This is me with Fluffy, a 12-foot alligator that resides at St. Augustine Alligator Farm.
He's very real, alive, and very well-behaved. He reminded me of a well- trained dog!
My name is Carrie and I love reptiles. Actually, pretty much all animals. Originally from Chicago, I moved to Florida in 2002. By 2004 I had my first snake (ball python) and became a member of a herpetological society and was soon volunteering as a member of the board, newsletter contributor and editor and website designer. I learned a lot, made some great friends, and met a lot of cool people.
Most of all, I learned a neverending love, deep respect, and passion for reptiles and amphibians. They are endlessly fascinating and never fail to amaze me in ways that I can't count.
I am happily owned by a ball python, blue-tongue-skink, and four cats.
I love to read, write, photography, music and going to concerts, history, and a lot more I won't bore you with.
After attending a herpetological society for 13 years, it became too much to travel two hours each way. I missed interacting with the people at the meetings and reptile shows. So I decided to start a blog that provides information about reptiles and amphibians that many people aren't aware of.
I'm not a professional writer or a herpetologist. I'm just a herp lover with an insatiable love of knowledge.
I hope you find this as interesting as I do in writing it!
Reptiles are some of the most misunderstood animals probably in the world. Often they are the subject of sensationalist stories in the media, usually exaggerated or plain false.
They are unlike any other animal on the planet. Snake venom is not only used to make antivenin but is being studied in hopes of developing new treatments from heart disease to brain diseases such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease. Crocodilian blood is also being studied because they have very strong immune systems. They rarely have infections after suffering severe injuries, including the loss of limbs and tails.
But really, who cares about that. There are venomous snakes everywhere and gosh darn it, they can bite and kill. I can help with that! The earliest of my blogs deal with snakes - what to do if you cross paths with one, how to discourage them from being in yards, how to identify them, what to do if bitten - and more importantly, what not to do. I also talk about the myths surrounding them.
After that, I write about various reptiles and amphibians that I find fascinating, and I hope I can inspire interest in other people. That is why I began this blog.
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning." ~Albert Einstein