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Jean DAndrea (Snakesmum)

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I'm a retired office administrator, and I share my house and garden with 1 cat, 4 pythons, and 3 goldfish.   Last, but not least, I have a partner too. :-)

Used to dream about being a successful on-line marketer, but discovered it wasn't for me  -  I'd much rather write or mess around in my garden.   I also love reading, sew a bit, and do a little beading.

Since discovering we at Squidoo were to join HP, I've been busy learning and have started writing hubs.  Looking forward to the future here.

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  • My New Computer Was Just No Good
    11

    My New Computer Was Just No Good

    11 months ago

    Sometimes, when you buy a new PC, it turns out to be a lemon. This computer was not easy to get along with, and the CD drive made a disc disappear!

  • Platypus Are Shy Creatures, Not To Mention Weird
    11

    Platypus Are Shy Creatures, Not To Mention Weird

    2 weeks ago

    The Australian Platypus is a very strange creature, and was thought to be a hoax by scientists when the first specimens were discovered. Read on to discover more about the duck billed platypus.

  • Black Swans
    29

    Black Swans

    2 weeks ago

    Black Swans are beautiful birds, and are found across Australia with the exception of Northern Queensland. You can see them gracefully floating across many lakes and rivers.

  • Water Is Life
    22

    Water Is Life

    11 months ago

    Without water, we would not exist, so what are we doing to conserve it? Droughts and floods are reducing the amount of potable water we have, and the population is rising.

  • How To Save Money Buying Food
    12

    How To Save Money Buying Food

    9 months ago

    Every week, my grocery bill seems to get bigger and bigger, and I bet yours does too! Here are a few ideas on how to keep that bill a little smaller, and still have some luxuries.

  • Rough Scaled Pythons
    16

    Rough Scaled Pythons

    2 weeks ago

    The rough-scaled python was discovered over 30 years ago, in 1976, in the far North of Western Australia. It is considered to be the rarest python in the world.

  • Brolgas or Australian Cranes
    8

    Brolgas or Australian Cranes

    11 months ago

    These birds are found in many Australian states and Territories, and are known for their habit of dancing. A bird of any age or sex can start dancing, at any time, just for fun.

  • Major Mitchell's Cockatoo
    20

    Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

    12 months ago

    Found in many parts of Australia, the Major Mitchell Cockatoo, also known as Leadbeater's Cockatoo, or the pink cockatoo, is one of our most beautiful birds.

  • Alexander Borodin - The Forgotten Composer
    12

    Alexander Borodin - The Forgotten Composer

    17 months ago

    Borodin was one of "The Big Five" Russian composers, although he did not write as much as the others. One of his best loved pieces is "In The Steppes Of Central Asia".

  • Ratchet Secateurs
    6

    Ratchet Secateurs

    11 months ago

    If you do a lot of gardening, a pair of secateurs is a must. Even better is a pair of ratchet secateurs, which really take the hard work out of pruning.

  • Kula Eco Park Fiji
    9

    Kula Eco Park Fiji

    17 months ago

    Kula Eco Park is on the Coral Coast of the main island of Fiji, near the town of Sigatoka. If you visit the area, then Kula is well worth going to. They specialise in native animals and birds.

  • Save The Endangered Dugong
    8

    Save The Endangered Dugong

    11 months ago

    Dugongs are mostly found in the South Pacific oceans, and near Arabia. They are similar to manatees and are related to elephants. They are peaceful animals, and eat only seagrass.

  • Fiery Dragons
    5

    Fiery Dragons

    11 months ago

    Dragons are mythical creatures, but many of us wish they really existed. There are many types of dragon, depending on which part of the world they are from. They are fascinating animals.

  • How To Grow Beautiful Hydrangeas
    17

    How To Grow Beautiful Hydrangeas

    12 months ago

    Although I love hydrangeas, they are not the easiest plant I've ever had. They don't seem to like my type of garden soil, and they need something extra from me!

  • Winter Garden Bed Preparation
    17

    Winter Garden Bed Preparation

    11 months ago

    Do you work over your garden beds in Winter? It will help them get ready for growing great vegetables in Spring if you do. Here are some tips on how to do it:

  • Trend Micro Computer Security
    2

    Trend Micro Computer Security

    11 months ago

    Computer security is a must, and Trend Titanium is one of the best. You can use it on multiple devices, depending on the licence. It is very easy to set up and use.

  • Gifts For Cat People
    7

    Gifts For Cat People

    9 months ago

    We all like getting presents, and here are some suggestions for the cat people in your life, and even a couple of suggestions for gifts to a cat.

  • Bats Are Great For Halloween
    7

    Bats Are Great For Halloween

    11 months ago

    Bats are one of my favourite animals, and I think they are a perfect decoration for Halloween. Do you know how they became associated with the Halloween festival?

  • Beautiful Bats - Creatures of the Night
    13

    Beautiful Bats - Creatures of the Night

    11 months ago

    Bats are found in most parts of the world, and usually have a bad reputation. They are known to carry rabies and other diseases, but they are still fascinating animals.

  • Tower Hill Nature Reserve - Lots of Wildlife
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    Tower Hill Nature Reserve - Lots of Wildlife

    11 months ago

    Tower Hill is the site of an extinct volcano a few kilometres from Warrnambool, in Victoria, Australia. It is now a State Park, where you can see animals and geology.

  • When The Earth Shakes
    13

    When The Earth Shakes

    4 months ago

    Earthquakes are devastating, and cannot be predicted with any certainty, although research is ongoing. Much seismic activity occurs around the Pacific "Ring of fire".

  • Why Not Make Wine From Your Garden?
    12

    Why Not Make Wine From Your Garden?

    11 months ago

    Home made wine can be every bit as good as the store bought variety. It's a great way to use up that excess fruit or even vegetable crop from your garden.

  • Fun Zucchini Meals
    36

    Fun Zucchini Meals

    11 months ago

    Zucchini is a very useful vegetable, as it can be used in many ways, even in cakes. It can be cooked or eaten raw, and it's easy to grow.

  • Werribee Open Range Zoo
    6

    Werribee Open Range Zoo

    11 months ago

    Werribee is an open range zoo, where the animals are given large paddocks, and conditions as near to the wild as possible in a zoo. African and Australian animals are kept there.

  • Do You Need To Get Fit?
    8

    Do You Need To Get Fit?

    5 days ago

    As a very unfit person, I needed to do something about my fitness. Heart attacks are more likely to happen to overweight and unfit people, and I don't want to be one of them.

  • Building A Cat Pen On A Budget
    10

    Building A Cat Pen On A Budget

    11 months ago

    Cats need to be kept safe, either inside, or in an outside pen. There are many pens on the market, but we built our own with leftover wood, wire, and some purchased items.

  • Have You Ever Tried Tanna Island Coffee?
    12

    Have You Ever Tried Tanna Island Coffee?

    4 months ago

    If you are a coffee lover, you really should try Tanna Island Coffee. It is grown by local farmers, and marketed by a co-operative. It is fair-trade produce also.

  • Panthera tigris - The Tiger
    6

    Panthera tigris - The Tiger

    4 months ago

    Tigers are a magnificent animal, and are unfortunately an endangered species. They are terrific hunters, but sadly are hunted themselves, for trophies and for "medicine".

  • Spring Flowerings Brighten The Garden
    8

    Spring Flowerings Brighten The Garden

    11 months ago

    Spring is a time when some of the prettiest flowers come out. Here are just a few spring blossoms for you to enjoy.

  • All About Garlic
    17

    All About Garlic

    12 months ago

    Do you like garlic? It's something that you love or hate, as it's a very strong herb. It's also reputed to have magical properties. Garlic has been used for thousands of years.

  • The Daffodil
    12

    The Daffodil

    17 months ago

    Daffodils, and most Spring bulbs are among my favourite flowers, as they are so cheerful after the Winter.

  • Black Panthers & Leopards
    11

    Black Panthers & Leopards

    2 years ago

    Black panthers and leopards are not separate species at, but are melanistic varieties of the breed. Normal leopards can have black cubs, and vice versa.

  • Growing Cyclamen
    7

    Growing Cyclamen

    11 months ago

    Cyclamen are a beautiful flower, and the plants often have variegated leaves. They are quite hardy, and come in many colours from white to deep purple.

  • Collars For Cats
    23

    Collars For Cats

    11 months ago

    Putting a collar on a cat may be controversial for some, and I'm not quite sure if I'm for or against. It does help if your pet becomes lost and has an ID on the collar. What do you think?

  • Incense And It's Uses
    4

    Incense And It's Uses

    9 months ago

    Incense has been around for hundreds of years. It has many uses, both in religion and in everyday life.

  • Australian Magpies
    11

    Australian Magpies

    12 months ago

    Australian magpies are well known for their song, which they sing when doing the rounds of their territories at dusk and dawn. They are also a beautiful and intelligent bird.

  • Devils of Tasmania
    37

    Devils of Tasmania

    11 months ago

    Tasmanian devils have recently become an endangered species, due to a form of cancer. They are called devils because of the awful noises they make while eating and fighting, which can be frightening.

  • The Emu - A Flightless Bird
    19

    The Emu - A Flightless Bird

    11 months ago

    Emus are a flightless bird found in Australia. They can be dangerous when threatened so it's best not to approach them too closely. Emus are occasionally kept as pets.

  • Magic The Cat
    31

    Magic The Cat

    10 months ago

    Adopting a cat or dog from a shelter can be a great experience. Older pets can give so much love and devotion, and will repay you for giving them a home many times over.

  • Herne The Hunter
    7

    Herne The Hunter

    7 months ago

    Herne or Cernunnos are two of the names of the ancient Horned God. Different versions of this god are found in many places around the world.

  • The Echidna
    33

    The Echidna

    12 months ago

    Echidnas are curious little creatures found in the Australian bush. They are an egg-laying mammal and are related to the platypus. Their diet is mostly ants and termites.

  • Hypothyroidism Isn't Fun - Do You Suffer?
    10

    Hypothyroidism Isn't Fun - Do You Suffer?

    11 months ago

    Hypothyroidism is an auto-immune problem which happens when your thyroid doesn't work properly, and isn't producing enough hormones. Hyperthyroidism is the opposite. This is my story.

  • Hypatia of Alexandria - Philosopher
    10

    Hypatia of Alexandria - Philosopher

    15 months ago

    Have you ever heard of Hypatia? She must have been one of the first feminists without knowing it, as she was a philosopher and mathematician at the Museum of Alexandria in the ancient world.

  • Bredl's Python As A Pet
    6

    Bredl's Python As A Pet

    10 months ago

    Centralian pythons, or Bredl's python, are found in Central Australia. They are named in honour of an Australian crocodile conservationist, Joe Bredl. They are not venomous.

  • Chicken Breeds
    19

    Chicken Breeds

    19 months ago

    Keeping chickens in your backyard can be fun, but you need the right variety. Here are just a few of the breeds available.

  • The Goddess Kali
    25

    The Goddess Kali

    9 months ago

    Kali is a transformational Goddess, and she is often misunderstood. She is an aspect of Durga, and is the Great Mother.

  • Praying Mantises
    16

    Praying Mantises

    10 months ago

    Praying Mantis are the gardener's friend, as they eat many of the pests which inhabit our gardens. They are interesting to watch when they are hunting, and devouring their prey.

  • Poster Cats - Bits & Pieces About Cats
    4

    Poster Cats - Bits & Pieces About Cats

    7 months ago

    Cats are often much maligned animals, but they also have many admirers. Here are some pictures of cats being cats.

  • The Best Cat Gift Ever
    25

    The Best Cat Gift Ever

    11 months ago

    What do you think is the best gift to give your cat? I wish we were able to give good health back to our cat, as that's the best cat gift ever. We can't, so we give her as good a life as we can.

  • A Cat's Life - Tia
    18

    A Cat's Life - Tia

    11 months ago

    Sometimes you meet an animal which really stands out, and Tia was one such animal. She was a cat with a very distinct personality, and didn't take any nonsense from anyone!

  • Is It A Heart Attack?
    10

    Is It A Heart Attack?

    11 months ago

    Could you recognise a heart attack? Here is a little about the symptoms, and a little about my personal experiences. Heart problems are the cause of many deaths each year.

  • Some Advantages of Ceramic Knives
    8

    Some Advantages of Ceramic Knives

    17 months ago

    Ceramic knives have been around for quite a while now, and are very easy to care for. They have many advantages over ordinary kitchen knives.

  • Paganism: Dispelling The Myths
    10

    Paganism: Dispelling The Myths

    17 months ago

    There are many myths about Paganism, and its rituals, and this article will try to dispel some of them, and give a few facts about the religion.

  • A Brief History Of Money
    12

    A Brief History Of Money

    16 months ago

    Before money existed, there was barter, then there were coins. Paper banknotes came much later, and now some countries use plasticised notes. Credit / debit card usage is becoming very common.

  • Do You Cook With These Useful Herbs?
    24

    Do You Cook With These Useful Herbs?

    11 months ago

    Herbs - what would we do without them? We cook with them, use them for scenting our homes, and some are even used in medications. Here are a few of my favourites.

  • Delphi - Where Priestesses Foretold At The Oracle
    16

    Delphi - Where Priestesses Foretold At The Oracle

    11 months ago

    Delphi is the site of the ancient oracle, and there are many ruins there, including the Temple of Apollo. where the oracle spoke. Beautiful but craggy Mt Parnassus stands guard over Delphi.

  • How To Keep An Indoors Cat Happy
    18

    How To Keep An Indoors Cat Happy

    11 months ago

    These days, it's becoming more common to keep your pet cat inside. Keeping them happy and occupied is important for their health. Outside pens are good too, if you have space for one.

  • Agoraphobia, Panic Or Anxiety Attacks
    6

    Agoraphobia, Panic Or Anxiety Attacks

    13 months ago

    Agoraphobia is a fear of open spaces, often linked with social phobia, and panic attacks. Many people suffer at least one panic attack in their lives. Fortunately, agoraphobia can be treated.

  • Living With A Cat With FIV - Feline Immunodeficiency Virus
    14

    Living With A Cat With FIV - Feline Immunodeficiency Virus

    5 months ago

    Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, or FIV, is a disease specific to cats. FIV can cause illness, and may lead to death if the cat is not cared for. It cannot be transferred to humans.

  • Animals, Birds & Flowers
    9

    Animals, Birds & Flowers

    11 months ago

    Nature is one of my interests, and in this article I'll share with you some of my favourite pictures of animals, birds and flowers. Some are in my garden, some are from others. Enjoy.

  • Cholesterol Can Be BAD!
    15

    Cholesterol Can Be BAD!

    9 months ago

    Opinion has become divided on just how bad cholesterol can be. It has been thought to be the cause of strokes and heart attacks. Some research leans towards the idea that it may be less harmful.

  • Cacti And Succulents
    11

    Cacti And Succulents

    13 months ago

    Cacti and succulents are some of my favourite plants, partly because they can survive when we have very hot summers and even droughts.

  • Rue
    14

    Rue

    12 months ago

    Rue is a very strong scented herb, and it can cause allergies for some people. It is used in witchcraft, and in some herbal remedies.

  • Is Global Warming A Big Hoax?
    27

    Is Global Warming A Big Hoax?

    2 weeks ago

    Whether or not you believe in global warming, or climate change, it's a fascinating topic. Sea ice is melting at an alarming rate, raising sea level, and putting low lying countries in danger.

  • Visiting New Zealand
    14

    Visiting New Zealand

    12 months ago

    New Zealand is a wonderful country to visit. The South and North Islands are so different from each other, and there is so much to see that you really need a visit for each island or even two visits.

  • Zoos Victoria
    3

    Zoos Victoria

    12 months ago

    Zoos Victoria run three properties, all with different ambiences. Healesville is Australian native animals, Werribee plains animals, and Melbourne Zoo is general. They're all worth a visit.

  • Rants and Raves
    10

    Rants and Raves

    10 months ago

    Sometimes it is good to have a rant or rave about one of your pet hates - it helps to clear your mind. Here is a little ranting and raving about many things, cars, pc's, pets, people, etc., etc.,.

  • European Wasps in Australia
    32

    European Wasps in Australia

    8 months ago

    Feral animals and insects can easily become pests, and here in Australia, we have our share of them. A pest I really dislike is the European wasp. European wasps are becoming more common, sadly.

  • Keeping Chickens in the Back Yard
    17

    Keeping Chickens in the Back Yard

    11 months ago

    Do you have chickens? They are great pets, and having your own fresh eggs is a bonus. Hens also eat lots of garden pests, if you allow them to run free in the garden.

  • Volcano!
    5

    Volcano!

    6 months ago

    Volcanoes are beautiful to watch in eruption, but are deadly when they do so. They are fascinating, and it is almost impossible to tell when they are going to next erupt.

  • Australian Plants
    9

    Australian Plants

    11 months ago

    Mostly, my front garden contains native plants, but a few exotics have crept in. Sometimes, plants are hard to resist so they get in anyway, native or not.

  • Solar Energy
    9

    Solar Energy

    11 months ago

    Interested in installing solar power at your home? Here's my story, and a few solar energy facts.

  • Reptile Care & Helpful Hints
    18

    Reptile Care & Helpful Hints

    9 months ago

    Reptiles are usually an easy pet to keep, but you need to do some research before obtaining one of these animals. Some of them are more difficult to care for, and aren't for beginners.

  • Mandrake, The Witches' Herb
    111

    Mandrake, The Witches' Herb

    2 years ago

    There are many stories about Mandrake, some good, some bad. It is supposed to have many magical properties, and the root is shaped like a mannekin. It allegedly screams when pulled up.

  • Cats Are Great Pets
    28

    Cats Are Great Pets

    5 months ago

    Cats are often much maligned, but they are wonderful pets. They are companions for the elderly, playmates for children, and have so much love to give. A purring cat makes you feel good.

  • Crohn's Disease
    27

    Crohn's Disease

    8 months ago

    Crohn's disease is a disorder of the digestive system, and can affect any part of it. It is incurable, but will sometimes disappear on its own. It also goes into remission, sometimes for months.

  • Snakes as Pets
    99

    Snakes as Pets

    9 months ago

    Snakes have bad publicity - they aren't all bad, and can make interesting pets. Pythons in particular are very popular, although other snakes also make good pets.

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