I’m not gonna lie, Chris does the bulk of annoying animal chores. While Chris may view this as an injustice, I view it as a mere matter of practicality. As a team, we are supposed to be partners functioning to achieve the same ends. I prefer to take the quickest route to those ends. So, while it takes me an hour plus to turn this ugly into beauty in the mornings, it takes Chris a mere 15 minutes or so. What can I say? He wakes up just as pretty as he went to bed! So, instead of making me do 20 minutes of chores M-F in addition to the lengthy preparation for work, why not balance it out a little and put that 20 minutes on his side? As a partnership, we are achieving our ends faster!
Don’t let him fool you, however. I do my part. Three things that Chris generally avoids is the twice a week snake feeding sessions, lizard bath sessions, and the kids’ out time. All of these events are quite time consuming. You see, we have 4 snakes that have to be fed separately. The two big snakes get fed once a week and the baby snakes get fed twice a week. All the snakes have to be fed separately and effort is made to avoid feeding them in their enclosures where substrate can get stuck to their food, possibly causing an impaction.
Generally, each lizards gets a half hour bath each week. These are mostly separate baths as I try my best to prevent any spread of potential parasites. All the lizards have had fecals done and have been cleared of parasites after treatment, but I still don’t like to take my chances.
Furthermore, all the animals get out time each week, usually every day even. It’s a full-time job that I love but there are days that I get tired and wish I could be stoic against their piercing “let me out to play” stares. Multiply the number of animals that require being watched while they are out by the time amount of time that I let them out, and that becomes a LOT of baby-sitting.
However, one perk of having the lizards out is that sometimes they like to just go to sleep against me on the couch. That also means that sometimes I can get away with having more than one out at a time without them attacking each other. Normally they head bob at each other and the iguana will even try to attach the smaller lizards. -but, when they are sleeping they will pile up on each other in a very cute way. That is one of the many rewards of the effort required to take care of these animals. Seeing the lizards pile up together and “snuggle bug” in a fleece blanket or on my lap.
Anyway, I’d also like to point out that I’ve got weekend feeding duties for all of the animals as well, except when I luck out and Chris just does it anyway out of habit. AND, lizard cage cleaning!