Q: What happened to www.bluegorgon.com?
 
A:  Over the years circumstances, and I, have changed. I wanted to start fresh with more of a focus on my other works.  Breeding beauty snakes isn't something I've ended up persuing. I still intend to work to promote them and the wonder of the serpent world in general and remain happy to answer questions to help new herpers find their way!  It's just not my primary focus these days. But you can still find the old care sheet on my new blog and linked at the bottom of this page!

FAQ

Q: Since you don't breed Elaphe taeniura ssp where can I find one?
 
A: I recommend keeping an eye on your local reptile expos and researching reputable breeders online when you see baby beauties crop up.  I haven't kept up with the herping community as much as I'd like, so I can't tell you who is guaranteed to have them. I wish I knew!
Q: What does Blue Gorgon mean?
 
A: Blue is my favorite color as well as my name.  It's the hue of the sky, of the sea and in general  a tranquil color rich with symbolism.  Outside of those examples it's also rare in nature which made it an uncommon color in ancient art. Only with time and innovation has it slowly become more and more visible to the world. I find that both beautiful and achingly relatable.  Everywhere yet only recently truly gaining visibility. 
 
Gorgon refers to Medusa and her sisters.
 
I could go on and on about the reasons I'm obsessed with Medusa. The symbolism, the beauty, the history, the implications... but I'll try to keep it short here. I've never understood how someone based off of such a beautiful animal could be 'ugly' and when you really consider her story she is a tragic figure.  She and her sisters fled to live in seclusion after being transformed then, one day, Perseus shows up and, for reasons unknown to Medusa or her sisters, he cuts off her head and takes it with him. 

I've long had a weakness for misunderstood monsters, ancient cryptids, and fabled mysteries of the ancient world that bleed into modern times... the legends, folklore, and stories that inspire us and make the world a more interesting place.  I want to share the beauty I see there just as I want to show snakes for the shy, mythic, and beneficial creatures they really are.  
 

""Monster" is derived from the Latin noun monstrum, “divine portent,” itself formed on the root of the verb monere, “to warn.” It came to refer to living things of anomalous shape or structure, or to fabulous creatures like the sphinx who were composed of strikingly incongruous parts, because the ancients considered the appearance of such beings to be a sign of some impending supernatural event. Monsters, like angels, functioned as messengers and heralds of the extraordinary." ~ Susan Stryker

Q: What does "non-binary" mean and what's with the They/Them pronouns?
A: I am trans, non-binary, and agender/neutrois.
 
Non-binary is the middle umbrella of my gender identity and the go-to descriptor I use even though agender, which means without gender entirely, is more specific to my personal identity.
 
Essentially this means that I do not identify as male or female (aka binary).  Non-binary is a broader umbrella that is increasingly visible to cisgender people (aka folks who identify as the gender they were assigned at birth) so I tend to use it more often than agender, a subcategory of non-binary. Transgender people can be binary or non-binary, in fact the white stripe in our flag represents non-binary people of all subcategories. However not all non-binary folks ID as trans like I do just as not all trans people are non-binary, nor do they all use the same pronouns I do. We're a diverse group!
 
Singular they is the most true, honest, and familiar for me personally so that's what I use. It feels the most accessible to gender laymen. For more on gender neutral pronouns here's a handy article from Time Magazine.  There is lots more information out there on non-binary identities on the web, google, explore, and get to know us better!  We don't bite, promise. ;)
 
Q: Hey! Isn't Queer a slur?
 
A: Is gay a slur?  Used to be but then it was reclaimed as an orientation identifier. I find queer to be a more inclusive and simpler way of saying LGBTQIA+ and it is also how I identify re: my own orientation.  Lots of LGBTQIA+ folks have different relationships with the word queer; I respect that and won't refer to someone as such who is uncomfortable with it. 
I, however, am extremely comfortable with this reclaimed "slur".  For more on this, I have a blog entry available for your perusal.
Q: Hey! I don't approve of your "lifestyle"/ "identity politics" or whatever.
A: Not a question but OK?  I dunno why people feel it necessary to tell me this. But if it helps nothing I've described above is a "lifestyle". Except maybe snake keeping. That's arguable. In any case my art isn't for bigots of any stripe so you're welcome to gtfo. :)  Have a nice day!  
 

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