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Jessi shares the exciting renovation of the Reptile Room! Thanks to all of our supporters on Patreon, we've been able to make improvements and keep the animals happy and healthy. Thank you!

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Jessi: Welcome back to Animal Wonders, I'm Jessi, and today I wanna share something that makes me incredibly happy! A couple of weeks ago, we received our first month of support from our Patreon Patrons and I wanna show you what we did with it.

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I can't think of anything better than to improve the lives of the animals that we have the privilege to care for. Sometimes that means spending extra time with them. Or giving them a bigger space. Or simply buying them toys. Each of these options comes with its own challenges but we feel it's our job to give it our best effort. 

It's been a while since we've evaluated our reptile space and so when we really got down in there and took a hard look at it, we were excited, because we knew we could make improvements. Some of the animals had grown, and we knew we wanted to give them more space so they can move and explore. And then other animals, they could be more enriched with just a few simple additions. So with the help of our Patreon supporters, we gave 17 reptile home makeovers! 

Welcome to the new and improved Reptile Room! The first that thing we purchased was new substrate for everyone. We removed all of the old, and we laid down new fresh soil and dirt and bark and other flooring material. Next, we purchased two brand new enclosures to provide bigger space for the animals that grew like Serpentina and Carlos. And another one for Freya the pine snake, who's a new rescue and she was in temporary housing and I wanted to give her a larger, more permanent enclosure. 

Then we gave everyone toys! Toys for reptiles are different than, say, toys for dogs or birds who are being extremely loud right now! Reptiles can enjoy balls and bells and those sort of toys, but the majority of the enrichment that they get the most use out of is something that we call furniture. Furniture in terms of enrichment, is a large item that you place inside of the enclosure that the animals likes to sit, climb, crawl, in, on, or under. So we went furniture shopping for the reptiles. 

Bindi the Bearded Dragon got a nice rock that she rarely leaves now because she loves to bask on it. She also got a little succulent scene that she enjoys. Seyas(sp?) and Saphron(sp?), our corn snakes, they got new bark and they got some grass and some other fun things to climb in, and under. Stumpy the dumpy tree frog, got a freakin' water fall and a flower to hang out on. Serpentina, our rubber boa, got new plants to climb in, cause all she did for like a week, she wound herself all around the plants. So fun. Twirly the veiled chameleon got a new tree. She tried to eat it, but she realized she liked her insects more. Freckles the leopard gecko got all new substrate, and a new fun plant thing to climb on.

And we did so much more overall! We added more plants to help filter the air, and create more hiding spots so the animals would feel more comfortable. I'm just so happy with the improvements we've been able to make for the animals, and I'm...Super excited to see what we're gonna do next! If you would like to help give the animals better lives, you can help fund our efforts by going to our Patreon page and pledging a monthly donation. It can be as little as 1 dollar or as much as you'd like. And when you become an Animal Wonder Patron, you get to vote on what improvements we make next.

Again, thank you so much for allowing us to give these animals such good homes and such good care, and if you would like to go on an adventure with us every week, subscribe to our YouTube channel Animal Wonder Montana. And as always, you can ask questions on Tumblr, Facebook, or Twitter throughout the week. Thanks guys!

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Jessi: Hi guys, welcome back to Animal Wonders, I'm Jessi, and this is Emily!  
Emily: I'm from The Brain Scoop.  

Bloopers: Each of these options has its own challenges...Each of these...Each of these options comes with its own...[animal noise] Each of these...[laughs].
You're egging her on! [laughs]