"Fallen Starmaker", watercolor, 2021.
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Finally fricking finishing this painting was not intentionally coordinated with recent ~events~ but I will absolutely take it. You can read a little more about my long journey with this painting in the last post. I'm just....really really happy with it. Happy to have worked on it, and happy it's done. Still thinking about a title.
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How to help your reptiles through a heat wave
If you’re on the west coast of North America right now, you’re melting and your pets are probably just as miserable. Heat stroke can kill herps, and many are a lot more heat-sensitive than you think. Here’s some tips to help stabilize them and keep them cool!
1. Turn off the heat source; however, if you have a herp that you light, remember that they still DO need UV to digest their food and process their vitamins. Consider cycling the UV on and off at more frequent intervals so that it doesn’t heat their cage up too much.
1A. consider NOT feeding them for a few days. Most reptiles will be absolutely fine with a fast of a few days, and then you can keep the UV off. Is it ideal? No. Will it keep them alive? Possibly. Use your best judgment- you know your animal’s feeding schedule.
2. Provide unlimited fresh water. Even if your animal doesn’t drink from a water dish normally, provide one anyways- they may want to sit in it.
3. Do NOT let your animal have direct contact with ice! However, you can definitely wrap a frozen water bottle in a towel as a cool thing for them to sit upon.
4. Keep your terrarium away from the windows. If you have a basement, maybe put it down there until the heatwave passes. You can also remove them from the terrarium/vivarium/whatever caging you use and put them in a temporary smaller container.
5. Know the signs of heat stroke. Gaping, shaking, staggering, disorientation, falling, or loss of consciousness are all signs of heat stroke in reptiles. Snakes will start corkscrewing or stargazing, and will have a hard time righting themselves. If you see these, call your vet IMMEDIATELY and start cooling them down by gently pouring cool- not cold- cool water over them, starting with their legs. (if they have legs)
5A. I cannot stress how important it is that you do not use water that’s too cold here. It will kill them. Cold water will cause the blood vessels closest to the surface will constrict, drawing blood down into the core of the animal where it will not cool down at all. Cool water will gently lower the temperature of the blood closest to the surface, which will be carried to the brain and other major organs. You must cool them GRADUALLY.
6. Use the glass of your viv as a heat heat exchange. Even if you have PVC or wood, odds are good you have some glass in the doors. Drape wet towels over the glass and point a fan at it. If you don’t have glass, this works... kind of ok with PVC/plastic, but it’s basically useless for wood.
7. If your animals are outdoors, provide shade and a sprinkler.
8. In the wild, animals escape the heat by burrowing. Because you have a much smaller environment, you can’t really provide a much cooler soil layer- but you can provide hide box with really wet substrate.
9. Try and get your reptile to drink. Being sprayed with water will stimulate them to drink. If they don’t respond to being sprayed with water, call the vet immediately.
10. Consider getting one of those portable AC units and getting all your herps in one room- the room with the portable AC units. Unfortunately, this might be hard to do because those are sold out in a lot of places.
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