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12-12-2013 08:27 PM
Rei
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Originally Posted by GatorDog View Post
Not that I know of Although as young snakes, more frequent feeding = more cleaning and paper towels are easier. I just preferred the more natural look to the eco earth.
That makes sense! I'll probably do the same, especially if I upgrade into a terrarium or another more "display-esque" enclosure. Thanks!!

I guess it's just that every time I'm told about an easy alternative for substrate or housing or etc., I'm taken aback by how cheap snake keeping can be! Because I'm starting off with a tub, I think my most expensive purchase will just be a good thermometer (aside from the snake itself).

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He is a gorgeous snake, congrats on your new addition!

However, I am terrified of them! I literally go in full blown panic mode when I see one and I cry, scream, jump and hyperventilate. I think I would just die of a heart attack if one touched me!
Thank you so much! For the nice comment and for taking the time to look at the thread despite your fear My mother is terrified of them too and won't even look at pictures, but she was scared of GSDs too, until we got Trent. So who knows?

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Congratulations!!! He is just beautiful! How big do they get? (Oh, never mind - I see you answered that earlier - that is just a great size for a pet snake. )
Thank you!! I'm very excited! Everyone's getting a puppy and I'm trying to be responsible and wait... so this is my "good job for waiting" present for myself

I really like the size range as well, plus they don't get too girthy and will stay fairly slim even into adulthood. Large enough for my preferences but still at a size that I can handle by myself.

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I know nothing about keeping snakes as pets but I do love them in general! Congrats and cant wait to see more pics, what a cutie!!!
Thanks! I was the same way a few months ago, and since then I've just been trying to take in as much information as I can. Luckily he's from a great breeder who's a bit of an expert on the species and on snakes in general, so I'll definitely be asking him plenty of questions.

I'm really looking forward to seeing this baby as an adult, hopefully he'll be stunning! I'll definitely be taking a lot of pictures

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Also when she sheds make sure her eye caps are intact, water bowls big enough to soak in, give her 2 hides one in the warm spot and one in the cooler spot but always have an under tank heat pad in the corner opposite her heat lamp..not sure what you plan on feeding, i buy frozen rats, large size because of stellas size, you may be looking at pinkys or fuzzys judging by the pic. In my opinion its better for the snake to eat thawed rats and not live. Live rats fight back and infection is a hard thing to get rid of (even tho the snake immune system is great) it is unattractive and smelly to look at..plus i could not watch a poor little ratty be chocked out infront of me. Handle her everyday, if she is having trouble pooping a nice bath always seems to solve the problem, once you get her vivarium correct snakes are easy to look after, snakes pick up respiratory issues when the temps and humidity is out of whack ( if she opens her mouth alot, has swelling or bubbles) its a tell tale sign of a breathing problem. Bake her bedding for mite purposes if your unsure of the quality of bedding. Find a repti vet! thats my years worth of aquired snake skills
Wow, thank you so much!! A lot of really great information, and I definitely appreciate it. I will remember to ask the breeder about what he is currently eating (he's mentioned he eats once a week at the moment but I forgot to ask what stage the rat/mice are in). I already know of a few places that sell frozen rats at all stages and in any amount, so I'll be buying from them and feeding frozen/thawed (I plan to thaw in a bag under warm water, I've heard that's the usual technique). My roommate actually has two pet rats, so live feeders would definitely be difficult for me to watch, too.

I recently heard the same about baths and helping them poop, so that's definitely advice I'll remember! And yes, I plan on handling frequently, especially considering how snappy they can be. Hope it does some good!

And as I mentioned, a good thermometer and a hygrometer is on the top of my list! I'm getting a heating pad as well, but actually haven't been told that a lamp is a necessity as well. I'll be sure to look into that, thanks for bringing it up! I know a tub usually retains heat fairly well, so I'll start researching the different heating options and combinations I should have in my set up. I know the enclosure will be pretty simple, but I want to make sure the snake's needs are 100% met.

Good call on the reptile vet, I'll ask around on that, too!

And again, wow, thank you so much for all the advice!!
12-11-2013 02:53 PM
misslesleedavis1 Also when she sheds make sure her eye caps are intact, water bowls big enough to soak in, give her 2 hides one in the warm spot and one in the cooler spot but always have an under tank heat pad in the corner opposite her heat lamp..not sure what you plan on feeding, i buy frozen rats, large size because of stellas size, you may be looking at pinkys or fuzzys judging by the pic. In my opinion its better for the snake to eat thawed rats and not live. Live rats fight back and infection is a hard thing to get rid of (even tho the snake immune system is great) it is unattractive and smelly to look at..plus i could not watch a poor little ratty be chocked out infront of me. Handle her everyday, if she is having trouble pooping a nice bath always seems to solve the problem, once you get her vivarium correct snakes are easy to look after, snakes pick up respiratory issues when the temps and humidity is out of whack ( if she opens her mouth alot, has swelling or bubbles) its a tell tale sign of a breathing problem. Bake her bedding for mite purposes if your unsure of the quality of bedding. Find a repti vet! thats my years worth of aquired snake skills
12-11-2013 12:33 PM
Eiros I know nothing about keeping snakes as pets but I do love them in general! Congrats and cant wait to see more pics, what a cutie!!!
12-11-2013 11:53 AM
Castlemaid Congratulations!!! He is just beautiful! How big do they get? (Oh, never mind - I see you answered that earlier - that is just a great size for a pet snake. )
12-11-2013 08:49 AM
LaRen616 He is a gorgeous snake, congrats on your new addition!

However, I am terrified of them! I literally go in full blown panic mode when I see one and I cry, scream, jump and hyperventilate. I think I would just die of a heart attack if one touched me!
12-11-2013 08:31 AM
GatorDog
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Originally Posted by Rei View Post
There will definitely be a million pictures. There always is

And thanks for the recommendations! Is there a particular reason to change up from paper towels as they're older? Trying to learn!
Not that I know of Although as young snakes, more frequent feeding = more cleaning and paper towels are easier. I just preferred the more natural look to the eco earth.
12-10-2013 11:49 PM
Rei
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Originally Posted by GatorDog View Post
Gorgeous! Can't wait for the pictures!

I liked paper towels for hatchlings and juvelines. For big guys, I really like Eco-earth.
There will definitely be a million pictures. There always is

And thanks for the recommendations! Is there a particular reason to change up from paper towels as they're older? Trying to learn!
12-10-2013 09:39 PM
GatorDog Gorgeous! Can't wait for the pictures!

I liked paper towels for hatchlings and juvelines. For big guys, I really like Eco-earth.
12-10-2013 09:37 PM
Rei
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I do love the look of Aspen but does need to be checked regularly. Make sure its high quality from a reputable source as its a common source of mites.

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Really good to know and I appreciate the warning. I will probably go with something other than aspen, then. I'm starting out with a tub anyway so the set up doesn't have to be fancy and good for display Just as long as it can meet the snake's needs, I'm good! If there's a better/safe alternative I'll definitely go for that. Would there be any problems with using paper towels, or newspapers?

Not sure if it matters, but I will definitely be getting a separate tub just for feeding.
12-10-2013 09:33 PM
B&Cgetapup I do love the look of Aspen but does need to be checked regularly. Make sure its high quality from a reputable source as its a common source of mites.

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