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ChroniclesofYarnia
09-11-2007, 06:56 PM
They were a little cold when they arrived, but they are here safe and sound. They both seemed a little stressed, so we spent about 2 minutes touching them and then into their enclosures they went. Sophie immediately started poking around, and we got to see her YAWN! Slytherin started relaxing after about 10 minutes, but still wouldn't unball. I'll check on him in a bit.

Here are some pics. I can see this is going to take some skills, since I took a million pictures and only got a few that were good.

http://www.chroniclesofyarnia.com/images/snakes/091107-1.jpg

Sophie on top

http://www.chroniclesofyarnia.com/images/snakes/091107-2.jpg

SOPHIE!

http://www.chroniclesofyarnia.com/images/snakes/091107-3.jpg

The best shot I got of Slytherin. He was not too happy, so I didn't harass him.

http://www.chroniclesofyarnia.com/images/snakes/091107-4.jpg

I am checking the temps, and managed to squeeze one off of Sophie. She seems so friendly!

http://www.chroniclesofyarnia.com/images/snakes/091107-6.jpg


I'm going to go stare at my snakes some more. :inlove:

marykz
09-11-2007, 07:01 PM
yay!!!! you must be so happy!!! the container they came in looks just like our takeout chinese containers... lol... surprise!! congrats, and I'm sure they will be happy with you....

figaro
09-11-2007, 07:02 PM
I have to say AAAWWW! In there little snakey way, they are cute!:flirt:

Sunny_Singer
09-11-2007, 07:04 PM
I love snakes.
I don't seem to do well with amphibians and reptiles as pets though.

Everyone I have ever tried to raise has died in freaky circumstances - so I'll just watch and listen and read everyone else as they share about theirs.

Mulderknitter
09-11-2007, 07:05 PM
sophie looks like she's just happy to be out of the box! Congrats on your new family additions!:yay:

vaknitter
09-11-2007, 09:08 PM
:woot:That's sooo cool. I still remember the day we talked my mom into letting us have a snake !!! When Dad was deployed she was no match for two kids. hehe
Happy Staring.

Doodknitwit
09-11-2007, 09:12 PM
sis & I had a small green snake as children until sis took it to her friends house & her mother freaked & whacked it into..
:verysad:

Chel
09-11-2007, 10:31 PM
Congrats! Tehy are GORGEOUS!!!!!

bailsmom
09-11-2007, 10:38 PM
Why were they cold?? That sounds awful to me, but I'm no expert, just an animal lover. :thumbsup:

As for how cute they are, VERY!!! Congratulations!! :cheering:

beckyrhae
09-11-2007, 11:16 PM
Sophie looks like her eyes are cloudy, which is an indication that she is going to shed soon. You will love ball pythons, they rock!

ChroniclesofYarnia
09-11-2007, 11:41 PM
Why were they cold?? That sounds awful to me, but I'm no expert, just an animal lover. :thumbsup:



They can't regulate their own body temperature, which is why you ship them overnight. (Which is why at about 3:00 I was freaking out that they weren't here yet.) They are nice and cozy now, though. :)

Sophie looks like her eyes are cloudy, which is an indication that she is going to shed soon. You will love ball pythons, they rock!

They are both in shed, which is good timing since I need to let them destress for the week. (Isn't that maddening?! You finally get them, and then you have to leave them alone.) I upped the humidity in their tubs a bit for an easy shed. I hope I get to watch it!

I get my frozen rats tomorrow, and since the breeder fed them every Friday I will offer them one. They are really amazing!

clb1968
09-11-2007, 11:59 PM
great lookings snakes.
My DH has quite a few himself,

here is my daughter and her friend holding the one we have had about 10 years
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b252/palefacegirl/Picture219-1.jpg

clb1968
09-12-2007, 12:02 AM
Here is our newest snake

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b252/palefacegirl/jacobapril29004.jpg

debinoz
09-12-2007, 12:06 AM
How cute!! Hope they get used to their new home quickly so you can "play" with them!

AnnaT
09-12-2007, 02:06 AM
They are really beautiful. Slytherin (heh) does look a little bewildered...hope he has settled in!

sig
09-12-2007, 03:50 AM
Beautiful snakes everyone!!! :inlove: i'm soo jealous... :oops::mrgreen:

Silver
09-12-2007, 07:30 AM
Congratulations!!! They're gorgeous! :cheering:

Since it's snakey pic time, here's our baby, Saphira! She's a bit bigger now. I need to take some new pix.

http://www.cometosilver.com/silver/snake/image/425/DSCN5009.JPG

http://www.cometosilver.com/silver/snake/image/425/peekaboo.jpg

momwolf
09-12-2007, 08:53 AM
The snakes are all just beautiful,but I love the color of the green onehttp://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/16/16_3_147.gif good luck with your new snakeshttp://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/36/36_33_17.gif

PurlyGyrl
09-12-2007, 08:58 AM
What beautiful snakes everyone! Hey, clb1968, what kind of snake is that? :think: Forgive my ignorance--I know nuthin' about snakes! :mrgreen: Beautiful color!

ChroniclesofYarnia
09-12-2007, 09:46 AM
They are all so pretty! It's killing me not to touch mine, but I did get them out this morning to change the water and drill the holes larger. The humidity was getting too high, so hopefully this does the trick.

beckyrhae
09-12-2007, 11:36 AM
What beautiful snakes everyone! Hey, clb1968, what kind of snake is that? :think: Forgive my ignorance--I know nuthin' about snakes! :mrgreen: Beautiful color!

That believe that is a Green Tree Python, but I cant see the face so it could be a boa.

msoebel
09-12-2007, 11:51 AM
I'm jealous. How on earth did you all convince your significant others to let you have a snake? My dh won't even consider it. They give him the creeps.

He also won't let me have a baby water dragon, an iguana, or a hermit crab. He won't even let me look at the tarantulas when we are together (he get's freaked out looking at them through the glass!).

Of course, I also asked for a guinea pig and he thinks they are gross, so maybe, he really is just a dog and fish person. :teehee:

Absolutely beautiful snakes! I would LOVE a boa.

Misty

willowangel
09-12-2007, 06:57 PM
Aww they're gorgeous! Is he about to shed? Ash's eyes go that glowy blue when he's about to get brand new skin

willowangel
09-12-2007, 06:59 PM
Sorry, didn't realise someone else had said that ;-) And Charlotte, your green snake is stunning - so so beautiful *thud*

Jackie M.
09-12-2007, 10:43 PM
What do you feed these snakes? Is there a nice Purina Snake Chow ......I hope? :hmm:

willowangel
09-13-2007, 05:27 AM
My Ash still gets pinkies (tiny baby mice) that come frozen. Here in the UK live feeding is illegal so all food is frozen.

Silver
09-13-2007, 07:33 AM
My boa is eating large rats. Although feeding live is legal here, she only eats frozen/thawed, and she's never had a live meal in her life. We believe it is not only safer for her, but it reduces aggression since she doesn't have to kill anything.

willowangel
09-13-2007, 02:30 PM
I totally agree - I'm glad it's illegal here, although the debate rages on. As long as the snake gets enough exercise through handling or in their tank, it shouldn't matter whether or not they're live fed.

clb1968
09-13-2007, 04:33 PM
What beautiful snakes everyone! Hey, clb1968, what kind of snake is that? :think: Forgive my ignorance--I know nuthin' about snakes! :mrgreen: Beautiful color!

The green one is an Emerald Tree Boa,

the one my daughter is holding is a bal python

clb1968
09-13-2007, 04:36 PM
We have a large collection of snakes, some eat live and some eat frozen, we also have turtles, lizards, frogs and a couple of others.
Also two bunnies and a parrot.

ChroniclesofYarnia
09-13-2007, 05:11 PM
I just got a box with dry ice and 50 frozen, vacuum packed mice. I know lots of breeders feed live because it is cheaper and faster. I don't ever want to keep rats, and the frozen prey dealers give good discounts for bulk buying, so I don't ever see myself feeding live.

I'm considering feeding them tomorrow night, since they got fed every Friday night at the breeders. Is that a good idea, or should I wait until our week of settling is over?

That Emerald Boa is to die for! What is the temperament of boas compared to balls?

clb1968
09-13-2007, 05:22 PM
Most of our snakes calm. They are not handled alot, though.
We buy frozen rodents in bulk also. But we have some that are used to live , so my husband gets them and takes care of that.

I will ask him about if you should feed the snakes tommorow night and post the answer when I get home from work.

He knows alot about snakes and if he does not have an answer , he has friends that work at the Ft Worth zoo with the reptils .

clb1968
09-13-2007, 07:11 PM
Have the snakes shed yet?
My husband said to wait and feed them after they shed.
He said a tree limb or rock put in with them helps them shed and make sure that they have a big enough water bowl for them to fit in if they want to soak.

ChroniclesofYarnia
09-14-2007, 07:49 AM
Sophie shed last night! It was kind of balled up, so I thought it was poo, since they say it can look like eggs sometimes. We unraveled it, and it is really neat.

I'm STILL having to mess with the humidity and temps. I've got the warm side temps great, and the cool side is stabilized at 78, which i've read is still too low. I've got some flexwatt coming, so we might just hook up another thermostat and heat up the cool side. At least I am not getting a night drop now.

The humidity is still at 68-70, and I just can't get it down. I really need to get a digital hygrometer to make sure the darn thing isn't broken, because it is so DRY up here that it seems impossible.

Slytherin hasn't shed yet, and he doesn't seem near at curious and comfortable as Sophie does, so we might wait for him.

GinnyG
09-14-2007, 07:52 AM
:passedout:

I've tried for DAYS not to look at this post but finally had to give in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am TERRIFIED of snakes!!!!!!!!!!!

Silver
09-14-2007, 08:27 AM
I'm STILL having to mess with the humidity and temps. I've got the warm side temps great, and the cool side is stabilized at 78, which i've read is still too low. I've got some flexwatt coming, so we might just hook up another thermostat and heat up the cool side. At least I am not getting a night drop now.

The humidity is still at 68-70, and I just can't get it down. I really need to get a digital hygrometer to make sure the darn thing isn't broken, because it is so DRY up here that it seems impossible.
It is possible the gauge is broken. My first gauge was too. It was measuring humidity too high also. We have two digital meters in there now, just to make sure they're accurate.

To control the humidity, we have a couple screens on the back of the tank, and then drape towels over them on the outside. It's easy to maintain because if the humidity is too high, we just flip a towel back to allow more airflow.

Here's her tank... you can see the screens on the back wall.

http://www.cometosilver.com/silver/albums/snake/boa_tank.jpg

ChroniclesofYarnia
09-14-2007, 10:54 AM
Nice set up! When I bought my digital thermometer with probe, I thought it was a hygrometer also. It wasn't. If I didn't live three hours from a walmart I would just pop in and buy an acurite, since that seems to be the workhorse of thermometers. I guess I will toss in another internet order. ugh.

I really do think it is broken, because when I first got them the tub got condensation and the humidity was high. We drilled larger holes, I turned off my humidifier, the humidity gauge stayed the same, and now there is no condensation. It doesn't compute.

ecb
09-14-2007, 02:07 PM
Nice set up!
I really do think it is broken, because when I first got them the tub got condensation and the humidity was high. We drilled larger holes, I turned off my humidifier, the humidity gauge stayed the same, and now there is no condensation. It doesn't compute.
I have had Hygrometers overload from reaching 100% humidity when they were to close to the humidifier when it went off
takes a couple days for the sensor to dry out (this does not make sense at all)
I have 2 BP in vision cages, the humidity is good a couple times a day, and temps are perfect unless the furnace goes dry of fuel in winter.

I have recently come to the realization that I need to find new homes for them (not gonna be easy here in Maine)

this is a pic of my eldest with her "baby" S'more
she is about 5yo now

ChroniclesofYarnia
09-14-2007, 08:25 PM
I actually found an Acurite at our little Pamida! My husband brought home the drill and we've already got the humidity down by 10 degrees. :) The humidity in the room outside the tubs is 22, so in theory I should be able to run my humidifier, which would be fantastic cause I can't take this dry air.

It was actually Slytherin who shed, and I took some pics of his first meal we gave him tonight. He took it with NO problems, which relieves my biggest worry. (most of the first pictures didn't turn out since I didn't want to bother him, but I got some good end shots!)


http://www.chroniclesofyarnia.com/images/snakes/091407-1.jpg

http://www.chroniclesofyarnia.com/images/snakes/091407-2.jpg

http://www.chroniclesofyarnia.com/images/snakes/091407-3.jpg


http://www.chroniclesofyarnia.com/images/snakes/091407-4.jpg

http://www.chroniclesofyarnia.com/images/snakes/091407-5.jpg

http://www.chroniclesofyarnia.com/images/snakes/091407-6.jpg

http://www.chroniclesofyarnia.com/images/snakes/091407-7.jpg

He was backbending towards the camera when he was getting it down. Simply amazing creatures!


ECB - You might be suprised at how readily you can find homes for them. I know I would take them in if I were up there. :)

Doodknitwit
09-14-2007, 08:31 PM
ok i think i'm outta here.. though the rat is frozen its hard to watch.......................... :eyes:

ecb
09-14-2007, 09:24 PM
ECB - You might be suprised at how readily you can find homes for them. I know I would take them in if I were up there. :)
I just worry about them being in a good to great home
I worry people will skimp on Calcium or start feeding to large or live food as a "Kick"

I talked to a guy last week who has a breeding pair, who are eating between 7 and 10 live mice weekly EACH
and he actually argued ith me that they could not handle rats of any size, NOR could they even digest food that was not alive when they ate it. he actually believed the mice were alive when they were swallowed
he was scarey (in a responsible pet ownership kinda way)

ecb

dagny
09-14-2007, 10:19 PM
:ick: wasn't expecting the rat pictures?? yikes guys, almost lost my dinner there