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Guys… guys… These.

The bad news is I have been out of commission for a while, and I apologize. The good news is, I am one month away from FINISHING MY PHD! YAY! So I should be able to post things more regularly again. Hooray for all caudate, art, and weird animal fans.

As an apology, enjoy these amazing Toothless/ Night Fury sculptures.

If you feel the need to own one of these amazing works of art (as I do…), they can be found here: Demiurgus Dreams Etsy Shop

 

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Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis. The incredible process that helps define an amphibian (amphibian= of both sides of life/of two lives). This process is a work of art in itself, in how it completely remodels the animals’ physiology and sculpts the anatomy. Metamorphosis does spark the imagination of artists (you will find many pictures of animals morphing into objects and vice versa). Enjoy some select metamorphosis artwork!

Both adorable and awesome tiny sculpture set.

Both adorable and awesome tiny sculpture set.

While salamanders don't normally turn into wasps, this is cool.

While salamanders don’t normally turn into wasps, this is cool.

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Knock, knock. Who’s there? Awesome door knockers!

Not much to say on this one… just some really neat door knockers. I want to get a whole bunch to change out depending on who is coming over, or on my mood. Enjoy!

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This cute toad says come on in!

This cute toad says come on in!

This handsome lizard would appreciate a break from weight of the heavy ring in his mouth....

This handsome lizard would appreciate a break from weight of the heavy ring in his mouth….

This turtle got stuck with the crummy job of door knocker.

This turtle got stuck with the crummy job of door knocker. He could have been a racing turtle, but noooooooo…

Ssssomeone's coming.

Ssssomeone’s coming.

Eeeeheehee, the lily pad.

Eeeeheehee, the lily pad.

I just like the color against the door. Also that he is facing up, much less depressing than the last turtle.

I just like the color against the door. Also that he is facing up, much less depressing than the last turtle.

This one is a classic. It's called a salamander, it looks more lizardy to me, but... for the sake of salamanders... we'll go with salamander!

This one is a classic. while there is debate over it is a lizard or a salamander, and it does have features of both… it has the amount of toes to be a salamander, and I would call the fringe around the head gills. really pretty.

This one is just... I can't even.

This one is just… I can’t even.

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Salamanders at Tiffany’s

Check out this vintage Tiffany’s salamander lamp (actually called “salamander”). I want it!!! Apparently it’s really rare and goes for about $400,000. Yeah. That’s gonna happen for me on my grant salary… But a salamander lover can dream.

 

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Lovely glow

Close up. I love the flame detail.

Close up. I love the flame detail.

I don't like this alternate style as much, but still so pretty.

I don’t like this alternate style as much, but still so pretty.

 

 

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Giant Salamander Ohako (tea box)

When searching for things to bring to the Salamander Tea Party, I stumbled across this gorgeous ohako tea box with a Japanese giant salamander inside. The Japanese really respect and love their giant salamanders. I have a habit of asking every Japanese person I meet if they know much about the Japanese giant salamander. I remember this one young man I met at a cryobiology conference, and when I asked him this, he got very excited, then paused and responded, “No.” He then took out his phone and showed me a picture of one he had seen in the wild. So while he knew little about the animals, he was still super excited about them. I love that attitude, which is pretty much what I get from most of the Japanese people I have asked about the giant salamander.  This kind of attitude is great because all 3 species of giant salamanders (Chinese, Japanese, and the American hellbender) are endangered species. Here in the USA, we have a lot of love for the hellbender (as far as salamanders go, the hellbender is a rock star) but the Chinese giants are another story…. I will feature them as a species of the month some time, but the short story is, they are almost extinct in the wild and they are bred for consumption in captivity. They aren’t really viewed as a conservation concern, more of a production animal concern.

Anyway, I digress. Here is the beautiful ohako tea box!

 

Great Salamander 1 www.ShopCurious.com

Gorgeous

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It looks SO real.

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So detailed, right down to the little feet.

 

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Salamander Tea Party

My significant other always tells me that people seem to think all I do at work is have salamander tea parties. I have a wonderful image of what that is in my head… none of which is depicted here… However, here are some enchanting tea related pieces of salamander art. I am a tea enthusiast (that is putting it mildly, I am a tea ADDICT), so these are making me giggle with delight.

 

This is ALMOST what I imagine a salamander tea party to look like.

 

That doesn't look like a salamander. But it claims to be, so I'll allow it at the tea party.

That doesn’t look like a salamander. But it claims to be, so I’ll allow it at the tea party.

A very special cup for the tea, with a little salamander friend taking a sip.

A proper creamer, because salamanders like creamer in their tea.

A proper creamer, because salamanders like creamer in their tea.