December 18

Goodbye

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This is the last day, beginning of Christmas break, last post of the normal every week post schedule, hopefully I will make some more posts over break, but i’m not sure. Goodbye.

HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

December 14

Winter Break/Christmas

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Hello to everyone who goes on my blog to see what kind of snakes there are in the world and learn facts about them. Winter break is coming and that means this is the last week of web design because half of the year is going to be cartooning with our art teacher Mrs. Tickner, so this means I wont be posting anymore. Every once in a while I might come back on my blog to maybe put another post but it definitely wont be as often. I am thinking about maybe even making some posts about the projects i’m making in cartooning class. So have a nice X-mas and a happy new year! And here’s a creepy snowman to start your Christmas 😀

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December 11

Ahaetulla nasuta WP15

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This is another very tiny snake. The green vine snake also known as the Ahaetulla nasuta ඇහැ‍ටුල්ලා (ahaetulla) in Sinhala, in Telugu, is a thin green tree snake found in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, and Vietnam. The green vine snake is diurnal and has a mild venom. The reptile normally feeds on lizards and frogs using its “binocular” vision to hunt. They are slow moving, relying on camouflaging as a vine in trees and piles. The snake expands its body when disturbed to show a black and white scale marking. Also, they may open their mouth in threat display and point their head in the direction of the threat. There is a widespread myth in parts of southern India that the species uses its pointed head to blind its human victims.

December 1

Flying tree snake WP14

Sadness, back from thanksgiving break.

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Thank god these don’t like their prey big, or else survival will be a lot harder. Chrysopelea, more commonly known as the flying snake, is a genus that belongs to the family Colubridae. Flying snakes are not very venomous only mildly, though the venom is only dangerous to their small prey. Chrysopelea hunt during the day. They prey upon lizards, birds, bats, and frogs.

It climbs using ridge scales along the belly, pushing against rough bark surface of tree trunks, allowing it to move upward up a tree. Upon reaching the end of a tree’s branch, the snake continues moving until its tail dangles from the branch’s end. It then makes a J-shape bend, it will then lean forward to select the level of inclination it wishes to use to control its flight path, as well as selecting a wanted landing area. Once it decides on a destination, it propels itself by thrusting its body up and away from the tree, sucking in its abdomen and flaring out its ribs to turn its body into a “pseudo concave wing”, all the while making a continual serpentine motion of lateral undulation parallel to the ground to stabilise its direction in midair in order to land safely.

November 20

Scolecophidia WP13

Scolecophidia

The Scolecophidia are very tiny snakes and are an infra-order of snakes. They range in size from 10 to 100 cm in length. All are fossorial. There are five families and 15 genera recognized. Scolecophidians are believed to have originated on Gondwana, with anomalepidids and leptotyphlopids and evolved in west Gondwana and typhlopids, gerrhopilids and xenotyphlopids on east Gondwana, initially on the lands of India and Madagascar, during the Mesozoic. Typhlopids then had dispersed to Africa and Eurasia. South American typhlopids apparently evolved from African typhlopids that floated across the Atlantic about 60,000,000 years ago; they in turn spread to the Caribbean about 33,000,000 years ago. Similarly, typhlopids apparently reached Australia from Southeast Asia or Indonesia about 28,000,000 years ago.

November 19

School food (SBC5)

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Our school has lots of types of food depending on which day of the week it is. Everyday has at least one good food, the one day that doesn’t is the one that makes people sad, Friday. Surprisingly Monday has the best food it has burgers, pizza, and hot dogs. Tuesday has Bosco Sticks, which are just bread sticks filled with cheese. Wednesday does not have lunch because it’s a half day and it sells spicy chicken sandwiches that is very good but is hated later if you’re a 7th or 8th grader since we have to run a mile. Thursday we can buy spicy or non-spicy chicken strips. And Friday has pizza that no one really likes, they used to sell burgers but they were moved to Monday, it sucks since those were really the only thing that was good. Along with the food we buy we can get a milk, chocolate milk, apple juice, and sometimes grape juice. In order to leave the cafeteria we have to get a fruit or vegetable, which can be celery with peanut butter, apples, bananas, pears, and even salads(Whats great is that you can just get an apple or grape juice and it will count).

November 10

Naja snake WP12

Naja

Naja is a type of venomous fanged snakes known as the cobras. Several other genera include species commonly called a cobra, for example the Rinkhals, the ring-necked spitting cobra, but of all the snakes known by its name, members of the genus Naja are the most widespread and are the most widely recognized to be cobras. Various species occur in regions throughout Africa, Southwest Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia. All species in the Naja group are capable of delivering a fatal bite to any human. Most species have strong neurotoxic venom, which attacks the preys nervous system, causing the victim to be paralyzed, but many also have cytotoxic features which causes swelling and necrosis, and has a significant anticoagulant effect. Some also have cardio-toxic components to their venom.

November 5

Milanesas

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Milanesas are a popular food from Argentina ( I’m Argentinian on my moms side) that is like a steak that doesn’t have to be beef but can also be chicken. My grandma sometimes makes them usually for special occasions such as Christmas and there is no one that goes against eating them. Just like all other foods they can have sides or something to make the taste better, eating them with mashed potatoes is great and something that can give it a little more flavor is squeezing lemon on it, just like any normal meat, you can use sauces or just eat it plain. Milanesas can be any shape or size, just like all other food. The story says that it came from Milan, Italy, therefore the name, it makes sense since there are millions of Italians in Argentina but I don’t know if it’s true.

Instead of finding some random recipe online, I have asked my grandma to send me her recipe;

Ingredients:  steak beef cut thin(less than a quarter inch)
salt, pepper, garlic powder
eggs ( need about 2 eggs per 4 steaks)
bread crumbs (thin)
regular oil (I like vegetable oil)
lemon
Sprinkle salt ,pepper and garlic powder on both sides of  each steak
Beat  the eggs really well adding salt pepper and garlic powder
Dip each steak in the egg mix and then place it on a deep dish with the bread crumbs, press the steak hard on both sides
to make sure the bread adheres to the steak. Do one at the time
Heat the oil, and fry the steaks on medium/high , turning them over (make sure the oil is covering the steak)
Serve with mash potatoes.

The lemon is to squeeze on the milanesa  at the table
And that is a milanesa.

 

November 2

Boom Slang WP11

Boomslang

It is currently the only species in its genus, although multiple species and subspecies have been described in the past. Its names meaning is “tree snake” in Afrikaans and Dutch – boom Slang, boom meaning “tree” and Slang meaning “Snake”. In Afrikaans, the name is pronounced boə̯mslɐŋ. The snake is thought to be closely related to members of the genera Thelotornis, Thrasops, Rhamnophis, and Xyelodontophis, with which it forms the taxonomic tribe Dispholidini. The Boomslang in size is not a large snake; it can average between 3 and 5 feet, though some cases in some parts of its range, it might exceed grow up to 6 feet. It has a rather skinny, compressed body with a large, overlapping scales. It is arborescent and widely distributed over much of sub-Saharan Africa, where it occurs in a range of habitats from some coastal thickets to a dry Savannah, and even some semi-desert areas. It is not typically found in densely forested areas, preferring instead more open areas. In fact, boomslangs can frequently be encountered in isolated trees within open clearings.