A Tiny Giant

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  1. vampstorso

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    Look who just got off the plane :D
    Birthday gift to myself for tomorrow.


    He decided to be nice and only skunk on me ;)
    I appreciate the lack of blood shed though!

    Very excited.

    When bigger he will go outside in an aviary.



    Horrible photos because I was in a rush. Hopefully better ones tomorrow. 20180117_171545.jpg 20180117_171616.jpg
     
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    Its adorable! Happy birthday for tomorrow :)
     
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    dream native python right there...adorable!
     
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    I may own a scrubby one day.. if I get a place with enough room.
     
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    Thanks all :D

    They truly do track you 110% with their eyes, never taking them off of you.
    Particularly fun watching their pupils move rather than their head.
    Obviously other pythons do this, but it does seem to a much higher degree.


    Very interested to see how this progresses in that aspect.
    Currently my reigning favourite snake I've kept was Ms Red the redbelly. She was so curious, so calm, and the moment you stepped in the room she was out of her hide saying g'day, following you side to side as you moved around.

    I absolutely love diamond pythons, but (obviously) personality wise they have nothing on elapids.
    So I wonder if the scrubs truly will have more personality, even if it's bitey.



    Also thankful he made it okay in today's heat!
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    Beautiful big baby!
     
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    cute
     
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    Thank you!

    He was obviously thirsty after today as he had a good soak in the water, as above.


    I'm super excited about taking better photos tomorrow, but also know I'm totally going to be getting with those teeth lol (and probably some more perfume a la snake )

    Think I need a docile snake again so the kids actually have one to enjoy
     
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    pffft the kids would be fine with a tiger snake!
     
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    Great photos, thanks for sharing and congratulations on the new acquisition. Have a good Birth Day tomorrow:D
     
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    Peed on me again :D


    Attempting a planted enclosure, so far just a fern...but he obviously approves.




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    Is this the start of your bio-active setup or are you just putting plants in pots in there?
     
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    Not completely decided.

    I'm having trouble over coming the fear of mould and bacterial potentials in an enclosure. I know allowing for fresh air exchange is a big part of that, but it's hard to train yourself out of the sterile environment.

    I've been looking at ordering some spring tails, and probably collect slaters/isopods myself, since my yard is over flowing with them.

    Currently it's a drainage layer, Coco peat (particularly because we live in a dry climate), and the fern planted directly into it. Admittedly a bit hastily and probably needs a bit more help to survive long term.

    When it cools down a bit, we've got a dead tree in the yard I'm hoping to get some good perches from.
     
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    Happy birthday @vampstorso he’s certainly a great bday present. I get a little more jealous with every photo :D
     
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    I had a very handy helper behind me just saying "snake! Snake! Snake!" With great delight.
    He then bawled his eyes out when I put him away lol.

    Maybe I finally need a Mac :p
     
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    Happy Birthday Casey!
     
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    Happy Birthday for yesterday. Am glad to see it looks like you had a rood day ‘playing’ with your present. Congratulations! A truly awesome little critter. [How long it will stay little though is another thing...]

    Are you experienced at managing a planted terrarium? If yes, you can ignore what follows…

    The easiest way of utilising live plants in an enclosure, if you don’t have experience, is to pot the plants into squat pots that fit snugly into blind pots (pots with no drainage holes). The blind pots are set permanently into the substrate and you just rotate two or three plants, such as your Nephrolepis (Fishbone) fern, between the enclosure and a shade house or similar. I mention three deliberately as this is appropriate where the plants get a little damaged by the occupants. A good source of blinds is used yoghurt or margarine tubs or round takeaway containers (cut down to size if needed) or the ceramic pot plant holders available these days in homeware and garden stores or departments in larger retail outlets.

    It certainly looks like your birthday present is very comfortable camped amongst the foliage!
     
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    Happy belated birthday!

    Apex Aussie Python right there. Congrats. I've got more than enough room for one of these, I just dunno whether I want to start breeding wombats to feed one. LOL
     
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    So cute! Hard to believe the size it will end up when looking at the little thing. A 4m+ was photographed in a local reserve near me. Apparently it was discovered in a household bin!!!!

    Ill try find the photograph when I get home from work, not a whole lot of natural predators messing with a 4m snake...i wonder how much it weighed.


    Edit: found the news bulletin on it, turns out it was only 2.7m =/ look at the gut on it though!!
    http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au...k/news-story/91318735aa219db3605d0dfd27a75f1f
     
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    Thanks Graham, Blue, and Aus for the birthday wishes!
    Golly, I got more merry wishes here than in person :p very kind!

    Blue, thanks very much for the advice.
    I'm not experienced at all in planted enclosures. Ive considered it plenty but never tried...now he is my single snake and tropical, I feel more obligated than ever to give it a try.


    Oh Aus, what a waste of a wombat that'd be!
    Thankfully there are members of hubs family who can dispatch rabbits for me when the time comes (I am far too soft and a vego funnily).



    NerdHero,
    That's a beauty of a snake. I may be wrong but I think the one in that particular article is a coastal rather than a scrubby (going by the pattern, so again, perhaps I'm wrong). A beautiful snake none the less!
     
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