Welcome to Hardwick House

So, since I’m still introducing myself to the world of blogging topics, I want to introduce The Jungle. Not only do I have 4 boxers and a cat, but this house holds many more surprises inside. Okay, it’s not really a jungle per say but that’s how I think of it. This is just a quick rundown , a small glimpse through a crack in the fence .  I’ll save the pics for later 😉

The Jungle I call a house has many animals and plant plus other living things to keep the more important living things alive. And I’m not just talking about crickets. That’s right, for any other reptile owners out there, we have roaches. Not your average EW GROSS! roaches but tropical  Dubia roaches. I’ll get to that later.

We have your typical bearded dragon. And an Iguana, which require more work than people realize and shouldn’t be purchased for children or teens as pets but again, another topic for another day. My husband still rescues abused Iguana, it’s a sensitive subject. We have crested geckos, which at one point were thought to be extinct, and we have the babies ours produced. We have Panther Chameleons and Leachianus Geckos, the largest geckos on earth reaching up to 15 inches in length for certain types. The leachie’s are almost old enough to breed. In the past we’ve owned a Savannah monitor that was 3 feet long we dontated to a real zoo and a  Mali Uromastyx that met an unfortunate end.  We’ve had Satanic Leaftailed geckos, Veiled Chameleons, and gave a poor water dragon that had been living in a 20 gallon tank with no water a full tank with lots of room to swim until he died, unable to recover from the damage already done.

We have 3 sugar gliders, though at one point we had 15. Another animal people think is easy to keep only to find out differently after purchase. That’s where we come in.

Along with our animal rescues,  my husband keeps and grows carnivorous plants. Let me tell you we don’t worry about flies in the house during the summer! He has all types out there like Butterworts, Cephalitis, Nepenthes, and Sundew. But the one you’ve all probably heard of is the Venus Fly Trap. Yep, we have those too. Not to mention the two HUGE ficus and schefflera trees we have in the living room. Michael, the hubby, is currently in school hoping to go into botany, but he’s also been offered the possibility of running the greenhouse that the school is looking to purchase. Let me tell you, even though he’s just now going to school, my man knows his stuff.

So, that is my jungle in a nutshell. I can’t tell you how glad I am to have married a man who love animals as much as I do and strives to better himself and other about them. I do my part, his assistant if you will.  I look forward to introducing and informing you about them all, one species at a time 🙂

Comments on: "Reptiles and sugar gliders and carnivorous plants, OH MY!" (8)

  1. All of our critters live outside. We don’t have any pets right now. But the outside ones are quite entertaining. Rachel Raccoon just came by an hour ago and ate leftover macaroni and cheese and part of a grilled chicken sandwich, with a banana to round it all out. Plus a water bowl to dip her paws into to soften their pads so she can test the food.

    The only reptiles and amphibians we see are green and Cuban anoles, Gulf Coast toads, and rarely a tiny garden snake.

    • Ours all live inside, but in the summer, Moe our female iguana spends time outside in her huge cage. Michael also fills up our breezeway between garages and house with many of his plants and trees. It’s beautiful out there in the summer, but very drab in the winter. 🙂

  2. After reading your post, I can only say that ‘zoo’ seems an apt description for such a menagerie.

    Some of the plants and animals you describe take real knowledge and skill to care for, and it’s fantastic that you can offer appropriate care to those that need rescuing. I had a Venus Fly Trap once – I was about ten. In the cold of the winter there were no insects. I found out they don’t like sausage meat, even when you cut it up…

  3. That is seriously insane. LOL You guys seem like quite the match made in heaven. I can’t wait to see a few pics of the jungle creatures.

  4. I’ve rehabbed savannah monitors and baby bearded dragons by the boatload. It’s nice to meet someone else with a heart for the scalies!

  5. Oh my! Now my life with 9 dogs and 1 cat does not seem quite so wild.

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