Friday, December 22, 2006
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Tuesday, December 12, 2006
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Friday, September 29, 2006
The more I look at one of my hatchlings I wonder if I have a new corn snake morph or just a a natural variant normal corn snake. Usually the parents of this hatchling produce amelanistic, anerythristic, snow, and normal phase offspring. This time I got four amelanistic and one that I thought at first was normal. The more I looked at the "normal " corn I noticed things like it had very little red on its body. There is no red in the saddles and only a little splotch of red between each saddle. There is no red coloration on its sides, and the on neck the saddles break in the middle and creates a red line down the top of the neck. I have looked on websites that show the different morphs of corn snakes and I have not seen anything that really looks like this snake. The closest morph to it I think is the "black albino" but with the little red splotches, striped neck, and red on its face. Maybe if someone out there reads this and had seen this variation of corn snake before, they could please leave a comment.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Sunday, September 24, 2006
- The parents are getting old
- Her laying took me by surprise and I was not prepared
- The eggs were not prepared for incubation right away
- I do not have an incubator so I incubated them at room temperature
What I did once I noticed that she had laid eggs, was to use moistened vermiculite in a plastic whipped topping box. I put a few airholes in the lid and put a probe thermometer through the lid. I placed the eggs in the vermiculte as best I could, trying to keep the eggs in the same orientation as they were laid. Then I put the container in the top of a closet in a room that stays fairly warm. According to the thermometer, the tempeture remained pretty stable around 80F.
Even though I only had five eggs hatch, the hatchlings are beauties. I had 4 amelanistic, like the father and one that is close to the "normal phase" of corn snakes. To me the dark one is the most beautiful, it only has a small amount of red in btween the dark splotches and instead of splotches it has lengthwise stripes on its neck. I have not been keeping up with all the designer corns that have come out in the last few years, but if anyone knows if this is a known variant, please let me know.
I plan to keep the dark one but I will probably sell the others. Anyone interested in an amelenistic corn snake? They are hearty eaters, I have fed them twice and all of them quickly devoured their pinks both times. Wel, talk is cheap so I am going to post some photos of them. Also in the previous post http://www.oneyearcloser.blogspot.com/2006/09/i-have-snake-eggs.html the photos of the parents and the eggs are finally up, so make sure you go back and check them out.
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Saturday, September 23, 2006
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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
I have not yet been able to post the photos of my hatchling snakes and their parents. The photos are on my other computer and it is having problems. So I decided should post some other photos. Here is a photo of a black masked racer I caught and released in the Delta National Forest in MS.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
The amelanistic male
The normal female
Monday, September 04, 2006
I was not particularly fond of his shows, not that I do not like programs on snakes and crocodiles, but I always felt he was a bit reckless. It would not matter to me that he was reckless with venomous animals except that so many people watched his shows and I am sure many tried to emulate him. I am not afraid of venomous snakes but I do respect them. I have never been bit by one but as I do handle them from time to time it could happen. I am sure he raise awareness for the natural world as well as educated people and that is a good thing.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Now the one downside to selling your home, even at a pretty good profit is that you are going to have to buy another. When I sold my house, it was a sellers market and I took advantage of it, but I moved to Baton Rouge to take a better job and needed to buy a house there. As luck would have it the week I sold my house in New Mexico, Hurricane Katrina hit MS and LA. Baton Rouge was spared most of the destruction, but the population of Baton Rouge doubled overnight and housing prices hit the roof. Houses that weren't selling at 130K the week before sold for 180K after the hurricane. I ended up waiting about 6 months for the housing market to adjust and finally bought a nice 3 bedroom house with about 1500 square feet in a nice neighborhood about 10 minutes away from both me and my wifes places of work. We paid 150k for it, but it is in immaculate shape with tiled kitchen and baths, hardwood floors in the living areas and hall, and Berber carpet in the bedrooms. So far, I am pleased with it.
My best investment, by far, was to buy my first house. I was in graduate school and was only making about 12K a year. My wife was working in a large retail store as a Department Manager and was making nearly the same as me. I had some money saved up and impeccable credit so somehow we managed to buy a house. Now mind you, I was living the life of a grad student, so the house was not luxurious by any means, but it wasn't a dump either. We paid 57K for three bedrooms, two baths, and 1500 square feet of living space. The best thing about the house was the kitchen, it was huge. If I had not gotten a job out of state I would have liked to keep it. However, after living in it for 4 years and putting very little money into it (only minor repairs), we sold it for twice what we paid for it.
Friday, August 18, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
- Paying off my mortagage
Only 29 years to go! Actually I plan to pay at least two extra payments a year to pay it off early.
I would like to retire at 60, but that is only 15 years away. Even though I max out my 401k and put 50% of the remainder in savings, I am not sure if I will be able to swing it.
- Collecting Social Security
Provided there will still be money in the fund when I reach 67 1/2.
Although inevitable, I would like to hold off on this as long as possible.