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This is a discussion on the critters within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by dougroc Is Butch a ball python or a burmese? Will he eat ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dougroc View Post
    Is Butch a ball python or a burmese? Will he eat frozen rats or do you have to feed live?
    butch is a ball...and he will only take live rats. ive tried introducing the live ones and then killing them myself so he isnt injured but it doesnt work. ive had only one incident where the rat bit him. it was a little unnerving for my partner to have to hold him while i treated the tear in his skin. healed well though...

    bruce and connie...macaws would frighten me. anything with a beak strong enough to break a broomstick! yikes!

    and clint...talula is named after the song. it took some time to find a name for her, but it was perfect. myra ellen wouldnt have done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smwboxer View Post
    Here's one of our guys, Dick. He's a northern pine snake.
    nice snake! how big is he?

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    I love Butch's coloration and markings - quite handsome, Jason!

    And Bruce, how is ole' Murph? He must be getting old! How long do they live?

    And Clint, you have to read Up from Jericho Tel!

    McJulie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    I love Butch's coloration and markings - quite handsome, Jason!

    And Bruce, how is ole' Murph? He must be getting old! How long do they live?

    And Clint, you have to read Up from Jericho Tel!

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    Murphy is doing just fine. He is 16 years old. These birds can live to be over 80 years old.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Murphy is doing just fine. He is 16 years old. These birds can live to be over 80 years old.

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    No kidding!!! I had no idea. Is Murph driving yet?

    A friend had a striking bird, maybe 10-12". It was a saturated red and blue. I don't remember the species name...something like invertus(?)

    She said it was named that because the male and female showed the greatest color dimorphism of any bird. The females were red/blue and the males were green/yellow. Any idea what it was? Or maybe Gin might know... It was a noisy thing!

    Bruce, the Aussie Den thread was on a keiki discussion and it made me wonder whatever happened to your Neobenthamia gracilis keikis. Any news?

    McJulie

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    Quote Originally Posted by cakedaddy View Post
    nice snake! how big is he?
    He's about 5 feet now. When we first got him he about 12" long and about as big around as a pencil.

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    McJulie, try Eclectus for the species of parrot from Australia. Female red and blue, male a grassy green.

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    Wow, that's it! Thanks, Cindi!

    Here's a link describing them for anyone interested:
    Eclectus Parrots: Species Information and Photos

    Do you have, or have you had, birds, Cindi? I don't know enough about them to know one pretty-colored, mouthy bird from another. To me they're all parrots. That's why I was curious what this one was.

    What was fun was that it was Julia Glass' bird. She won the 2002 National Book Award in 2002 for The Three Junes. She lives here in Marblehead and has two sons (7th grade and 5 grade, I think) and I knew the older son loves fantasy and really enjoys reading advanced review copies of books, because he gets to see them before anybody else. I had a few for my forthcoming book, so I took one over to him.

    The bird squawked and screamed when I first came in, but settled into silence while I met the boys and we chatted away, right beside the bird cage. Then when I went to leave, it went into hysterics again. Not one much for change, I guess!

    Thanks for the ID, Cindi!

    McJulie

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    Julie,

    I was gonna suggest Eclectus, but Cindi beat me to it. And does she have birds, you ask? LOL Check out this link to a recent thread with a pic of some of her birds:
    http://www.rv-orchidworks.com/orchid...cymbidium.html

    Bruce, what do you bird owners do with birds who live so long? That's gonna outlive most humans, or at least virtually all humans who acquire them as adults.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orchidzrule View Post
    J..Bruce, what do you bird owners do with birds who live so long? That's gonna outlive most humans, or at least virtually all humans who acquire them as adults.

    Cheers,
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    I have already talked to my oldest niece (16 also). She has agreed to take Murphy in the event of my death. Hopefully that will be a long time from now. I knew the conditions going into the relationship when adopting him. When you become a pet owner of one of these large birds that live for a human lifetime, it takes much effort to keep them happy and healthy. Murphy and I have daily interaction and ritual together. He has bonded with me. He is almost like having a child, though he can be left alone during the day for several hours at a time as long as he has toys to keep him busy. He also likes my two old cats very much. He calls them from time to time to his room. "Here, Kitty, kitty, kitty....Here kitty, kitty, kitty...." LOL. And they go. He also loves to whisper my name if I am sleeping or talking on the phone in his room. "Bruce... B R U C E...." and then " hahahahahahah" (he even laughs like me)

    Murphy can be loud, but then again, he is also very sweet. He know when we will be traveling (he loves to travel with me). If he sees a suitcase, he get so excited. He begins ringing his bells and saying every 'good' phrase he can recall. He also LOVES to do laundry with me. When I have a huge load of laundry and I dump it on the bed, he loves to get right on top of the pile and help me pull out pieces and 'get in the way' when I try to fold different items. He will roll down the pile of clothes if I rub his back just above his tail feathers. He loves that. lol. (Sounds like he has me right where he wants me, huh? lol)

    Cheers,
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