Our axolotl is sick, probably with septicemia. The cool thing about treating amphibians with antibiotics is all you have to do is drip the meds onto their backs and let them sit for half an hour. The skin is so porous the medication ends up becoming systemic. Just to make sure the little guy hadn't swallowed anything like a stone or shell, the vet did an x-ray. Here's what giving a Mexican salamander an x-ray looks like:
I agree with this rant by John Cole. I eat out five nights a week on average and I tip 30 - 35% as standard. Sometimes more. I don't buy alcohol or desserts at a restaurant so I feel like I owe the server a bit of what they may have missed out if someone else had been sitting there. It's been argued that this actually makes the wait staff's job even easier but I don't agree.
New Years Eve Party involved pizza and bowling, with the big screens of Times Square playing above the pins. At 44 seconds left in 2016 I announced I'd welcome the new year in with a strike at exactly midnight. Made my approach at 4 seconds left in the year and all ten pins fell as the numbers on the tv screen turned to 00:00.00. True story. I have witnesses.
Poor quality, but I found a trick trying to post this. It was taken on a phone and uploaded to Facebook, and Facebook won't allow you to export videos. So to hack this simply open the video in a new Facebook page and copy that URL. Paste it into a new window and change "www" to "m". This opens the video in their mobile site. Hit play and as the video is playing right click and save. It will download as an mp4 which can then be uploaded to Youtube. The quality isn't great because it's still in the camera's format.
I've hatched thousands of skate eggs (mermaid's purses) and this is only the second set of twins I've ever seen. As they grow the case won't have enough room and they will both die, so my plan is to cut them out of the case in a few months and grow them in a bowl of filtered seawater.
Today Star Trek turns 50, and I have to thank the franchise for providing what in the boy and my's case has been a great quarter century of father-son bonding material. For the long-timers who might remember Graham filling in for me here back in the day, today he turns 27.
Mole crabs are those little grey egg-shaped creatures you see at the beach when you dig in the sand at the water line. If dug up they disappear again in a second. I designed, and George brilliantly constructed, a habitat for these crabs that mimic the crashing waves on a beach. This exhibit opened today and is now my favorite out of all the displays at Biomes. Watch it in action below:
I have a new feature at Biomes where an adult with a birthday coming up can reserve a time to feed their favorite animal. I'm not charging anything extra for this. Here's our first visitor taking advantage of this by feeding Obi the octopus.