Meet Sir Gawain – the Scaly Knight

If you follow me on the twitter, then you’ll have already been introduced to this face. But if you haven’t… join me in welcoming the gloriously beautiful Sir Gawain the Scaley Knight into our family menagerie.

Photo by Lee Jaszlics.

He is a Hogg Island Boa, roughly 5.5 feet in length, and about 6 years old. He belonged to my best friend Lee, who is moving to Australia, so he was recently rehomed to me. He’s absolutely beautiful and I find myself constantly drawn to his amazing colors – and he always has such a smug smile. Especially after he’s eaten.

Photo by me.

Like that. That right there. So smug.

As for an update on the rest of our menagerie, we recently lost the very last of our rats to old age. Artemis outlived her sister by many months and was, what the vet said, a miracle rat. It’s odd not having any more little ones in our house, but Ash and I both work now so it’s hard to give them the time they deserve. Total we have four dogs (2 belong to family members but are staying with us for the time being), seven cats (one is a foster), and one snake. Almost a normal amount.


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Introducing Kendi!

Kendi, the baby ball python.I cannot believe it. I’m still entirely overwhelmed. I finally have a snake. This is something I’ve wanted long before I wanted a tablet – way longer than I even wanted a rat. This is something from my childhood. And when I was holding her after I paid for her, I started crying I was so happy. We ended up naming her Kendi, which is African for The Loved One. I kept flipping between that and Kotoko (Toko for short, which means Beautiful), but she has definitely taken to Kendi. She’s my little Loved One.

I wouldn’t have gotten her if it weren’t for Ash (by the way, it’s her birthday today: Happy Birthday, Sweetie!).

We spent most of Sunday night at Walmart. I bought a clear, plastic tub as her house with secure latches (I’ll also be making sort of car-seat belts to make it even more secure). I bought some tupperware to use as hides and she’s currently using one of my home-made ceramic bowls as a water dish that has some texture to it so it’ll be useful when she sheds. At the moment, the substrate I’m using is just unused reels of newspaper print (without ink). We also have a thermometer and humidity gage on the warm side of the tub, which is heated from underneath by a heating pad. I’ve been monitering the heat to make sure it doesn’t get too hot, but it seems to be working. I’ll eventually get a real UTH, as well as some better hides that will keep the humidity in more. I also want to invest in a thermostat too.

Beautiful girl.If anyone has any pointers for me, then feel free. I’ll be glad to hear anything you’ll have to say. I’ve done a lot of research, but I know there’s always more to learn.

I’m just extremely happy to finally have Kendi. The moment I saw her, I knew she was the one. I couldn’t get her out of my head all day, had two dreams about her, and the next day I went and got her. She was buried under a bunch of other babies, but as soon as I saw her, I knew. She’s perfect.

So this is my welcome into the world of herps. Go me!