Summit Up 7-2-10: Rallying for reptiles |

Summit Up 7-2-10: Rallying for reptiles

by Summit Up
Summit Daily/Mark Fox

Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column that’s ready to be independent (this Independence Day Weekend – get it?) of our fear of reptiles. We know many of you out there saddled with cuddly dogs and furry (if not always so cuddly) cats are waking up daily thinking to yourselves: Man, my life would be so much more complete if I could just embrace the whole reptile thing.

Well, fear not. We have information here before us about a national Reptile Rally taking place July 17, and we wanted to let you know a bit in advance so you can prepare, plan, and (Caution: Huge generalization/stereotype/urban myth ahead!) douse yourself in antibacterials to ward off the wads of salmonella we hear come from reptile handling.

MILLIONS OF SUMMIT UP READERS: We’re pretty sure salmonella doesn’t come in “wads.”

SU: Whatever. The point is this, as the news release tells us:

“There are 4.7 million reptile owning households in the US, yet most get the ‘willies’ at the thought of being close to one. On Saturday, July 17th, reptile owners all over the country will unite in support of their scaled pals for the inaugural ‘Reptile Rally held at PETCOs nationwide. The event is for collectors to show off their little (or not so little) cold-blooded friend, as well as to educate the squeamish on why reptiles aren’t so creepy after all.”

All of this leads us to one important question: What’s the main difference between “the willies” and “the heebie-jeebies?” We think the willies are more related to “creepiness,” whereas the heebie-jeebies are more about being rather scared (like when you go down into your basement and there’s a lampshade with a sheet over it that looks like an ax murdere). But what’s the dictionary say?

willies: a strong feeling of nervous apprehension and discomfort

heebie-jeebies: a state of nervous fear or anxiety

Well, not much help there. Anyway, what, you may be wondering, are the advantages of owning a reptile, and what’s the ideal lizard “for beginners?” We turn again to the PETCO news release:

“For the parent or reptile novice considering taking on a new, cold-blooded pet, some incentives include maintenance averages $10-15 per month, they make virtually no noise, and do not require exercise or an over-abundance of attention. The Leopard Gecko is considered to be the ideal lizard for beginners. These cute little terrestrials are smaller size, which makes it a cinch to meet their housing needs. A standard 10 gallon aquarium can maintain one or two adults for life, especially if they receive plenty of handling attention as exercise. Leopard geckos are also the lizards that show the most variety in color and pattern, with new designer morphs debuting each year to pique your interest.”

There you have it. Our main objection to reptiles is that they often require these nasty things called meal worms, which we can barely stand to even write, much less buy, view and distribute to our hungry “scaled friends.”

Moving, swiftly, on …


Here’s a shout out to the folks who’ve taken over the old Asian Oven restaurant in Silverthorne, renaming it Nepal Restaurant. The eatery features Indian, Nepali and Tibetan cuisine, and we’re here to tell you that, after having the $7.95 lunch buffet Wednesday, this place rocks. Very yummy food with nice folks serving it up – we highly recommend it. The dinner entrees look pretty reasonable too, with many in the $10 range. Nepal Restaurant is located just past target by the Grease Monkey, so you can get your ride lubed up while you chown down across the street.


OK, here’s a Kitty Alert! from Patrick Gleason in Alma:

“Saturday evening June 12, my dog and I were behind my house on Flannigan Circle in Alma tidying up (actually I was tidying, as she sniffed about). I turned around and she had gone to investigate something up the hill in the forest before I could stop her … next day, we found the tracks where the mountain lion ambushed her. Almanites, keep your dogs close, especially at evening and dawn.”

Wow, sorry to hear about our dog, Patrick, and it’s a good reminder for those who live on the edge of the forest to keep your domesticated critters from getting whacked by the wild critters.


Are you ready for the Fourth? Remember, it’s dry out there so don’t be a dork with illegal fireworks. Watch the public displays tonight in Dillon, Saturday night at Copper and Sunday night in Frisco and Breck. What more could you ask for?

We out.

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