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WHile I am no expert and have a few little follies, all I can add to the list is being lax with changing bedding every few months like I am supposed to, sometimes I've left it a little longer than that, occaisionally Ive left water to be changed for a week instead of changing it every 2nd or 3rd day. What else? Not heating enclosures enough, my Honey Jungle stopped eating for almost 2 months last year because her enclosure wasn't hot enough< I'm trying not to make the same mistake with my Darwins. Not wearing gloves when handling new snakes, had my hand mauled one time when I got my Diamond girl. I didn't blame her, she was new and hungry and could smell the feed tub before I could get her completely in there. Not taking animals to the vet as often as I should, two are sick at the moment, not my fault though. Not serious but I got them there in time I guess, not cheap either, especially when all 9 of my girls are due for checkups. People look at you weirdly when you are carrying a pile of tubs and get freaked out when they realise what you are carrying. Asking too many questions got me banned from another snake forum, God only knows why. Some douche there claimed to the admins I was someone else when I wasn't, even offered to show them my ID or have one of them call me to see I was definitely female and not some male troll. I've left enclosures open plenty of times, but for some reason my girls just stay in there, not that they could get far, they are all kept in a seperate room of the house, so if they do get out, can't wander. I've been told never to handle a snakes heads, but have done so many times to my girls to get them used to being touched there. Most of them let me do a light but firm hold with my fingers on the top of the head and under the bottom of the jaw with my forefinger and thumb. Most of my follies happened in the first few months or so, not much happening lately, but I am coming up on my first year of snake ownership. Cheers to no serious accidents!I'm after carpet pythons; would prefer stripes, females, pure or crosses, have 23 so far and more on their way. See WTB section for what Im after. Not a tyrekicker, I just ask many questions and Im over friendly & talkative too.
- 02-May-12, 04:30 PM #33
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- North east suburbs, Melbourne.
And here I was thinking the thread was about "have I stuffed up generally in day to day life?" (not herps)
Sheesh, where do I start............
- 02-May-12, 04:46 PM #35
the one and only mistake i've made was when i misjudged how much bearded dragons can flatten themselves out. mum bought a rabbit enclosure and after ensuring it was pretty much escape proof my beardie Yoda got out the front bars...i was devastated and was out looking for him til dark fell, luckily we caught him the next morning and he hasn't been in anything enclosure wise until i can afford a mesh exo terra that is secure and can't escape fromBearded Dragon: 'Yoda'
Stimson Python: 'Keiko'
- 02-May-12, 04:52 PM #36
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- port macquarie n.s.w
- Disclaimer: My thoughts are fictional ramblings only. The purpose of my participation here is to stimulate fuel for thought. EVERYONE should take everything here with a large grain of salt. Use this information for your own further research ONLY
- 02-May-12, 05:21 PM #39
Pythoninfinite.....I have to disagree with you somewhat....sometimes no matter how carefull you are - animals excape ( whether through not closing an enclosure properly or just plain having a houdini reptile ) - THIS DOES NOT MAKE PEOPLE IRRISPONSIBLE PET KEEPERS.....and I actually take offence at you suggesting this....
We did our research before getting our reptiles - but learning about them is a continual thing...
You cannot tell me that you know everything...I know we dont...
- 02-May-12, 05:29 PM #40
2x doggies, 2x kitty cats, 2x not so gold goldfish, 2x coastal bubbas and an adorable rat adding a bluey later on in the year
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- sunshine coast
ive been incredibly lucky with some of my stuff ups,...
i had a sunning cage sitting on the bbq of my top floor unit with my 2 2 month old central beardies in it,...all was well, i was just inside making sure no birds harrassed them when a gust of wind came out of nowhere and blew it off,....i bolted down the 3 flights of stairs with my heart in my throat to find the 2 of them no worse for wear,...the sunning cage hit some trees on the way down, plus they were still really light,..the 2 factors i believe saved them. (i never put the sunning cage on the bbq after that, when the sun on the floor ran out, they came back inside_)
i also temporarily lost my first ever snake after i let him out for a supervised cruise one slightly drunken evening, and woke up 3 hours later,....i dont think ive ever panicked so much in my life, 2 hours of searching,...positive id never see him again,...i saw his nose poke out from the gap under the built in oven,...i grabbed the head and somehow managed to coax him out over a 20 min period,....needless to say if he dosent come out if im tired or tipsy, and if hes out and im getting tired he gets put away.
then there was a moonless night i had all 7 out for a supervised night time cruise in the backyard, all was going well, the back porch lights up the back yard beautifully,...and suddenly, blackout,.....i still dont know how i managed to find them all, but i did,...and the next time they got outside at night it was in their brand new safe aviary,....and i bought a bunch of torches so theres always one in easy reach,....
then the aviary stuffups,...after winter one year the grass had died and the soil under it sunk a bit,...i had checked for gaps, bbut obviously not well enough,..my boy diamond got out, i found him next door heading towards the bush,...now pavers cover the edges where the walls meet the ground,..
then my bf hit the aviary wire with the whipper snipper and i didnt notice the hole in the wire, i got home after being out for 3 hours to find one of my bredli (my fave at that) trying desperately to get in the back door, he went straight past the plum tree that leads to the neighbours roof,...
i dont think im careless when it comes to my critters,....but sometimes things go wrong,...Some people are like slinkys, not really good fro anything, but still bring a smile to ur face when u push them down a flight of stairs,....
no i havent stuffed up and i reserve the right to be obnoxious about it
- 02-May-12, 06:20 PM #43
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- Port Macquarie
I've never made a mistake in anything. I'm perfect in every way. I've also never been wrong. Except one time I thought I was wrong about something but it turned out I was right all along, so I guess I was wrong about being wrong.
Seriously though, the other day I was cleaning out all my snakes and I put one of my young Bredli's on the dining room chair while I was cleaning his cage out. I then realised I was all out of paper towel and the shops were about to close so I rushed out the door and drove about 3 k's before screaming **** and hitting the brakes. I got home and he was still chilling on the chair. Close call
- 02-May-12, 06:21 PM #44
We all make mistakes... We are all continually learning
The same mistake that keeps happening several times is not learning... That is Bart and the cupcake, Hamster 1 Bart 0
Last edited by Red-Ink; 02-May-12 at 07:02 PM. Reason: Made a mistake, correction = learningTwo wrongs don't make it right, but 2 rights will make a U-turn.
- 02-May-12, 07:01 PM #45Power Seller
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- Landsborough, Qld. 4550
My biggest boo boo was putting a 60w IR heatlamp a bit too close to the glass on my spotteds enclosure.... I heard a 'crack' from my room and went in to find the glass broken luckily it wasnt hardened glass, so it didnt explode into marbles.... it just cracked and stayed in place.... although had I not been there at the time, clyde would have pushed out the broken triangle of glass and prolly would have got out.
The other mishap was when I took advice to feed my snakes out of thier enclosure.... I tried it, but on picking my (full) coastal up after his feed, the next morning he had chucked his rat That was the first ever chuck from my snakes, now I just feed back in enclosure and never a prob
I reckon the MAIN reason for ME having made so few mistakes so far, is from reading on here of others mistakes. By reading of other peoples mistakes, I think alot more about what CAN happen. For that, I am extremely gratefull
Newbs should be allowed to feel free to ask the simplest questions without being cremated by the 'all knowing'
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