Responsibilities of Owning an Exotic Snake


By, Crystal S. Kauffman, Staff Writer

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The Burmese Python and other exotic snakes have been getting bad press coverage lately in South Florida. I have decided to investigate the actual meaning of being a responsible owner of one of these exotic snakes. I found many interesting websites, which can educate a new snake owner. These snakes need special types of housing and care, so the new owner must be prepared to accommodate their growing needs.
Knowledge is Power

Before buying the snake, a person needs to consider the expenses associated with buying these exotic animals. The animal will require veterinarian care, special housing, live animals, and so much more as they grow. Take time to study and know what type of snake that you are interested in owning. Many new snake owners buy the snake as a baby and don’t realize how big they can become. In the right conditions and housing, these exotic snakes can grow to an enormous size and length.

Veterinarian Care

Every year or so, the snake will need a check-up or other medical care, but emergencies will pop up from Time to time as well. Take time, before purchasing a snake and find a vet that is able to treat reptiles like snake and lizards. Not every veterinarian will offer this type of care, but the potential snake owner should look around for a local vet that offers this specialized care. Ask other reptile owners and pet shop personnel about the veterinarian that tends to their reptiles.

Special Housing

The snake will need an escape proof wooden cage that will allow the snake to grow for several years before having to be replaces. Most people build their own reptile enclosure, but they must be sure to consult a reptile cage building website before attempting to build one. An owner should never use a standard fish aquarium for housing, because the snake can escape once it grows bigger and stronger. The snake should have clean housing as well, in order to keep the snake from getting sick.

Live Animals

Snakes will eat small animals several times a week, but the amount will be based on their size and weight. They eat live rabbit and rats, which can cost the owner a lot of money after they begin to grow larger. These animals can be purchased at a local pet shop, but some snake owner breed their own small animals to cut the cost down. However, if an owner is squeamish they may not be able to handle feeding the snake live animals.

Conclusion

Exotic snake require special care, as well as a responsible owner who can give them the proper care that they need. The potential snake owner should do his or her homework and interact with other snake owners. The snake will need the new owner to provide proper medical care, escape-proof housing, and live animals for the snake to stay healthy. However, this type of care can get expensive, so before making the purchase the potential snake owner should weigh the cost.
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©2011, Crystal S. Kauffman

Do You Have An Illness Support System?


Zachary, Miranda, Me, and Trey-c. Part of my support system.

Zachary, Miranda, Me, and Trey-c. Part of my support system.

As a cancer patient or a caregiver, you will learn so much about a devastating disease that rarely leaves survivors. Everyone is hoping and praying for a cure to be found quickly, but more research is needed in order for this to happen. However, there are other ways, in which you can help yourself fight to live. This will be a spiritual, physical, emotional journey for everyone around you.

Laugh Everyday

Learning to laugh every day, no matter what you may be facing in the future is important for anyone touched by cancer. Start by finding a sense of hope, in the midst of an unsure future and pain beyond description. Cancer sucks, but we most make the most out of the time we have with our families. Don’t fret over the small things, instead go out and have a day of fun that your loved one will never forget.

Focus on You

Next, look for a hobby or spend the night dancing with someone you love. Spend time doing the things you love, like taking a vacation to the mountains or visit an amusement park. Always find new ways, to help you beat the cancer blues and the fear involved in the cancers. Current research shows that loneliness and sadness lead to a quicker death. So, go have fun, instead of feeling helpless and frustrated with your current situation.

Create Memories

Then, be sure to write a book about your life, as a keepsake for your family and their children. In addition, you could make a scrapbook for each of your children, but first you will need to gather up your favorite pictures. Try to forget your troubles and focus on pleasing yourself instead, since most doctors agree the laughter is the best medicine. Be sure to get your daily dose and pass it on to your loved one and friends.

Get Healthy

Research has show that changing old habits will help you live longer, so quit smoking and adopt a low fat diet. Remember to eat lots of veggie and fruits, in order to build up your body’s immune system. Exercise regularly, in order to maintain your physical strength and health. Start slowly and work your way up to 30 minutes of Cardio exercise a day. Then, you will want to add strength training into your daily routine.

Conclusion

Enjoy the precious gift of life that you were given, no matter what you are facing tomorrow or in the future. Furthermore, lean on your faith for spiritual comfort, while traveling on this bumpy road. It is necessary to make yourself happy and change your unhealthy habits, so you will begin thriving. Therefore, focus on learning to live and laugh, because it is another important step toward becoming a healthy survivor!

My Husband and my son. They are also part of my support system.

My Husband and my son. They are also part of my support system.

 

My husband Karl

My Husband Karl

My Reflections and Goals


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As a young girl, I always dreamed of writing novels or writing for my city’s local paper. Every day, I told my friends that someday, they would see my name in the newspaper on the front page. They would generally laugh or make comments about my head being in the clouds. After hitting a hurdle in high school, I thought I would never be an author, columnist, or journalist. I am so thankful for the opportunity to chase my educational goals while I was down, due to my cancer treatment and aftermath.

My Education Goals

However, I returned to high school and graduated in 2006. Next, I signed up to take a course with the Institute of Children’s Literature. I earned my certificate for Writing for Teenagers and Children in late 2006. Now, I have earned an Associate’s Degree in Arts of Business in 2008, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in 2011. For the past 15 years, I have been writing short stories, poems, and have written several novels that I am working on now. I am also writing stories and articles for different magazines and books like Guideposts.

It is a Way of Life 

Journalism and columnist jobs require that the employee to be available on a moment’s notice, especially when news is breaking around town. However, I am a twelve year cervical cancer stage 2B survivor, who had aggressive treatment to become cancer free. I am disabled, so I cannot chase stories to become a major journalist. So, I have two blogs that I am using as a column and publishing several articles and stories on different subject matter.

Writing is My Passion

I love writing, so now I write articles for my blogs or I write for magazines as well. Additionally, I am writing an articles and novels now full time. I am a new author when it comes to novels, but I am determined to continue writing. Thankfully, I am very versatile in my writing, so I have three novels coming out which are different genres. I have already publish two small books, a poetry collection and a short stories book for children.

It is a Career

I love meeting new readers and fans, especially as my writing grows and I continue writing things about this I love writing about. I love knowing that my fans and readers enjoy my work, so if you stop by my blogs. Take a moment to leave a comment or even just say HI. Each day is a new day to bring my readers new ideas, stories, and more. Thank you for supporting me in my career choice and I hope you enjoy my future writings.

Respectfully Yours,

Crystal S. Kauffman

XOXOXO

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Dante-Part 1 is Finally Here


Get Your Copy Today!

Get Your Copy Today!

**RELEASE DAY SALE**

This weekend only, to celebrate the long awaited release of Dante-Part 1, there is a sale on the entire series. All books are stand alone PNR with the exception of Dante as the story was too big to put out in one book. Dante- Part 2 is quickly following, don’t worry! (Part 1 is 140K words, roughly 400 pages) Even though they are stand alone, they should be read in order so you will understand the worlds that the author has created.

 <Angels, Demons, and Romance that will heat up your Kindle!>

Happy Reading Vixens!!!!!

Keltor should be read first, then Ratha- The Magic Within, and then Dante-Part 1. So, with that said, get your copy today and be sure to tell a friend. Indie Author Jennifer Sage has created wonderful worlds and characters in the Guardian Archives series that will come alive as your reading this sexy yet sensual book. Enjoy watching the soul stirring romances evolve between the characters, as each world builds in your imagination. This not your average paranormal romance, instead you will find that this book is different from any other book in this genre.

(WARNING: Mature audiences only!!!!! (18 and older only.)

Keltor is reduced to 1.99http://www.amazon.com/Keltor-Guardian-Archives-Book-Jennifer-Sage-ebook/dp/B0082TWQAI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1414853797&sr=1-1&keywords=Keltor

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Thank you for allowing me to share my favorite author Jennifer Sage with you!

Introducing a Hot and Steamy New Book….”Chat Rooms and Chat Lines!”


Chat Rooms and Chat Lines

This story is hot. It is funny. It is serious…..and it is real! (For readers 18 and older only.)

Author Divine Ortiz’s book titled, “Chatrooms & Chatlines” is a book that is sexy, humorous, yet sensual all at the same time. This book is a wonderful read for adults only!

This book is more descriptive and detailed than most romance genre books that you may be used too. However, this book is for readers who like romance, humor, and sensual writing.

Additionally, it is for readers who love steamy moments and erotic bliss throughout the entire book.

This talented author did an amazing job with showing the story, instead of telling it. He was able to create images in your mind, but he left room for you to let your own imagination run wild as well. This book is not to be considered a romance novel, because it reminded me of a popular book which I read recently named, “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James. So, with that said, read at your own risk, yet I believe you will enjoy the book as much as I did.

I loved the book because you get to follow the main character as he tries to develop relationships along the way, but not all of his dates or hook-ups goes as planned. Check out his book on Amazon Kindle.

(DISCLAIMER-This book for 18 years and older only, due to the sexual language and R-rated discussions found all throughout the book.)

The Author’s Snippet

“You have a message from……BEEEEEP!” Do you remember when the internet chat rooms were the place to be? The virtual world of internet dating chat rooms was where many went to get their freak on. Some chose the more direct route that was offered in the many by-the-minute phone chat lines that were advertised on BET after midnight, or on the back pages of the XXL magazine.”

If you can remember those days, then you can surely relate to this story. Divine is new to Atlanta, and even though he doesn’t know anyone, he knows from experience that the quickest way to meet women in any state is to jump in a chat room or to dial into a chat line. Travel with Divine as jumps in and out of chat rooms & chat lines……and relationships.

This story is hot. It is funny. It is serious…..and it is real!

 

Link to order your own copy:

http://www.amazon.com/Chatrooms-Chatlines-Divine-Ortiz-ebook/dp/B00IEC7OS2/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1409364837&sr=8-9&keywords=zitro+publications