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Me holding creatures where I work at Pili Palas Butterfly, Bird and Mini-beast Palace in Anglesey UK.

The pictures were taken by my Gran (AnnDixon). I have compiled this collage for my dear friend AuntDot to show her some of the ‘mini-beasts’ I work with and love handling!

I am holding Sabrina the Royal Python, Malcom the Giant Train Millipede and Harry the Giant Madagascan Hissing Cockroach.

Comments

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    EEKS! The cockroach is what got me – I can’t believe the size of it…eeewww. Where are the butterflies? Those even I would hold in my hand!
    This is quite a surprise, especially right after I ate breakfast! He,he….
    Michaela, you have a great sense of humor, teasing me like that! Thanks so much, my friend. You have made my day! Tell your Gran she took some great pictures here.

  • Hehe I am sure my Gran will be uploading many butterfly pictures in the next couple of days! I had to continue working so couldn’t stay with her for long but she did get her own little private tour briefly!
    Glad you like it :) All the best…
    Michaela

    – Michaela1991

  • Jean Gregory  Evans
    Jean Gregory ...over 3 years ago

    Awesome! Lovely to meet someone who loves animals so much! Great photo. I am trying to learn to love the snakes but I still can’t touch one and I doubt that I could hold those great big creepy crawlies in your hands. Good on you, Michaela!

  • Both my Gran and I also used to be terrified of snakes! A friend I work with slowly introduced me to the snakes, and I gradually got used to them starting by just touching and stroking the tail and gradually moving onto supporting the tail whilst she kept the head to herself. And then confidence came from no where and now I really enjoy working with them. My Gran worked with them same way but with the help from my Uncle who breeds snakes. Its something I strongly recommend working on because the feeling of holding a snake is just fantastic! All the best.. Michaela

    – Michaela1991

  • Jean Gregory  Evans
    Jean Gregory ...over 3 years ago

    Maybe you can answer a question for me. I have always been fascinated with how clean bugs stay. I just uploaded a millipede photo crawling into its burrow. The earth was soft and I got dirty that day from touching things on the ground. Yet the millipede is glistening and his feet and legs are even more pink than my skin.

    And just look at these in your hand! Pristine little creatures.

    How do bugs stay so clean?

  • I am not 100% on this but this is what I have always been lead to believe…
    These 2 creatures (cockroach and millipede) are prime examples of this method of ‘keeping clean’ in the bug world!
    It is actually tiny little mites that keep them clean, no bigger than a couple of millimeters. They will actually feed on the dirt and the small parasites on the bug. In return for removing the parasites and dirt the bugs actually allow the mites to take up permanent residence on the exoskeletons of the bugs. In my personal experience I have never came across a bug with more than 5-7 mites on them at any one time! Hope this answered your question.
    Michaela

    – Michaela1991

  • Jean Gregory  Evans
    Jean Gregory ...over 3 years ago

    Wow! Thank you for answering my question! This is fascinating information! Symbiotic relationships are common everywhere, aren’t they? I wonder why I didn’t even consider such a thing. Makes perfect sense! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  • Its not a problem, I like helping people, particularly when it comes to things about animals, big and small!
    The best example of this type of partnership is the Clown Fish and the Sea Anemone! It is just fantastic how 2 species that differ in so many ways live to survive off each other.
    Michaela

    – Michaela1991

  • Jean Gregory  Evans
    Jean Gregory ...over 3 years ago

    Usually I only see snakes in the wild. The other day I saw one that saw me. He was basking in the sun and ran off behind the wood pile. I stayed and watched and he peeked at me from around the edge of the woodpile. It was so cool. He raised his beautiful head about a foot off the ground and stared at me, seemed to be watching me so see if I was friend or foe. A limb fell from a tree not far on down the hill in the woods and startled him and he ran away. I didn’t have my camera as I was out doing yardwork. What a total thrill it was. It must be awesome to know a snake personally. But I don’t guess I will get one to keep as I already have cats and wish to get a dog again one day. The raccoons that come to visit my yard probably eat snakes so I hope that particular snake will be OK.

    I’m so glad to have met you and gotten this question answered that has bugged me (no pun intended) most of my life! Thanks again for the info. I really appreciate it.

    Best wishes, my new friend.

    Jean

  • Its not a problem Jean, I am more than happy to help, if you ever need any advice or questions answered feel free to send me a bubble mail!
    All the best…
    Michaela

    – Michaela1991

  • Jean Gregory  Evans
    Jean Gregory ...over 3 years ago

    I posted your words to a comment under this photo. http://www.redbubble.com/people/jgevans/art/709...

  • vigor
    vigorover 3 years ago

    All great creatures too I must add! I love nature.

  • alienfunk
    alienfunkover 3 years ago

    I was just reading about your fear of snakes. My passion is insects and arachnids but I am a huge arachnophobic, what helped me was taking photos of arachnids, I can now actually handle spiders that are the size of a 20p (you may laugh but it’s true) the big ones are still fear inducing but I still take pictures of them all the same. It’s funny though, I have held a Chilean Rose and this didn’t bother me too much, I guess it was the fur that made it easier.

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 3 years ago

    Wow you’re brave, don’t think l could do your job xx

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