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Bearded Dragons aka Australian Lizards as Pets

My son has Bearded Dragons as pets.   We buy crickets and mealy worms which I’m hand feeding to him in this picture.  He also eats vegetables like raw romaine lettuce, half-boiled carrot slices, half-boiled potato, rose petals, dandy lion greens, herbs, and other summer bugs.  The insects have to be alive and moving around, or they won’t even attempt to eat them.

They originate from Australia and have been bred in captivity and are accustomed to human hands. They will grow to up to 24 inches long.  If you want a pet reptile, this is the one to get. They make a great pet for all ages. They don’t get too large, they can eat a wide variety of available food, are active during the day, they don’t try to get away by jumping around, and are very gentle even when handled.

Kathys Animal Figurines on Etsy

Yellow Spotted Salamander

Spring is in the air, as we all head outside for fresh air and the warm sun.  We gather our hand tools and rakes for the tedious job of cleaning up the fall and winter mess.  Just raking the garden leaves is a job within itself; they're wet and heavy and usually full of sticks and last years blooms.

I am also cleaning out our window wells, which apparently love to collect the leaves. While reaching down with my hands and grabbing a cluster of wet, soggy leaves I see a black squishy thing.  I thought, that's a really ugly slug.  I moved the remaining leaves and uncovered the coolest creature I've seen in a long time.  A yellow spotted salamander.  I gently picked him up and he just laid still.  No movement at all.  Was he asleep?

Well, I needed to clean out those wells, so I brought him into the woods and buried him under some damp leaves and hoped he'd make it in his new location.

In doing some research, the spotted salamander usually makes its home in the woods near…