Sharing some print knowledge. If you have any other questions, just ask!
I think animal-owners of tumblr, experienced and new, should be reminded of the dangers live prey can bring down on your animal. I have permission from the original person to post this here. The original can be found on iherp. I pretty much just copy-pasted, so not much more to read there.
Please, please do not feed your pets live prey. The pictures and the story under the cut are graphic and heartbreaking.
Even the smallest mouse can bite through your fingernail, do not leave them alone with your snakes.
My california kingsnake, Saturn, hasn’t eaten anything for a couple of months now, which sounds like it should be a problem but is perfectly natural for cold-blooded creatures. Still enough to make this mammal quite worried, however! Information on this kind of behavior seems to be scattered, but I’ve done some digging and for my benefit (and hopefully yours) I’m posting my research here.
I’ve determined that a snake will stop eating for many different reasons. They could be unhappy with their living conditions (cage too small, not enough heat in the basking area, no good places to hide,) they could be about to shed (look for transparent edges on the scales or blue milky eyes,) they could be reacting to seasonal cues (shorter days, colder temperatures might trigger hibernation,) or if they are female they might be ovulating. In Saturn’s case, it’s ovulation!
In this post I’ll cover how to figure out if your snake is female, how to tell if she is ovulating, and what to do about it.
If you’re trying to start a freelance illustration business, keep your day job for as long as you have to.
As much as you might hate your day job, the steady paycheck gives you the power to say “No” to bad clients.
Hold on to the power of “No.”
If you quit your day job too soon you’ll mix your dreams with desperation.
And when you’re desperate, you forfeit the power to say “No” to bad clients.
And when you say “Yes” to bad clients, you say “No” to your dreams.
McIllustration is just inspiration-sucking frustration.
Your time, energy and talent are better spent working on personal projects for your portfolio than on low-paying gigs for bad clients.”
So for the longest time, how people made straight lines in tegaki e BOGGLED MY MIND. I can’t even begin to tell you guys how many times I’ve googled “how to make straight lines in tegaki” with little yield in actually getting an answer. Some results hinted at a trick of the keystroke, but that never worked for me, and then today I learned that maybe there is a browser glitch that some people are able to take advantage of? It sounded really complicated (but thanks for the insight, playfuleye!); anyway, my point is, I’ve been using tegaki for around 4 years now (my first account pon was created sometime in 08), and it’s taken me about that long to get this right.
So, for all you having trouble with drawing straight lines in tegaki, here’s how I do it. Be advised: if you have a lot of straight lines to make, this can be very tedious! Tutorial time!
Snake Ownership Tips:
Snakes make awesome low-maintenance, low-cost pets. There are some things to consider though, like…
Snakes can live for over 10 years in captivity.
The internet says California Kingsnakes grow to 3-4 ft long. It lies. Two years after the picture above, that snake is 6ft+.
Get a cage with strong clasps or the snake will try to muscle out of it (as pictured.)
A good rule of thumb for feeding - Use a prey animal (completely thawed at room temperature, not frozen or live!) no more than one and a half times as round as the largest part of the snake. Feed it (in a separate cage!) a few days after it poops.
Snakes are quick to react, but slow to think. They can startle easily and may strike or spray goo if they are suddenly handled or woken up (especially when they are young.) Give the animal time to notice you, then slowly and firmly pick it up from about a third of the way down from its head.
The most important parts to watch on a snake are the head and the tail. If the head and neck are straight and the tail is waving slowly, that is a relaxed snake. If the head is perfectly still and the tail is gripping something, that is a nervous snake. If the head and neck are pulled back to an S shape and the tail is rattling, that is an angry snake.
A snake may strike with its mouth closed and bump you as a warning. If it is very angry or hurt, (or if you smell like food because you didn’t wash under your nails after making hamburgers,) it may try to actually bite you. If it gets you, stay calm! Pulling away could rip it’s teeth. Instead, grab it a third of the way down and rub its scales against the grain. It is uncomfortable and the snake will let go to try and get away from it.
When the snake sheds, it is important that all of the dead scales come off. Especially from the tail tip! If the shed scales are ripping or sticking, try more humidity or a water bowl big enough for the snake to soak in.
That’s all for now… Feel free to ask questions!