Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Awesome Christmas List

My awesome Christmas list

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas albums
Any Kidz Bop album I don't already have
A Faerie Hissi (owning or BEING one)
Eastern Indigo Snake
A Maractite Paint Brush
Real-life Hissi plushie
An eyelash viper
Help from Caramel Apple when I want to cook
Okay, all the My Little Pythons as real snake-kids
Any Neopets merchandise (including Neocash cards)
Any Lego set involving interesting pieces or reptiles and amphibians
The Snake Charmer minifigure scheduled to be released in January
A leucistic cobra
An albino reticulated python
An unconverted Plushie Hissi (owning or BEING one)
More Serpentine parts to snakeify innocent minifigures
The "NT Star" avatar
A Scriblet Petpetpet that actually is willing to attach
Two azureus poison dart frogs
A Lego brain slug and One Ring that actually belong to me
REAL LIFE Hissi morphing potion
Real life Hissi
REAL LIFE Faerie Paint Brush (to be used with the morphing potion, please don't ask)
Clippy as an actual sentient paper clip who would help me write
200 dollars

Yes, I want to BE a Faerie Hissi. Because, hey! Just be yourself. Unless you can be a Faerie Hissi. Then you should be a Faerie Hissi!
Faerie Hissies and all other Neopets copyright Neopets 1999-2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Breaking News:New species of pit viper in Sumatra

In Sumatra, a new species of pit viper was discovered recently. This species has been christened
Trimeresurus sumatranus and it's been confused frequently with Trimeresurus hageni because they have similar coloration and are rather similar species, being large, green pit vipers found in the lower elevations of Sumatra. The main reason that they've been confused with each other was because the British Museum of Natural History only had one young specimen that shared the same green color as T. hageni. (I'm sorry about my usage of scientific names, but, being a newly discovered snake, T. sumatranus doesn't yet have a common name.)

Image of T. sumatranus, from Wikipedia.

Vogel, Gernot, David, Patrick, Sidik, Irvan. "On Trimeresurus sumatranus (Raffles, 1822), with the designation of a neotype and the description of a new species of pitviper from Sumatra (Squamata: Viperidae: Crotalinae)" Amphibian & Reptile Conservation 8(2) [General Issue] 1-29.

Monday, December 8, 2014

The Caduceus-intertwined serpents

This is a school project, may not be directly related to snakes.

    Do you ever notice when looking at something medicine-related that you often see two snakes intertwined on a pole, which sometimes has wings? You might wonder why this strange symbol is associated with medicine. And you might have never guessed that it has mythological origins.

    Hermes, the Ancient Greek messenger god, once stole some cattle from Apollo, the god of music. To make up for it, Hermes gave Apollo a lyre made from a tortoise shell and Apollo gave Hermes the Caduceus, a staff with two intertwined snakes representing their friendship. This staff could restore the sick to health and bring the dead back to life. Because snakes shed their skin periodically, they symbolized healing and renewal. The intertwined snakes also represent balance for disease prevention. According to legend, the staff was used to separate two snakes who were locked in eternal combat. When they wrapped around the stick (maybe they were constrictors and the staff was mouse-scented) they started looking at each other peacefully rather than fighting. As a result, the staff and its serpents became a symbol of peace as well. The staff is also used for commerce in a form with the snakes removed as Hermes was also the god of commerce and traders. The Staff of Asclepius, Hermes' son, is like the Caduceus, but it has no wings and only a single serpent which, through the shedding of its skin, represents revival and youth.

    Would a Caduceus, as in the two intertwined serpents, ever happen in real life? Probably not. Most snakes are solitary animals and wouldn't coil around a stick that wasn't a horizontal tree branch, let alone intertwine with each other. The only thing that might come close to a Caduceus would be the connection between breeding snakes. If somebody were to try to get their captive snakes into an intertwined position, they would probably have to use significant posing. Don't try that at home!

Caduceus image, from ipharmd.net

Friday, December 5, 2014

Herpy Holidays:Escaped Snake

Anyway, to continue our Herpy Holidays event, here is a parody of Deck the Halls surrounding something many owners witness:an escaped snake.

Why is your terrarium empty?
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Little snakie in the venty,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

You are missing, I shall find you.
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
I will thaw a mouse to remind you.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Yes! I saw a tail right under there!
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Oops, that's just a string on that chair.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Maybe you're inside my sofa.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
In the bath, behind my loofa!
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Through my house, you wildly slither.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
I think you are coming hither.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Why are you inside my sweater?
Fa la la la la, la la la la.
Finally we come together.
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Herpy Holidays:Carol of the Shells

*sings It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year* Hello, Alli's Snakes readers! Anyway, you're probably ready for the holidays. Now, in the winter, reptiles and amphibians aren't out much, but you still want to incorporate reptiles and amphibians into the festivities. Put your pet snake in a tree? Already did that. Put your python or lizard in a Santa hat? Already did that too. And suppose you wanted to do some caroling. Well, how could one do that involving reptiles and amphibians? Luckily, here is my solution. Reptile-themed parodies of Christmas carols. Without further ado, behold Carol of the Shells, as in turtle shells, to the tune of Carol of the Bells.

Carol of the Shells

Hark! How the shells
Sweet turtle shells
All seem to say,
"Please go away.
Leave us alone,
this is our home.
Go somewhere else,
don't touch the shells."

Do not touch us
That's what they say
seeming to scream
All protesting
Get out of there
'Cause they are scared
From everywhere
They cannot bear

They all will say,
"You cannot stay."
One good affair
Get out of there
Flee from their lair
Don't even stare
You are aware
They're very scared
Get out, get out, get out, get out of there
Get out, get out, get out, get out of there

On they protest
They're highly stressed
I should address,
they're quite distressed.