Normally we call it pet hates however I wanted today to talk about pet likes. I was asked by big Red Apparel to talk about something other than gym clothes in my most recent blog, instead of talking about the latest fat calipers and gym shorts today I get to talk about my other hobby besides bodybuilding. A vet little known fact, but something so many people love when they find out is that I am a keen reptile enthusiast and hobbiest.
I currently have a spare bedroom in my house that I use to home several really useful boxes (rubs) and vivaruims. At the moment I use these to house snakes and lizards, more specifically, 3 common bow constrictors. One Columbia rainbow bow, one royal python also known as a ball python, one jungle amieva (jungle runner) and one bosc monitor (Savannah monitor).
All of these animals have their own individual benefits, the boss monitor for one i should maybe check with a fat caliper from time to time to check his bodyfat as seems to be constantly gaining. Despite outgrowing his average size, he is still growing rapidly and shows no sign of stopping. Fed on a bodybuilder like diet of protein, protein and more protein. No carbs and only a small amount of fats, my monitor lizard eats almost daily anything from eggs to salmon, having only the occasional few insects just to stimulate him and have him have to hunt. They don't do much to fill him as even a full box of size five locusts has him still running about expecting more after such. Just like us guys and girls trying to stay in shape so we can look good in those gym shorts and keep our measurements when we measure body fat with a body fat caliper in the single digits, it is a great way for him to get in some enjoyable cardio. Come to think of it, food is the only time he moves fast for anything haha.
When he was a juvenile, he used to run and hide whenever the vivarium glass was slid open but now he strolls to the front to be great you when you enter the bedroom. I like to tell others and myself that it's because he wants to see me, but I know myself it's because he wants food.
Like a dog, he is so loyal, he shys away from people he doesn't know and really enjoys neck rubs, so much so that when you scratch his neck he forces his neck closer to your fingers in order to get a firmer/harder round of petting.
The great thing about lizards like this is that though they have a lot of dog like traits, they no not require dog like time. Sure, I do sometimes take him for walks using a rabbit harness however it isn't essential like it is for a dog. Also some days when I am busy with work and family commitments I may only go in his room for maintenance which you couldn't do with a dog.
However unlike a dog, the bosc monitor goes to the toilet wherever he wants, which is never inside the vivarium and is normally outside the tank. Due to his large size, although he has a 5 foot wide, 2 foot deep by 2 foot high vivarium I feel he still needs to have free roam of the bedroom which the tank is in due to his size (to put it into perspective, he is as large as an adult cat and probably eats about the same too)
Living the lifestyle I do also, busy with work and family, he is never without food as he can eat what we eat, be it chicken, steak, eggs exc. The ultimate bodybuilder pet haha.
The boa constrictors also, a very bodybuilder like animal, thick and powerful in structure and not overly long/tall in comparison with some other snakes such as Burmese pythons and reticulated pythons however still big enough to give that wow factor when someone comes visiting that's for sure. Animals like the bow constrictor, you often see on gym related items be it a bodybuilding clothing logo on a pair of gym shorts or gym vests or even to show the strength of a product like grips. The bow constrictor is a symbolism of great power.
All of these animals provide great escapism for me, after a long hard day, I can just shut myself off in my reptile room and just spend time with these animals who are seemingly care free and their only worry in life is where the next meal coming from, which if given the choice, my male boa constrictor would often choose my hand.
I once was speaking to my girlfriends uncle about how he should not fear such animals and told him of how tame my animals were, yet as I got the male boa constrictor out to show him, he started randomly striking at me, luckily he did not touch me and I managed to safely put him back in the vivarium.
Since that incident I decided to invest in a snake hook and it seems as though the biggest issue with the boa is that he is viv defensive which means that animals like him are aggressive/defensive whilst you are getting them out and for a very short period after as they feel that you are threatening them when taking them out of their safe place (home)
All of these animals also eat rodents, which have a wide market much like gym clothes where you can get different quality products for a large variety of sellers/breeders and like gym clothing, the more you spend, the cheaper they are. Usually shops sells do offers in multiples of 10 which has led to me having to get a separate freezer for these to keep the girlfriend happy as unlike gym clothes and regular clothes in the same wardrobe, having rodents and human food in the same freezer does tend to make some people feel uncomfortable/safe.
Even though most people think I already have too many animals now, viewing videos on http://www.youtube.com often leads to me wanting more haha.