Well, you're off to a good start! This guy has some great tutorials [link] and I bought his book, which is even better. Have you ever been to the reptile place over there? It used to be in Gold Bar, but then it moved to a town about 5 miles west. I used to be really into snakes so I've been there a few times.
thanks for the link. i found a link to the planets tutorial from your planet picture so thanks for that as well! ive been to the reptile zoo a few times as well. but my house itself is close to a zoo, i have 5 snakes, a bearded dragon and a white tree frog! theres a bunch of snake pics in my scrapbook if you are interested.