Furry and Scaly

For this week’s Fun Monday, Lisa wants to meet our furry or scaly pals.  Little does she know, we have both…lots and lots of both. 

I asked Shaun if he had any photos of all of our critters and he told me he thought he did but he didn’t know where.  So he started to tell me how to access them from the network.  I honestly tried to follow what he was saying but my glazed over eyes decided that it would be much easier to grow wings and fly.  So I grabbed the Beast and started on my photo safari. 

First stop was Jenny.  She’s our sweet guinea pig that doesn’t get nearly enough attention. 

pets jenny

Our two handsome boys, Buddy and Baby Nigel were very interested in Jenny.  She didn’t seem to mind them sniffing her at all…as long as they left her snack alone.  It was when they thought it would be fun to bat at her that she started squealing. 

pets nigel pets buddy

I quickly got Jenny safely settled back in her cage, then the boys and I headed to the Zoo Room.  This is every little boy’s (and one big one) dream room.  It contains all sorts of creatures.  I started to take a photo of the corn snakes when one started to come see what that lens was doing in it’s home.  Naturally, I was startled and jumped back.  This, of course, made Shaun really nervous and he suddenly realized how easy it would be for him to find those photos I had asked for.  So…all remaining photos are Shaun’s. 

This is one of the corn snakes I was trying to capture.  If you look at KT, you can see how long ago this was taken. 

pets corn

Of course what reptile collection would be complete without a red-tail boa? This is Petunia.  She’s quite lovely…but not really very nice.  I always tell her that she had better hope nothing happens to Shaun.

pets boa

Another critter you don’t want to mess with is this beauty.  

pet scorp 

I’m sure this scorpion has a name, but I’ve no clue what it is.  I don’t know the name of this cuddly looking tarantula either. 

pet tarantua

Then again…I don’t even know what this poor little critter is

pet thing

But I do know what this is….we have three different species…

pet roach

I’m sure there’s some more stuff down there that will either make you go Cool! or just give you the heebie jeepies.  Plus we have our dogs, the rest of the cats and a fish. Shaun really, really wants to get another dog…and a bird…and a hedgehog…and…

See this is what happens when a child grows up without pets.  Don’t say you aren’t warned!

(If you need a fur fix now, scroll down a couple posts to see our sweet Sissy)

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48 Responses to Furry and Scaly

  1. Peter says:

    Ok, you are leading the menagerie stakes at the moment, and there is some pretty erious competition too.

  2. The very nice man says:

    Personally speaking . . I like your photos but I think there might be some gasps from the nervous female readership??!

  3. Snakes?!!!! Are you kiddin’ me? I hate snakes. LOL

    Now the furbabies are cool. I can handle those.

    Have a great Fun Monday!

  4. Lynne says:

    Oh my! Jenny is very cute. I love the look you caught in her eye. The cats are cute too. I’m not as fond as your other “pets” however. Rick had a boa named appropriately “Bo” when I met him and he was kind of fun except for the time we left him in the bathroom and couldn’t find him for a few days. We ended up taking the bathroom vanity apart to pry him out. The cats enjoyed watching him being fed. Poor mice …

    What do you do with the menagerie when you go away? Who can you find to care for snakes, spiders and other assorted things???

  5. Pavel says:

    Oh, no… You lost me after the first three pictures. I don’t like snakes or critters! ROFL…

  6. Lisa says:

    Wow, I thought your post said ‘scary’ instead of ‘scaly,’ and I’m sticking to that!

  7. chrisb says:

    Guinea pig and cats I can cope with as to the rest ~ remind me not call if they are out of their cages or tanks- see I don’t even know how to care for them!!

  8. I can do with out the last 4, but all others are cool. My brother has 2 snakes and one is an albino. My brother in law has a guinea pig and they have taught it to wave.

  9. Jay says:

    I hate snakes. I REALLY hate snakes.

    And that boa really looks scary. 😉

  10. Sandy says:

    I’m good with the snakes but the bugs and scorpions and tarantulas? Do your kids know how lucky they are that you are the mom and not me???????

  11. Stephanie says:

    You have pet cockroaches?!?!??! AND a tutanula? Not to mention the scorpian. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay…the snakes I could handle more than those things. Ick ick ick ick ick. I’ll stick with cats and dogs 🙂

  12. Mojokat says:

    I’m in agreeance with most the comments, the fur family is adorable (loved the pic of Baby Nigel, his eyes are gorgeous!), but I could do without the others, I’m not an insect or arachnid fan at all, and Snakes aren’t very high on my list, either…but hey, at least someone out there appreciates them!

  13. Lisa's Chaos says:

    YOu made me run screaming from the computer. That’s a LOT of creepy pets! Wow, you do have a zoo! I like Jenny though. 🙂

  14. jill says:

    dammit you should put a ‘spider’ warning at the top of that post.. gosh i almost wet myself. scared me to bits!

  15. cathicollins says:

    yuck…you need more soft and cuddley pets! i just got the shivers…holy crap!

  16. Kell says:

    That is the most amazing collection of pets I’ve ever seen! A boa named Petunia? LOL all day on that one.

  17. SwampAngel65 says:

    Yay! Nice to see I’m not the only one around here that likes a variety of animals, including snakes. I draw the line at guinea pigs, though. I think I must have a bad, repressed childhood memory regarding one because I have a hard time even looking at them! All the other critters look very cool and interesting!

  18. Dawn says:

    Well, my son says, “Those aren’t pets, regular pets, they are cool pets”. Hmmm, he has always had a ton of pets and his share of the reptilian kind. He does know the work involved and has decided that they are cool to visit but he doesn’t want anymore. So, the next time we are in your area, we will be stopping by your zoo. In the mean time, we will stick to our furry pets and the couple not so furry ones we have. You do have some cute furry pets too (well maybe not the tarantula), and in the last photo in that other post, Sissy looks like our Minnie.

  19. Karina says:

    I was fine until I reached the tarantula picture, then I actually felt my stomach do a flip-flop. I am seriously creeped out by tarantulas…it’s something about the furry legs…and a childhood trauma too, but that’s a story for another day. YIKES.

    That other critter that you don’t know the name of? That’s kind of cool. And Jenny is adorable!

  20. Kaycie says:

    I was totally with you until we got to the snakes. Not in my house! And a scorpion? Ewww! We kill those when they sneak into our home.

    The guinea pig and the cats are lovely, though.

  21. renate1945 says:

    A scorpion and a tarantula? Oh my, I wouldn’t be able to sleep with them in the house.

  22. I would NOT be able to sleep with the bugs and snakes in my house!! Oh. my. gosh. Jasper will just have to be a cool enough pet for me!

  23. Joy T. says:

    Our guinea pig Lucky lived for 11 years and we still talk about how excited he’d get when it was time to play. Their little squeals are priceless…unless it’s squeals because kitties are playing with them! I think I already insulted someone today by saying the scaley creatures give me the eebie jeebies so I won’t say it again. But….

  24. Frances says:

    What a neat collections of creatures small and smaller.
    Give everyone assorted pats and greetings from Frances

  25. Peggy says:

    The unidentified creature is a praying mantis – a very cool variety of mantis at that!

    I had no idea you had that many creatures in the house. Please keep the guinea pig away from the boa constrictor!

    I’d have a whole menagerie myself If left on my own.

  26. You are a brave, brave woman.

    Brave, brave woman.

  27. Shaun says:

    This is Shaun, Susan’s husband.

    The mystery creature is actually a leaf insect from Australia. They look scary, but are quite harmless. They love blackberry leaves. It’s latin name is “Extatosoma tiaratum.”

  28. Cheryl says:

    You are the king and queen of furry and scaly. I salute you. Now let me get back to my barren home 🙂

  29. Freakazojd says:

    Wow, menagerie is right! You are one cool mom. I grew up without pets too, but I can safely say that we won’t be having any snakes/spiders/bugs for pets here. Even if my son takes after his father and sneaks all sorts of things into the house, they’ll go right back out again. We have 2 cats, and I’m happy with that. 🙂
    All of that said, Jenny is SOOO cute, and your cats are gorgeous too.
    (Ok, I also like the colours on the snake and the leaf insect looks cool – just not as pets, haha!)

  30. Marla says:

    I’m in the heebie jeebie catergory! LOL!

  31. Alison says:

    Yikes..I thought my house was bad!! My son does want a snake now, so we might get one of those…but I don’t think I could handle a scorpion and those other nameless creatures…tarantula maybe!!

  32. robinellablog says:

    WOW! Your house is almost as good as our local zoo! I love that guinea pig and her eye looking back at me. So cute.

  33. anglophilefootballfanatic says:

    AHHHH!! All those creepy crawlies are giving me heebie jeebies!! The guinea pig was cute tho!

  34. Well, not the sort of pets you can take to the park and throw a frisbee to. I am not sure you can even walk them – effectively. Can they do tricks? Other than make the guiena pig disappear? Ha. No btter way to teach about the different species. Good to diversify!!
    Come round and visit sometime… but we have boring pets compared to you…. NLM

  35. Linda says:

    Hi Susan,
    I saw the snake and thought, well, thats kinda creepy, but not that unusual, then I kept scrolling down! Oh My! And you seem so normal in all other respects! Yikes, how do you sleep at night with all those kreepy krawley kritters milling around? At least it’s not boring – no, not boring at all!

    On another note, I’m linking to you you on my site tomorrow, because you’d mentioned you’d like to participate in my fledgling Tribute Tuesdays. I’ve really only got a couple, but hey it’s a start right? Thanks for being brave!

  36. Faye says:

    Susan you are a very tolerant woman! Loved the photo of Sissy–please tell me she’s not reclining on a mousepad. . .

  37. Wendy says:

    Okay, I was right with you at the guinea pig. Loved the guinea pig and the cats. But then ….

  38. Sirdar says:

    You were doing pretty good with the hamster and the cats. But I must say that you have the most interesting pets so far that I have seen.

  39. Pamela says:

    I’m in the heebies jeebies category

  40. Jenn says:

    I always admire a mom that can let her kids have tarantulas. At my house I have a rule about sticking to 4-legged and furry. So we have 2 dogs and 2 cats; I’m willing to pay for the therapy they’ll need because they weren’t allowed snakes!

  41. Ped Crossing says:

    What a zoo! But you lost me on the snake. We stick with furry or fishy.

  42. Ped Crossing says:

    What a zoo! But you lost me on the snake. We stick with furry or fishy.

  43. Ped Crossing says:

    What a zoo! But you lost me on the snake. We stick with furry or fishy.

  44. lauramcintyre says:

    I have no idea if im wanting to visit your home or run screaming, i like the idea of all those animals but in one room? Ok the scorpion scares me, have a scary encounter in Africa once and it put me off for life.

  45. Jo Beaufoix says:

    Jenny is gorgeous. I grew up with guinea pigs as my brothers were allergic to pretty much everything else, but they really do make lovely pets. She is very sweet. The cats are also cute. The snakes, erm, not too bad, but the scorpion and the spider, noooooooooooooooo. You are a very brave lady. I am not. Shiver.

  46. Ann says:

    Love the snakes – not sure about the other creepy crawlies.

    The new Fun Monday topic is now available. 🙂

  47. Tiggerlane says:

    Are those COCKROACHES? OMG…OMG…the snake? Not so bad – but the SCORPION? TARANTULA??

    I have to go lie down, now…

  48. Daisy says:

    Shaun would probably bond with my Dad and sister. They are just as crazy.

    We even have similar pets! Though I think my Dad has some eagles, and weird birds too. Oh, and sea turtles. 😀

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