Newts Rule!

Hi,
Greenie and Brownie turned the blog over to us today.
We are Randall1 and Randall2 the fire-bellied newts that live here.  Named after the very famous actor Randall in Monsters, Inc.
This is a great place to live.  We have lots of “land” space and lots of “water” space.  Also, there are some wonderful places to hide.
The food is great.  If we act like we aren’t eating we even get fed wax-worms by hand.  Now that is room service!  And, there is plenty of other food we love like brine shrimp and crickets.
Mostly we either sit under an overhanging rock or out in the open on a rock where the light from above warms us while we stare out into the water.
We are good friends with Brownie and Greenie the fire-bellied toads that live with us.  We often just hang around with them.
There are a lot of fish in our realm which we watch all day.  Just staring down into the water.  The male and female guppy had babies which are very tiny right now and catch our eye often.  The neon tetras don’t come close to the surface of the water but if we concentrate hard we can see them way down there.  They are very pretty to watch.  Then those pesky striped fish which started out as three and has now dwindled down to one are interesting to watch because they swim so fast.
April complains because we don’t move much.  So, the other day we thought we would show her and she actually got footage of Randall2 moving.  Not real fast, but moving.
Randall1 is the quiet one and she hardly ever moves when people are watching. 
Randall2 will move but seems to think very hard before he even moves his head.  He makes every movement precise and deliberate.  It reminds April and Tony of the chameleons they saw at the pet store one day.  Even when Randall2 blinks his eyes it seems like slow motion.
But, when we get in the water we move like lightening!
Here is a great video of us “moving.”
Kind Regards,
Randall1 & Randall2

Newts cuddling

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Just Hanging Out

Today we are just hanging out. 

April cleaned our tank and we were pretty mad for awhile, but she always makes it look a little different each time and it is nice to have new areas to explore.

But, when she is cleaning the tank she puts us and the newts into tall container.  That gets us sooooo mad!  We try to jump out but it is too high.  Today Brownie tried to crawl out.  He slowly climbed straight up the side of the container.  Just as he was an inch from the top April told him he had to get down and picked him up and put him back on the bottom of the container.

By the way, if you have fire-bellied newts and/or fire-bellied toads make sure there is a good cover on the tank they are in.  Randal1 and Randal2 our newt friends don’t move much, but they can climb right up the side of the tank.  Randal1 climbed up the side of the tank today and just stayed stuck there for hours.  If the tank didn’t have a cover on it he could have crawled right out.  Not a good idea for a newt or a toad since there isn’t enough moisture in the carpet to keep us alive.  If we crawled out the next thing we would be is a knickknack for the shelf all dried up and dead!

We put together a family photo album for you to view.  Have fun!

Kind Regards,

Greenie and Brownie

Greenie under water   Greenie

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We Adopted an Orangutan – Kesi

Kesi hanging around    Kesi ‘child born in difficult times’
Kesi is missing her left hand because some horrible human cut it off!
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Who said fire-bellied toads can’t make a difference?
Okay, so April actually did the work of adopting her, but we’re part of the family too.  That makes us siblings to an orangutan.  No, we know orangutans did not evolve from toads.  Especially since evolution is and always will be a theory not a fact.  But, through adoption we can be siblings.
 Right now we have one sibling orangutan named Kesi but we are working on April to adopt some more.
Kesi is a Swahili name which means ‘child born in difficult times.’  This is actually an African name and although there are no orangutans in Africa, because of Kesi’s beginning in life the name suits her well.
You can read her whole story by adopting her at http://redapes.org/index.php.
Kind Regards,
Brownie and Greenie
Brownie  Brownie
Greenie  Greenie

Orangutans – Why did God make them?

Hi everyone,

Well, we watched with millions of others the new show on TV called “Orangutan Island.”

April has always loved orangutans and so we thought we’d check out why she thinks they are so special.

orangs in a wheelbarrel      Now we know. . .

These beautiful creatures are just plain good for the eyes.  They have all the qualifications for a great plush toy animal.  Hauntingly beautiful and intelligent large dark eyes, cuddly soft reddish fur, long gentle arms to be hugged by, large fluffy body to hold close.

The real orangs have such a gentle nature that it has caused many of them to suffer being caged in small crates for humans to look at.  How could anyone be cruel to one of God’s most wonderful creations?

We do not condone, but we do understand why many endangered species are poached.  So many people in the world are starving and willing to kill any animal to eat or sell to put food on their table and clothing on their children.  Of course, not all poachers are in this category.  Many are greedy and just as long as they can make lots of money during the short time they are on this earth it is all they consider.  Others just like the sport of butchering an endangered animal and are so selfish they could care less about the animal they kill or their own children’s future on this earth.

But, what we don’t understand is capturing living animals and torturing them either directly with pain or placing them in cages to be pets and then letting them suffer slowly.

As far as we can tell no orangutan has ever killed a human being so what have they done to deserve such treatment?

They have been too gentle, too beautiful and too ready to accept love.  Humanity could learn a lesson from the orangutans and that is perhaps why God made these wonderful creatures.

Kind Regards,

Brownie and Greenie

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Check out Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation www.savetheorangutan.co.uk or their new partner in the States, Orangutan Outreach at www.redapes.org.

Fluffy the Snake

Hi,
 We haven’t written in a while.  We’ve been busy eating and growing.  We are now very comfortable in our new pad.
Since there isn’t much new happening April said it would be a good time to tell you about the snake – Fluffy.  07-04-fluffy_renamed_8536.jpg
We may as well get this over with.  Yes.  There is a snake in the house.
He was here before us and April says he is not going anywhere so we may as well get used to it.
We will tell you what April thinks of Fluffy — not what we think of him.
Fluffy came to live with April about 3 years ago.  He was a teeny little thing at the time.  Only about 2 inches long and thinner than a pencil.  April says he was very cute.  What do you think?
Fluffy Day 1          Fluffy Day1
Fluffy is a corn snake.  He was born in captivity and April purchased him from a very nice reptile store in Denver, Colorado called Scales and Tales (which is where we came from also).  They specialize in reptiles and have a good reputation in Denver.
Fluffy is red and orange with what is called a saddle-back pattern.  He started out eating tiny mice called pinkies but has worked up to now eating small rats.
He used to shed his skin every time he ate, but now he sheds his skin about every other time he eats.
Fluffy as baby
Snakes don’t need to eat very often and Fluffy eats about every 4-6 weeks.  After which he curls up somewhere warm and digests his big meal.
Fluffy after a rat  See how big he gets after eating a rat!
He has a wooden bird house and a short, squat ceramic vase in his home that he spends time in after eating depending on whether he wants warmth or cool.  Snakes have to rely on the outside temperature to regulate their own temperature so they need a heating element somewhere and Fluffy has one stuck to the bottom of one side of his aquarium that he lives in.
Fluffy in ceramic vase  The king watching over his kingdom.
Snakes also drink a lot of water.  Especially after eating a furry mouse.  Sometimes he hovers over the water bowl for 5 minutes drinking.  He will put his face down into the water and suck it up like horses do occasionally.
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Corn snakes like to climb so April built a tower out of old cardboard boxes in his cage for him to climb up.
But he doesn’t need those to climb.  He will go straight up from the bottom of the aquarium and find a “foot” hold on the lip of the aquarium and squeeze his body on the lip.  Then he starts to move around the lip raising more and more of his body onto it until he finally slips and THUMP! he falls back to the bottom of the aquarium.
April and Fluffy     This is how long he is now.
Kind Regards,
Greenie & Brownie
Greenie under water    Greenie
10-29-07-greenie-and-waxworm.jpg     Brownie

New Study Proves Fire-Bellied Toads Will Eat Dead Food!

Hi,
This is a special news bulletin.
We have obliterated the myth that fire-bellied toads only eat live food.
April and her experimenting has shown that fire-bellied toads will eat waxworms after they are dead.
She attached a dead waxworm to a toothpick and wiggled it in front of Greenie.  Greenie did not hesitate to attack and eat it.
Brownie came jumping over when she saw Greenie eating and April got her to eat a dead waxworm also.
Thinking this may be a one time event she tried the next day to get Greenie and Brownie to eat dead waxworms.  Yes!  It worked again.
Thus, goes the myth that fire-bellied toads will only eat live food right along with the world is flat.
Please keep in mind, even though we will eat dead waxworms, they are not the only food we should eat.  We really need lots of crickets.  We should eat crickets 9 times more than waxworms.  Also, it is very important that the crickets are gut-feed (have just eaten a lot and have a gut full of food) in order for us to get the nutrition we need.  And, don’t forget the calcium powder.
Which brings us to crickets and what they eat.  April has been feeding ours orange slices.  They have grown a lot.  But, after they got so big they stopped eating off the orange slices as much as before and seemed to stop growing.  So, she put a dead waxworm in with them.  They all ran over and it was gone in about 1 minute.  We are hoping that now they will get even bigger and we will be having larger portions in the near future.
Next, April will attempt to get us to eat dead crickets.
We will be adding another feeding video soon.  It is a much better video of us feeding.
We have a video of Randall 1 eating waxworms off a toothpick and we’ll see about putting that one up at a later time.
Kind Regards,
Greenie and Brownie
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P.S. April wants us to add that Greenie is a very aggressive eater and that should factor into the fact he will eat dead waxworms.  An example of him being an aggressive eater was when she fed Randall 1 a waxworm today.  Greenie tried to eat the waxworm after it was already in Randall 1’s mouth.  He had all of Randall 1’s head in his mouth!  He did this twice before April could get a flat rock in between them to keep him away from Randall 1.

Hunting Crickets – by Brownie and Greenie

Did we have fun today!
We went hunting for crickets.  We have to admit we are pretty good predators when it comes to hunting those wiley crickets.  Even though Brownie missed one of two in the excitement.
April puts the long black tube from the cricket keeper into the aquarium which is filled with crickets and knocks it against a rock.  This makes Greenie perk up and turn around to check it out.  Greenie just waits near the bottom of the tube for the crickets to immerge and then VOILA! a cricket for supper.
Brownie has been more timid but is starting to catch on to the “tube in home–crickets for supper” routine.  She still doesn’t like anyone or anything to make sudden moves.  If that happens she is quick to hop as high and far as she can.
Enjoy our home video!
Brownie & Greenie