the anatomy -- before and after purchase.
Geckos come in takeout containers.
You'll find frogs in fish tanks.
Turtles in tanks and tubs.
Then there's all the paraphernalia necessary to feed -
And maintain your herp collection:
Mostly, I just enjoy looking at the people and the herps.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
- Those undertaken for the express purpose of seeing turtles
- Those undertaken for simple rest and relaxation – along with the hope that one will see some turtles along the way.
Last week, we vacationed in
We spied Eastern painted turtles at Mystic Aquarium’s wetlands pond.
At Marble House (below), a Gilded Age mansion in
Sunday, August 3, 2008
I have a bad case of turtle pond envy.
Each time Allen and I visit friends who have a) a backyard, and b) a backyard turtle pond, we find ourselves, apartment dwellers that we are, wishing for a little bit more real estate for our turtles.
This weekend, we visited turtle friends who are blessed with both a backyard and a turtle pond/s.
Who wouldn't be envious?
Last year, we visited other turtle friends with a similarly
resplendent outdoor people-and-turtle set up.
This was a question I'd never thought to ask - until yesterday, when Allen and I visited our friend AJ, an iguana rehabber. We see AJ at every reptile show at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY.
She's usually there with one or more iguanas who need homes, along with Merlin, an iguana who has the run of her Connecticut home, which she shares with her husband, two sons and approximately 35 other iguanas. (I didn't get an exact read on the lizard population -- the number may be higher, though I doubt lower.)
Just as many turtle lovers start out with one turtle, AJ started with one iguana, a birthday present from her family 12 years ago. Then, a friend wrote a story for a local publication about her iguana, and included AJ's phone number. "The phone hasn't stopped ringing since," says AJ.
I knew that we'd be seeing a large number of lizards; I just didn't realize that AJ also keeps turtles, tortoises (and frogs). Or, that her tortoises coexist quite nicely with her iguanas, as you can see, above and below.
The iguanas also coexist (for the most part -- gotta separate the dominant males) very well with each other. And many enjoy a swank picture window habitat.
The turtles in our house should have it so good!
Above, our turtle judge.
Next, some of the turtles he judged.
Above, a red foot tortoise.
Above, a red-eared slider.
Star and Leopard tortoises.
A Mata Mata, or a South American leaf headed turtle. Yes, this really is a turtle!
Above, a juvenile Eastern Box turtle
An adult Chinese box turtle
A common snapping turtle (and "floating" friend). Yes, this was photo manipulated.
And the only pair of turtle flip-flops I've ever seen!
Bet you didn't know there were this many kinds of turtles in the world!