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Before you make that trip to the pet store, ask yourself “Why do I want a snake?” Is it because you’re trying to impress your friends? Is it because you saw a killer anaconda in a popular film, and you’d like something along those lines to show people when they come over? Do you want to shock or scare your parents and other relatives during holiday gatherings? Thanks to a nearly age-old role in mythology, folklore, religion, and, more recently, horror films and music videos, snakes are in high demand as pets. Unfortunately, many people want a snake for all the wrong reasons and fail to properly educate themselves about pet snake care before giving in to the impulse to accept a snake from a friend or buy one at the store. A snake is not a fashion accessory, party trick, or practical joke. Snakes are highly sensitive and, for the most part, wild creatures who should only be kept as pets for the sheer pleasure keeping and observing a snake can bring. If you fit the profile of a true snake fancier, then you’ve no doubt studied up a bit already. If you’re still deciding whether or not a snake is the pet for you, learn more with the following information.

Snakes, like all pets, have their own unique set of requirements when it comes to temperature, housing, and dietary needs. The size of your snake’s enclosure depends, of course, on the size of the snake you plan on owning. A good way to judge the amount of space your snake will need is to allow ½ square foot of floor space for every foot of snake, provided the snake is under 6 feet long. For snakes over 6 feet in length, ¾ a square foot of floor space is adequate. Snakes need to feel secure in their new home, as they will spend a lot of time basking or hiding. A good solution is to get an adequately sized aquarium and secure the top with a pegboard to allow for proper ventilation. Mesh should not be used as a curious snake can rub his nose rose on such material. The furnishings in a snake cage can be relatively simple. Line the cage bottom with aspen shavings, reptile carpet (or Astro turf), or pea gravel. Add a hiding place such as a pre-made “cave,” or a cave you make yourself out of various sized rocks to your pet snake care list along with a small potted plant, whether fake or real, and a shallow dish of water for soaking.

As snakes are cold blooded, their body temperatures depend directly upon the temperature in their environment. Snakes have no self-cooling or heating systems. They simply move into and out of the heat. It’s imperative, then, that you maintain a daytime temperature of between 80 and 85 degrees and a nighttime temperature between 65 and 75 degrees in your snake’s tank. An adhesive thermometer and a heat lamp or cage heater that goes beneath the cage will help you accomplish these things. A snake that is even a few degrees below its optimal body temperature will often stop eating.

Speaking of eating, you should probably reconsider owning a snake unless you’re 100% sure that you can handle feeding live or dead mammals to your pet. Smaller snakes will eat baby mice (called “pinkies”) and medium to large snakes will eat either pinkies or adult mice. Larger snakes may require larger meals in the form of baby chicks or baby rabbits. Figuring out what your snake wants out of his meal may take some doing. Some snakes are terrified of live food and will only eat a mouse after its neck has been humanely broken (this kills the mouse instantly). Some snakes enjoy hunting and will not eat food that has already been killed, and some snakes don’t care either way. While most snakes can live for weeks without food, it’s best to feed an adult snake once a week or every ten days. Baby snakes should be fed more often to support their growing bodies. Check with a specific care guide for your snake to figure out how much food to offer your pet per feeding.

Once you’ve ascertained that your motivations for snake ownership are driven only by your love for these creatures, use your newfound patience to spend time searching for a variety of snake that fits your budget and your personality. Only buy a snake from a reputable source, and make sure you’ve either got an excellent book on pet snake care handy or an expert snake keeping acquaintance who can address any questions you may have and help you on the road to blissful snake ownership.

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Decorate Your Teen Room With a Teen Room Decor Makeover

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Help your teen decorate her room with few teen decor tips and teen decorating strategies. Teen decor is an expression of your daughter’s personality.

Start by making the project fun. Use this as a bonding and getting to spend time together experience. This is one time when throwing off the Mom hat and putting on the Friend fun hat works! Let her brain storm and listen to her input. Giving in to her desires within reason, as it is your home, will earn you big brownie points.

Brainstorm. Go shopping together. Rummage through magazines. Keep a folder of colors and styles she likes. Scan the internet for ideas and tips on teen decorating. Google custom teen bedding or custom teen bedding keywords. Look through teen decorating sites gallery photos. Focus on key design elements. One awesome piece can be the inspiration for a beautiful room.

Once you’ll settled on colors, style… dive in. Make a list of the important items you want to include. Things to consider:

1. What type of furniture do you want? Keep it comfy. Make a hangout for your friends.
2. How will you arrange the furniture? Experiment with different arrangements. This can make or break a room.
3. Window treatments? Valances, panels etc..
4. Flooring? Add throw rugs
5. Wall decor ideas Will you use a collection of items? Photo magnet board are trendy now. Bulletin boards. String a clothesline of photos…Vinyl wall are monograms for that preppy sophisticated look. And of course… paint selection. This will make your room come alive!
6. Bedding This is my specialty! As the bed is where you will spend the most of your time, make this super comfortable. Spend the money on the mattress toppers etc. Very popular for teens now are duvet covers as it allow girls the ability to easily clean their bedding (spills, stains) and select their insert requirements. Some girls love warmth and down while others like light airy bedding. Online sites such as mine allow girls the ability to pick their own fabrics and duvet design style. A most important ingredient is comfort. Bomb the bed with cozy pillows. Add a custom headboard for warmth, style and transformation of a standard bed frame into a furniture looking beauty.

Enjoy this experience as you grow stronger together. Working towards a common goal always strengthens a bond. Once the room is complete, make it a point to kick back and spend time hanging out in your new joint creation.

Happy Decorating!

Putting your plan into play. Select a time when you are not rushed. Get mentally and physically ready. Go for it. Start the transformation. Take before and after photos.

Enjoy the process together. Your little girl is growing up. Create beautiful memories.

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Baby Sign Language and Elimination Communication – How Do I Introduce a Sign About Pottying? 3 Tips!

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Baby sign language is an excellent tool for communicating with your pre-verbal infant or toddler.

Even babies under one can enthusiastically recognise simple signs. This enables communication!

A sign for potty time offers your baby a way to tell you they need your help to go to the potty or toilet. Initially it will be recognition of the needs of their body, perhaps as they go, moments before or after.

Sign language is a ‘bridge’ between our pre-verbal babies and our verbal culture. You are giving them a ‘tool’ they may use to communicate with you. Our visual memories are older, so babies readily recognise signs as soon as they are able. Around 12 months is common for signing to really pick up, though earlier and later are just as possible. Keep practicing, look for recognition of signs before your baby will use them to ‘talk’ to you.

Choose an appropriate sign or natural gesture. It should be simple, so your baby can crudely imitate it, and always be used with the spoken word and loving eye contact.

These 3 tips will make it easy for you to sign regularly in your day so that baby sign language and infant pottying are simply integrated and normal parts of your lifestyle.

3 Strategies to Remember When Combining Infant Pottying With Baby Sign Language:

1. Make your chosen sign each time you approach the potty

2. Make your sign whenever your babe is on the potty

3. Use the sign to ‘ask’ if your babe wants to use their potty- respond to their excitement, respect their reservations.

With these 3 simple strategies you’ll be adding baby sign language to your elimination communication (EC) moments with ease. Sometimes your infant will display great awareness and control. They’ll sign clearly and in a timely way. Other times they won’t – being a little person is busy work!

Expect your practicing of baby sign language and of EC to ebb and flow. Like any natural process there will be flashes of amazing communication, the reason families get hooked on elimination communication.

See this as a wonderful and fleeting sign of the future, not an expectation they’ll be toilet independent at a very early age. EC is something you *practice* regularly, part of your lifestyle, rather than a ‘method’ or results based activity like conventional potty or toilet training.

Give it a go – Baby Sign Language and EC are great partners in helping your child to communicate with you as soon as they are able. You’ll gradually reduce your use of diapers or nappies, helping the environment, saving you money and best of all, enjoying a new dimension in the bond you share with your baby.

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Renew and Reuse Screws With These 4 Tricks

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1. How to renew and reuse a screw
The result of taking out and reseating a screw is usually a damaged slot. This is especially true if your screwdriver blade did not fit the screw. You can try to restore the old screw if you do not have a new screw to replace it. Start this by making the slots of the screw deeper. This can be done by using a hacksaw to cut into the slots. If the screw is not in the hole when you go to repair it, you will need to use a vise to hold the screw. Do not use your fingers to hold the screw. This protects you from injury as well as the threads.

Imagine you need to remove a Phillips-head screw, but only have a screwdriver that will remove slots. You can extend one of the slots all the way across the head with a hacksaw. This will allow you to remove the screw with your screwdriver.

2. Remove clogged screw
If a screw has been clogged over with paint, dig out the paint with a scratch awl.

3. Trick to keeping track of where screws go
When working on a large project, it can become easy to lose track of where your screws go when putting the project back together. This trick can help you keep track of your screws. Grab a piece of corrugated cardboard that has slots in the side. Use these slots to keep your screws in order of when you took the screws off your item. Sometimes writing notes on the side of the cardboard can help you when reassembling.

4. Restore a stripped screw hole
Plug a hole with a wooden golf tee. Fill in the hole with glue and put the plug into hole. Once the glue has dried, you will be able to drill out the hole and drive the new screw in.

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