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basking log for pet turtles

When caring for Turtles or any reptile, provide a spot for basking under a heat lamp and UV lamp. Even better, position the aquarium near a window for natural sunlight, if possible. In this video, I try out two kinds of log platforms – fake and real options, which turtles can enjoy and rest between swimming in the tank. Check out my video and enjoy!

The following gear are used in my video:
Zoo Med 78098 Turtle Dock (X-Large)
Zoo Med Turtle Dock (Large)
Zoo Med Turtle Dock (Medium)
(2 Pack) Exo Terra Swamp Glo Basking Spot Lamp, 75 Watt
Zoo Med ReptiSun 10.0 UVB Fluorescent Bulb, 15 Watts, 18-Inch
Fluker Farms Repta Clamp Lamp Ceramic 8.5″
Fluval Underwater Filter
Sony RX100
Panasonic HC-V800 HD Camcorder
GoPro Hero

sketch: green sea turtle

January 11, 2020

green_sea_turtle_by_al_lau

Which animals do you think are the most noble and gentle on Earth? I would like to say one such animal is a Sea Turtle. They are so calm, and they seem to not have a care in the world, and they will see a lot in her 80-year-long lifetime.

As a turtle “flies” gracefully in the deep blue sea, all she wants right now is some scrumptious sea weed to feed upon. She needs to recharge after a long journey across the ocean. My sketch is of a Green Sea Turtle.

What animal do you think of, that is so benevolent?

snapping turtle_13x19_a_sm

Snapping Turtles are gentle creatures. Just don’t try to pet them! I had remastered my Snapping Turtle illustration for poster size 11 x 17 (on 13 x 19 paper). It is now available at my store :)

Do you want to see something odd? I had encountered a Snapping Turtle that was floating on the water surface while I was canoeing. Normally, snappers rest on the bottom of the river or lake, awaiting dinner to pass by their face. Check out my short video which I call “The Unsinkable Turtle”. Enjoy!

sketch: great white shark

September 8, 2019

great_white_shark_by_al_lau

Recently, I went to Cape Cod and I did all the awesome activities that the amazing locale has to offer, except one. And that is, swimming in the ocean. Absolutely, no swimming in the sea for me because there have been more sightings of sharks in the area. Sharks are attracted to the population boom of sea lions close to the shoreline. Delicious, fatty sea lions.

In Cape Cod, there are warning signs everywhere to beware and to swim at your own risk. There are even stop-the-bleeding kits stationed at the beaches! Sharks can easily mistake a surfer, body boarder or swimmer for a sea lion meal. If a shark bites you, they won’t go, “I’m sorry, my bad.” The ocean is their domain and who would be the one to blame if a shark and a human cross paths?

Now I am shaking just thinking about it. Anyway, I do a sketch of a Great White Shark. I guess if I want to face my fears, I have to draw it. Right?

Did you swim at the beach this summer? Without the fear of sharks swimming nearby? What animal do you fear?

I recently found a Baby Skunk that was lost, separated from its mother. The skunk probably fell off a staircase into a small alley way, and it was too scared to leave the spot, into the wide open. I try to help it get back home. Would you dare to help a skunk and overcome the fear of being sprayed? I did :)  See what happens in my short video.

sketch: cat eyes

May 19, 2019

cat_face_by_al_lau

My cat, Mochi is always on high alert. She is startled by the slightest sound. She posed for my portrait drawing while she stared at birds outside the window. And as you can see, she has the biggest eyes.

Yes, I named my cat after the delicious Japanese ice cream dessert :)

This is my drawing of a Largemouth Bass. It was a long cold winter, but now it is Spring and he is very hungry.

Please also check out my latest short video where I attend a Fishing Show and share my Top 5 Picks for kayaking and fishing. And let me know what you think. https://youtu.be/MBc4oGDfgU4

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