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Inside Opuntia the Prickly Pear Ferret.


Opuntia the Prickly Pear Ferret.

Background story: Prickly Pear Ferrets are found throughout the Valley of Fire and Central Highlands. They love to eat prickly pears and will usually build a burrow next to their favourite cactus. They will get very defensive if their cactus is touched and won't hesitate to give you a little nip.


Although prickly pear is declared an invasive pest here in Australia, I found inspiration from the colours of the thorny cucti' fruit, I love the way it changes colour when it ripens.


I wanted the main colour of Opuntia to be green, the main colour of the cactus itself, while a hint of purple I used in the underbelly represents the colour of the actual fruit. I added the pink rhinestones to represent the pink colour the fruit turns.


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