Monday, December 12, 2005

Your herps and your vacations in the winter

Yes, it's that time of year- wintertime. Winter brings with a whole host of problems for herp owners. Foremost among them, of course, is the dreaded power outage. It's really important to plan ahead for this.

First off, you should already have a portable container for your herps. If the power goes off and stays off, put your scaley little friends into their temporary home and move them to the warmest part of your house.

Chemical handwarmers (often marketed to hunters) can be stuffed inside socks and used as a temporary heat source, and if your oven works you can heat natural rocks and use them in the same way.

These, however, are stopgap solutions. You need to have an alternate place to keep your herps, preferably in a different part of town that might have power when you don't. And if you're going out of town, put together a "herp evac kit," with portable lights and heat apparatuses. Nothing fancy- this isn't a permanent relocation. All you need to do is pact your stuff in the travel boxes, set them where a friend can find it, and go on your merry way.

Monday, December 05, 2005


All my life, I've had real Christmas trees. When we were growing up, dad would take us out to pick the tree- sometimes, we'd even cut our own. After I moved in with Jer, I insisted upon having the real tree (and he kindly set it up for me, despite his allergy to pine sap).

This year, though, I will have a fake tree (I'm ignoring the tiny fake I had in the apartment because there was no way in heck I was dragging a tree up 3 stories). I have decided that with 4 cats, one of whom is actually small and light enough to climb up into the little 5 footer I normally get, fake will be better. This makes me sad.