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Old 11-29-2012, 07:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Who keeps Reptiles and what kinds!

The Kelly household is also a place for reptiles as well as furred critters! (Cats and Dogs). My daughters and I also keep a russian tortoise - Toby, an ornate uromastyx lizard - Cecil, a gargoyle gecko - Sa-sume, and a small collection of various ball python morphs ( color patterns ). And a pair of pure locality Hog Island Boas.
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I currently have a Crested Gecko named Axel, a Western Painted Turtle named Scooter (he doesn't have back legs), three axolotls, and a large assortment of fish.
I have had assorted snakes (kings and ribbons) and frogs (red eyes, whites, white lipped) also.
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I have two beardies.. a male- Master Chief (pet shop dragon- can be a "testicle") and a female- Puff the magic dragon (red/yellow- private seller and the sweetest beardie girl).



They are both under a year old, and they are about a month to two months apart with Puff being the younger of the two. And yes, their enclosure is custom and spacious with two floors and plenty of room for new things to be added- my animals are all spoiled rotten.

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Right now, just Quetzal my normal BP. I had a little rescue corn named Jormungandr, and I'm a foster home for snakes for a local rescue.
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i used to have a rescue firebelly newt, a rescue corn snake (anerythristic), and three leopard geckos (a leucistic, a jungle chocolate, and a normal morph). the newt was too far gone to save, the corn snake passed of old age (she was in her 20s...old, old lady!), and the leos all ended up with a parasite i couldn't get rid of. stupid "lunch box" crickets killed'em all.
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I dont have any reptiles yet i used to own a trio of red eared sliders but hopefully next year i can get my hands on a GTP and possibly a jackson's chameleon those in particular fascinate me
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Chameleons are pretty neat. I have heard they are hard to keep and very sensitive critters. Gotta love the eyes though!
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What is a "lunch box" cricket?

We have a 5 year old albino cornsnake that is struggling for his life atm but is responding to baytril injections.

Does anyone rear their own rodents? I'm becoming concerned about our usual source of mice.

I love reptiles but will probably admire them from afar after this one.

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So what do you guys keep? Any other herpers on here?

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To bold, is there a humidity/moisture maintenance issue w/those? *tries to recall an article I read about a particular lizard recently*
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Four corn snakes. The youngest is 8-10ish and the oldest is 26. I'd love to have a ball python someday, there's no shortage of them in the reptile rescues around here. Timing's not right though. And someday, I'd like to find a rainbow boa. There was the one that was abandoned near work, but he unfortunately passed away at the vet's. His story's here.

I love snakes, even though one of mine is a seething little ball of hate. Corns are usually docile, don't mind being handled, and are easy keepers, but Thor obviously missed that memo. I think he's awesome though, so he'll just have to put up with me for a while.

Wow, reading the thread about the rainbow boa. I didn't realize that it was a year ago today, exactly. RIP, little guy. You deserved better from people.

Q, I usually bulk order mine from RodentPro online. All of the corns eat frozen/thawed, so I don't have to worry about raising my own mice. I just tell people not to look in the black trashbag in the freezer.

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Ah maybe i should be more specific I do love our cornsnake in case didn't make that clear. He's a kind & gentle soul if ever there was of a snake.
I did beg my husband not to buy him tho, being albino, probably a passing interest and would wind up being mine(and he is) as I've long ago had my fill of snake tragedies in my 20's.

I really just want a clean source of mice in the event we've escaped the cryptospirosis fate..
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I do. I too was worried about my sources for food, not for health but for ethical reasons, so I co-own a small colony of rats with my roommate. We have 3 girls and 3 boys, and the sweetest boy was recently put with the girls and we noted a few successful matings. We've got the nursing enclosures all planned out, so it's a waiting game to see who's preggers and who we need to try again. If all goes well, this will be our first batch of produced feeders.

I used to order from rodentpro and I know people who swear by it. However after hearing of two large producers being shut down for neglect/cruelty cases, I'm not chancing it anymore and I will raise my own humane food for my carnivores. My roommate and I know how to humanely cull them when it comes to time, so Quetzal will still be eating prekilled and we won't have to worry about the dangers or ethical practices of live feeding.
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I have a 4 year old bearded dragon Meesh.
I have had veiled chameleons and they are pretty hard to keep as babies they're very sensitive. I got unlucky and my 1st female had a heart problem and never grew and only lived almost 2 years. I also had a crazy adult male that I rescued from the pet store who lived a nice long grumpy life ;p
I've had 2 snakes a rainbow boa who tragically suffocated while shedding and a dwarf rat snake who somehow managed to disappear out of a sealed tank... I'm cursed when I own a snake but they do so well when I worked at the store. That is all for now, though I'm starting to feel the snake itch... Maybe a ball? They're just so sweet... and hope the curse has passed.


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it is/was a brand: Cricket Lunch Box For Reptiles, Pre-Packaged Crickets, Live Farm Fresh Crickets at Songbird Garden

it's a small box with a bunch of crix inside. i bought them almost exclusively for awhile when i couldn't get anyone at the pet store to help me, and it was shortly after i started that when they all ended up with parasites. i should have just started raising my own crix.

it was heartbreaking having to put all three of them down. i really miss those little guys. they were my first pets ever - got the first of the three a couple of months after i moved out of my parents' house.
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Not anymore, but most of my life I have had herps and I used to rescue them regularly.

I had a gopher tortoise for 33 years, and when he passed 3 yrs ago I just couldn't handle getting any more herps for awhile. To say my heart was shattered doesn't even BEGIN to cover it. We got him as a hatchling, and I pretty much had him my entire life...

I have also had iguanas, water monitors, tokay gecko, anoles, snapping turtles, eastern box turtles, red eared sliders and a savannah monitor. Most were rescued from college kids who bought then abandoned them, or sickly ones brought in to the pet store I worked for while in college. Those that could be rehabilitated I then adopted out, others wound up being in hospice care.
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Ah maybe i should be more specific I do love our cornsnake in case didn't make that clear. He's a kind & gentle soul if ever there was of a snake.
I did beg my husband not to buy him tho, being albino, probably a passing interest and would wind up being mine(and he is) as I've long ago had my fill of snake tragedies in my 20's.

I really just want a clean source of mice in the event we've escaped the cryptospirosis fate..
One of mine is an albino too, and he's the same way. Kind, gentle, likes to ride around on my shoulders. He's also the only one who wasn't given to rescue because someone got tired of him. His family moved to a place where snakes were banned, and they had to leave him behind. The other three were all kids' pets, and were given up when the kids got tired of them.

I hope your snake gets better. Does he eat frozen/thawed, or is he strictly a live mouse kind of guy? I use RodentPro now, but know folks who have also bought from Mice Direct and both companies are a good clean source for snake food.
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One of mine is an albino too, and he's the same way. Kind, gentle, likes to ride around on my shoulders. He's also the only one who wasn't given to rescue because someone got tired of him. His family moved to a place where snakes were banned, and they had to leave him behind. The other three were all kids' pets, and were given up when the kids got tired of them.

I hope your snake gets better. Does he eat frozen/thawed, or is he strictly a live mouse kind of guy? I use RodentPro now, but know folks who have also bought from Mice Direct and both companies are a good clean source for snake food.
Thank you, me too. With the exception of when he was younger giving him live pinky rats and that's been over 2 years ago he has always been fed frozen thawed, but gathering from what information the vet gave us, if there is something in the gut of the rodent it can be contracted. E.g. cryptospirosis(sp)

Next gut clearing I'm taking a sample to determine what we're dealing with.
Thanks for the tip on sources I will look into them as rearing rodents for food has never appealed to me but I would do it if it means saving his life.(just afraid I will get attached to the feeders and have 10 billion pet mice all over).

What happened was he was looking off end of September, thought he was about to go into shed....and being gone for a week @the National upon return home found his heat light off.
Vet said whatever was going on prior combined w/the cooling sent him into a downward spiral, stuff takes over. Plus being albino was told they are more prone to tumors, cancer etc.

He said it takes snakes a long time to get sick and a long time to recover.
I am very nervous as his upcoming feed date after treatment is critical.

/sorry for the novel
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I am a licensed NYS wildlife rehabilitator, who also does reptiles,. This year I've had in E.Painted turtles, E.Box Turtles, and I'm presently wintering over a Garter Snake and a Snapping turtle. The snake was chewed up by a free roaming cat and the snapping turtle was hit by a car. Neither is ready for release yet. They will spend the winter with me and hopefully recover enough to be released into the wild. I no longer keep reptiles as pets, I only rehab local reptiles and release them.
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Even though not reptile, we also have a community fish tank and are currently setting up a saltwater tank (we're cycling it now!).
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No worries, Q! The novel is perfectly fine. I wasn't aware that albinos were more prone to cancer and tumors. I'll watch my boy more closely. He's healthy, eats like a horse, and is around ten or so. Makes you wonder about how they go about fixing those unique colors in some snake species. I know a lot of snakes are produced every year by breeders to get unusual colors.

I'm not too keen on raising my own rodents either. The mess and work needed for those guys, plus going on vacations and needing someone to watch a tankful of rodents? Finding someone for Griffin to crash with is easy. He's downright charming when he wants to be. But hey, can you watch my mouse colony while I'm away? Yeah, that'll be a bit harder. Frozen mice are easier to handle, too.
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No worries, Q! The novel is perfectly fine. I wasn't aware that albinos were more prone to cancer and tumors. I'll watch my boy more closely. He's healthy, eats like a horse, and is around ten or so. Makes you wonder about how they go about fixing those unique colors in some snake species. I know a lot of snakes are produced every year by breeders to get unusual colors.
The vet said that the unusual colors are from "closed populations" or something to that effect and more prone to things...he said.

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I'm not too keen on raising my own rodents either. The mess and work needed for those guys, plus going on vacations and needing someone to watch a tankful of rodents? Finding someone for Griffin to crash with is easy. He's downright charming when he wants to be. But hey, can you watch my mouse colony while I'm away? Yeah, that'll be a bit harder. Frozen mice are easier to handle, too.
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Ah maybe i should be more specific I do love our cornsnake in case didn't make that clear. He's a kind & gentle soul if ever there was of a snake.
I did beg my husband not to buy him tho, being albino, probably a passing interest and would wind up being mine(and he is) as I've long ago had my fill of snake tragedies in my 20's.

I really just want a clean source of mice in the event we've escaped the cryptospirosis fate..
I had a rescue red tail Boa (Greta Garboa--you can't blame me for the name--she was a rescue), an albino corn snake female and a normal colored corn snake male.

I (accidently) started raising mice for the corn snakes. Mice are easy--they lived and bred in a largish aquarium and reproduced so fast that I ended up trading mice back to the place I used to buy them from in exchanged for the big old pet rats that no one wanted except for my Boa.
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LOL@Greta Garboa ~8D
Say if you see this Bug, do you think there should be some sort of antibiotic preventative for any pathogens a breeding pair of mice might have?

This might all be moot if our "Wishbone, Opal, and now Ohm" doesn't pull through but curious anyway as will go this route if he makes it.
Feeding day is tomorrow...
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