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    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2009 2:29pm (Mar 13th 2009)
     
    looks to me like he has ousted Red from her bed.
    Sorry Red, you'll need to move into James's little home when you are next up there.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2009 6:24pm (Mar 13th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Those are absolutely beautiful pics :001_smile:

    He has got fat ;)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2009 9:22pm (Mar 13th 2009)
     
    His colours are lovely!
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2009 10:54pm (Mar 13th 2009)
     
    Great pics Neil! James looks gorgeous!
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2009 1:13am (Mar 14th 2009)
     
    He is beautiful! In just the last few monthes he has gotten twice as wide as he used to be. very nice . How long will he get ? My son had a black rat snake that got to be 7 foot she was a beauty! and very gentil too . MY cousin has her nowand she is thicker now but no longer. I love james's colors! such a hansome fellow.
    I was at a local pet store called petco and they had albino and normal corn snakes! little babys! they were asking 8 dollars for them . I thought of you and James.
    you have built him such a nice home to live in . i am not surprised he has thrived .
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2009 3:54pm (Mar 14th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    FD, he should grow between 4 - 6 feet. I can't wait to go home for Mother's Day to hold him...i didn't get to last time as he was shedding. Watch him time my return with another shed! :D
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2009 5:25pm (Mar 14th 2009)
     
    I hope he will wait untill you leave this time. shedding means he is growing , so he must be growing really fast !
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2009 3:10am (Mar 15th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I want to see how much wider he has got - from the recent pics I've seen of him eating a pinky, i would say A LOT!!

    When we first got him a pinky looked too wide for him to eat (it was about twice the width of him) and now in the photos he is equal to, if not wider, than the pinkies :hurray:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2009 8:57am (Mar 15th 2009)
     
    Red said:-

    "...from the recent pics I've seen of him eating a pinky, i would say A LOT!!
    When we first got him a pinky looked too wide for him to eat (it was about twice the width of him) and now in the photos he is equal to, if not wider, than the pinkies"

    'Pinkies' = my little finger.
    Surely James doesn't eat your fingers!! :wha:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2009 2:59pm (Mar 15th 2009)
     
    What do you feed him when he's bigger?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2009 4:13pm (Mar 15th 2009)
     
    Thumbs...:D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2009 8:59pm (Mar 15th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Pinkies are lickle baby mice with no fur = pinky!

    Then he will move onto fuzzies (baby mice with little fur)

    Then medium mice.

    Then big adult mice, which he'll be on for the rest of his life!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2009 11:41pm (Mar 15th 2009)
     
    Please please please don't post any pictures of him eating bigger mice - or if you do, put them in the *advisory* thread so that I can avoid them. I know its what he eats and all that, but I just don't think the 'mouse' industry is any better than the chicken/cow/pig/ industry. Profit always comes first!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2009 7:24am (Mar 16th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I know what you mean Kate, but I'm not sure how you would factory-farm mice - they seem to do that themselves naturally (from our experience)!

    I know it's awful but they are gassed - knockes them unconscious in seconds, so they literally just go to sleep and never wake up, probably a better way to go than a lot of humans have.

    I do feel for the little critters though, but as you say, it's what he eats - he has no choice. Luckily for us we do.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2009 10:34pm (Mar 16th 2009)
     
    Posted By: neilI know it's awful but they are gassed - knockes them unconscious in seconds, so they literally just go to sleep and never wake up, probably a better way to go than a lot of humans have.


    Yes, but then any other method wouldn't leave a lot of mouse behind!! LOL!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2009 11:46pm (Mar 17th 2009)
     
    Did you see the article in the newspaper about the snake that ate a dog? They said it was like a 100kg man eating a 60kg steak - or something like that. I hope when Red comes home you keep the lid on that viv - don't want her going missing and James not needing to eat for 6 months!!! LOL!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2009 7:32am (Mar 18th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He could probably manage one finger at the moment, and that might even be a struggle for him!

    Although he was out last night having a dip in his pool, when I turned on the light he looked at me as if to say 'What?!' and then shot back into his hide looking very miffed, so maybe he has devious plans...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2009 4:55pm (Mar 18th 2009)
     
    Well think about it, Neil; there he was having a skinny dip when some fool not only peeps at him but turns the lights on as well! :D
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2009 5:31pm (Mar 18th 2009)
     
    CC - that last post ended up on the scrolly thing as: "Posted by CC in James Shed." So - I have to ask...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2009 5:44pm (Mar 18th 2009)
     
    Oh yes, James has a postbox in the corner of his shed; didn't Red mention it?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2009 6:57pm (Mar 18th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebDid you see the article in the newspaper about the snake that ate a dog? They said it was like a 100kg man eating a 60kg steak - or something like that. I hope when Red comes home you keep the lid on that viv - don't want her going missing and James not needing to eat for 6 months!!! LOL!!


    Posted By: chief chickenWell think about it, Neil; there he was having a skinny dip when some fool not only peeps at him but turns the lights on as well!:D

    :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2009 11:45pm (Mar 18th 2009)
     
    Posted By: neilAlthough he was out last night having a dip in his pool, when I turned on the light he looked at me as if to say 'What?!' and then shot back into his hide looking very miffed, so maybe he has devious plans...



    Comes to something when you can't even have a bath in peace without someone interrupting! Normally I'd ask if he was doing the pyramid of evil contemplation, but he has no hands so I suppose that would be a no. Which means he wasn't being devious - the 2 go together. Just ask James Bond!! (or Austin Powers!)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2009 10:03am (Mar 20th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Scarlet finally gets to see him tonight, so he better be on his best behaviour :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2009 7:03pm (Mar 20th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm seeing James tonight, I'm seeing James tonight!!! :hurray: :boogie:

    He'd better not be fat dad! :_oh_really:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2009 7:09pm (Mar 20th 2009)
     
    He is certainly growing fast, wonder if there is a treadmill for snakes, just in case!!!:neutral:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2009 7:57pm (Mar 20th 2009)
     
    ...or maybe a slither mill?
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2009 8:35pm (Mar 20th 2009)
     
    Posted By: chief chicken...or maybe a slither mill?


    ha ha ha CC that is hilarious, :biggrin:you is funnneeee!!! must be the crisp spring air that has seeped into your funny bones.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2009 11:28am (Mar 21st 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I SAW HIM!! :clap:

    He was lovely, too! We were sprawled on my bed and he was just exploring and hiding under my hoodie. He's a lovely little boy, but is twice as thick as when i last saw him!! His colours haven't half changed, too, he's got a lot brighter :heartsabove:

    My dad had to force me to put him away in the end because it was almost midnight...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2009 5:14pm (Mar 21st 2009)
     
    Posted By: Red He's a lovely little boy, but is twice as thick as when i last saw him!!


    That's a bit rude...we can't ALL be a university cleverdick, can we? ;)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2009 7:30am (Mar 24th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ahahaha! :D
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2009 12:20pm (Mar 25th 2009)
     
    Hee-hee....
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2009 2:10am (Mar 26th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :fingersear:
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2009 2:13am (Mar 26th 2009)
     
    Its so much fun making fun of the young.. (and intelligent of course...no point otherwise) .. :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2009 6:16pm (Mar 26th 2009)
     
    I'm safe on both counts then...:D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2009 7:43pm (Mar 29th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: JonnyIts so much fun making fun of the young.. (and intelligent of course...no point otherwise) ..<img src=" src="http:///images/smileys/icon_smile.gif" />

    And piano tuners... ;)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2009 6:13pm (Mar 30th 2009)
     
    :_oh_really:we have a very strong union, you know...
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2009 12:39am (Mar 31st 2009)
     
    Unions..hrumph!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2009 7:14pm (Mar 31st 2009)
     
    Posted By: JonnyUnions..hrumph!


    ?:confused1:?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2009 10:48pm (Mar 31st 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I thought he was saying he didn't like onions at first glance...
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd, 2009 10:41pm (Apr 2nd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    A few more pics of James the snake taken tonight, he shed a few days ago... So his colours are nice and bright!

    showing off his lovely colours


    trying to look scary


    just seeing what's going on


    forked tongue!


    Hope you like them :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd, 2009 10:53am (Apr 3rd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Bloody hell dad! Really sharp pics, magnificent! Is he going gradually more orange?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd, 2009 10:59am (Apr 3rd 2009)
     
    Your pictures are real good he looks real smart now with his new livery. I could do with a good shed if it makes you look that good...... and no I don't mean a new outbuilding. How bright his eyes are I wonder if they can see much when they go milky before the shed. I dont know much about snakes We used to have a wild one living in the garden but it just did its own thing and we all respected that and left it alone
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd, 2009 11:01am (Apr 3rd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    When their eyes go milky they are practically blind, which is why you're advised not to pick them up when they have milky eyes as they could panic and strike...

    Although James has always been fine with been handled, even when mum dropped him when his eyes were blue! :D
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd, 2009 11:04am (Apr 3rd 2009)
     
    Do they go all lethargic or semi hibernate then as they must be vunerable to preditors in the wild, He is tame I think I would strike if I had been dropped
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd, 2009 12:24pm (Apr 3rd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They constantly hide until they're a little bigger when they'll start exploring more and become more outgoing. James is a very friendly little boy, very laid back - we were lucky to get him :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2009 11:56pm (Apr 16th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Here are the latest pics of James from when he was out playing tonight. We have measured him and discovered he is just under two foot, meaning he has doubled in length since he has been living with us! :hurray:
    james length

    long boy!

    james again
    This is him exploring my bed and, for once, he didn't poo on it!!

    cute james
    Posing for a quick picture :)

    Hope you enjoyed!


    **edit**
    Wow, i just looked at the first post in this thread and had to do a double take...look how itty bitty James is here, and this was only in January! He looks like an entirely different snake, and look how small his neck is...
    lil james

    I didn't realise just how much he had changed! Guess we can't call him 'shoelace boy' anymore, i thought he was still scrawny but in comparison to what he used to look like i guess not...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2009 10:06am (Apr 17th 2009)
     
    He is a lovely snake, and you have taken some superb photos of him. Look how bright his colours are now. How big will he grow to?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2009 11:11am (Apr 17th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I couldn't believe how much he had changed! I mean, I knew he had grown wider and longer, and that his colouring had got brighter, but I didn't realise he now looked completely different!

    He acts differently too now, back when we first got him if he saw anything move he would shrink back into his cave or under his bark...now he's so nosy he constantly leaves his head poking out from wherever he is hiding so he can see what's going on! If he's out roaming the viv and we dirsturb him, he will slink off back to a hide and just peep out at us, it's very cute :)

    He's much happier to explore his surroundings now too and not nearly as jumpy as he was. He spent a good 5-10 minutes roaming my bed last night, and didn't even do a poo!

    He should grow anywhere between 4-6 feet long - my dad wants him to get to 6 foot, but i'm happy with however big he gets.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2009 1:32pm (Apr 17th 2009) edited
     
    :bigsmile: Crikey thats a whole lot of snake, It is so nice that he is so interested in every thing, but still has the comfort of somewhere to tuck himself away. I bet he really enjoys his little outings to feel different textures and such under him. I have never fancied a snake as a pet but am happy to share yours and learn all about him
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2009 9:35pm (Apr 17th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Me and my younger cousin Joe walked to the garden centre today and had a look in their 'help us recycle' bin (it's where they put all their discarded but perfectly re-useable plantpots) and got him 4 more in various sizes for each time he gets too big for his current one!

    Whilst he was on my bed tonight we set them all out in a line and he went exploring each one in turn, and poking his head through the holes in the top
    :heartsabove: The only down-side was that, once again, he did a poo on my bed! :cursing:

    He now has three plantpots in his viv, and his moss hide as I think he's coming up to a shed again - his eyes aren't cloudy yet but his forehead has a blue tinge to it...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2009 10:26pm (Apr 17th 2009)
     
    How wonderful for you to watch him explore every thing. It will certainly be exciting for him and save him getting bored. He will also be willing to come out if he knows it will be fun.

    As for the poo what goes in has to come out at some time and you can not really put a nappy on him. Mind you when he gets to six foot you might be able to saddle him up. ha ha

    How often do they shed it seems like only two weeks since he last did one, must be the bigger mice he is on he is getting full to the point of bursting.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 1:34pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     
    Red; your post led me to believe that Joe lives in plant pots and did a poo on your bed...:shocked:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 7:06pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    CC, i wouldn't put it past him ;)

    NN, the other night i had to catch one of his poos (JAMES' not Joe's ;) ) in my hand...I saw his, um, rear end pulsing and he was awfully still, so i scrabbled about desperately for some tissues but didn't have any to hand, so ended up whipping my hand under him before it could hit the bed! Not nice :ack2:

    Corn snakes shed on average every 4 weeks, and according to his chart his last shed was on the 27/3/09...seeing as it could be another 4-7 days i suppose that's more or less right!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 7:34pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     
    I do hope Diane's reading this...:devil:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 8:27pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     
    ugh things you do for pets ha ha, it is funny really, and it saved your bed cover from smelling all night. I seem to be always cleaning up poo what with the cats litter trays they have one each and then the hens poop every where.
    I didn't realise that snakes shed so often It must be like changing clothes for snakes. I wonder of it feels itchy to them. If you left it in his Viv would he eat it? not that there can be much nutritional benifits to a bit of dried skin.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 9:24pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     
    My stick insect eat their sheds...
    yet they are veggies.

    Rather like nearly all mammals eat their placentas even if they are veggies or not.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 9:28pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     
    oh wow stick insects I remember one of my lads looking after the school ones during the summer holiday. Funny old things I liked to see them but want keen having them on me
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 9:43pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     
    I like them 'cos they are so undemanding. Quite a change from previous pets/chidren/hubbs etc...

    They don't make a noise, don't bite or sting, and don't need feeding very often.

    I am amazed at the amount of eggs they lay but having trouble finding a small enough egg cup.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 9:57pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     
    Ha ha thats funny how long do they live? Do the eggs all hatch out ?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 10:09pm (Apr 18th 2009) edited
     
    No, I have to chuck em out with the droppings.

    I always keep some eggs though, it's a shame to lose 'em all, though it's only the same as us women, an egg every month over all those years - lost...

    Didn't you miss having all those lovely babies?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 11:38pm (Apr 18th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ollie, where did you get your stick insects from, and for how much? Our local garden centre has just started selling a few different varieties, for £8-something each..bit steep, surely?! :o

    NN, i know some types of snake will eat their sheds, but not corns. We almost bought some quail eggs for James to eat today, but wasn't sure if he'd take them as they don't smell of mouse... :P
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2009 8:40am (Apr 19th 2009)
     
    you could try rubbing them on a defrosted mouse so they gather the smell, that is if you want him to have something different. the shells are porus so they should get some of the smell on them.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2009 9:13am (Apr 19th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: nanny northyou could try rubbing them on a defrosted mouse so they gather the smell, that is if you want him to have something different. the shells are porus so they should get some of the smell on them.


    And sometimes to get them started eating after they hatch, you have to rub the mouse on a lizard!! (they eat small lizards when they are hatchlings) - luckily though corn's are gut-buckets so they'll eat practically anything - but not their own sheds - that would be like Goldmember from the Austin Powers film!

    We had stick insects - from two tiny eggs a friend where I used to work gave me, she said they would soon multiply, and they did! I ended up hating them, having to clean them out all the time, finding privet bush to take 'trimmings' from as we walked home on a night... And then one day Helen found the babies had snuck through the mesh on the roof and they were on the curtains, the houseplants...

    We gave them all (about 50+, they were in a large tank) to the local pet shop who sold them on at a huge profit no doubt.

    Never again! :)

    Now a praying mantis or a scorpion on the otherhand... (scorpcam!)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2009 1:12pm (Apr 19th 2009)
     
    Ha ha scorpcam that is just so funny. I have nightmares about scorpions and such. Ugh not my thing really. My son Tim was telling me about the camel spiders in Iraq. He says people think they are chasing them but all they are really doing is trying to keep in your shadow for the shade. He said they do scuttle along at a fair lick. I think I would have a heart attack if I had one sharing my shadow !!!

    I have not watched Austin Powers film I always nod of watching films. I like to be doing stuff more than bothering with TV.

    Oh what a to do insects every where. My cats would have loved that. They even sit and watch ants in my consevatory... must be boring at my house ha ha
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2009 5:22pm (Apr 19th 2009)
     
    If only Neil would get a couple of dromedaries, we could have CamelCam...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2009 5:52pm (Apr 19th 2009)
     
    I got my first stick insects from Freecycle.
    Mine are Indian Sticks.
    I can easily post some eggs. You could have dropped by and picked some up yesterday when you were at Borders and Ikea, I am only a short mile from there.
    They take between a few weeks and a few months to hatch.
    Your Dad doesn't seem too keen though.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2009 6:47pm (Apr 19th 2009)
     
    Have you seen those stick-insect homes made from nylon that pop up like a laundry basket? I wish they'd been around in the 70s when I constructed an amzing edifice from old boxes...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2009 7:48pm (Apr 19th 2009) edited
     
    The pop-ups sound a good idea.
    I have a tall plastic "Bug House" with lots of holes so big that I can't put the insects in until they are at least half grown.
    Up till then we use any secure see-through plastic box with ventilation holes put in with a needle.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2009 8:47pm (Apr 19th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: ollie in UKI got my first stick insects from Freecycle.
    Mine are Indian Sticks.
    I can easily post some eggs. You could have dropped by and picked some up yesterday when you were at Borders and Ikea, I am only a short mile from there.
    They take between a few weeks and a few months to hatch.
    Your Dad doesn't seem too keen though.

    I was considering getting some stick insects for next year at my (uni) house. Only problem would be the incredible rate at which they breed, and the fact that i think my dad would refuse to look after them in my third year as, you guessed it, he's not their bigges fan! :P

    We bought James a bigger wet moss hide today seeing as he can hardly fit in his other one now! :) We popped him in and, even though he was blind, he didn't flinch at been picked up god bless him...a lot of people have trouble with their corns when they're 'in blue,' as they panic and strike due to their blindness, but James just sits there like a good little lad :heart:

    Hopefully he will have a good shed in a couple of days or so!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2009 10:10pm (Apr 20th 2009)
     
    The stick insects lay lots of eggs but you don't have to keep them if you don't want more.
    I kept a few from my first ones and they hatched to replace the older ones. My son's GF took a load of about ten babies for her children once over.
    I have paper sheets in the bottom of cage and change these at least weekly so I can dispose of eggs. Some people have a soil based stuff in the cage that can sit there for quite some time and I could see eggs hatching if this is many weeks long.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeApr 24th, 2009 1:38pm (Apr 24th 2009)
     
    I think I will stick to cats and chickens, and the occassional friendly Magpie. :-)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2009 1:44pm (Jul 14th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Updated pics of James!

    There are pics of the man himself, his new viv (it's 4ft, so a lot bigger than it looks in the pics ;) ) and photos of his latest shed alongside two of his others - the shortest shed in the pics was one of his first with us :001_smile:

    Hope you enjoy!
      james.jpg
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      james_side.jpg
      cute_james2.jpg
      sheds.jpg
      sheds_2.jpg
      viv.jpg
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2009 1:48pm (Jul 14th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The last pic, I don't know if you can see but in the stone hide James' snout was just poking out a little bit - very cute! :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2009 2:27pm (Jul 14th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oooh ooh, was just doing poo patrol (only found one, must be another hiding somewhere!) and disturbed the little man so decided to get him out for a quick cuddle. He was in a very good and lazy mood, so i snatched the camera and got more pics - he looks much nicer in sunlight ^__^

    Sorry for the sheer volume of pics!
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      james_hug.jpg
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      long_james.jpg
      james_standing.jpg
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2009 2:30pm (Jul 14th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I quite like those pics - not bad! Love the one where James looks like he's standing up :D and where he's all curled up in my lap. He's a real sweetie :heartsabove:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2009 2:44pm (Jul 14th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Veh nice!

    Can't believe how much he's grown (well I can, but it's still quite shocking to see it illustrated like that!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2009 10:22pm (Jul 14th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks :blush: Yep, he's a big(ish) lad now!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2009 2:34am (Jul 19th 2009)
     
    Lovely photos thanks for sharing them Red.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2009 2:42am (Jul 19th 2009)
     
    How long is Jamesnake now, Red?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2009 10:28pm (Jul 19th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks :001_smile: Um...we haven't measured him for a while, but over two foot now. Shall let you know when he is measured properly :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2009 10:46pm (Jul 19th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Just measured the big man himself - he is just over 2 1/2 foot long *proud smile*
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2009 11:59pm (Jul 20th 2009)
     
    Oooo. He's a big boy now!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2009 12:00am (Jul 21st 2009)
     
    I never come in this thread because of James's eating habits. So, I've got my eyes shut at the moment. Did I miss anything?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2009 9:40am (Jul 21st 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Lol Diane! Would you feel the same way if there was a pic of someone eating a Sunday Roast or a burger?

    I think I must have a weird sense of detachment from the whole meat topic as I haven't eaten it for 20+ years, to me, meat is meat whether it is nicely packaged in cellophane or in a mouse skin - you can't be squeamish about one and not the other surely?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2009 2:02pm (Jul 21st 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    There aren't any pics of James eating in this thread, Diane, there in another thread with 'triggers' in the title to warn the squeamish :P

    People always ask me how, as a vegan and someone who has kept pet mice in the past, how i can stand to feed James dead mice...to which i reply, it's just the same as if i'm feeding human family or friends chicken, right?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2009 2:32pm (Jul 21st 2009) edited
     
    Yes Red, I can see your logic and agree with it. I think its just that James's food still looks like it did when it was alive, so there's no doubting what it is/was. I know for a fact that if I had to catch, kill and prepare my own food I wouldn't live long. I hate food. All of it. Reptiles always seem a strange choice of 'pet' - they have no affection for their owners, don't'play', just eat and sleep. Hang on, that sounds like my cat! ;)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2009 4:18pm (Jul 21st 2009) edited
     
    :D If there was a thread of people eating the body of a darling cow - I'd have the same reaction, even if it was disguised as a burger... And my friends/family are out of luck if they think I'm going to feed them a chicken. But - I agree. We all run into the reality at some point that some creatures need to eat other ones to survive. In my case its my beloved cats. Every single day I open cans of other animals sacrificed to feed them. Food is truly a weird thing, eh Kate? It makes you think - why was the whole thing (life) set up this way? I met a *spiritual* woman once who was feeding her cat a vegetarian diet, knowing that the cat would eventually die young of because of it. To me, that was really wrong.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2009 4:47pm (Jul 21st 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's a bit of a weird choice, deciding to take on the responsibility of caring for an animal and then not providing the correct diet for it...

    Unless the cat decided to be vegetarian... :-D
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2009 5:54pm (Jul 21st 2009)
     
    Posted By: Red it's just the same as if i'm feeding human family or friends chicken, right?
    What a refreshing change! When my vegan friend comes here I cook vegan. But if we go to her we get...vegan!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2009 7:12pm (Jul 21st 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Nah, see I would expect people to cook vegan for me...but if friends who eat meat come round mine, then they get fed meat. It's only fair, isn't it? Who am i to force my feeding habits on people? Although most of them do prefer vegan to dairy ice cream now... :P

    Posted By: DianeonWhidbeyI met a *spiritual* woman once who was feeding her cat a vegetarian diet, knowing that the cat would eventually die young of because of it. To me, that was really wrong.

    Agreed. Which is why i don't get it when people can't understand how i can feed James mice - cornsnakes aren't like us, they can't live off a vegan diet. All they eat is meat or animal products, such as eggs. It's my responsibility as an owner to feed him mice, as it's what he needs.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2009 7:16pm (Jul 21st 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebYes Red, I can see your logic and agree with it. I think its just that James's food still looks like it did when it was alive, so there's no doubting what it is/was. I know for a fact that if I had to catch, kill and prepare my own food I wouldn't live long. I hate food. All of it. Reptiles always seem a strange choice of 'pet' - they have no affection for their owners, don't'play', just eat and sleep. Hang on, that sounds like my cat!

    A big part of getting a pet snake for me was the fact that I have been fascinated by them since I was a child. The way they move, the way they look...I had an obsession with dinosaurs as a kid so think that played a part too ;)

    Also, what with my mum's allergies, snakes are a fantastic pet for me - they don't cause her allergies to play up, and they can live for up to 20 years, compared to the average 2 years life-span of small rodents (the only other interactive indoor animal i can have, really)

    Finally, I wanted a snake for a pet because they are beautiful animals and, if handled regularly, build up confidence and seem to enjoy being handled. It's been absolutely brilliant to watch James grow and mature. And it's a challenge keeping his habitat suitable for him, such as size and temperature, which i enjoy. And he is a joy to handle - relaxed and happy, and never gets in a bad mood if you wake him up!

    Phew, long post :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2009 7:20pm (Jul 21st 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Speaking of James growing, here's the photo my dad used to measure him...
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2009 9:09am (Jul 22nd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Should probably explain a bit how we measure him - it looks harder than it is!

    We don't try and get him to lay straight against a tape-measure! There's some clever software that you load the picture into, then you give it a known length (hence the ruler in the pic) - then the software knows that such a distance is a certain length, then you just click a line along the snake and it can calculate the distance very accurately :-)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2009 5:49pm (Jul 22nd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha, nah, my dad has to chase him around the room with a bendy tape measure :rolling: That would be so much better :cool:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2009 5:59pm (Jul 22nd 2009)
     
    You could pin him down with 2 croquet hoops...James, not Neil...:)
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd, 2009 12:10pm (Jul 23rd 2009)
     
    or get him to crawl through a little tunnel and time how long it takes with a stop watch then multipy by the speed of sound, divide by the speed of light and subtract how many days in a leap year and thats how long James is!!!!!!! :_oh:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd, 2009 2:37pm (Jul 23rd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Just did that, he's 33.6 miles long :-) I don't think my math skills is up to it...

    He has moved up a food size last night so as long as he copes fine (we'll know in the next day or so), then he's well on the way to been a big boy eating big boy meals!! :-D

    I'm so proud!! Scarlet will be chuffed when she hears, but at the moment she's hungover, I don't think she'll get too much sympathy from you lot though. ;)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd, 2009 5:01pm (Jul 23rd 2009)
     
    Posted By: neilScarlet will be chuffed when she hears, but at the moment she's hungover, I don't think she'll get too much sympathy from you lot though

    True. But at least she won't get flung out of the Student's union now.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2009 12:38am (Jul 24th 2009)
     
    Yet....
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2009 9:13am (Jul 24th 2009)
     
    :woohoo::crazy::drinkparty:
    HULLOOOO SCARLET HULLOOO WAKE UP HI THERE HOW ARE YOU

    (whispers softly)how are you feling is your poor heady a bit sore??? Time to feed James!!!!!!