Tuesday Tips - EYES!
Eyes are what convey most of someone’s expression. Body language is important, but “eyes don’t lie”. There’s a reason why someone who’s lying will generally try to avoid eye contact. We are biologically set-up to “read” someone’s inner feelings by looking at their eyes.
In storyboarding, if I’m in a real hurry to make a sequence “read” better, I will try to hit the eyes and facial expression as best as I can before anything else, especially if it’s an emotional scene.
Have a great Tuesday, everyone!
The environmental impact of oysters, in one photo
The water in both tanks came from the same source. The one on the right has bivalves. Not only do oysters naturally filter the waters in which they live, they can even protect humans from destructive hurricanes. For more, read about New York’s efforts to bring back oyster populations in the once-toxic Hudson River.
Delicious AND helpful. Who knew?
(photo via Steve Vilnit on Twitter)
Updating that dragon size chart thing I did recently!
Each color corresponds with the breed’s element (confirmed that Skydancers are Wind and Wildclaws are Nature). As of this moment, these are the largest possible dragon sizes on FR (found using this wonderful spreadsheet here).
Oh wow, this is really good. The grid + outstretched wing + nose to tail was a smart idea and made this very accurate!
The Jeweled Skeletons were originally found in catacombs beneath Rome in 1578, and distributed as replacements under the belief they were Christian martyrs to churches that had lost their saint relics in the Reformation. However, for most, their identities were not known. The receiving churches then spent years covering the revered skeletal strangers with jewels and golden clothing, even filling their eye sockets and sometimes adorning their teeth with finery. Yet when the Enlightenment came around they became a little embarrassing for the sheer amount of money and excess they represented, and many were hidden away or disappeared. Koudounaris tracked down the dead survivors. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]
Canadian Tumblr Post photoset #3
Want to see more?
Limacina antarctica (Swimming sea snail) by Alexander Semenov
Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled with the Brilliance of Life (2011)
"Eccentric Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s intriguing art installation at the David Zwirner gallery in New York tussles with a tough concept that most of us have a difficult time wrapping our heads around – infinity. Her ‘I Who Have Arrived In Heaven’ installation features infinity rooms that let visitors take a step into an enchanting and endless space."
This has to be the most beautiful celebration on the planet.
Your pancakes come with a complimentary angel. Do enjoy.
*happy squeaking and pancake nibbling*
crispyfishsticks replied to your post: “I’m a little disappointed with the zoo med UTH… Especially the medium…”:No, sadly this is something I have learned today (yay learning!) I’ve been looking at thermostats, I’m having an..odd time trying to understand exactly how they work though?Are you using a thermostat? All heat sources should be on one. THG heat tape & a hydrofarm thermostat destroys zoo med stuff any day.I’ll probably have to switch to the THG Heat tape ( not probably, I am most likely going to, especially with the possibility of three BPs coming in).How do the thermostats work with the THG?
They work by measuring and regulating the temperature of the hot spot. I wouldn’t trust any heat source without one, even the little zoo meds (you just never know, and it’s not worth the risk to the animal imo). Here’s Cherry Coke’s quarantine tub. It’s sparse & sized for a 4’ animal. Hides on the hot & cold sides, water bowl, and a humidity monitor she pushed into one of her boxes:
I typically set up my tubs with a piece of THG adhered to the outside of the bottom on one side with aluminum tape. The thermostat probe is taped to the inside on the hot spot so it can measure the heat.
If you go through RBI, you can buy a 12”, 6”, or 4” strip of THG - whatever fits your tub. Make sure to also buy a wire/clip/insulator kit and ask them to assemble it in the comments unless you want to put everything together when it arrives.
I get mine pre-assembled so it’s plug and play when it ships in. The heat tape plugs into the thermostat, I set the thermostat to the desired holding temp, and then tape the thermostat probe to the hot spot inside the tub because I’m looking to regulate the spot where the snake is going to sit and not necessarily the heat tape itself… which will have to heat more or less depending on ambient room temps/enclosure material/substrate.
Both THG & flexwatt tape reach high temps (~120F+). They’re also cheaper, longer lasting, and more reliable than what you’ll find at pet stores. Too, this stuff is way more convenient where re-usability is concerned so if you’re planning on expanding your collection in the future it’s definitely a better way to go. Compare a strip of THG (under $10 assembled) )that’s been used on more than one quarantine tub since it’s been here:
To a few of the old zoo meds ($30+ a pop for mediums) I bought in my first year of keeping. These pads were expensive, they don’t seem to heat as thoroughly, and they get gross if you use the adhesive. They’re technically not made to be used more than once. They’re sold as a ‘permanent’ heat source, and removing them from the bottom of an enclosure can ruin them (although there are ways around that and they come off tubs with less effort and no chemicals, you just have to be careful). The point is to keep you coming back to buy more.
Anyway, back to thermostats.
Hydrofarms are low cost, reliable thermostats that work well running singular UTH heat sources (heat tape, heat pads, whatever you’ve got). They are great for quarantine tubs, although I would not recommend them for running entire racks or RHPs.
If you’d rather look into higher quality herp thermostats now, I would recommend herpstats or the Vivarium Electronics models. The former has a ton of options depending on what version(s) you buy, and works fantastically on pretty much everything. The latter I’ve no experience with but I know several boa breeders who use them (and they’re stackable, which is awesome).
And then, if you want to double/triple check the hot spot temps, you can grab a temp gun and/or digital thermometers.
Hope that helps!
Awesome write up, Crispy!
And just to put it out there, those cheap Zoo Med heat pads are definitely capable of getting hot enough to do some damage. I think like a week after I got Mosh (so like, two years ago now??) I had a Zoo Med short circuit and melt the bottom of his tub as well as leave a scorch mark on the shelf I had his tub on, and that even was with a thermostat to regulate things.