It's National Reptile Appreciation day. From the earliest days of Earth there have been reptiles and humans as latecomers to life on earth have been fascinated by the,, documenting some, telling tales and legends and inventing scenarios involving them and their often magical abilities.
Here's some History -
The beginning of recording reptiles. The methodological study of reptiles dates back to the time of philosophers Aristotle and Pliny.
A prehistoric discovery was made. Traces of the oldest known reptile, called the Hylonomus lyelli, were discovered in a fossilized tree stump in Nova Scotia.
Saving the Galapagos. Ecuador enacted the Galapagos Special law, to create the Galapagos Marine Reserve and protect the island wildlife (including the Galapagos Tortoise), manage fisheries, and inspect quarantine measures.
National Reptile Day Activities
Reacquaint yourself with reptiles
Spend some time holding and interacting with reptiles — perhaps at a pet shop — where snakes, frogs, or lizards are just a short car ride away.
Donate to a conservation program
Contribute to programs designated to protecting endangered species. Many reptiles are still hunted for their use in leather or to meet consumer demands. In several regions, this type of hunting is a big problem due to the role most reptiles play in their specific ecosystems.
Read about reptiles
Spend a day at the library researching and learning new things about reptiles. You may even find your future pet in the process.
5 Quirks Only Reptiles Could Have
The Fantastic Four
There are four orders of species: the Crocodilia (crocodiles, alligators, etc.), the Tuatara (lizard-like), the Squamata, (includes lizards and snakes), and the Testudines (turtles, tortoises, and terrapins).
Baby it's cold inside
The majority of all reptiles are considered ectothermic, meaning they rely on their environments to regulate their internal body temperature, reproductive health, immune system functioning, and daily stamina.
Larger than Life
One of the largest reptiles on record is the salt water crocodile, which can measure over twelve feet long and weigh more than a thousand pounds.
Circle of life
All reptiles play an important function in their ecosystem; for example, lizards control insects and pests in homes and gardens, while snakes keep rodents under control in urban life and in the countryside.
The way reptiles adapt to their environments allows them to create defensive behaviors in fights, to reproduce, hunt for their food, or anticipate a dangerous situation.
Why We Love National Reptile Day
A time to love our pets
Reptile owners get a special day to appreciate their best friends every year with this holiday. This day allows us to treat our buddies and give some never-ending love and care!
A day to relax with some reps
For those of us who don’t own a reptile, but are curious, this holiday allows us to take time to observe them in their natural element. For those who are very nervous or scared of anything slithery, this is the perfect day to face those fears.
We expand our knowledge
Taking the time to learn about these different species allows us to appreciate the environment we both share. This day is perfect to teach children about animals and nature.
THERE BE DRAGONS
In modern times a dragon is seen as a mythological representation of a reptile. In ancient days, dragons were more serpent-like. In the Middle Ages, the began to be shown with legs and to resemble winged lizards.
In Ancient Egypt the god of chaos was Apep (called Apophis in Greek). Apep was a serpent trapped in the duat or Underworld and when the sun god Ra journeyed there in his solar boat at night he attempted to eat it of wrap it in darkness. Eventually some of the other gods: Set and Bast joined the struggle. Set wounded the serpent and Bast using a knife cut him in pieces. Evidently these efforts didn't defeat chaos, but held it at bay until the new day returned Ra to the day sky. At times when Apep swallowed the solar boat, an eclipse happened.
In Children of Stone the entity Ta-te represents a dual form of Ra/Apep - benevolent yet merciless -- trapped in a realm between the incarnate and ascended worlds seeking control of --- Oh, you'll have to read that to see. In each book of the series his presence increases virus-like to the stunning conclusion in the WIP The Lake of Memory hopefully released in late 2020 early 2021
"Ana's Dream of Flying" showed the same character as more of a red dragon entity who also poses as a stately but lonely gentleman looking for his lost love. Does he find her? Check out Dreamtime Dragons
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0771KT46G/ to find out and enjoy many other fine stories about other dragons too!
WHAT'S NEW WITH
MARY R. WOLDERING For Halloween -
a new Short Story This time it's something different.
It's not in Egypt or in BCE
It's in 2019 and has new characters, no time travelers or aliens - just one magical dwarf and a puzzling take on the story of Snow White.
Watch for Ghostly Rites 2019 October 31.
As many of you know I've been renovating a house which means I'm publishing yet another book without time to organize or even pay someone to set up a launch. No Takeover, no PA, to time or internet except in the early mornings. And yet, I still want to have an offer available to celebrate my hard work and the work of my son Thomas Woldering who drew the cover, the maps and formatted the print and ebook and edited my work.
If I can swing it, and if enough of you help me advertise it, there will be prizes better than before! This time for US residents only (unless you pay shipping) I will have a drawing for a signed print copy of the NEW and improved Voices in Crystal and bookmark of your colors.
1. On or about October 31, 2019 my banner in Children of Stone will change to reflect the new Book 1 cover. I will also post the link.
2. When you click on the link it will take you to Amazon where you will see the price of Book 1 is now only $.99 for a limited time until Novemner 11.
3. Buy the book and take a screen shot of your Amazon receipt with your phone (or type the number if you don't screen shot)
4. put these in my inbox. This gives me the name of who bought the book. Yes, you can buy more than one, but make each receipt separate so I catch it.
5. Each receipt and name is entered in a drawing December 3 so I can pick the winner in time for the Holidays.
6. If a lot of people do this I may award 2 books or more.
7. THE CATCH
November 11 the price of Book 1 ebook rises to $1.99
November 18 it is $2.99 and on
November 25 ALL EBOOKS rise to $3.99 a more typical price for this size ebook.
December 3 the winner is announced.
SO YOU DON'T WANT TO WAIT TOO LONG.
Share the ads I post and interview me or invite me to takeovers. I don't have much internet time these days but I'll try to keep up.
If you are one of my top promoters you get a spot on my blog, undying gratitude and a chance at the drawing.
BEST LUCK AND KEEP WATCHING
MORE DRAGONS FROM AUTHORS I KNOW
Leslie Conzatti Here’s a blog series I did, a twist on Cinderella with A DRAGON! The Dragon's Mark