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May 7th, 2019

Animals, animals, animals

Now that classes are over, I'm trying to get caught up on paperwork because I'm a glutton for punishment.

I'm also realizing - yes. I run a zoo now. To standardize my animal care sheets, I had to compile a spreadsheet for all the different kinds of animals I'm working with. That includes:

Two frog species (spotted leopard frogs, White's tree frogs)
Gary our Gherrosaurus major
Leopard geckos
Anoles
Bettas (hence the revival of this old icon of Edward my erstwhile betta)
Goldfish
Mollys and platys (tropical fish)
Horseshoe crabs
Crayfish
Hissing cockroaches (!! they just had babies!!)
Giant millipedes
Mealworms

and of course, crickets and ants. Two species of crickets at the moment, the domestic house crickets I'm rearing to feed to the reptiles, and the species I study. For ants, just the leafcutter ants for now.

So far I have written up care sheets for everything except the millipedes, mealworms, crickets, and ants.

When I'm finished, this will be a collection of one-page info sheets for undergraduates and authority figures. Thankfully, most of the arthropod care sheets are less involved than the reptile and amphibian care sheets. The thing is, I feel like it's still just as important to have the arthropod care sheets because ethical care for animals should extend to all the organisms being reared.

I would never, ever want to privately own this many different kinds of animals with this many different special requirements. I'll take my cat and plants, any day.

I will probably add a couple more reptile species next spring, just to ensure we have options for some of the comparative labs. At least at that point I won't have such a huge animal care learning curve.

Edited to add...
Photographic evidence of efforts:
Animal care guide collection 2019

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