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    Check out the retic


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    Lol what the ******* the second picture the snakes head is bigger than his

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    Holy moly! Have you ever come across one like that, Longqi, or are specimens like that so rare now that you'd be lottery lucky to see one?

    Interesting article. It's easy to forget that humans were once a lot smaller and more vulnerable to large pythons. There was a thread recently about a scrub python apparently attacking a toddler in Port Douglas. Someone mentioned that scrubbies can eat wallabies up to 30 kilograms. If an adult male in this tribe only reached 44 kilograms, and they had pythons that size slithering about, it's not at all improbable that adults were occasionally prey.
    Proud custodian of Zephyr, a female wheatbelt Stimmie (hatched 13/12/10)
    Future custodian of a mate for Zephyr, a pair of jungles, a pair of GTPs, etc, etc...
    Renenet needs to stop looking at pictures of pretty snakes.

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    Most wild ones are a lot skinnier than that one
    Biggest Ive seen was 7.85 metres but very skinny

    The head on that one is HUGE
    So god only knows how old it was

    We are heading into a cave system next year
    Might be a beauty in there because the local Dyaks are scared stiff of it and tell stories about it
    Only leaves the caves twice a year to feed
    Saw some shed skin and the belly scales were lots wider than my hand
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    Quote Originally Posted by longqi View Post
    We are heading into a cave system next year
    Might be a beauty in there because the local Dyaks are scared stiff of it and tell stories about it
    Only leaves the caves twice a year to feed
    Saw some shed skin and the belly scales were lots wider than my hand
    Cool!
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    Future custodian of a mate for Zephyr, a pair of jungles, a pair of GTPs, etc, etc...
    Renenet needs to stop looking at pictures of pretty snakes.

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    very cool... so are they like big olives & quite docile when they realise your not food Longqi?
    Olives are good for you!!!!!

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    Probably get blasted for this but they appear to be one of the more intelligent snakes
    The power of a big wild one is unbelievable
    Fast to strike from any position and dont telegraph the strike much
    Like eels in the water they swim really well and will strike from under water accurately

    We dropped a 5metre one into a triangular shaped glass box for the night before releasing it next day
    It sniffed around then jammed itself in one corner and flexed
    Popped the glass straight out
    Plastic storage boxes just get the locking handles ripped off so we just put them in a bag overnight now

    Tame ones are gentle and do recognise their handlers
    We have one here we took from from a bad situation and its still a bit tricky to handle
    But we have come to an understanding and it lets me take it swimming etc without having a go
    Its old owner dropped by and ***** nearly broke the viv trying to get at him
    Didnt calm down for about 30 minutes after he left
    Just cruised back and forth in full strike mode
    Never heard of or seen that before in any snake and if anyone had suggested it I would have politely listened and forgotten it immediately as just a story

    Much like carpets they have adapted to living near people reasonably well
    Surprising how big they can get even in the city

    Pretty new to learning about retics but very impressed at what Ive seen so far

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    Cant wait till my spotted gets that big
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cockney_Red View Post
    Cant wait till my spotted gets that big
    Careful, your spotted probably can't wait either.
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    I'd hate to be a snake, living in the time of humans....

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    Quote Originally Posted by longqi View Post
    We have one here we took from from a bad situation...

    I would have politely listened and forgotten it immediately as just a story
    I think I'll politely read this and forget it immediately!
    Seriously it would be very good to attempt to document this behaviour properly as a controlled experiment, perhaps a continuous film of people looking in and recording the animals reactions.
    Have say 20 people ( including the previous owner ) stand in front of the enclosure for a set amount of time. The subjects should be similarly dressed (cover-alls?) and non-provocative.
    Repeat a week later in a different order.

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    Longqi, if you say retics are one of the more intelligent snakes, I'm not going to dismiss it. Scrub python keepers on this site have said that their scrubbies display intelligence at times. Both are large snakes, with presumably a larger brain than, say, a stimmie, so they've got a bit more to work with.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fuscus View Post
    I think I'll politely read this and forget it immediately!
    Seriously it would be very good to attempt to document this behaviour properly as a controlled experiment, perhaps a continuous film of people looking in and recording the animals reactions.
    If you can record some of this behaviour it would be very interesting indeed.
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    Renenet needs to stop looking at pictures of pretty snakes.

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    Retics are without doubt my favourite python species, not just for their amazing colouring and pattern but also there is something about them that is hard to describe, maybe it is an above average intelligence ?
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    Burmese and retics are roughly the same size
    Burmese are like other snakes when we rescue them
    Sometimes ok and sometimes strike out at anything but telegraph the strike and strong but easy to read

    Retics are a whole different game
    A lot of the time they have been annoyed by the time we get there
    Usually they just watch us and often let us guide them straight into a dark bag
    But if they change their minds and decide to hit we have zero warning
    Just this big mouth full of teeth heading at our face
    Probably 80% of the attempts are head shots
    Burmese and other snakes just go for anything

    We have a burmese and a retic we take to schools
    Get the kids to sit down and they slide across the floor to their handlers as the kids pat them
    All good
    But if the retic handler swaps ends the retic will turn around and go to her
    Burmese just continues down the end and waits

    Our feeding schedule is huge feeds at irregular intervals
    Burmese and chondros couldnt care less
    Retics actually 'tell us' by cruising the viv but not coming out to play if we dont feed them

    Anyone who has scrubbies will comment on how they often size you up before letting you play with them
    Retics do exactly the same thing

    Anyway back on topic
    That retic in the second photo has the biggest head Ive ever seen on any snake
    Was measured at 24ft 6inches by the photographer/author of the book

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