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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Reptiles and Me: Sundays in My City

Welcome to Butte County in Northern California. These photos serve as my contribution to UnknownMami's fabulous series: Sundays in My City. Please visit her site here to enjoy a scenic world tour.

I didn't know dragons actually exist until I met this Bearded Dragon Lizard. He's so adorable (I know, my standards are pretty darn low. But he IS cute, right?), I wanted to take him home.

Photos taken at the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation in Oroville, CA.

It felt comforting to have this snake wrapped around me, like nobody would mess with me. It's a real, live one too.

Our final stop: New Clairvaux Vineyards in Vina, CA.

                         Thanks for stopping by! Happy Sunday and new week.


  1. I have to say Robyn that you are a much braver person than I am to do the whole snake around your neck thing, that terrifies me to be honest. Seems like you had a good time, these photos are awesome.

  2. Did it breath fire too
    That be so cool to view
    Maybe just a little puff
    A live snake would leave many in a huff
    But you sport it grand
    As it slithers across your hand

  3. Wow! You are braver than I! I love the dragon, however.

    Happy Sunday!

  4. He He--she said BUTT-E County...he he... I only love ya more seeing you handle those reptiles! Will come in Handy on your Reasons not to date on-line!!!!

    I am so in awe of the ROBYN!

    LYMI and have an awesome week!

    Your Buddy,


  5. My wife thinks lizards and snakes are cute as well. She'd been happy to wrap herself in a snake.

  6. I think I might be able to manage the snake and but oddly the lizard makes me shiver....


  7. I like to think I have the courage to let a big snake wrap itself around me, but I don't know....

  8. You may be small, but you're big in the bravery department!

  9. You go girl - - - hold those reptiles!!!

    Hey, your link on Sunday In My City isn't working, but I follow your blog so I found the post anyway via my dashboard.

    You might want to go take down that other link and make a new one.

  10. Thanks Yeamie. It's much scarier than it looks.

    PatHatt, it didn't breath fire.
    That would've been cool, I mean hot. But I'd have freaked out
    and dropped it on the spot.
    The snake was quite kind
    So I didn't mind
    Cuz this photo opp was one of a kind.
    PS Thanks for your poetic comment.

    Traci, thanks. Yes, it's a really cute dragon.

    John, hee hee, I know. I'm not a big fan of the name BUTT-e. I guess REARE County would be worse. ?? Thank you, LYMI too, dear John.

    Alex, I recommend it and I'd do it again.

    Molly, I understand. It had kind of sharp little nails. But he was so tame and sweet.

    Stephen, real men don't have to wrap snakes around themselves to be manly or brave.

    MsA, I have many other fears (eg rollercoasters, heights,...) but these reptiles were very kind.

    Keetha, thanks so much for letting me know. Happy Sunday.


  11. FIRST OF ALL! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the name of your blog. It's great! :)

    Second of all: ARE YOU CRAZY?!?!?! I mean ~ uhhhh I want to tell you this in a very calm whisper. . .Did you know you have a HUGE ~ I mean HUGE!!!! did I say huge?. . . snake around your neck? Okay, I'll try it again. . . What I want to say is "Oh! my God! don't move!!! There is a huge snake around you neck" I think I might die!


  12. Those reptiles look so comfortable on you, Robyn. I think they want you to adopt them.

  13. Lovely photos and lovely smile.. i didn't realise you are a redhead! :)

    You're far braver than I.. no snakes for me!


  14. Totally would have gone for the vineyard, but NOT the snake! Yikes, you must be very brave! :)

  15. Big snakes don't bother me as much as small rodents. Or big rodents. Most especially the ones living in my garage!!!!!!
    However- if I found that big snake living in my garage. I might be a bit freaked out. Or maybe more intrigued. Whereas when I found the rat/mouse droppings and hole and then later the corpse in my garage this past week-I literally cried real tears of terror. I don't remember when I became such a wuss!

    I do like that dragon! They always look so laid-back.

  16. Oh! Robyn thank you so much for joining my blog. I'm joining your in return.

    I think this is a good thing too, because I can help you when your in danger like hypothetically say something crazy like when there is a huge snake around your neck. I'll let you know. ***I'll be the one screaming historically running over people to get away. I do this because I'm very brave and I don't want anyone to get hurt.

    Yep! That's me BRAVE! :) I'm brave like this with mice too.

    Just so you know. . . snakes still there!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!

  17. Thanks so much, Lisa. I could definitely use your friendship.

    Kaylen and the rest of you, I'm inconsistent in terms of courage. If it comes to a kiddie rollercoaster, I pass. I'm that much of a wimp. But with the snake, I figured Britteny Spears can do it, why not me? I can talk myself into trying most things ONCE.


  18. For some reason I think that bearded dragon would be your perfect pet. He certainly looks to be in love with you.

  19. The Dragon lizard does look kinda cute, the snake lady choose the wrong outfit to show her courage in my humble opinion...fascinating pictures.

  20. Great photos featuring one very brave woman! I still get nervous around spiders. Julie

  21. Just looking at reptile pix gives me serious goosebumps! Urgh!

  22. no way Robyn - you are way brave!

  23. Cal, I hope so, 'cuz I fell in love with him. (I'm deciding he is a he, but I don't know for sure.)

    Rek, yeah, I could've worn a muscle shirt but it was super cold. That's why I'm practically choking on my jacket collar.

    Have a great week, everybody.

  24. There are pictures of you in a muscle shirt? Trade you a bearded dragon for those.

  25. Cal, LOL. Nah, I don't think I have any of those, but if you do have a bearded dragon for me, I'll make some readily available.

  26. I will ship one right out to you. How many holes do you figure the box will need.

  27. Hey, you!!! I've missed you! A couple of those photos gave me the scudders, but the last one was great!


  28. Miss you too, Judie. Thanks for stopping by.

    Cal, maybe 5 holes, but not too big. I don't want the chocolate to fall out. Thanks.


  29. Girl, ya wouldn't catch this Ozark Farm Chick with any kinda snake wrapped around my bod, your a brave woman sister!

    Ya really found your dragon for the Year of the Dragon didn't ya?

    From the fearful hills and hollers, ya'll have a blessed week!!!

  30. I'm thinking.....did you dwell at the vineyards long BEFORE you consented to have a snake wrapped around your neck?
    In any event, the fellers there seem a lot better than the critters in those personals ads.

  31. That Bearded Dragon Lizard may be cute, but not as cute as you.

  32. I think we should replace scarves with snakes. It will be the new fashion fad of 2012. My idea!!

    I've missed reading ur blog. I'm trying to get back into the swing of things. Missed ya!

  33. Where's the fire? :D He IS cute. But I doubt if I'll have the guts to hold him. Or the snake. I am terrified of house-lizards. :D.

    YOU certainly look cooL!

  34. wow looks like you had a good time. Good for you :)

  35. Oh you feisty lady! Will you bring that here and go over to the Santa Fe National Cemetery with me for our walk? :-)

  36. Robyn, I just realized that I have you down twice on the list of blogs I follow. I guess that means I like you twice as much.


  37. PTM, missed you too, buddy. I agree. Snakes make good scarves.

    Unknown, you're awfully sweet. Thanks.

    Nezzy, always great to see you, darling!

    Cal, oh Cal, I'm waiting...for the box and other things. Wink.

    AlP, it was just a little wine tasting. But I AM a lightweight. Do I just publicize that? Yeah, I wonder why I keep meeting human snakes.

    Vidya, thanks. I needed him to blow fire; it was probably 30'F and I was shivering. Thanks for stopping by.

    Jerzey, yes, the place was a great find.

    Melissa, yes, we'll be right over. He won't know what hit him; the blow will be swift and decisive. And I'll hide any incriminating evidence by deleting this comment after the fact.

    Judie, I'm doubly honored and love you doubly too. Thanks.

    Be well, all.

  38. Beautiful photos Robyn, thanks for sharing your experience. Sorry I've been away had a really bad experience with a client who didn't pay up after I wrote a bunch of articles for him. :-( Trying to slumber out of my sulk slowly.

  39. Now that's pretty brave! I'm not scared of them, but have always felt a need to wash my hands several times after touching them. I know, I know....

  40. Thank you for sharing this information to us... Keep coming

  41. I love those pictures of you!! That dragon is so totally cool. :)