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Smile Big snake photoshoot [pics + vids]

Just thought I would post about my scaly kids (seriously need to do an update post, I've gained some amazing reptiles in 2015... my passion has really ignited!). If you don't like snakes please don't feel the need to express it. If people said the same things about birds they do about snakes then there would be an uproar! It's tiring and not pleasant to hear... Just saying!

My two largest babies were photographed a little while ago by our old house as well as a few of my smaller guys. It was amazing to see people's reactions as they were walking by. Some were shocked and curious, others screamed and some walked off in disgust. Hey ho, each to their own

I took a couple of photos and videos during for fun but tried to not get in the way

Clyde (coastal carpet python)



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Great pictures Daisy. Hendrix is a big boy. Seeing him with other things around gives the ability for size comparison. I can't tell how big Clyde is, but I know they can grow pretty big too. Their food bill must be creeping up there too. You certainly wouldn't be feeding them pinkies anymore.
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Very cool clips and pics, I can imagine them both loving the feel of the cool grass on their bellies as they moved around.

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Great pictures Daisy. Hendrix is a big boy. Seeing him with other things around gives the ability for size comparison. I can't tell how big Clyde is, but I know they can grow pretty big too. Their food bill must be creeping up there too. You certainly wouldn't be feeding them pinkies anymore.
I'm thinking that Hendrix has got to be a girl. We haven't measured her but we're thinking about 10-11ft maybe more

Here's one of my fiance's friends with Clyde



Clyde is probably about the same length but considerably less heavy. Still heavy and huge but not the same as a boa haha!

My third largest is Misty, my HUGE black rat snake. She's about 8 feet, massive for a colubrid!



I got a young reticulated python for my birthday, so I think in terms of length he will surpass them all within 12 months

Food-wise I usually spend 100. 80 for food and 20 for delivery. Thing is that also includes 400 chicks for my birds of prey and their food too! Usually lasts me a few months and considering the size of my collection it's not bad at all. It works out so much cheaper buying in bulk. Plus Hendrix has a rabbit once a month and is still a very well snake. Some need feeding often like my corns, rat, royals and retic but the boas tend to not be as bad once they're adults. I've got a sub adult boa that's a nightmare and a baby sharp albino that's a fantastic eater but growing like a weed
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Very cool clips and pics, I can imagine them both loving the feel of the cool grass on their bellies as they moved around.

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No problem! Hendrix literally left a huge trail through the grass which we didn't notice until we packed up and went back the next day haha Clyde wasn't so keen on the grass, at least not near his head! He was cruising along periscoping so the grass wouldn't touch his face haha
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Yeah Clyde certainly has some size to as does Misty. I was pretty sure Hendrix would be feeding on rabbits at that size. That cost is not bad at all when you consider all your raptors food as well. A couple of friends of mine breed their own rats and mice for their reptiles and also sell the excess. It is actually surprising how many parrot breeders also keep reptiles as well. Our parrot club went on an aviary tour last year and the three aviaries we went to all kept reptiles as well. Maybe not so surprising when you consider that birds and snakes came from the same dinosaur ancestors.

My personal favourite is the Olive Python. The colour is just beautiful.
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Olive pythons are beautiful but the majority have a built in bad attitude from what I've seen of everybody who has them haha! I think people in the 'exotic' hobbies all together tend to tie in. Or so I've noticed anyway. Misty is more length than girth. I love the feel of her. She has keeled scales and even rears up when she's in a foul mood so I have my own little cobra haha. I don't think I could breed and kill my own rodents. Took me ages to get over feeding chicks haha
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I have been told that Olive's have an attitude especially the females can be really temperamental. I have attached a few pictures I took of the snakes on the aviary tour.
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Awwwwe cute and small and you can tell its going to be BIG!

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Oooo I love black heads (and womas!). Definitely on my dream to own list, they cost a fair bit to buy and are hard to find. Is that an albino carpet too? I have a question. Australia are leading in morphs of their natives, but can you guys only keep natives? I don't think I've seen many bird or reptile keepers with anything not native except for the odd lovebird and such. I was assuming because of all that went on with imports?
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What vibe I'm getting from the attitude thing is that they just have a very strong feeding response. I've noticed the same with carpets, womas, black heads, olives, scrubs and even the smaller like childrens. The worst feeding response I have is my reticulated python, he's being tapped trained cause he's unpredictable in feeding mode!
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Wow, all those snakes are beautiful!
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I still love all the pictures, snakes are so photogenic haha! How have they been doing @catalinadee ?



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What vibe I'm getting from the attitude thing is that they just have a very strong feeding response. I've noticed the same with carpets, womas, black heads, olives, scrubs and even the smaller like childrens. The worst feeding response I have is my reticulated python, he's being tapped trained cause he's unpredictable in feeding mode!

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I still love all the pictures, snakes are so photogenic haha! How have they been doing @catalinadee ?
They're all doing great thank you! Only problem at the moment is that Theodore (royal python) has got a stuck shed which has NEVER happened to any of my scaly kids He's been having regular showers and such though, should come off soon. I think they're photogenic too. Have you seen green tree pythons and Emerald boas? Those are probably some of the prettiest when it comes to photos!
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It looks worse than it is Food bites definitely hurt more than a tag but they're so much easier than birds. Hendrix is the only one of my snakes to bite me yet (I can dodge quite well, I deserved this one) and it was so sharp and fast that I just felt winded. Granted I've got scars on my chest now
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It looks worse than it is Food bites definitely hurt more than a tag but they're so much easier than birds. Hendrix is the only one of my snakes to bite me yet (I can dodge quite well, I deserved this one) and it was so sharp and fast that I just felt winded. Granted I've got scars on my chest now

Still..... OUCH!
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Mr Peepers that little one is only about 3 months old, so very much a baby and yes it will get big.

Daisy to my knowledge there is still a blanket ban on the importation and keeping of exotic reptiles. The only places allowed to keep them are zoo's and only by special license. Anyone wanting to keep a native snake in Australia must be licensed under fairly strict conditions. You can only buy from a legitimate source. So that is why only native species of snakes are kept. But we have such a good range of natives that most people are happy with those. There are good reasons for the blanket ban. Just look at what happened in the US with the Burmese Pythons when they escaped after the hurricane in 2005 and they are now breeding pretty rampantly in the Everglades. There is also a blanket ban on the exportation of any Australian reptile (as well as birds and other Australian wildlife) unless you are a zoo and are swapping between other zoo's to introduce new blood lines to prevent in-breeding, or to introduce a small colony into overseas zoo's.

As for birds yes we do have quite a lot of exotics, parrots mainly. Imports were allowed for a while until the outbreak of Newcastle's Disease in the UK in the 1980's. There are rumours that imports are going to be allowed again but it hasn't happened yet. But we have many species of Conures, Macaw's, Asiatics, other South American, African and Asian parrots as well as some from New Zealand and other Pacific Islands. I have been lucky enough to get close up and personal with a Hyacinth Macaw, they are stunners in real life.

And yes that is an Albino Carpet.

Many people over here feed their snakes with a long set of tongs to try to prevent feeding bites. And hands are washed very carefully so that there is no food smell on the hands so that hands are not mistaken for food.
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@catalinadee I hope he gets out of that shed soon! How uncomfortable




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