>>2026137 kingsnake for sure. My albino florida sheds almost 2 times a month, eats at every chance I offer, and has maybe regurgitated once when I made a rookie owner's mistake. all in all 10/10 snake, not as common as a corn. but still common enough to be easy to find info on. Will not go off of food like balls.
kings can have some of the coolest black/white combinations with selective breeding. Not as much variety in terms of colour possibility as corns (unless you cross breed them with other colubrids) but awesome patterns.
>>2026025 Hey /an/, for reasons Ive got to keep my snake in a box for a bit at a friend's place. Id rather not be a bother and ask them to turn up the thermostat to the 75 degrees or so my baby would be most comfortable at, so I was considering throwing a few of those magnesium-based hothands things in there with him. Ive heard that on long trips they can suck out all the oxygen and suffocate a snake, but Id really just be giving him one to sit on in a well ventilated shoebox with a towel thrown in it.
What does /an/ think of this plan? Am I a fool or a visionary!?!?
>>2026218 No heat packs. Those hot hands things get way too hot. When shipping reptiles, there is a different style of heat pack you use that is designed to produce low heat and last 12-24 hours. Usually they are hard to find locally and must be ordered online.
And don't use a cardboard box. Recommend you go to camping or hardware store and purchase a styrofoam cooler (the cheap kind). Line the inside of cooler with newpaper. Drill some air holes. Tape the lid down SOLID. And I mean tape all around the edge. Do not underestimate snek ability to get out of boxes.
>>2026231 1.Basically my vet is on the other side of town and I have things to be doing that day. Long story short I need to bring my snake with me, so... 2. He'd be in this setup for probably about 12 hours tops.
>>2026232 >>2026244 >>2026232 Im not shipping him, I just need something to keep him comfy and calm for 12 hours or so while I run other errands.
>>2026301 I just knew my little guy likes nanners for sure and he hates the zoo med crested gecko diet. I'll buy the melon once I run out of this. I'm hesitant on tasting it but it did cross my mind almost immediately.
>>2026312 The people at the store said he loved it and that he ate that and crickets every day. I knew it was a bad diet for him so I made a point of getting something better. Once he's older I'll start feeding him crickets once a week or so. He's a lot more active than he was when I got him.
>>2026320 Definitely going to have to try that with my crestie. He is so little and I fear that if I don't hand feed him he doesn't eat. :( But I'm trying not to spoil him by hand feeding either. The struggle.
Don't worry about how much he's eating... I know it's hard not to be fretting new mother about it. Baby geckos eat so little it is often hard to tell they have eaten at all.
Hey, while we're on the topic this is the list of mrp's I have tried with my colony of four (3 cresties, 1 garg) in order of best feeding response, no.1 being most universally and enthusiastically nommed by the gecks.
1. Pangea mix w/insects 2. Pangea watermelon/mango 3. Pangea banana/papaya 4. Clark's gargoyle gecko diet (the cresties like this one better than the crestie version) 5. Repashy Classic cgd 6. Clark's crested gecko 7. Repashy grubs n' fruit 8. Repashy cgd 3.0 9. Big Fat Gecko mix
>>2026035 If you get a pure or high-content super dwarf, they only max out at 8', and 6'-7' seems to be more common. SDs are becoming more and more common, so the prices have dropped a lot. Just be sure to ask about the parents' sizes and percentages to be sure you've got a pure/high-content.
>>2026025 Here's my soon-to-be giant snake. Unfortunately, all my recent photos are feeding photos. She grew a half a foot in 2-3 weeks, so I was hoping to get new photos, but I've had to work the past several days. I'll see about getting some more of her tomorrow. Large rat for scale, but as stated,she's grown a lot since this photo so this is no longer an accurate photo.
>>2026218 The hot hands get too hot, it's the 40 hour packs that are used for shipping. Not hot hands. Because they get too hot.
Suck it up and ask your friend to bump the heat, there's no excuse.
>>2026232 Terrible idea, you can't properly regulated them.
>>2026280 As long as temps aren't below 70F, you don't have to worry too awfully much about heat. It's not preferable at all, so if possible bring it up to 75F, but I doubt 12 hours at 70F will hurt it. Just be sure to warm it up slowly before putting it back in its regular enclosure.
>>2026395 >much more active that's a downside >more wow factor they look like a boring pile of literal shit >and only need a mildly larger enclosure. they're bigger and much more active, they need more than a mildly larger enclosure.
>>2026435 I do think you're wrong on that point though, and it seems like a pretty widespread belief because I read it everywhere, but snakes don't lose their ability to hunt, it is just instinct for them.
I'll see anyways about a pet store because it would make me feel better lol.
As far as pacman frogs go, is C. ornata or C. cranwelli more common in the pet trade? They damn near look the same and I don't know which kind mine is (not that it really matters, I'm just curious).
Also frogs are seriously the best amphibians to own. There are so many different kinds that behave and look so uniquely, and there are usually a lot of different looking individuals within each type. I'm in love
They only do that when they're really excited about something. Usually young geckos do it more than adults. Most common time to see the tail waggle is when a male is getting ready to mate, then the tail wiggles so fast it looks like it's vibrating.
>this is a thing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybaSzjWMdOo
Ignoring the fact hes probably going to kill that thing from lack of husbandry its going to outgrow him within a couple years, who the fuck buys their kid an alligator. I live around them and they come onto my property and dont bother me but buying a middleschooler an alligator is just top tier retardation
Hey /an/, guy who bought a sailfin dragon last year posting again.
If any of you remember, I bought this girl last year from some guy trying to get rid of her, and then came to find out she was extremely wild (to the point where I suspect she was wild caught, especially because he said he got her from backwaterreptiles). I was advised by /an/ to do the normal taming thing of giving her space, let her see me putting food into her enclosure, etc. It's been well over a year now and the only improvement I've seen is that she'll readily go to her food dish a little bit after I put food into it, though I think she only does it because I'm sitting at my computer and being pretty stationary.
She still flips out if I get too close to her, if she's eating and I move just a bit, such as turning around to watch her, she'll dart back up to her "safe zone".
I'm guessing there's just really nothing I can do for her besides just giving her a calm and stress-free environment?
I have a corn snake and I'm considering getting another snake now. I am thinking of something that is larger but not necessarily longer. I'm leaning towards a ball python considering they are pretty chill and cute. What morphs do you guys like on them and what tips can you give me? I saw some cheap super pastels at my local shop and a blue eyed leucistic but thats extremely expensive.
What can i do in terms of lighting up a snake cage during the day. Can i use a red or blue at bulb on the same end of my heat pad, what about a uvb bulb (even though this wont really help them, but it shouldn't hurt them)
I want to get a red tail boa but im not sure how to handle a snake that could possibly get bigger than me. Any tips on handling and care? I've owned corns and ball pythons in the past so i have experience.
>>2026865 I started with corns aswell, then got a full grown constrictor from a friend, she's around 2.6m now, and ridiculously easy to handle. She's got some weight to her, and I gotta watch out not to drop her if I have her around my shoulders or neck, because she's kinda clumsy at time and doesn't really hold on to me well. Also, you don't really notice the length that much, rolled up she's kinda the size of a cat/small dog. And my boa is also super friendly, but I have no idea if that's the usual thing, though I personally have not heard of people with really angry boas.
>>2026927 >slow worm Is that really what they get called there? Also how different do they act compared to snakes? I can tell them apart visually from their eyes and ears but do they behave differently?
Also what part of Europe? Wasn't aware if there were any that could survive particularly cold winters.
>>2026337 That's where viewing the parents and asking for percentages come in. If you get a pure super dwarf, they shouldn't exceed 9', however you feed them. And even an 11' retic doesn't seem all that big. My retic is 4.5' but looks 3', and a 9' retic looks 6' until you stretch it out.
>>2026357 Yeah I've seen people with their retics, and I'd guess them to be 6'-7' long, but they stretch them out and they're actually like 10'. Keep them in shape, and their size is really misleading.
>>2026738 Probably because it was taken that way. If you have Microsoft, try viewing the Live version. Switching it around there should fix the photo-spinning thing. Works for me, anyways.
>>2026814 UVB isn't necessary, but it won't hurt them either. Snakes can actually see UVB, so providing UVB can enrich them since they are able to see everything the way they'd normally be able to see. Kinda like giving glasses to something with bad eyesight.
Other than that, just a regular white light on a timer to be on 12 hours a day is sufficient.
>>2026930 Not true. Many start out docile. They can be kinda nippy as babies, but that's true for any other species. My first BRB didn't need to be "tamed," my second one liked to put on a show but she was all bark and no bite, and the majority of people I see are always like "I'd heard about how nippy they are, so I'm surprised mine is so docile!" There are probably plenty of nippy babies, but they don't deserve the reputation of being inherently nippy, as babies or otherwise. I won't be getting my other two until spring, but I doubt they'll be all that defensive either.
Pic related is my first BRB, he's gonna be 17 months in a few weeks.
How good would a crestie do in a planted vivarium? I guess it would be more like two plants in a dirt substrate and some other fake decorations, like suction cup wall vines. I have two plants that I bought and I need to find a way to increase the regular humidity of my baby gecko's bin. It would also be a relief to not have to worry so much about the pooping.
>>2027124 Planted tanks work well for them. Check Google for 'gecko safe plants' to make sure your plants aren't toxic to them. Make a drainage layer of bio balls or clean large aquarium gravel, put vinyl screen on top, then substrate on that. Stick in plants. Put daytime light on a timer for 12 hours on so the plants don't die. Optionally add a culture of springtails. If done right, pretty much the only thing you need to clean from then on is food bowls, decor, and the glass walls.
>>2027155 It just has to be something that has some airflow and doesn't absorb water. For aquarium gravel the kind to use is the large pebble variety so there is some gaps for air to move between. The whole point is to prevent the roots of your plants from being waterlogged.
>>2027152 My damage is from not using one for a week while I waited for the thermostat to come in the mail. Should have been less impatient, my floor suffered for it. I'm surprised the sterlite tub didn't melt.
>>2027171 Depending on the species, it may have been better to not use one at all until came in.
It's possible the surface had a lower threshold than the tub, and it didn't even burn the wood, just the chemicals on top. I'm not sure. Most tubs have a very high temperature threshold before they begin to warp/melt. The lids seem to be less resistant, though.
>>2026025 My albino Florida king eating his New Year's Eve dinner. 1 fuzzy mouse, first time eating one (usually do 2 pinkies). I think he did pretty good, legs were the on hard part for him but he got em!
So I got home from work to see my leopard gecko relaxing on his basking spot. This was a great time to get him to eat for the first time in 4 weeks.
So I drop a superworm in there, he notices it and is about to go for it. Suddenly outside my door my family starts screaming about how theres pizza here. They successfully scared the shit out of my leopard gecko.
His hunger strike continues because of my family. Just great.
god fucking dammit /an/ im so stressed trying to find out about snake care. For the last few days i've been trying to understand proper heating for snakes and its so fucking hard to follow along. I had a leopard gecko and a bearded dragon growing up so i have experience with reptiles but i can't fucking remember shit about caring for them and it seems like i did it wrong. What i did was i would have two 12 hour cycles, day time with the basking light, night time with the heat pad both of these placed on the same side. But when im reading snakes it seems like i need both a red bulb and heat pad at the same time on a thermostat and at night just use the heat pad also on thermostat but i have no idea how to run the probe to not show the wire on the side of the tank or even if i should put it inside the tanks bottom, and how i can avoid the snake hurting himself on it. Not to mention i should use a pvc cage for a ball python to keep humidity up but these fucking pvc cages, i have no idea where i can put a fucking heat bulb or pad BEAUSE THESE MANUFACTURES DONT SHOW PICTURES OR INCLUDED DESCRIPTIONS. So in the end here is what I want to do, it might not be the "best" or "perfect" way but it makes the most sense
Ball Python enclosures
20 gallon glass tank heat pad that covers one third of the tank on one end and the heat lamp on the same end UVB fluorescent for extra lighting aspen bedding plenty of nice hides for a small guy in a large tank good size dog water dish on cool end Test out some bulbs to figure out how to get a 90 basking spot set a timer for light on 12 hour cycle and heat pad on 12 hour cycle buy a mister and spray in the morning and when i get home along with refill water dish to get 70% humidity.
Make adjustments for different breeds of snakes but follow the same general rules
am i going to kill my snake in a month doing it this way.
>>2027745 so what i can basically do is keep the UVB for general lighting and keep the pad on 24 hour, is there a max temp for these matts or is it basically im going to need a thermostat. where the hell do i put the probe for the thermostat.
>>2027729 I'd advise heat tape for PVC, heat pads aren't always strong enough to heat through the plastic. Also, the heat pads aren't big enough. Heat tape is cheaper, more reliable, and heats stronger.
Probe goes outside the enclosure, in between the heat tape and the bottom of the enclosure. That's why there's probe shapes cut out on the bottom of the cage. At least, Animal Plastics does this.
20 gallons is not big enough fro an adult ball python, would be ok for a baby, but once they hit a year they'll be way too big.
I'd advise a CHE over a heat bulb that produces light.
UVB isn't necessary for snakes, they get all of their nutrients from their food. UVB is good for enrichment, but isn't necessary for health.
Any bedding that holds humidity. If you're using a tank, aspen will not be good enough to provide proper humidity.
You need a thermostat for all heating elements, bulbs or otherwise. If a bulb is strictly for providing light and no heat, it should be on a timer for 12 hours.
No need for misters with the proper set up, and a mister system cannot compare to properly-provided humidity. Misters provide wetness, not humidity.
i have my ball python momo in with my new miamia corn snake i got for christmas. so far they are getting along well in a 20 gallon long ^^ i hope they can be friends forever because they look cute so together!
tip i have found for saving a little time in exchange for a little bit of extra money with DIY is to buy a kitchen cabinet section. those come in good terrarium sizes, like 36 wide x 24 deep. Then all you need to do is change out the back panel for wood and install glass/acrylic on the front.
>Tfw buying rat pups at a local pet shop >ask for rat fuzzies >fat dyke assistant manager says they don't sell them >see a cage with rat fuzzies and price written on the cage
Honestly I'm fed up with my local pet shop, I even brought up that they had fuzzies and they said it didn't matter, like the difference between a fuzzy and a pink is like a week, there is literally no reason not to sell them.
>be me >needed live anoles to kickstart rare species of baby snakes' appetite >literally the only thing they will eat according to books and anecdotal evidences >had to resort to petco >"do you have a cage setup for them?" >reply they will be food >get lectured by a fat 16 year old girl how they don't need anoles >had to drive out of the city to go to another petco
>>2028246 >local pet shop named paw paws pets >buy rats for my 8' columbian redtail >after the ~4th rat they ask me what I'm buying them for >Tell them for snek >they print a picture out of my from security camera and tape it behind counter with a "dont sell this man rats" label printed out because they only sell pet rats >they end up going out of business like 2 years later
my dumb bitch of a snake still refuses to eat anything other than live food
>Local pet shop >Grab a super cheap adult guinea pig on sale >Some chick was moving into appartment, couldn't keep it, yadda yadda >Small place, staff all know me and my Boa >They know what it's for, the don't give a fuck >In my little critter cage, paying for it >These two little underage bitches stop cooing at the puppies at the "hamster" I have >"OMG it's so cute. What's its name?" >"Dinner" I reply. >One girl looked like I just siphoned the contents of a fresh fetus like Christopher reeves in south park >The other girl just called me a jerk and walked away >The store owner was suppressing laughter and called me a dick when they left >This fat bastard who handles the herps was audibly laughing in the back of the store
>>2028389 >You do realize Guinea pigs aren't a suitable food for boas, right? Like even one feeding is way too much. How overweight is your boa right now?
Not that anon, but you do realize boa constrictors have a more varied diet in the wild than the european lab rats we give them in captivity right? The whole "only give them rats" thing is something we humans imposed on these animals out of convenience more than anything - they're even known to eat Ocelots back where they're from.
>>2028400 General rules of thumb for snek tank is 1 sq ft per 1 foot of snek. 1/3 to 1/2 of tank heated. Hides on the hot side and cold side. It's preferred that the hides are similar so the snake doesn't have to decide on a favorite.
>>2028400 Make sure you have a lot of decor and hide spots throughout the cage. That's an awesome sized cage for an adult sized snake of that species, but for a baby it might be a little bit too big. Make sure it won't feel exposed and insecure due to any "dead space".
>>2028403 >>2028424 It really depends on whether the snake is a sedentary type, like a ball python which is an ambush predator or an active colubrid with large territorial coverages, like an eastern indigo.
>>2028432 Thanks I did not want to get a smaller viv just to then go and buy a bigger one later.
Ill put several hides around the place with low hanging silk plants and a lot of cover.
Is Aspen the generally accepted bedding?
Im thinking about making the viv look real nice and silk plants and jungle look does not seem too nice to me. I would have thought a more rocky look with a finer bedding (to mimic sand) would look quite nice I just don't know how suitable it is for the MBK.
>>2028447 Your point here seems disjointed, but I'll try my best to understand what you're saying.
>I mean the idea that because they ate it in the wild it is a negative thing that it is not provided in captivity is in general not the best approach to diet. I never insinuated one way or another what they reportedly eat in the wild is a negative thing. I still don't know what exactly you're telling me in your latter point, but the point is these animals have evolved to eat what they seem fit. They're more generalists than specialists; they eat small to medium mammals and other reptiles and do not stick to eating rats. For you to be thinking eating one guinea pig is too much for them is absurd in my opinion. By no means am I advocating guinea pigs as part of a regular diet since they are very high in fat, but certainly for an animal that can take down an ocelot, small deer and porcupines, I don't see it as absolutely detrimental as you think.
>>2028450 Aspen is fine. The only thing to watch out for is they're quick to mold if it gets wet and there isn't enough ventilation. I don't know what your cage looks like and how much airflow it has, so keep that in mind come shedding time and you're spraying down the cage.
IF your snake seems stressed and refuses to feed, feel free to get a much smaller plastic bin for it as a temporary solution. It's boring and sterile looking, but it will help in settling down your new snake. MBKs are hardy and it should be fine, I think. I've kept hatchling indigo snakes in 4x2x2 before without a problem with coconut fiber mixed with sand and cork barks for hides.
Ah I agree with you as a part of a balanced diet just not to go into thinking that captive breds can switch from their current diet to a wild one without issues would be wrong. As you said its a matter of balance.
>>2028475 I don't think there would be digestive issues for captive bred and born boa constrictors to consume what their ancestors ate in the wild. These snakes have evolved in a certain way over the years and integral functions such as digestive systems do not dissipate that easily, over the mere decades of being in captivity. I truly think it's a matter of convenience for us people to feed them what's being industrialized at a large scale as "snake food". I'm guilty of it too, I mostly feed my snakes rodent prey items, but for certain species I'll incorporate chicks and fish into their diet without any trouble at all, despite their dam, sire, grand dam, and grand sires only ever eating rodents according to the breeder I got them from.
Put your hand in the tank every day or every other day for fiften minutes and let snake smell you. After a while snake will come out and investigate. Then maybe will try to climb your arm. It takes a little while to regain a snake's trust after previous bad experiences but it can be done. Basically you're just trying to communicate to the snake that you are not aggressive and will not try to eat or hurt it.
I really fucking know what that feels like. Dubai's are so slow, can't climb, don't make racket. They're just so helpless. They incite so much less of a "kill it with fire" reaction that I get when I see a fucking cockroach that's fast and climbing up my wall and shit.
Tanks that are both water and land I have always found to be beutiful. I really wish I could find a tank design that comes with a drain on bottom that I could open up to drain the liquid and then put water in some tube that goes right back into the tank without disturbing the layout too much. Hell a tank like that for aquariums would be great also for water changes.
>>2028596 It's a pink nerve plant, looks pretty cool but it grows like crazy for some reason so I'm forever pruning it haha. As with any animal I've had I like to keep everything as natural as possible so I'd say get some grapevine and cork bark hollows (Crested Geckos love the fuck out of cork bark). I believe he's only a few months old, I got him in August when he was pretty new to the world, looking forward to seeing his growth spurt.
>>2028395 You do realize their diet is mostly birds, which have little to no fat right? Guinea pigs are higher in fat than a jumbo rat, and jumbo rats are terrible enough as it as well.
The diet of a boa is virtually fat-free, and they have become very sensitive to high levels of fat in their diet. Having too much fat in their diet will kill them, even if it takes 6 years and one 3+ month fast to do it.
Fatty food is a big no-no with boa constrictors, they cannot process it properly and they are incredibly prone to fatty liver disease.
Perfectly a-ok foods for adult boas: large rats MAXIMUM size (no jumbos), rabbits, quail, other safe birds, etc.
I'm not here to set a strict "rat only" diet, but that doesn't change how terrible of a food source Guinea pigs are, even in a varied diet I'd steer far away from them.
I fed him a single Guinea pig because it was on sale. He eats a big meal once a month on a diet of mostly large rats, an occasional rabbit, and reject chickens from the local farm. It's not going to kill him, sperg.
>>2028736 >You do realize their diet is mostly birds, which have little to no fat right? you're incorrect. boa constrictors, as i mentioned are food generalists, meaning they do not have specific diet and will eat what they can capture. they eat small to medium mammals, birds, bats, and reptiles. you're also incorrect in assuming birds have little to no fat. it depends on the species of the birds, but for example please feel free to refer to the Day Old Chicken crude fat % vs. mice and rats. you're thinking of lean chicken breasts, but in actuality birds can be quite fatty as well. are you thinking boa constrictors will say "oh that species of bird is too high in fat, so i can't eat that"?.
University of Michigan source: http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Boa_constrictor/#food_habits
>Guinea pigs are higher in fat than a jumbo rat, and jumbo rats are terrible enough as it as well. I'm already aware guinea pigs are higher in fat than regular european lab rats we give them, which is something i already mentioned here >>2028467
>The diet of a boa is virtually fat-free, and they have become very sensitive to high levels of fat in their diet. Having too much fat in their diet will kill them, even if it takes 6 years and one 3+ month fast to do it. you're literally talking out of your ass and i'll explain why below.
>Fatty food is a big no-no with boa constrictors, they cannot process it properly and they are incredibly prone to fatty liver disease. >Perfectly a-ok foods for adult boas: large rats MAXIMUM size (no jumbos), rabbits, quail, other safe birds, etc. let's compare the %crude fat of large rats vs. guinea pigs
Guinea pig 46.1% Large rat 32.6%
if boa constrictors were absolutely sensitive to fatty foods as you seem to think, they all would have died in captivity a long time ago. it's a good thing what you're saying is simply not true.
Still can't get my female boa to try rats. I tried dipping them in boiling water, braining them, etc. Nothing works for her. I'm going to try getting some mouse droppings and used litter and rolling the rat in it, but if that doesn't work, what do?
The male has now outpaced the female by a whopping 50 grams even though the female was 30g heavier than him when i got her simply because she doesn't eat as reliably.
>>2028767 (continued) >I'm not here to set a strict "rat only" diet, but that doesn't change how terrible of a food source Guinea pigs are, even in a varied diet I'd steer far away from them.
a medium sized guinea pig vs. a large sized rat have similar amount of fat content. having said that, since guinea pigs here would have less protein. no real reason to "steer far away from them", once in a while a slightly less protein combination wouldn't be as detrimental as you think.
Ok all autism aside. I live in a ~120 year old home so, naturally it's 40 degrees outside and maybe low 60s inside. My albino King's (which is peppered through the threads) tank was highs of 64 and lows of 62 today... Should I be concerned? It's too young to be breeding so I think cooling Isn't a concern, but this is the first time I haven't been able to keep up the because of the rapid temperature drop in my area.
kek. i apologize for my elongated responses as seen above. it would be normal for your Florida kingsnake to dip into 60s during winter for breeding purposes. Many breeders will do this on purpose when they are of course to incite such behaviors. If it stay there consistently, it will go into a brumation/hibernation stage where it will slow down its activity including food consumption to completely ceasing all activities. I wouldn't worry too much.
Today I checked my crested geckos food bowl to change it and it was almost entirely empty. I made more than i usually would by accident too. He ate it all in the timeframe he'd barely scratch the zoo med stuff.
Is this good, or should I offer less food? Is there a risk of a juvenile crested gecko getting obese from being offered too much food? I make sure he exercises every day when I handle him.
I am currently nearing checkout for the Mexican Black KSnake habitat and I have an issue with the bedding. Aspen is kinda ugly and I don't think it will look to great. I know that MBK's are from the Sonora desert and a desert-esque habitat would be nice. I have also read that sand is not a good thing for snakes?
Now Zoo-Med seem to do a nice repti-sand and they seem to be a good brand. Would it be ok for my MBK to have a zoo-med repti-sand bedding?
>>2029096 Just use fucking aspen. Of course you will be using a Heating pad, packed aspen will reduce direct heating and the snake will love to burrow because snakes like that. California isn't a desert like you think, think like Chappral not barren sand land.
To kingsnake guy with the aspen: Look at cypress mulch, its a pretty common substrate for snakes as well. Also DO NOT get crushed walnut shells, its even worse than sand >>2029224 I don't think I'ver heard of using sphagnum as a full substrate except for maybe herps that need like 100% humidity all the time Just put some in a hide box, they'll use it
>>2029202 I thought that earth would be quite bad as its so small there is a good chance the snake might swallow too much?
There was a forum post about someone's snake missing the mouse and getting a mouthful of the stuff.
>>2029269 Yeah I guess it was too hopeful. There is that "viperkeeper" guy on youtube that hand-waters all his snakes as a relatively good bonding mechanism. I guess that could be an option if there is time.
>>2028767 They are generalists, but birds still make up a majority of their diet.
They'll eat whatever they can, doesn't mean it's not good for them, and the impacts of a fatty diet is well known and studied in boa constrictors, and the tendency towards fatty liver disease has been observed in most, if not all, boa species. I am not talking out of my ass when it's a very well known, common phenomena for boas to die early when fed too much. I am not talking out of my ass when even ball pythons, a species generally seen to be able to be fed like a dumpster, are also having increased instances of fatty liver disease.
The thing is, boas dying from fatty liver disease IS a common occurrence. It is the #1 killer of boa constrictors in captivity.
>>2028774 No a Guinea pig has almost twice the fat of a large rat. I think you're thinking of jumbo rats, the fat content in Guinea pigs is over 10% more than even a jumbo rat. It's probably more like 30% more than a large rat.
>>2028833 Try get a cork bark hollow (like a tube of bark) Gus fucking loves it, mine has pillow moss growing on it too which makes it look awesome and help keep humidity, yeah the pink nerve plant has like tripled in size since August the other plants are more or less the same size.
kek. Males generally are more outgoing than females I have noticed. There are some exceptions but that's the usual tendency. My two pictus girls are split one on each side of the spectrum; one is out pretty much always, doesn't even bother using a hide to sleep; the other i see like once a month. My male crestie is crepuscular for some reason, gets up at 4pm everyday and back to sleep by 7pm. The two crestie girls are more of what i'd call conventional crestie braveness and behaviour. The garg is... well, she's a garg, meaning she's weird. Weird sleeping positions and hours, sometimes doesn't eat for two weeks then pigs out for two weeks, sometimes wide awake during the day, sometimes hides forever.
I just got a Bearded dragon through the local version of Craigslist. Its adult sized I got it along with a 1.2 meter by 45cm terrarium with all the illumination and heating. I got him for free as the person no longer had time to care for it. The animal is slightly stressed with new home as is usual but after i leave it alone he keeps shuffling around and hitting the terrarium walls/doors and bobbing its head
Should i just give the animal time? How can i know its name? It has a pink color to it
>>2029857 I called my local pet store. I'm gonna use crepe myrtles out of my front yard.... Question is... Is it bad? Pet store dude said 420bakeit and it won't matter. It seems that crepe mrytle wood isn't bad?
I'm also starting to worry because my home is 120 years old and all the wood is all reclaimed cypress wood. Is that bad for snakes? I feel like once a month I panic over when or if something is bad for my snake. End of day he is in a completely glass enclosure and has aspen bedding.
Just took a look at safe woods for vivs and it appears crepe myrtle is safe, yep. I cannot imagine how the wood in your house could negatively affect your snek. The woods you need to avoid for in-tank use are cedar, pine, anything with thorns, anything that leaks sap, and anything that has been soaked in pesticides.
>>2029910 *he just came out and gave it a look over but wouldn't climb, I know the lightbulb box seems stupid but its almost honey-combed in there and he likes to get in it and bundled up or run through it. The toilet paper rolls I have found to be the most fun for him. Water bowl is where the cool side is, other side is warm. He really enjoys burrowing, and its why I keep so much aspen in there. I guess when he gets much bigger (he is in here a few times feeding etc. he is only 18 inch I guesstimate) I can get a good big one where I can put in a big piece of wood for him to climb on.
>>2029932 hes not too big, I may have underdone it and I may just need to get a bamboo stick (my parents own a garden center) and do that instead. again not a very big king snake only maybe 5-7 sheds old. I got him as a hatchling in june.
>>2029839 I just cut branches off of trees. Make sure it's live wood and let it dry out, a live branch will last longer than a dead one on the ground.
I don't treat it for anything, I just let it dry out for a few weeks. Not like anything in the wood will harm my animals anyway.
Just stay away from cedar, pine, and any tree/bush that has poisonous bark.
>>2029910 There's no way that's 6' tall. 6' long maybe, but it looks more like the size of my 20 gallon long tank. If it is 6' long, it also looks way less than 30". I have a 6'x2' and it looks nowhere near as cramped as that.
>>2030026 Maybe bacteria, but you aren't going to pick up any snake parasites outside. A few wood mites or grubs isn't gonna hurt anything, and you shouldn't get either of those cutting off some live wood.
>>2030033 Ah. I read that, just couldn't comprehend it correctly for some reason. What do you have in it?
i'm watching cobra mafia on nat geo or something...and a lot of these snakes only feed once every few weeks. so what do they do between feedings? just sleep like a dumb neet? or do they slither around taking care of some other snake business?
>>2030046 Most snake species only eat every few weeks to once a month........
They do snake stuff. Curl up in hides, crawl around, etc. But judging by "Cobra Mafia" and the fact it's NatGeo, the people who own those cobras probably just stuff them in crates where they can't crawl around.
Okay so what do you guys think about me adding a few feeder guppies to my clawed frog tank for her to eat? I also want them because they could help clean out the food debris she leaves behind since she's a messy eater. On top of that, they could provide her with some calcium, you know, with their bones and shit. Good idea?
>>2026025 Albino king snake guy here something kinda cool my mom told me tonight. I knew she had a iguana before I was born and a little after (she gave it to the Audubon Aquarium which is a top 10 aquarium in the nation). She told me how she used to feed it all kinds of food and loved it to death. Said it was just like a dog, she allowed it to free roam her apartment in the frenchquarter. She said it would bask, hide, etc. She brought it everywhere. She said a special treat she would do was feed it haagen-dazs strawberry ice-cream. I just thought it was kinda funny. The iguana's name was bunny, my mom got her in the 80s and she lived till the early 2000's. Very few medical issues, 1 surgery which was to removed her eggs from her (some sort of health issue because she never mated).
>She named her iguana 'bunny' because she got it on easter
which is why she really likes my snake, is because she had a reptile when she was in her late teens-early 20s
>>2030133 >free roams >feeds ice cream >thinks of a reptile like a dog >takes it out in public
All of these are bad choices, hopefully your mom doesn't do any of this anymore.
Some people will argue with me on the free-roaming with big lizards, but unfortunately it's really bad for their healthy. Especially for tropical lizards, because try as you may you cannot provide enough humidity or heat for a free-roaming reptile, even with "basking spots" or "humid boxes" laying around. And a tegu owner I saw on a forum found out the hard way when she took her tegu to the vet to get some x-rays and found out it had severe dehydration and minor MBD despite appearing outwardly healthy. Almost lost her lizard.
It's best to leave reptiles in their cages, and bring them outside for interaction every once in awhile.
You know, for being a snake with a reputation for not eating, my ball python is some kind of ravenous monster. I fed her a normal sized rat hopper last night, and she was fully expecting another one tonight
>Eat anything that moves in an extremely aggressive and active fashion >Grow into huge, bulky, muscular titans >Are braindead simple to care for and don't need much space. >Never fail to impress bitches >Make your dick bigger
>Fagmans >Eat anything that moves if it's not too fucking lazy to get out of its shithole, and only then if it's within reach >Grow into oblong water balloon fat pieces of shit >Will make all vaginas and cloaca's go mojave within a ten mile radius >Makes your dick microscopic because you bought the fucking lazy house-cat of amphibians.
>250 crickets can be bulk ordered for 20 bucks at the local pet shop >Keep these alive and you have food for a month >Alternatively breed them >Gigantic night crawlers can be had by the five dozen for ten bucks >Or just go into my back yard and catch them myself >Spend 50 bucks on starting gear for a dubai roach colony >Free food forever.
>looks like a saran-wrapped pile of moist boogers >scares small children and women >that food cost >as aggressive as they are ugly >people will relate it to Jabba the Hutt, one of the most hated and disgusting monsters in movie history >hail from Africa, THE premier shifty place in the world >your ween will actually shrink every time you tell someone you have a PIXIE (laughinggirls.jpeg) frog
>literally have 'man' in its name >beautiful patterns available >colorful, subtropical amphibians that will wetter the panties of any female that sees you holding one instantaneously >get big enough to be interesting to friends, but won't turn into a ugly abomination the size of a young child >don't need as much food, ready to eat what you give them >easy as shit care >people will relate it to Pac-Man, a beloved character in video game history
>>2030144 This I live in another part of Louisiana(livingston) And I let my Iguana free roam the room and Leave the window open during the day when its summer. He stays inside his cage pretty much always though except for when he likes to sit in the windowsil at like 8:00am when the sun is beaming through it
>>2030453 No that's like saying it's not impressive you live to be 40 when the average life span is 70.
>>2030456 Hence why I said "as far as I know." Still, if the average life is 15-20, it still isn't impressive if it lived a couple years past 20. I'd be more impressed if it lived to be in its mid-to-late 20's or to its 30's.
>>2030457 Nope, it's not actually. Bathing does not hydrate a reptile as well as constant exposure to humidity does.
The person who owned the dehydrated tegu bathed the tegu regularly, and offered multiple humid hides throughout their house. It shed well, but a vet examination showed it to be severely dehydrated.
>>2030467 DESU we are just arguing over past animals. No point DESU.
I have a albino King, but I really want a ball one day. Only thing I don't feel competent with is humidity. Partially because my emperor scorpion died after 8 months once.... Humidity feels like something I'll mess up.
>>2030473 Why are you mentioning family, again? Whether or not you live in a subtropical zone isn't changing much when iguanas are tropical.
I live in NC, and my average household humidity is 50-60%, but my ball python would still become dehydrated if I didn't provide him extra humidity even though it's technically "within acceptable parameters." I know this because when I was 12 and stupid I provided him with virtually no heat and absolutely no extra humidity (seriously, 12 year olds have no business being the sole caretaker of an animal). The only source of heat he had was a red heat lamp stuck to the top of a wooden box inside his enclosure, he'd have to go inside it to stay warm. Despite my house being 50-60% humidity and him not having a heat source sucking all that away, he still shed in pieces for 5 years until I got older and smarter and realized how stupid it all was.
>>2030478 I know we are, just saying hopefully that anon's mom doesn't still do it, and why.
Is it usual for crested geckos to shed, like, overnight? My lil babby was looking dull gray last night, and when I opened the enclosure lid today, he was popping with color, no signs of leftover shed (I put the humidity up to like 90%. When I bought him from the store, he had a bunch of stuck pieces of shed on his eyelashes and back).
And also, how to get the lil guy to eat crickets? Should I put him in a different enclosure to eat them? I doubt he'd get any if I put them in his cage, he spends all his time at the very top.
Pic related is the lil dude last night and then today
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