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Old 09-24-2005, 10:20 PM   #1
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OT: My son's birthday present. (Warning!)
We've wanted one for years, and finally, DH agreed. He'll be building this guy's own custom enclosure in the next week or so.

He's a Burmese Python, just 4 or 5 months old. We're all excited about our new family member.

FYI, this wasn't a spur of the moment purchase. A lot of thought and thinking about the future was put into it. We're all dedicated to caring for our new friend... through all the years, and feet of him!
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Old 09-24-2005, 10:23 PM   #2
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Sil, he is gorgeous!!! What did your son name him?
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Old 09-24-2005, 10:41 PM   #3
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He hasn't named him yet. We don't know if it's a male or female yet because it's too young to be probed (that's how they determine the sex). Taylor wants to know before he names it, but may decide to name it anyway. But, for now, we're just affectionately referring to it as a "he".
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He could name it "Hiss" so as not to place any expectations on gender orientation.

"Belt" was my second thought, but that one is naughty don't share that with DS, but I couldn't resist.

My 5yo loves reptiles. We won't be getting any. I would never be able to catch one to put it back in its cage. The Rochester Zoo has a LARGE albino python that got out of its cage in the reptile house the night that a troop of Girl Scouts was having a sleepover there. :rofling: Apparently, he was very friendly. No Girl Scouts were eaten.
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awww hes just a baby!! he can be broped now. you could prolly do it with your fingers... maybe. i've seen it done on a baby with the pinky!! i got my boas when the were 5 months (female) and 3 months(male) and they were both determined before we got them. they are 3yrs now and i'm a little scarred of them. been biten to many times. DH wants to mate them. they both have one albino parent. so he is hopin to get some albino babies :rollseyes: DH made an enclouseure for the female. its about 3ftx 2ft. its huge. but we can't put both in there to mate cause its not big enough so well have to be coming up with a new one soon! besides the male needs a new new anyway. i would like to know what kind of enclosure you all come up with plus all the details of it so keep us posted on the progress!!!

how are ya'll about feeding it!!! wait til it gets to the full grown rats! EWWWW!
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Wow, great gift!!
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Old 09-24-2005, 11:31 PM   #7
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LOL Sara. Don't feel bad, I told Taylor he should name him "Boots". Maaan.. they'd be some purrrty boots! (J/K of course)

Carmell, that's awesome that you have snakes too. I might be PMing you if I have any questions. The guy at the pet store told us to bring him back in a few weeks to be probed. He said that if you probe them too early, it could damage the reproductive organs, so they wait just to be safe.

We're not squeemish about feeding him. I've seen bigger ones feeding before, and truthfully, we all think it's very interesting, even my daughter who though the baby mouse was the cutest thing ever. lol He had his first meal (at home) tonight, and all of us (the 4 of us and my mom), stood around the tank watching wide-eyed. And me, the shutterbug, with camera in hand.
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Now if you had posted THAT picture first, you would have had different initial reactions!

I'll let my grandson keep his king snake at his dad's. I've held it and I'm not afraid of it--I just don't want to be responsible for it.
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Yeah, it's not a pretty picture. At least I didn't post the one of him constricting... although I don't know which is worse. :thinking:
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I think he'd eat Howie & Pebbles....
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