Ive only used my scanner as a camera once, to get a picture of my carpet because i needed a texture. Even that didn't turn out too great lol. I think a low-light scanner would be alright if you wanted to take belly shots or vent shots like the leos, but not anywhere near the head, and with snakes you could have the head not even in the scanner, like if they had a neat belly pattern or something.
Yea those bonsai kittens are totally fake, animal rights people tried to take them off the net, but since they arent doing anything illegal the animal rights people cant do anything. Still I get flooded with e-mails about it "Look at what this site is doing its so bad, send them hate mail!" which is a bunch of bull.