Giant Frogs: Pixies, Pac Man, & Freddie Krueger?

If you’ve somehow avoided the popular videos of giant frogs eating, then we suggest the best one we’ve seen yet. A giant amphibian who gets pissed at not being able to catch the prey items on an iPhone game. It then takes its frustrations out on the owners thumb! Way to go my warty friend! Now what kind of site would we be if we didn’t include the video? Frog Takes it’s owner

Frogs, Toads, _ Amphibians

I want to be clear about what we are talking about and why. Amphibians are vertebrates which can occupy both aquatic and terrestrial environments. Most amphibians spend their lives around water, or at least moist environments. Toads tend to be the exception, often taking to drier land surfaces and exploring away from aquatic environments. Both require water to deposit eggs. Toads deposit eggs in strands, whereas frogs tend to deposit eggs in clusters, somewhat resembling a bunch of grapes. They also tend to have a drier skin with bumps (warts). As children growing up we are often (erroneously) told that if we touch a toad, the toads warts will then get on our hands. Frogs are more often smooth-skinned and require constant moisture. If they are an aquatic species they will have webbed feet in most cases. Two of the three species we are talking about today didn’t follow the “dictionary definition” of what a frog and a toad are supposed to look like. They got it backwards! Continue reading

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Reptiles: What’s Allowed in New Brunswick

As I’m sure we are all well aware of now, two children lost their lives while at a sleepover at Reptile Ocean Inc. located in Campbellton, NB. Allegedly, an African Rock Python (Python sebae) escaped its enclosure and then asphyxiated the boys as they slept. As with all incidents which involve reptiles and human deaths there are a number of people whom choose to propagate speculation about how this happened. It seems obvious to us, that until the investigation is completed, we reptile keepers should not in any way attempt to understand what might have happened. For as anyone who’s kept reptiles should tell you; reptiles don’t read the books we write about them. Therefore, they can and often do behave in ways we don’t expect. Continue reading

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An Open Letter: Canadian Government & Reptile Legislation

A letter to the people of Canada, and the Government that represents us

Hello, My Name is Rob and I have reptiles. In some circles I am known as an expert, someone who people will go to when they have questions or concerns about their scaly friends. I know these animals better than some, but one thing I know more than reptiles, are the people who keep them. We are seen as a fringe group, outsiders, not the norm. I have also seen many comments from people suggesting

“You need to be sick in the head to want to own a snake” or “Snakes are not pets, they are wild animals and people who keep them are just feeding their ego.”

I have read all of these comments berating myself and my brethren, and I also know there is an impending attack on us. I want to make this very clear to the government, the lawmakers and the misinformed public who wish to restrict us, and at worst take away our animals. We are not a fringe group, we are not the trailer park resident with a mullet and prison tats who own a boa like many perceive. We are educated university graduates. We are writers, who write about these animals more passionately than a women scorned would write a romance novel. We are the outgoing club fancying girl who bought one as an impulse, but fell in love with their new little buddy and started reading. We are breeders, who breed species for conservation. We are the kids who one time had a boa constrictor on their shoulders during a visit to a certain zoo with magnetic qualities. These are the reptile keepers whom the public gladly refers to as “sick in the head”. There are many more of us than you can possibly imagine.

Python sebae image

Courtesy of Wikipedia

You have to realize something, this tragedy, and how painful it is to think about, was a fringe incident. The animal in question (Python sebae) was not a pet, and you could not get one in pet stores. People that own these snakes are not the people you will be affecting with new ban laws. I cannot go into PJ’s pets and get a (Python molurus bivittatus). You will not be stopping people from harming themselves, you will be stopping people from learning, keeping and experiencing these wonderful animals.

I may not know the circumstances surrounding your backpedaling on who gave Reptile Ocean the prohibited animals. I do know what I have seen on the media. When it was brought to light that these animals were prohibited in NB, there was no one within the government who stepped in and said

“Yes, they are prohibited but this facility had animals that belonged to the government, they were not pets”.

For that, you should be ashamed, and before you think about bringing in new laws, ask yourself. What laws were broken to enable this accident to occur.

To all those who support a broad spectrum ban, and to those who will no doubt try to pass it as law I say to you. Be ready for a fight, and be ready to fight people who are smarter and more passionate about these animals than you will ever be. To quote a certain group of internet hooligans

“Expect us.”

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