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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2018 8:24pm (Nov 13th 2018) edited
     

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    Pet introductions.

    (I'm planning to mainly post herps here)

    Okay, first up we have Rosemary.

    Rosemary is a snow corn, a morph (colour variety) I've wanted since I got my first corn snake at 18. You might remember I opted for a normal called James instead, which my dad refused to let us take back, until he sold him a few years ago.

    Corn snakes reach 4-6ft in size (unless you're James who reached a whopping 7ft!!) & eat mice/rats. They're known for being extremely easy to keep, their varied colours, & being very docile and easy to handle.

    We adopted Rosemary as an older adult (they have a 10-20yr lifespan), & she's the most chilled out cornsnake I've ever met. We can literally drop her meals right in front of her with no worries of being struck, & she's awesome to handle.

    She lives in a 4ft vivarium, has a heat mat, but has no need for light or a high up heat source.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2018 8:32pm (Nov 13th 2018) edited
     

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    NEW BOY!

    Puppy, the Royal Python! This dude came from an absolutely amazing breeder who seriously knows his stuff - he also sells at beyond reasonable prices, & Lyle got to handle mum, dad & the siblings of Puppy (:

    Royals are fairly small (males grow to about 2-4ft, females 3-5ft) but incredibly chunky snakes. They're extremely paid in nature, & are called ball pythons inn the US due to the fact their defence is to curl into a ball rather than strike.

    They don't like large spaces, so even large females prefer a 3ft vivarium to a 4ft vivarium. They can be tricky feeders, which is why it's taken us quite a while to branch away from corns & get a Royal.

    Puppy is 18 moved old & came with a full feeding record. We also got to watch videos of him hatching, at 8 weeks old etc (:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2018 8:39pm (Nov 13th 2018) edited
     

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    Our two musk turtles, who I'm sure we named but I'll be damned if I can remember :rolling:

    I audio have no idea how old they are; we adopted them over a year ago & they were adults then.

    They live in a 100cm tank with anywhere from 5-8 inches of water. You need to provide lots of ways for them to access the surface, to prevent the slight chance of drowning. They need heated water, a UV light, & a diet of bugs. They eat as many as would 'fit in their head' per meal, & are EXTREMELY energetic feeders :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2018 8:44pm (Nov 13th 2018) edited
     

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    Gimpy, our new skink.

    He requires a deep layer of substrate that he can dig through, & eats small insects (the size shouldn't be much more than the gap between his eyes). They can live alone or in small groups. They grow up to 12 inches, but a lot of that is tail ;)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2018 8:47pm (Nov 13th 2018) edited
     

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    Chie - our beautiful leopard gecko.

    She's full grown & currently lives in a 2ft cage with a heat mat & no loose substrate (loose substrate means she could accidentally eat some, & become impacted, which kills a lot of geckos). She eats bugs, & is a really lousy hunter :rolling: She enjoys being handled.

    Chie is our only lizard that would (fairly easily) drop her tail; it would grow back but would look 'ugly'! Usually they only drop their tails with extremely rough handling or if the tail feels 'trapped'.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2018 8:51pm (Nov 13th 2018) edited
     

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    Kai, the foster beardie.

    We're looking after this guy for the next few years, & he's already cleared us out of most our bug colonies. We bought 100 extra roaches just over a week ago (£25), & had to buy another 100 in today :thumbdown: :gasp:

    Beardies need a 4ft viv & a diet of veg & insects (70% veg, 30% insects); this equates to 30-50 bugs per week depending on what I'm feeding him. He needs no loose substrate (to avoid impaction), a heat bulb & UV light.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2018 8:55pm (Nov 13th 2018)
     

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    Dubia roaches. We're breeding these guys for food, but they make good pets too!They can't climb smooth surfaces & although the males have wings they can't fly...they can just sort of flutter-fall :rolling:

    They eat a variety of fruit & veg, prefer the dark, & are happier with a heat mat.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2018 6:15pm (Nov 14th 2018)
     
    O wot fun you could have asking someone who annoyed you to 'come and make a fuss of our Puppy'!! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2018 7:39pm (Nov 16th 2018)
     
    This was such an interesting thread! I thought Royals grew to be really big - they're very attractive snakes.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2018 5:49pm (Nov 22nd 2018)
     
    I so agree Kate its brilliant and explanatory and interesting.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2018 11:44pm (Nov 22nd 2018) edited
     

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    I was hoping you guys would enjoy it! CC, Puppy doesn't do much yet, just curls in a ball & sulks :rolling:

    He did eat his first meal with us though which I'm THRILLED about! Royals are very tricky feeders at the best of times & can refuse food for months. I was worried about how long he'd snub food for...turns out he just wouldn't!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2018 11:48pm (Nov 22nd 2018) edited
     

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    Gimpy & Rosemary
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2018 11:53pm (Nov 22nd 2018) edited
     

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    The hilarity that is Kai!!

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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2018 5:51pm (Nov 23rd 2018)
     
    Oh bless him he looks such a merry chappie xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2018 1:51am (Nov 30th 2018) edited
     

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    Gimpy having a handle :heartsabove:

    Also, funny story - we had two mice defrosting in a cup of water in the kitchen for the snakes. Well one of the cats comes running through onto my chest, which they always do...only something cold & slimy landed on my neck. Omg they'd only gone fishing & brought a really gross snack to eat on top of me!!!
    :gasp: :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2018 8:05pm (Nov 30th 2018)
     
    Cats really are quite gross sometimes... :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2018 8:38pm (Nov 30th 2018)
     
    Ha ha that's just so funny Red and typical cat. Ha ha
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2018 11:37pm (Dec 2nd 2018) edited
     

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    Oh it was sooooo gross!!!! :rolling:

    Puppy snubbed his feed 3 days ago, & I thought he looked like he could be in blue...sure enough the day after he shed! First shed with us, hey there pretty boy :heartsabove:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2018 11:41pm (Dec 2nd 2018)
     

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    And this little miss shed unexpectedly on he same day!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2018 3:08am (Dec 4th 2018)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Not got to spend time with this boy in a while as I've been too ill (don't worry Lyle's been looking after him!). Today I made it to his viv, & I think he was happy to see me hahaha!
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2018 4:19pm (Dec 4th 2018)
     
    He looks like he is puckering up his lips for a kiss, so he must have been really thrilled to see you xxxx