Journeyman distillery’s single malt and bearded dragon WIP
That’s right folks, commissions are open!! Finally made a fancy info sheet with updated prices and samples! Like it says on the bottom, e-mail me at email@example.com if you’re interested, or message me here!
I greatly appreciate reblogs to spread the word! ｡◕‿◕｡
Holy crap I painted a finished thing just for fun for the first time in ages and her gross boobs are all up in your face now.
Obviously her name is Ma.
She is single and looking to mingle! ;)
Dog Assist: GONE WRONG: Gone WILD
get you a’ lizard or i willl fight you
What if some theropod dinosaurs had fluffy, mobile cheek feathers, like some modern birds, that would puff out when they were happy??
More studies need to be done, we must investigate further!!
Phlox!! different colors in my neighborhood.
Winter was sooo harsh that springtime feels like a dream. And two months over due! The whole town is crawling out squint-eyed from our hibernation stations like we didn’t believe the seasons would ever change. Why would Nature stop trying to kill us by freezing?? WHATS THIS MADNESS
Like today I saw a bunny in a field of flowers WITH bumblebees AND bird song?! ( ;@ A @;)
Alright, let’s get one thing out of the way: nothing you do as a private reptile keeper has any possible benefit for wild animals except stopping more from being extracted from the wild. The exception being those individuals who set up institution-recognised, carefully managed breeding centres using private funding in their own private space without commercialising it. But 99.999% of herp keepers and breeders are not in that camp.
The trouble is, the majority of breeders are producing inbred offspring (either through negligence or on purpose for the creation of morphs) and are not tracking their blood lines through studbooks. A lot of the breeding is also done at a diffuse level - numerous individuals exchanging animals across the country or the world - and in these cases the record-keeping is even worse. Without a studbook or records of bloodlines, it is easy to wind up with genetically inviable populations and smaller than expected effective population sizes. The result is that any potential re-introduction might suffer from serious inbreeding depression, and result in a collapse of the reintroduced population.
When animals are initially imported into the pet trade, exact locations are often ignored. This can be a serious problem in cases where the taxonomy of a given species is not entirely clear, even when studbooks are relatively meticulously kept. For instance, the entire population of Uroplatus ebenaui in captivity is completely invalid from a conservation perspective, because the origins of the animals coming out of the wild have not been traced, and we now know that U. ebenaui is in fact nine species which are probably able to interbreed in captivity. Without keeping track of where the imports came from the existing population is worthless, and only record-keeping from here on in will be in any way meaningful for the conservation of these nine different evolutionary lineages.
Axolotls are another really good example. The axolotl is Critically Endangered and nearing extinction in the wild. It is easy to shrug this off as not being a big deal because there are so many axolotl in captivity that the idea that they might soon be extinct altogether is ludicrous. The trouble is, the animals in captivity (except those maintained in research institutions, breeding facilities, and zoos) are completely inviable for the re-establishment of the wild axolotl. Many have been crossed with the Tiger Salamander to create the albino axolotl morph, and of course hybrids are useless for conservation, and the rest have not had their bloodlines carefully traced. So while you might argue that the axolotl is going to survive, the loss of the wild axolotls may prove irreversible. Certainly pet owners and breeders are not going to be involved in its recovery.
I have come across a lot of people online claiming that they are somehow helping the conservation of species by keeping and breeding them in captivity, and selling the offspring. Almost 100% of the time this is bullshit. As I’ve said, yes, it is good for the wild animals to be producing captive-bred individuals to remove pet-industry pressure of collection from the wild. However, we must remember that pet-industry collection as a threat to the survival of most species is faaar down the list of threats to a species. That is, until the species is Critically Endangered. For example, the ploughshare tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora) from Madagascar is now Critically Endangered. Somewhere between 300 and 600 individuals exist in the wild. The initial population decline was not because of the pet trade, but rather due to loss of habitat, introduced livestock, and especially consumption as food. Now, however, the major threat really is the pet trade: rich individuals from Eastern Asia and the US are funding the black market collection and export of this species, and as much as 20% of the known population has been found in a suitcase bound for the back yards of rich assholes who think their own desire to own one of these precious animals is more important than the survival of the whole species.
I would be reluctant to say that breeding animals in captivity necessarily harms conservation efforts. Certainly it is not as beneficial as the average keeper might like to think it is, but as long as the animals being bred in captivity are not escaping and/or interbreeding with wild populations, it can’t be particularly damaging to conservation efforts, except that perhaps people don’t realise just how threatened axolotls are.
IMPORTANT VIEWS FROM A HERP SCIENTIST
Fantasy and Science Fiction Metal Sculpture by Tim Roosen
Artist Website with more in this series
"Asylum is a collection of life-size heroic warrior women and twisted creatures made of a variety and combination of metals, such as mild steel, burnt copper, stainless steel, cast bronze and aluminium.
Inspired by an overdose of Sci-Fi movies and tons of fantasy literature, these creatures have a definate dark, warrior-like feel.
Metal, a cold and lifeless material, is cut, hammered, shaped and welded into organic, living creatures of dreams and nightmares.”
Female figurative art where beauty and sex is NOT the main draw, but instead the feeling of power, threat, and horror in that body??
Where the power is IN the female form not AGAINST it, while not sexualized?? (well some more than others)
With indifferent, uncaring inhuman faces???
OH MY FUCKING GOD SOMEONE HEARS MY WISHES!
He’s just made some characters with a very specific mood I really love but rarely see.
MAN I’d buy one right away if I could.
I want to MEET THEM
BE FRIENDS WITH THEM
CONSULT WITH THEM ON MY LIFE CHOICES.