Anything & Everything
I always loved this thread because 95% of the things going on in our lives probably don't need their own threads, but we want to share more than just 5%!
I have three weeks left until I leave for my annual fall vacation! Tinley Park NARBC is one of the U.S.'s biggest reptile shows and this will be my third year going (I stayed home in 2017 because we were hosting the Midwest Herpetological Symposium that month). Last year I saw mandarin rat snakes, which were super cool and thrive at the cool end of room temperature (like several of the other Asian rat snakes). There were some really gorgeous animals and displays and I ended up taking 650 pictures last year. This year, I'm going to try to take a more reasonable amount of photos and I'll probably share a set of the coolest stuff in the gallery.
We've managed to stretch our usual 2.5-day vacation out to 3-4 days, so we're leaving Thursday evening the 10th and coming back probably Monday... and this is the longest I've ever left Peter at home for! Since my sister rents the upstairs rooms, I'm arranging for her to feed and check on the iguana over the long weekend. Everything else should be fine, but Peter needs food daily and it's hard enough to leave her enough produce for 2-3 days without something spoiling. I am feeling very lucky about having my sister around for this.
Tinley was excellent again this year and I even saw some rare kingsnakes that were new to me, like the Thayeri and pale milksnakes. Black milksnakes are on my life list, since they start tricolor and turn black as adults, and also grow 5-7’. I found a melanistic lacerta, which I, at least, thought was cool. Also, there’s the Panda Total Eclipse leopard gecko that looks like a tuxedo cat and this little Central American Banded gecko that I brought home.