Hi, my name is Rylan.
I am seven years old boy. I live with my 3 years old younger sister and my Mom and Dad. I was born here in Sacramento, however my Mom and Dad were born in Indonesia. Indonesia is a tropical country in South East Asia not far from Australia.
Currently, I only have a fish tank with tropical fishes - a pair of them is Checkered Barbs which originally came from Indonesia. My dad has a small black and white dog. He is a Tibetan Spaniel mix, his name is Nemo and he is old, about 10 years old. His weight is about 18 lbs. and sometimes he still acts like he is a puppy.
Although I don’t have lots of animals right now, animals, especially water animals, reptile and insect are my passion and I would like to share this passion with all of you. My favorite places to visit are all animal places, such as Monterey Bay Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Sacramento Reptile Show and our Sacramento Zoo.
In addition, in town, I usually visit all pet stores, such as Petsmart, Petco, Pets Extreme and Exotic Aquarium and my old favorite place, Capitol Aquarium (which is closed for good awhile back).
In 2010, when I was 4 years old, we had a chance to visit Indonesia. We were there to visit my Mom’s family and my Dad’s uncles, aunts and cousins. Two of my most memorable animal encounters are below:In this picture, I was holding a tiny baby house lizard on the palm of my hand. This house lizard is commonly found on Indonesian’s houses.
On one of the local restaurant, they have hundreds Koi fishes on a big pond, that you could feed and touch.
In 2012, we became a member of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
Their most famous animal is Claude an Albino American alligator.
There are also stingrays, one of the biggest is this huge gray spotted stingray.
Since 2011, I have been going to various Reptile Shows.
This picture is me, when I was 5 years old, with a snake from one of the show’s vendor. This is my first experience with a snake on my neck.
The best and the biggest show is the Sacramento Reptile Show, which is an annual Reptile Show and Expo in the Sacramento Convention Center. We have been going there for the past 3 years. They have all kinds of reptile, such as all kind of snakes, frogs, turtle, tortoise, alligator, crocodile, lizards, iguana etc. Also all kinds of spiders, tarantulas, beetles, etc. My favorite part is their Wild Animal Show on stage and also their petting zoo.
In the following pics;
I was petting a Tortoise, Big Lizard, small Lizard in the show’s petting zoo. They also have an Albino Alligator, although not as big as Claude.
The next three pics are me pose with Izod, the 10 fts 100 lbs American Alligator in 2011, 2012, and 2013.I hope my passion for water animals, reptiles and spiders, will encourage you to get closer and learn more about wild animals in general and their habitats. Only through learning and understanding, we could help effort to save and preserve their existence for our future generations.