3 Facts about Poison Dart Frogs

Have you considered getting Poison Dart Frogs as a pet? They are wonderful to see, in all the colors of the rainbow. Most are tiny, and they do need some specialized care, but they’re not that much more difficult to keep than, say, a fish or a hamster.

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Fact One: The most common question about these tiny jewels is “Are they really that poisonous?” Well, the short answer is, it depends. In the wild, they are. But in captivity, they aren’t. Apparently, something in their diet in their native habitat contributes to their toxicity, and they don’t get that in a captive environment.


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What do you feed Dart Frogs in your home, then? Crickets and fruit flies are the most common diet, and are the easiest to find, too.

Fact Two: You DO have to spend some time getting their home ready first! You’ll have to build up your terrarium over a few weeks before it’s ready to hold your tiny jewels, and many Dart Frog owners find that process very enjoyable.

Some of the things you’ll need are tropical plants, mosses, an automatic misting system with filtered water, and the enclosure itself will probably cost more than the inhabitants!


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The great part of that is, that once you get the environment set up successfully, the actual frog keeping isn’t difficult at all. In fact, if you get the environment set up, and manage to get opposite sexes, you’ll most likely have lots of eggs and then baby frogs, too!


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Fact Three: Dart Frogs are different than most frogs in another way: they take care of their offspring! Males usually tend the eggs, making sure they stay moist, and then moving the hatchlings to water.

In some species, the male will call the female and court her, inducing her to lay infertile eggs which are then fed to the tadpoles.

Other species will have larger numbers of eggs and babies, and in the wild the male and female will feed and care for each tadpole in its own tiny pool.

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Breeder Patrick Nabors has been in the business since 1994, and his first advice to anyone interested is to buy from a reputable breeder. While some people might think this is just a ploy to get sales, I have found this to be true with any animal and especially true with exotics.

Think about it – do you really want to spend money on a pet that may have been bred from sickly or poorly fed parents? Or a pet that’s got diseases or parasites that you won’t ever see or know about until it dies? How about one that’s suffered through the process of being caught, “packaged”, and (possibly illegally) imported? Not only would you be throwing your money away, you’d be supporting the trade in illegal animals.

Image by Jonathan Stegemann from Pixabay

Poison Dart Frogs make amazing and gorgeous pets for your home or office, but you do need to consider whether you’re actually ready for the whole process, and whether you want to commit the time and energy to do a proper job of keeping them.

If you’re still wanting to hop into Dart Frog ownership, purchase “My Poison Dart Frog Journal” https://amzn.to/2EI1NW2 to get some facts, some trivia, and a few froggy quotes as you build your habitat and prepare for your very own tiny living jewels!

As always, complaints, comments and criticism always welcome at FlamingPurpleJellyfish@gmail.com

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne Hasty

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Robins Nesting in the Porch Rafters…

I’ve been watching our ‘house’ Robins for 2 or 3 weeks now.

We spotted the nest, probably right as it was finished. So, when I go out on the porch to use my rowing machine, or my computer, or just to read, they both keep a close eye on me!

I could tell when she started to incubate her eggs, because she was watching me VERY closely.

And for the last two or three days, she didn’t come off the nest but a couple of times that I saw.

Today, everything changed, though! Both birds were flying in and out of the rafters, completely ignoring me.

At a strategic moment, I got the ladder up and peeked, and here’s what I saw:

I believe there are three tiny, ugly baby robins in the nest! I’ll be keeping tabs on them. It’s truly incredible how fast baby birds grow!

Scientists believe that birds evolved from the lizards, and when you see baby birds in all their homely beauty, it’s easy to see why. They look pretty lizard-like when they’re tiny. The down will fluff out and cover them in a couple of days, and then the feathers, and after all, what’s a bird without feathers, anyway?

The American Robin is a member of the family of Thrushes and it’s a migratory songbird closely related to the Bluebirds. They arrived here in Kentucky a couple of months ago, but are just now starting to hatch out their first clutch now. Many people don’t know that most of the songbirds will hatch at least two sets of babies in a season, some will even go for three if the weather and food is good.


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Our Robins here are very busy now gathering worms, crickets, and what few grasshoppers are out this early. Now that they have three extra mouths to feed, I’ll put some mealworms out in the feeder to see if they’ll try those.

Until tomorrow, then…

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne Hasty

#turdus migratorius #babyrobins #robinsraisingfamilies #

Daffodils Nodding in the Breeze…

Photo by Simon Bowles courtesy of Unsplash

Here in Eastern Kentucky, the daffodils have been blooming for about a month already, and they’re so cheerful looking! I grew up in the Arizona desert, and daffys did NOT grow there, except in a pot for a while, in the house.

I still get side-tracked here, seeing clumps of sunny yellow, white, and even orange daffodils blooming in the middle of empty fields, on hilltops, and in the many small family cemeteries that you’ll see driving around.


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We started planting daffodils as soon as we moved into this house, and two years later, we’re beginning to see some real results!

We have daffys along our driveway on both sides.

There’s daffys in the front flower garden.

And there are daffys in the side garden, as well.

Oh, and don’t forget, there are three BIG bunches of daffys in the basement waiting to get re-planted, that my hubby and son rescued from a neighbor’s field. I have given bags full to the next door neighbors, too, just to cut down on the re-planting!

Can’t wait for next year!!

As always, comments, criticism, and complaints to me at FlamingPurpleJellyfish@gmail.com

Have a blessed day!

With Grace and Gratitude

LeslieAnne Hasty

#flowers #flowergardens #flowergardening

Peafowl Are a Fun Country Pet

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We had Peafowl at our ranch in Arizona. They were really interesting, but very loud in the Spring especially. The Peacock has a call that he uses to attract hens from far away, through the jungle, so it has to be really loud!

If you have neighbors closer than a mile away, you probably want to let them know if you get Peafowl! That loud call sounds like a woman yelling “HELP” to a LOT of people, and your neighbors can be understandably upset to hear this if they don’t get an adequate warning. Also, Peacocks will call at night if they’re disturbed, so they’re not the best pet for those who have trouble sleeping!

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If you’ve been lucky enough to see one spread his tail like this, you know it’s one of Nature’s amazing displays! What I learned recently is that there’s a sort of rustling, clicking noise he makes when he’s adjusting his fan (I had heard this) that is a particular sound frequency, and the hens have special feathers on their heads that are actually tuned to that exact frequency, so that they can find him no matter how thick the jungle.

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Another thing most people don’t realize is that a Peacock or Peahen can fly! They’re actually incredible to see, the only thing I’ve seen that even comes close is watching a Wild Turkey fly. They’re about the same size and build (except for the tail), and watching these big, bulky birds soar just made my heart sing!

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Peacocks shed their tail every year, and every year it just gets bigger and better. So, don’t feel guilty for getting those amazing feathers, they’re all natural and freely donated every Fall!

Want to learn more about Peafowl? Here’s a book that’s way better than a diary, and a heckuva lot more educational than a plain journal:

My Peacock Journal https://amzn.to/2Er13Dj available NOW!

Questions, comments, criticism? Contact me at FlamingPurpleJellyfish@gmail.com

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne Hasty

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Kentucky Wildflowers are Springing Up All Over!

Just another DYC (Darn Yellow Composit)
LeslieAnne Hasty (c) 2019
Twin-leaf
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Wild Violets in Clover, Grass, and Yarrow
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Potentilla (I think)
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Wild Cherry
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Redbud flowers close up
LeslieAnne Hasty (c) 2019

As always, corrections, comments, and criticisms welcome at FlamingPurpleJellyfish@gmail.com

With Grace and Gratitude

LeslieAnne Hasty

#Kentuckywildflowers#appalachianspring#Appalachianhike#Kentuckyhiking#Appalachianwildflowers

Hiking on the hill

Yesterday my son took me on a “baby hike” to show me some of the plants he’d found while running the Beagles. Here are the photos:

Trillium by LeslieAnne Hasty (c) 2019
Bloodroot LeslieAnne Hasty (c) 2019
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I’ve got to look this one up, not sure about the name!

Here are some more:

Wild Violets LeslieAnne Hasty (c) 2019
Wild Cherry LeslieAnne Hasty (c) 2019

Today we’re going to get photos of some more lovely Kentucky Spring flowers!

As always, comments, corrections, and criticism welcome at FlamingPurpleJellyfish@gmail.com.

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne Hasty

Our Bunnies Are NOT Spoiled!

New baby bunnies are SO adorable, even my teenage son couldn’t help but play with them!

As they grew, they stayed cite, and got played with even more!

It’s crazy having a cuteness overload every day!

Two of these babies must have some lionhead genes, because they’re very fluffy around the neck. Here’s one, above…

This is Niblet, the one Ty decided to keep as his own. He’s training it to let him clip the sharp ends of its nails.

Short but sweet today! As always, though, comments, criticisms or corrections welcome at FlamingPurpleJellyfish@gmail.com anytime!

Have a FABULOUS day!

With Grace and Gratitude

LeslieAnne Hasty

7 Facts about Sugar Gliders!

You know that incredibly cute animal at the flea markets that they call a sugar glider or honey bear?  Well, they’ll sell you that adorable critter without telling you some REALLY important information!!

Before you spend your hard-earned money on a tiny creature that “isn’t any trouble at all”, make sure you read this!! 

First, what IS a Sugar Glider? “Petaurus breviceps” is an Australian marsupial mammal about the same size as a Northern Flying Squirrel “Glaucomys sabrinus”. They have a pouch like a kangaroo. Their babies are the size of a grain of rice when they’re born, and they have to climb up mamma’s fur to get to the pouch, and attach to a teat for milk. Here’s a photo:

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1) Sugar gliders are naturally nocturnal.  This means that they come out at night, and that’s when they generally want attention, food and water.  Some gliders will adjust to being awake during the day, but their biological clock tells them to be up at night. If you aren’t a night person, think about how that will affect your home life.  They WILL run around in their cage, run on their wheel, and they do BARK when they want something!! 

2) Sugar gliders require a special diet to stay healthy, and they can easily live 15 years!  This means you will have to make batches of food ahead and freeze it in ice cube trays, in order to feed them properly.  The ingredients aren’t hard to find, and it’s not difficult to make, but you can’t just feed them dry food like you can a dog or cat.

Cute sugar glider at home

3) Sugar gliders are not usually a good pet for a small child.  They will nip or bite if they get scared(like any animal), and they have very sharp teeth!  They can also nip you accidentally when you are giving them treats, and they can draw blood easily! If your glider hasn’t been well-socialized as a baby, they’ll be startled by a child’s quick movements and loud noises, and some gliders won’t ever get used to that.

4) Sugar gliders really need daily handling.  If you are a person who gets tired easily or has to travel a lot, this is probably not the pet for you. You MUST get them out of their cage EVERY DAY to play, jump and climb on you. This is SO important to keeping them tame and friendly.

5) Gliders do NOT potty train (as a general rule).  They will mark you as their territory and this means you get pooped and peed on every day.  If you are very picky about this sort of thing, this is not the pet for you!

Thomas, Comet and Ivory taking over my back!

6) Male gliders CAN and SHOULD be neutered. They will continue to breed the females as long as they are alive.  Neutering ensures that you don’t end up with a colony of 30 from the original 2 or 3 you brought home (True Story)!

7) Gliders love company! You should always get two, preferably same sex pairs who have grown up together. In the wild, they live in colonies of ten to a hundred or more, and living by themselves isn’t natural for them. One human doesn’t replace all that interaction that they’re designed for!

And besides all that, they need some other things.   A REALLY BIG special cage, designed for gliders or small birds, in order to have lots of toys and branches to play on while you are busy is an absolute necessity.  A veterinarian who has training in exotic animal care to get your male gliders neutered when they are old enough and for annual checkups.

And, yes, sugar gliders do have a “musky” odor.  If you don’t get your males fixed, they can be pretty strong. Most glider people don’t mind the little bit that remains.

Ivory is a Leucistic glider; she has black eyes but all white fur.

There is a lot of information on the Internet, but honestly, you really have to dig to find ACCURATE stuff.  There are multiple glider rescues out there who are in the business of helping people who get overwhelmed with life,for instance they end up having to move, only to find out that the state they’re moving to has a law against owning gliders. It’s very easy to work with these people and they will educate you on all the things you need to know!

There are plenty of reputable breeders out there who are doing a great job of tracking where their babies go and who’s breeding with who.  If you decide that you want a baby, PLEASE find a GOOD responsible breeder!  This means that you won’t end up with a glider whose parents were siblings, has multiple health problems or who will die just as you really get attached.  A good breeder will always want to keep in contact and help you out.  They can help you find a local veterinarian who does annual checkups, neuters and answers questions!!!

There are several reputable Glider owner and rescue groups on FaceBook, many of whom will assign you a “Glider Mentor” to answer your questions and help you out.  If you’re not sure where to look, drop me an email at FlamingPurpleJellyfish@gmail.com and I will be happy to get you hooked in!  Also, I recommend “My Sugar Glider Journal”, (available on Amazon at  https://amzn.to/2xlars6  ) as a way to get some more information, and to give yourself time to decide if gliders are right for you!

In conclusion, Sugar gliders are NOT for everyone, but if you decide you want to be one of those special people, PLEASE be responsible and do it right.  There are too many gliders out there who suffer in terrible conditions, and you don’t want to make it worse, do you?

As always, thanks for reading! Comments, complaints, corrections or criticism is welcome at FlamingPurpleJellyfish@gmail.com

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne Hasty

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A cat without a tail?

Have you ever had the pleasure of meeting a  Manx?  Manx cats are naturally tail-challenged, and are a bit different from your ordinary cat…

This is my current cat boss, China Belle.

Manx are originally from the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, and they can have no tail at all, like China here, or a stubby tail.  Manx with no tail at all are most valued for showing.  

The “taillessness” is classified as a spinal defect, but in no way should you consider a Manx cat “handicapped”!  Manx tails come in varying lengths, from the “Rumpy” like my China (zero tail) to “Rumpy Risers” (a knob of tail) to the “Stumpy” (a short tail that’s ofter curved or kinked).  “Longies” have a long tail, but still shorter than most other cats.  

Manx can have short hair, long hair, or even in-between.  The longhaired variety is called the Cymric, and Manx or Cymric may both appear in the same litter.

Photo by seven song via Unsplash

Manx typically are rounded all over. Round-faced, round-bodied, and round-eyed, they’re just round all over! It makes the silhouette quite distinctive, even without the “missing” tail.

Manx have longer back legs, and this makes them very agile jumpers. You shouldn’t be surprised to see them at the top of your bookcase, snoozing contentedly. This also makes them walk with a bit of a ‘hop’.

Snoozing on the couch back.

I’ve read that Manx are lap cats, and I have to say that’s a bit misleading. My Manx insists on sleeping behind my legs at night, sitting next to me on the couch, and will only grudgingly take up position on the couch back is anyone else wants to sit on the seat.

Some authorities state that Manx love water, and this may be true of pure Manx, but my mix doesn’t share this trait. She will touch water if there’s a fish swimming under the surface, but that’s the extent of her interest.

Manx are very intelligent, and VERY handy with their paws. They are frequently able to turn on water faucets, open cabinet drawers and doors, and pick up toys from the floor.

They also tend to get the “galloping ???” racing around the house, sliding around corners and generally being fast. When China gets done with her lap running, she’ll slip up next to me on the loveseat and take a nap.

Photo by max sandelin via Unsplash

One last thing about Manx – every one I’ve ever had was just as vocal as a Siamese! China will talk to me whenever her food or water dishes are empty, whenever she feels that it’s time to go out on the porch, or when she feels her litterbox is not clean enough!

As always, questions, comments, corrections or criticisms are welcome at FlamingPurpleJellyfish@gmail.com. I love to hear from YOU!

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne Hasty

The Redbuds, they are a-blooming!

Image by Mike Goad from Pixabay

This week in Eastern Kentucky, the Redbuds are putting on their spring finery, gaining a fuchsia pink glow all around the edges of each tree.  It’s a very distinctive color, and right now when most of the trees and shrubs are still debating whether spring is truly here or not, the Redbuds are a truehighlight in the woods.


Redbud flowers are edible!  I found this.out while doing a spring bird watching your at Carter Caves State Park, down the road near Olive Hill, Kentucky.  The tree is classified in the family that includes sweet peas, so it’s actually a legume like a pea.  “Cercis canadensis” may or may not have the ability to fix nitrogen into the soil like most plants in this family,  I found that different sources disagree.

 

Image by Jing from Pixabay

Another fun fact about the Redbud is that the flowers actually form on the branches and the trunks of the trees!  Scientists call it “cauliflory”, and the Latin term translates as “stem-flower”.  Each flower leaves a tiny bump behind it on the trunk or branch, and the older the tree gets, the bumper its stems will become.  Few plants use this strategy in the temperate zones – most of the “stem-flowering” plants are found in tropical forests.

The Redbud is the state tree of Oklahoma, they only get between 15 and 30 feet tall, and they make a lovely background counterpoint above a bed of flowering bulbs such as daffodils, hyacinth, or tulips.

When the flowers begin to fade, the beautiful heart-shaped leaves take over, and they’re quite pretty as well! They start out pinkish red, turn green, then fade into soft golden yellow in fall. Here’s a photo of a newer leaf:

Image by Rebecca Matthews from Pixabay

If you have some room in your yard for a small tree, I’d suggest the Redbud as a great addition. They’re tough, always love pretty, and will reward you with years of blooms and a little shade too! In the fall, they’ll reward you with a golden glow that will have your neighbors asking “What IS that tree?”

Image by Deedster from Pixabay

I hope you enjoyed this post about the Redbud. As always, feel free to comment, criticize, or question me at FlamingPurpleJellyfish@gmail.com

Have a lovely day!

With Grace and Gratitude,

LeslieAnne Hasty

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