Wishing you all a safe and happy August!
Added Event Toy Haven
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Upcoming Event Reminders:
Concealed Realms will be at Toy Haven on September 3rd at the Holland Civic Center in Holland, MI.
Concealed Realms plans to participate at Midwest Monster Fest on September 16th ,17th , and 18th. This event is scheduled to take place in East Moline, IL at The Rust Belt: mwmonsterfest
We will be returning to the Des Moines Merle hay Mall for Quad Con on Sept 24th and 25th!
We plan to return to Milwaukee, WI for Sci-Fi Family Day at Discovery World! This years event is scheduled to take place on October 1st.
We plan to return to Iowa for ICON47! This event takes place from October 14 to the 16th at the Marriott in Cedar Rapids.
Concealed Realms will be at OddMall:Hallowondrous in Akron, Ohio. The event is set to take place on October 21st and 22nd.
We plan on returning to the Burlington, IA QuadCon! This event is set to takes place on November 19th and 20th at the Westland Mall.
Concealed Realms plans to participate at the Ceder Rapids QuadCon on February 5th. This event takes place at the Cedar Rapids Convention Center.
We are scheduled to participate at the Hall of Heroes Comic Con on March 4th and 5th. This event takes place at the Northern Indiana Event Center, located in Elkhart, IN.
Snake Quotes and Sayings:
“Snake’s poison is life to the snake;
it is in relation to man that it means death.” – Rumi
“Not all the snakes are poisonous
and not all the poisons are deadly!
Keep this in mind “when bitten.” – Mehmet Murat Ildan
“Once bitten by a snake,
he is scared all his life
at the mere sight of a rope. “- Proverb
“Kill the snake of doubt in your soul,
crush the worms of fear in your heart
and mountains will move out of your way.” – Kate Seredy
“Look before you leap,
For snakes among sweet flowers do creep.” – Proverb
“Snakes are sometimes perceived as evil,
but they are also perceived as medicine.
If you look at an ambulance,
there’s the two snakes on the side of the ambulance.
The caduceus, or the staff of Hermes,
there’s the two snakes going up it,
which means that the venom can also be healing.” – Nicolas Cage
“Dragons and snakes aren’t so different.” – A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo
“No, snakes are no problem.
I’d go to any country, anywhere,
any snakes, not a problem.” – Steve Irwin
“I’m like a snake sleeping on a rock.
I won’t bother you unless you poke a stick at me.” – Harlan Ellison
“If there is a snake in the grass,
you have to set the field on fire to draw it out.” – Matshona Dhliwayo.
Definition of Ophidiophobia:
Noun ” abnormal fear of snakes” – merriamwebster.com
One way to spark inspiration and rekindle creativity is to learn about new things and take on differing imaginative endeavors, so with Halloween practically around the corner, I thought it would be fun to do a creativity post themed around an animal that is commonly associated with the spooky season ahead, snakes!
“Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?”
– Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford),
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
In this creativity post, I will share some facts about these creepy, yet amazing creatures to gain a deeper understanding of them while attempting to shed some light on what is about them that people find so chilling, and make a snake wreath, because its never to early to start preparing new Halloween decorations.
Snakes are often used in Halloween decor and as costumes or props. One particular fall favorite is the corn snake, named as such because their belly scales resemble the popular fall decoration, flint corn (also commonly referred to as Indian corn.) This snake varies in colors ranging from red to orange to brown, just like autumn leaves. Another season favorite is the ring-necked snake. This species rarely exceeds ten inches in length and is known for its characteristic shiny orange and black coloration.
Although those two types of snakes seem to be perfect for the spooky season, you will likely encounter a wide variety in use, there are, after all, thousands of types ranging in size and color and they can be found throughout almost every part of the world, with few exceptions.
These creepy creatures overall popularity during Halloween is likely do to mankind’s distrust of them. Whether it’s that they’re afraid of being bitten, don’t like how easily serpents seem to hide in their natural surroundings, or dislike their long scaly bodies, they are something many fear.
Not everyone is afraid of snakes. Some people even keep them as pets, but according to therecoveryvillage.com, the fear of snakes is one of the most common phobias, in fact, scientists noticed that at least half of the population feel anxiety around snakes, prompting them to research the phenomena to determine if humans have a built in fear of the slithery creatures.
In the end, the scientific research had varying conclusions. While, psychologicalscience.org suggests our fear of snakes is not innate, since not all babies are afraid of them, another study published in 2008 in the journal Cognition, lean more toward the opinion that the fear of snakes is in fact inherited.
So which is it? Perhaps we will never know for sure whether it is an inherited trait or a learned one, but I think many of us would agree that snakes have characteristics that can certainly give you the creeps, like the way they use their forked tongue to smell… or how they shed their scaly looking, keratin skin, in one piece.
Fear or Phobia?
Fear in a dangerous situation is normal, it is a natural emotion that protects people from harm. Phobias, however, cause significant distress beyond whats considered normal fear or anxiety.
There are a multitude of phobias associated with certain stimulus such as elevators, needles, or animals. There is even a fear of fears (phobophobia), which is more commonplace than you might think.
According to http://my.clevelandclinic.org “about 1 in 10 American adults and 1 in 5 teenagers will deal with a specific phobia disorder at some point in their lives.” The impact of a phobia can range from annoying to severely disabling. Phobias are classified as an anxiety disorder and it’s important to take those struggling with them seriously.
Just the Facts:
Snakes belong to the animal class reptiles. Reptiles are cold-blooded animals that raise their body temperature by lying in the sun or lower it by crawling into the shade. This group also includes crocodiles, turtles, and lizards.
Snakes , however have clear differences from other reptiles. For instance, they have no limbs, and no ear openings, but do have ears that pick up sound waves from their skin, muscles and bones. Rather than moveable eyelids these wriggling critters have a single clear layer of skin fused over their eye for protection.
There are over 3,000 species of snakes and they range in length from about four inches to as long as forty feet. 600 species are venomous. Most nonvenomous snakes have a rounded head with teeth in a row on the upper jaw and a row in the lower jaw. Those teeth are curved backward to help keep struggling prey from escaping. Wheres venomous snakes have fangs and a more triangular-shaped head, However, according to nationalgeographic.com, some non-venomous snakes can mimic the triangular shape by flattening their heads.
Did you know that there are flying snake(Chrysopelea) that can glide up to 325 feet through the air by simply holding their bodies at an angle and squirming? Snakes can move across many different types of terrain without the help of appendages. They can slither up mountainsides, can make their way to the tops of trees, and according to pawtracks.com, all of them can swim, although they say certain species are better adapted to do it than others.
If you think about it, these creatures characteristics are pretty amazing, even if some of the ones listed above are the exact same things about serpents that makes your skin crawl… Try to remember that while it is possible to be bitten by a snake, most snakes rarely bother people and wont strike unless provoked, so the best practice is to just leave snakes alone.
Snakes are very useful. Being both predator and prey, snakes play an integral role in maintaining a balanced ecosystem. They help keep a number of pests, such as rodents which carry disease, under control and are an important food source for birds, mammals and even other reptiles.
Did you know that snake venom’s have been used in medical research for decades? Over time scientists have found ways to develop certain helpful medications due to this research. Who knows what future generations will discover!
I hope that you enjoyed learning about serpents and the creation of my Halloween snake wreath, in this creativity post. It’s alright if snakes still aren’t your favorite, but try not to let your fear of them stop you from appreciating the interesting and amazing things about them! Overall, I like the way my project turned out and I am looking forward to using it this Halloween.
Stay safe and keep being awesome!