Uromastyx likes her belly rubbed
I reblogged this with the usual reaction of “this is so cute!” but I researched this behavior afterwards and I found out that, although cute, this is a stress reaction. She flips onto her back because she is intimidated and doesn’t want to mate - a female flipping onto her back is her way of saying “no” - and she’s wiggling her arms as an indicator that she wants to be left alone.
Another problem is being on her back. Lizards lack a diaphragm muscle. Instead, they have a diaphragm-type respiratory system and they rely on their chest and abdominal muscles in order to breathe. When a lizard is placed on their back or they roll over onto their back, the abdominal organs may displace and apply pressure to their lung cavity and rib cage, impairing their breathing. If they’re left on their back for too long, they will suffocate.
This Mali uromastyx isn’t enjoying herself; she’s stressed, scared, and wants to be left alone. Please know the behavior of your pets. Knowing how to care for your pet properly is for their health and knowing their behavior is for the benefit of their happiness and thriving.
the one thing that has stuck with me every day since my English teacher told me it in middle school is:
"When referring to someone, always say who they are before anything else about them, because being a person always comes first"
Instead of saying “the mentally ill man,” say “the man with a mental illness”
Putting someone’s characteristics (especially negative ones) before them is dehumanizing and rude. Don’t do it.
a pythagorean cup looks like a normal drinking cup, except that the bowl has a central column in it. it was supposedly invented by pythagoras of samos. it allows the user to fill the cup with wine up to a certain level. if the user fills only to that level, the imbiber may enjoy a drink in peace. if, however, the user gets greedy, the cup dumps all the wine into the unfortunate victim’s lap.
A climbing plant peels off a brick building, in an effect reminiscent of a snake shedding a layer of skin
holy shit, i have never seen this happen before. Whoah
ive seen it happen a few times this picture is really boring to me because ive seen it happen so many time.