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An update of the scaly kind

Thought I would do an update on some of my scaly babies. I decided not to include my various turtles as I haven't recently taken any photos Oh and my two common boas Atlas and Osiris. When we moved home they went right off their food so I've been keeping them as stress free as possible

I'll start with Frank. Frank is my normal Carolina corn snake and is about 3? coming 4? years old now... I think! And about 6 foot. After he escaped for all of that time I wasn't looking to hopeful that he would get back to being his old self but boy was I wrong. After gradually heating him up over the period of a few weeks he started to become more active again and he drunk a LOT. He let me know he was ready for a feed. His usual, sassy and moody attitude came right back haha. Since then he's been gaining weight steadily and doing well, from what I can see anyway! He's a very predictable grump. All mouth and no action usually (or at least when he's in his vivarium). He's never bitten me but he really, really hates Jack. No idea why! I've been able to put him on small kids before and he seemed very relaxed but something about Jack really seems to make him bristle... Here's some pics!

Hanging out on my bed



Stealing warmth from my laptop!



Not approving of the sign I got for his viv at the latest reptile expo I went to hahahaha!



Hershel. Um. Hershel has grown into quite a big boy compared to what he was, especially as he was so disgustingly emaciated! He's still not quite where I would like him to be but he's getting there slowly but surely. He's lazy but we make him work for his food which he seems to actually enjoy. I love making him chase waxworms around the room in my tweezers. I didn't even realize that bearded dragons could jump so high! He's about a year and a half old and as long as my forearm. He's got some sort of citrus influence in him somewhere. He's a very friendly boy. People always comment on his 'ugly' feet and tail but I think he's beautiful anyway



Theodore is still a little plop but he is certainly starting to grow! They're not very large snakes. He's about a foot and a half at a big push but he's quite girthy considering how small he is. He's a normal royal python (or if you're American he's a ball python). Even though it took him months to start feeding, he's become SUCH an aggressive feeder! I can't go near the tub if I smell of food because he will launch himself right out. He also likes to avoid the food and strike at me instead. Other than that he's just super shy!





Saul my 8 year old leopard gecko is doing okay! He's ever so friendly and sweet, just very erm. Wiggly? He likes to sit very still on you for a very long time and just when you think it's all fine and dandy he will try and fling himself off you! Still not had much luck with his diet though. He's a very fussy eater







Did I ever introduce Noodle? My 1 year old anery masque corn snake with the kinked spine? I don't remember doing so! Well. He's a pain in the butt. He's the most defensive little thing I've ever met. He's a gentle feeder though... I don't understand haha! He is growing quite slow and I'm assuming it's because of his kink making him a bit awkward. He gets around just fine and it doesn't appear to bother him at all really. He's very hard to handle and very noodley (hence the name) and is extremely snappy. He loves Jack's younger brother more than anybody though, quite annoying! He's about a foot long



I'm not sure whether or not I introduced my new-ish Kenyan sand boas either? The breeder I got Paprika from was very kind and told me that should he breed again I could have dibs on which ever I wanted before hand. I went over to see them when they were born (they're live bearing snakes) and he actually gave me two girls! I called them Chilli and Cayenne and they're almost identical and in the photos I can't tell which one is which from here haha! Chilli has the dots and cayenne has stripe on the neck! They're about 5 inches long and FULL of attitude







After all of those guys I was done for a while but life loves to throw some little surprises at you! Jack text me while I was at work to tell me that he'd gotten me a snake and a vivarium. I nearly had a heart attack! Jack goes mad whenever I bring anything home. I was like um okay. Well, wanna see what he came home with...?







Meet Hendrix (Jack named him, big fan!), a 7-8 year old common boa (yup a third one) who is at LEAST 10 feet in length Despite his size and history, he's actually really really sweet and lovely. He gives you fair warning if he doesn't like you handling him at that moment in time which is VERY handy. We have a 2 person rule with him because he is so big. I've put him on plenty of people and they all fall in love with him and his personality. He's a really sweet boy! He was given to his previous owner with horrific mouth rot and scale rot. He's now covered in scars and has a badly slanted mouth but he's my big cutie and it doesn't bother me in the slightest

Last but not least, I have my Irian Jaya blue tongued skink baby (July this year) that I got just under a month ago from a reptile expo. I had been saving up to get a carpet python but as soon as this bunch of skinks were put on a table I went running over to them. I held this guy first and I came straight home with him. Unfortunately his set up kinda broke, so he's not in what I'd like him to be in right now but we're planning on building our own large stack within the next few months to get a few of my guys out of their tubs. He doesn't have a name yet! He was in shed in the photos around my finger so he didn't look as nice but once it all came off he showed off some beautiful colours. I WILL get a Northern at some point as that's what I originally wanted but this guy just melted my heart. He's so huffy but bluffy. Honestly, he's VERY vocal with his hissing and he loves to pull some cross and intimidating faces haha!







So yeah, not everybody, but just a little update on most of the scaly kids minus 7

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Love themmm! I love your Skink, I want him! In the photo of your two Kenyans together, were they in shed? They look Anery in that photo!



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Love themmm! I love your Skink, I want him! In the photo of your two Kenyans together, were they in shed? They look Anery in that photo!

They're het anery but went into a very ugly shed I want many skinks! They move so funny too and are surprisingly fast when they want to be

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Ooooh ok, ha. My little Snow girly just shed, I need to get pictures of her in her post-shed glory!
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Is that sand boas or skinks? Or both

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Gorgeous reptiles Daisy, just not a pet for me...lol I love looking at them behind glass...lol
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reptiles freak me out!! small (6-7") turtles and tortoises are ok, but i don't think i would actually want one my 2 african dwarf frogs and 2 Chinese fire belly newts are as far as i will go with amphibians/reptiles! snakes scare me, i don't know how you do it, especially the big guy its funny because i am so used to other animals having a personality, even the newts, but i just can't see a snake with one (as i would with a parrot). what do cuddly snakes do? anyways, the do have some nice colors. and i love your gecko they always look happy and if i wasn't so afraid to touch one (and if they didn't loose their tails when scared), i would consider getting one.


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Great pictures Daisy and great reptiles. Personally I like snakes but I can't afford the license required to keep them here.

We have our own species of Blue Tongue over here and I have at least 2 roaming around my backyard. Don't see them very often, but I have no snails and slugs in my backyard. We also have wild Bearded Dragons around me and I have on more than one occasion had an injured one here to rehabilitate them back into the wild.
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I love Saul! He looks like he is smiling especially in the first pic. Great photos! I also love blue tongue skinks
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Gorgeous reptiles Daisy, just not a pet for me...lol I love looking at them behind glass...lol
People won't actually come into my house unless I can guarantee that the snakes are LOCKED up I have big glass sliding locks on the bigger guys, not the ones they make for reptiles, and that usually puts people off I have name labels for species and latin name on the tanks too but that doesn't help much either. As soon as somebody sees the latin name boa constrictor imperator they automatically think they're going to die visiting!

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reptiles freak me out!! small (6-7") turtles and tortoises are ok, but i don't think i would actually want one my 2 african dwarf frogs and 2 Chinese fire belly newts are as far as i will go with amphibians/reptiles! snakes scare me, i don't know how you do it, especially the big guy its funny because i am so used to other animals having a personality, even the newts, but i just can't see a snake with one (as i would with a parrot). what do cuddly snakes do? anyways, the do have some nice colors. and i love your gecko they always look happy and if i wasn't so afraid to touch one (and if they didn't loose their tails when scared), i would consider getting one.

I have found that chelonians are much harder to care for, especially aquatic turtles. They need a considerable amount of room. We are in the process of building a raised outdoor enclosure for our yellow bellied slider because there just isn't a tank that is adequately sized for her. She's enormous. Bigger than a big dinner plate I have an albino African clawed frog and he is absolutely hilarious, I think they're such funny critters to own. He's a real big and as he sees us every day (his tank is behind our heads in the kitchen) he knows when feeding time is coming. He's a real fatty

What snakes do depends on the individual. I promise they all have personalities, not two of mine are the same Frank, my adult Carolina corn snake, is a real diva. If he doesn't get his own way and doesn't get fed at exactly this time and this time etc. he will throw the biggest tantrum you've ever seen. He has this really big hollow log looking thing (it's just corkbark) in his naturalistic set up and he spends all day in it. If he hears me come into the room he will come up to the glass and have a look at me! I made the mistake of trying to change a heat lamp a few days ago while he was late being fed and he struck at me but I managed to move. I shattered the lamp though! You've just got to know your animal really. Frank is actually a sweet heart, he just hates Jack. I've had a 4 year old hold him and love him and I've put him on loads of people who are scared of snakes. He's fine. He's just a diva. Hendrix, the big guy, I'm actually more confident with than the little ones. Reason being is that unless you have a particularly more aggressive boa, they're usually a lot calmer because they learn that you're not out to eat them. Large snakes tend to be a lot like that. I'm not saying they won't bite. Hendrix could bite me at any given moment hence our two person rule but I do trust him within reason. I don't have him out around other animals because he can, will and would try to eat my smaller dog or cat! But again I've put him on plenty of people now with little to no problems. He lets you know if he's in a bad mood. For example, I fed him 2 days ago and now he's stroppy and has thrown his bath all over his enclosure and has given me a job to sort out shortly aha! I'm making them all sound quite bad, but I promise they're not Geckos dropping their tails depends on the species, I personally think. I've noticed that more arboreal geckos are likely to drop them in comparison to your terrestrial geckos. Unless you deliberately picked one up by the tail, I doubt a well adjusted adult would drop one. Plus they grow back once too! Just a little bit shorter and fatter haha

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Great pictures Daisy and great reptiles. Personally I like snakes but I can't afford the license required to keep them here.

We have our own species of Blue Tongue over here and I have at least 2 roaming around my backyard. Don't see them very often, but I have no snails and slugs in my backyard. We also have wild Bearded Dragons around me and I have on more than one occasion had an injured one here to rehabilitate them back into the wild.
You have to have licenses to keep snakes!? Even non-venomous species? And snakes under a certain size? The only rules we have here is most venomous species require a Dangerous Wild Animal license. We can still keep a lot of rear fanged venomous though like Hognose and such

I would love to see reptiles in the wild. In the UK we have the European Adder, European grass snake and the slow worm. I think that's about it. Maybe some common lizards? I have only ever in my entire life being here seen an adder and my dog unfortunately was on the receiving end of one!

I'm going to start breeding some African land snails for my skink because they're just not readily available at all as a feeder critter. Jack always told me I couldn't have an African land snail but well, if it's going to get me free food I'll definitely take some

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I love Saul! He looks like he is smiling especially in the first pic. Great photos! I also love blue tongue skinks
Even if he's grumpy he looks happy Thank you!

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I used to live in the country and at the end of our driveway it was all rocks.. The snakes used to LOVE to sun and hide in the rocks. They were just little grass snakes, garter snakes, red belly snakes etc... All harmless and not scary. I always tried to teach my kids respect for the critters... I would go and turn over the rocks so they could see the snakes... They loved it... People would always tell me to kill them, my answer was that our house was built in their yard... They were there first, and I would rather see the snakes than the bugs and rodents that they fed on. I think I was the only person around that would stop the lawn mower to shoo a snake or a toad off the lawn...lol I wouldn't make you lock the all up Daisy...lol I would be ok with you handling them.. But not the big one... He could stay in his cage
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So do any of them have fangs, or do they just "gum" you when they bite? I would think that Hendrix would be more likely to strangle something than bite, but I guess bitting is a faster reaction!

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I used to live in the country and at the end of our driveway it was all rocks.. The snakes used to LOVE to sun and hide in the rocks. They were just little grass snakes, garter snakes, red belly snakes etc... All harmless and not scary. I always tried to teach my kids respect for the critters... I would go and turn over the rocks so they could see the snakes... They loved it... People would always tell me to kill them, my answer was that our house was built in their yard... They were there first, and I would rather see the snakes than the bugs and rodents that they fed on. I think I was the only person around that would stop the lawn mower to shoo a snake or a toad off the lawn...lol I wouldn't make you lock the all up Daisy...lol I would be ok with you handling them.. But not the big one... He could stay in his cage
I think it's amazing to teach kids to respect nature, especially the critters that surround us! I was lucky to be bought up the same. I was bird watching ever since I could walk My favourite birds to spot were always the nuthatches and treecreepers! I can't believe that people kill snakes. You wouldn't go and kill something else so why kill a snake!? So sad

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So do any of them have fangs, or do they just "gum" you when they bite? I would think that Hendrix would be more likely to strangle something than bite, but I guess bitting is a faster reaction!
They bite to latch on! All of my species are constricting species. I don't currently own venomous. Even though people don't tend to count colubrids as constrictors because they don't have it in the name, they really are. They get a darn good wrap on their food too. But yeah they bite to latch on and then quickly constrict to asphyxiate their prey/crush it

Venomous snakes have fangs, non-venomous have got long rows of very sharp and fairly short needle like teeth that all bend backwards. Once they've got you it's hard to get them off! And if you pull them off not only will you tear your skin but the snake will lose it's teeth and that can obviously cause a lot of stress on the animal, even starvation

Here's what teeth tend to look like on a non-venomous animal

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/73...8b0a733115.jpg

Here's what they look like on a venomous snake

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...nica_fangs.jpg

And then you have rear fanged venomous too

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Haha, the kids and I used to go into the woods to turn over logs and rocks.. Leaf pile etc to see what we could find... So many different colored salamanders, toads frogs etc... We kept a salamander for a few weeks in out goldfish tank but let him go cuz I didn't know if he was eating anything. When I was a teen I used to gather all the frogs I could catch and put them in my little brothers wading pool... I don't think he ever got in it...lol I had frogs and salamanders and turtles in it..lol
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When I was little I used to fill up jars with frogspawn and hide them in a little one of those shell paddling pool things? Do you know the ones I mean? It's a shell that opens up in two halves so you can have sand and water etc. Well, I stole half of that and hid it in the garden. Grandparents weren't happy when all the tadpoles became frogs and went EVERYWHERE!

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Lol, no I guess we didnt have those types here... Ours was what they called a bottle cap pool cuz it looked like a bottle cap! My parents never seemed to mind me doing that... I drug home every sick injured or lost animal I found...lol one day the new neighbours gave me a 6 month old pup.. Just a tiny toy sized dog... Mom asked me who's dog it was and I proudly said MINE!lol and she let me keep her!

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