Wes James

A collection of photos of the things I love, my adventures, and interactions with wildlife.

onegreenplanet:

Don’t Think it Matters When You Throw Your Gum Onto the Ground? Stuck Hummingbird Begs to Differ

This is really important. Besides the fact that small animals can become stuck in gum larger ones often choke on it or have their mouths obstructed by it.
Humans may be able to pass gum through our systems but most small birds, reptiles, and mammals can’t. Gum looks and smells a lot like food to other animals and it can mean their demise if they try to swallow it. 
It only takes a few seconds to wrap your gum up and put it somewhere responsible, you could just save a life. 

onegreenplanet:

Don’t Think it Matters When You Throw Your Gum Onto the Ground? Stuck Hummingbird Begs to Differ

This is really important. Besides the fact that small animals can become stuck in gum larger ones often choke on it or have their mouths obstructed by it.

Humans may be able to pass gum through our systems but most small birds, reptiles, and mammals can’t. Gum looks and smells a lot like food to other animals and it can mean their demise if they try to swallow it. 

It only takes a few seconds to wrap your gum up and put it somewhere responsible, you could just save a life. 

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Anonymous said: would you kiss a snake.................................?

Only all the time. 

Anonymous said: Man, I understand that a lot of these herp-lovers on tumblr really just want to help but sometimes the way they word things and dogpile on people it feels more like an attack or accusation. I'm sure there has GOT to be a better way to word 'please don't keep your x on y substrate' other than 'you are abusing your animal how dare you, you monster'.

   Thanks anon, but you can’t really blame them either. A lot of young dragons and dragons with “pecking” problems have died as a result of impactions though often from in-cage feeding. Mine never ate in his cage and the sand was only on the bottom most layer for when he came down from the other levels to defecate and he never expelled his hemepines to do so, so he doesn’t take it up into his body.

   I’ve have though decided to switch to tile though in light of this because it’s a lot cheaper than sand and still fairly easy to spot clean with none of the risks associated with it. What I do find crazy is that not a single person in their tirade actually recommended an alternative to sand. I just wish these people had PM’d me instead of trying to make me look malicious. A lot of them personally knew me and didn’t have to make a spectacle of it but chose to do so selfishly. If they really wanted to help or were concerned for the animal I would have been messaged.  It’s amazing what people can assume from a picture when no real questions are asked. 

Just picked up a new girl at the last show! Anyone want to help me name her?

If you think Australian animals are scary you’ve never seen American cops.

I have found my happy place. 

   Kindness will always attract cruelty, it is in the nature of things, for what is more tempting to the cruel than abusing the kind?

captain-redbeard:

wildwesjames:

wildwesjames:

TRIGGER WARNING- GRAPHIC ANIMAL VIOLENCE

Here we have the deranged psychopath known as Shane Saxton

The video is of him laughing and litterally mocking a cottonmouth- Agkistrodon piscivorus, as he shoots it multiple times with a shotgun, blowing the snake into pieces. This animal was not killed for food, skin, or immediate self defense. The snake was sitting by its self when Shane approached IT.

This guy’s Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/shane.saxton.7?fref=browse_search

-contains numerous hunting photos with the same maniacal grin he sports in the video, posing often with animals that you cannot eat, thatwere shot only for “sport”   Now, I am not wholly against hunting. I fish, and grew up in the south so I understand taking food, skin, and other resources from animals to sustain yourself, but this is not the case. This man enjoys killing, killing is where the satisfaction comes from, not putting food on the table, not gaining something tangible that he needs. It is the death of the animal is what entertains him. I urge you, to write a letter to this person and share this video if you agree that his actions are cruel and unacceptable.  

I firmly believe that courage, is not killing an animal you believe will harm you, but living with it and trusting that it won’t. 

Thank you -Wes. 

Here is that grin I was talking about.

Hey just my two cents, Cotton mouths are incredibly venomous and while I’m not for the psychotic killing of anything, if I was walking along and came across one, I’d want a shotgun too.

   That is very sad to hear. There is no danger in being in that physical proximity to a cottonmouth, or any venomous snake. It doesn’t matter the level of toxicity that the snake possesses when the fact is the snake will not attack you unless you TRY to interact with it. 

  This is the main thing that I try to educate others about, “I’d want a shotgun too” For what? If you have the time and space to shoot the snake you are to far away from it for it to feel threatened enough to strike, if you manage to step on the snake and entice it to bite it’s too late and a gun won’t help you. The only reason people kill snakes is out of ignorance, or as in this guy’s case, a false sense of masculine expression. Ignorance, in that the danger these snakes pose is only real if you literally try to touch it. This is not a bull elephant, or a hippo, or a tiger, it’s not an animal that will go out of its way to harm you, and yet so many films, books, and even people tell grand stories of snakes being these blood-thirsty monsters hellbent on biting people. Believing that snakes attack people intentionally is not only wrong but absurd. Most snakes run the moment that you approach them, and some stand their ground, but NONE will chase you unless you try to hurt them. 

   As for the masculine expression, because of the false exploitation of the “danger” of snakes there has become an equally false sense or heroism in killing them. This, white knight, sense of saving others from a malicious beast! when really you are just being cruel, and killing an animal that just wants to exist as much as you do. 

wildwesjames:

TRIGGER WARNING- GRAPHIC ANIMAL VIOLENCE

Here we have the deranged psychopath known as Shane Saxton

The video is of him laughing and litterally mocking a cottonmouth- Agkistrodon piscivorus, as he shoots it multiple times with a shotgun, blowing the snake into pieces. This animal was not killed for food, skin, or immediate self defense. The snake was sitting by its self when Shane approached IT.

This guy’s Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/shane.saxton.7?fref=browse_search

-contains numerous hunting photos with the same maniacal grin he sports in the video, posing often with animals that you cannot eat, thatwere shot only for “sport”   Now, I am not wholly against hunting. I fish, and grew up in the south so I understand taking food, skin, and other resources from animals to sustain yourself, but this is not the case. This man enjoys killing, killing is where the satisfaction comes from, not putting food on the table, not gaining something tangible that he needs. It is the death of the animal is what entertains him. I urge you, to write a letter to this person and share this video if you agree that his actions are cruel and unacceptable.  

I firmly believe that courage, is not killing an animal you believe will harm you, but living with it and trusting that it won’t. 

Thank you -Wes. 

Here is that grin I was talking about.

amurleopards said: Do you happen to have a favorite wild feline?

Ocelot, hands down. Second would be a jaguar. I like jungle cats, anything tropical. The warm tan against a green rainforest is just heaven to me as an artist. 

Aw, Steve thinks he’s a green tree python! (I won’t tell him if you don’t)

Little Rambo is hard at work with his next painting! 

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My mother holding me from falling off the railing the first time I saw the twin towers. 

This photo was taken in 1994. I was 3. 

Ignorant people will always feel insecure around the expressively knowledgable. “Know it all” Is a badge of honor, not an insult.

Found an action figure of myself at a craft store. 
They never get my eyes right.