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The Gopher Snake As a Pet – The Pros & Cons

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Find Out If a Gopher Snake Will or Won’t Make a Good Pet

If you are a beginning pet snake collector or are thinking about getting a snake for a pet you should consider a gopher snake. They are always on the list of best snakes for a beginner. The reasons for this are they are very docile, easy to handle, don’t need special housing and are easy feeders. They probably have the best temperament of all the beginner type pet snakes. A hand raised gopher snake will be very tame and are very predictable when outside of their enclosures. They will also appear to enjoy interacting with you. They normally don’t have health related problems and they rarely get sick. While you can’t teach them tricks or walk them they do make great pets as you can still interact with them by handling them.

You’ll find that your pet gopher snake is not dangerous to you or others. Even though there are times when will they get frightened and may strike or bite. This is no big deal as they are not venomous and their teeth are relatively small. They will let you know when they plan to strike so you can quit doing whatever is making them uncomfortable. The fear of getting bit is much worse than the bite. If they think your hand is food they may bite it and not let go. This is easy to handle with some grain (not rubbing) alcohol in their mouth while holding their mouth it downward so the alcohol doesn’t get up their nose or flood their mouth.

If you plan to show your pet snake to other people this pet snake is probably best for this as they are very docile. Go slow with introducing it to strangers. It won’t take long for it to be accustomed to be handled by others and you can give people their first chance to handle a live snake.

Your pet gopher snake will probably not be a problem feeder as most of them aren’t. They will readily eat frozen/thawed mice making the feeding very easy. Another plus is they only need to be fed every 10 days or so. Don’t handle the food with your bare hands as the smell might make your pet think your hand is food.

The gopher snakes enclosure doesn’t have to be anything special. The main requirement is that it be at least two thirds the snake length long so they can stretch out. Heat one side of the enclosure to 75 to 85 degrees leaving the other side cool. Provide most any material except for cedar shavings for the substrate. Indoor/outdoor carpet works well and is easy to keep clean. You need to have a place for your pet to hide. This can be as simple as box with a hole in it. Make sure the top of the enclosure is well secured so your pet doesn’t escape. An escaped snake may be very irritating to some members of the family.

As with most animals there are some disadvantages or cons to having a gopher snake as a pet. They do defecate now and then so you’ll need to clean the enclosure which is not that big of a deal. Probably the biggest disadvantage is when they get provoked, frightened, or stressed they often release musk along with their poop that really stinks and the smell is difficult to get rid of. A turn off for some people is that snakes usually eat mice or rats. While some snakes require live ones, your pet gopher snake will be happy with thawed frozen ones.

They may try to strike or bite you if you haven’t handled them for a while. This is easy to overcome by handling them frequently. After all isn’t this what a pet is for? The more you interact with your pet the more you will enjoy them and it will keep them friendly and even tempered.

As you can see, the pros out weight the cons by a long way in having a gopher snake as a pet. To get the best results with your pet snake you should get one that has been born in captivity. Only try to capture and keep one as a pet if you’re an experienced snake collector. Because of their even temperament, lack of feeding problems, needing no special enclosures and ease of handling, the gopher snake will make a great pet for the beginner as well as the experienced collector.

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No Doubt That Dr. Mark Stengler Knows His Stuff, But Is High Energy For Life All It Claims to Be?

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There’s no doubt that Dr. Mark Stengler has released some fantastic products in the past, but is High Energy For Life a great product?

Let us to the research for you, and delve into the details of this program to review how great it really is.

Dr. Mark Stengler is widely known as America’s Natural Doctor, and spends time helping patients in his California clinic using both standard and alternative medicine methods, believing in giving the greatest treatment needed for each specific patient.

He is also a best-selling author, topping the lists with 3 popular books “The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies”, “Prescription for Natural Cures”, and “Prescription for Drug Alternatives.”

In addition to practicing and writing, he also participates in a weekly tv show with his wife, Dr. Angela Stengler, “Dr. Stengler’s Natural Healing.”

Patients from all over have been so impressed with his skills they’ve taken a moment to provide statement on his website describing their experiences. These reviews are all highly favorable.

With this in mind, he just launched a new program called High Energy For Life- a 5-week online coaching program that promises to sky-rocket your energy levels by tackling ailments usually affecting our energy, such as hormone imbalances and weight issues.

Pick 10 people out of a crowd, and 8 of them are dealing with an ailment of some kind at any given time; some as everyday as a simple cold, others much more complex. Whatever the problem is, it always manifests itself initially as feeling “blah”- low energy.

High Energy For Life will be offering online coaching, downloadable mp3’s, and action plans for every week of the course for you to get the most out of it!

Nothing travels faster than word of mouth, and so Dr. Stengler and his team will be offering stellar bonuses to their customers to get the word out on how fantastic it really is!

Once I decided to look at the product for review, I was expecting a run of the mill program. Now, I’m convinced that it’s a fantastic product; plan on using it myself, and also plan on buying early so I can get some of those bonuses!

The fact that the program is less than 200$ is amazing. Other program I reviewed were offering less, and were more pricey. Plus, they didn’t have Dr. Stengler behind them, whose credentials impress me.

Imagine what having high energy would do for you? It would completely change your life! You could do all the things you wish you could do, all the things you are missing out on because you are too tired every day.

We all know that energy brings in more energy. Being energetic will give you more passion in your life! More vitality! More love! More laughter!

I’m convinced that Dr. Mark Stengler is not only a great physician in what he does, but that he truly cares about his patients and worked hard to develop a wonderful product. Now everyone has the ability to take advantage of his care, rather than those located near him, and it’s a great product to try.

The best part? It has a 30-day money back guarantee. This means you could complete practically the whole program, and if it wasn’t for you, get your money back and it’s like it never happened. NO RISK. That’s stellar!

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The 8 Best Mannheim Steamroller Songs From Their "Other" Albums

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The Mannheim Steamroller “other” albums are considered to be everything but their Christmas and Fresh Aire CDs. Mannheim Steamroller is a pioneer of the new age music genre, and has continuously been producing original and arranged music for the last several decades. I am a huge fan, and have picked out, in my opinion, the 8 best Mannheim Steamroller songs from their other albums besides the Christmas and Fresh Aire series.

Here are my top 8 picks, in chronological order…

1. Tigers & Lions- Saving the Wildlife, 1986

I’ve been listening to this song for almost my entire life, and it’s always been a favorite of mine. The ethnic sound makes you feel that you’re in India surrounded by Tigers. This song plus several others were written for the soundtrack of a PBS special about saving the wildlife. Wolves is another excellent song from the album, and if you’ve never seen the music video for Wolfgang Amadeus Penguin it’s hilarious.

2. Fugue- Impressions, 1993

When Chip Davis first met his very good friend Arnie Roth (Mannheim’s violinist) he thought he was a really classical guy. But later found out that when he was in college he played in a heavy metal bad. So, Chip wrote this song for Arnie, which is why it’s on the album Impressions (an album made up entirely of gifts that Chip Davis wrote for various friends and family members). He describes this song as a “Gothic Concerto Sounding Dooda Something or Other”, and it’s quite en excellent piece.

3. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious- Mannheim Meets the Mouse, 1999

I hope I spelled that right! I love most of the songs on this album, and was especially pleased with this arrangement of my favorite Mary Poppin’s tune, which recently had a successful run on Broadway. This album is an excellent collection of arranged Disney tunes and should be in your collection along with their Christmas albums.

4. You’ve Got a Friend In Me- Mannheim Meets the Mouse, 1999

I love the synthetic bass line of this song! Not only is this a classic Disney movie and a great Randy Newman song, but it’s a brilliant Mannheim Steamroller arrangement. When this album was released I drove down to the music store during my lunch break in order to get it. I first heard about it when they performed Under the Sea at their live show during the Christmas in the Aire tour.

5. Slo Dancin’ in the Living Room- Romantic Melodies, 2001

This song is quite different from all the others I have picked. For me, it just paints a very quaint little story about a loving married couple spending a few minutes of their busy day to be romantic and slow dance together in the living room. With, most likely, screaming children and burning food on the stove in the other room.

6. Mt. McKinley- Spirit, 2003

The feel of this piece is very American, which is why it blends so well into Mannheim’s patriotic album- Spirit. It’s an original composition by Chip Davis and channels Aaron Copland and other great American composers. It’s short, but sweet. The Star-Spangled Banner is another wonderful arrangement on this album which also appears on the albums Impressions and To Russia With Love.

7. All Hallow’s Eve- Halloween, 2003

This Halloween piece, an original composition by Chip Davis, fits perfectly into the season. It’s always well received at Halloween parties. I wish they had thought to do Halloween albums back when they first started. I wouldn’t mind if they released a few more. I’ve always thought it was funny that they put “Deranged by Chip Davis” on the album credits.

8. Creatures of the Night- Halloween 2, 2006

This creation was designed for dance clubs, and was the first time that Mannheim Steamroller did something for the Dance/Techno genre. In the music video you get to see Chip Davis play the Theremin creating all sorts of eerie sounds. They even went so far as to create a line dance specifically for this song for people to dance to in clubs.

Whether you agree with my picks or not, there is no disputing that Chip Davis of Mannheim Steamroller is the best contemporary composer/arranger of our time.

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Helen Keller’s Happiness Quotes

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Helen Keller was deaf blind and mute. She became a well renowned author, well traveled speaker and stood up for various causes such as war opposition and women’s suffrage to name a few.

At those moments when I am on the self pity bus I try and remember Helen Keller and her courage and it makes me feel better about my life. The following five happiness quotes highlight her guide to happiness and a well lived life.

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”

What Helen is saying is that there is nothing secure about life. Human beings love to feel secure financially, physically and emotionally to name a few things; however life is random and unexpected. It doesn’t matter how much we try to make ourselves safe life is a game of chance.

People spend their lives holding themselves back not taking chances to protect themselves and keep the delusion of being safe. They believe going all out will be dangerous or they will be hurt. Yet when it comes down to it the person who is highly adventurous and lives to the fullest and the person always afraid of trying anything are just as unsafe in this unpredictable world. Knowing this isn’t it much better to go all out and experience and live life to the fullest? Because when it comes down to it you are not in any more danger than living a life of mediocrity.

“Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.”

We are all comparers we cannot help ourselves. Every day we are constantly comparing ourselves to others on looks, money, possessions, enjoyment what have you. Everyone has felt inferior to another person at one time or another. Helen suggests looking at the majority of the world and comparing yourself then and the biggest likelihood is that you are one of the privileged people in this world.

In fact if you are reading this article right now it means you are privileged enough to access a computer millions of other people around the world do not have that luxury. Count your blessings daily because when compared to a lot of people around the world you have many.

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”

Helen was deaf blind she had to deal with darkness and silence all the time. I would not have any idea what she went through I can only try and imagine how it was. She found a way to be content with her condition. Every person goes through different things in their lives and some are tougher than others. It’s important to find a way to be happy no matter what is happening. You can’t control everything in this world but you can choose how you react to different situations.

“I seldom think about my limitations, and they never make me sad. Perhaps there is just a touch of yearning at times; but it is vague, like a breeze among flowers.”

This quote is one of the reasons I am truly inspired and awed by this woman. She was deaf blind and mute and yet she rarely thought of her limitations. She had every reason to play the victim but she didn’t. How many times do you play the victim feeling sorry for yourself over the smallest thing? I know I do that every single day at some point. I dwell on my weaknesses and things I don’t have constantly giving into self pity. How productive is this? Not productive at all. Instead of focusing on their strengths people use up their time which is precious focusing on what they lack.

“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

I am a big believer in making yourself happy. I find fulfillment in helping others not just myself. Just living for myself is not good enough I want to feel like I am making some positive impact in this world before I check out. This I believe is what Helen is talking about in the above quote. There is nothing wrong with making sure you are happy but also live for others and you find more happiness.

The above five quotations represent Helen Keller’s guide to a content and fulfilled life. Helen’s words offer a way of living life to the fullest from a woman who did just that. I hope you take them to heart in your daily lives.

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