A Tiny Giant

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  1. Prof_Moreliarty

    Prof_Moreliarty Well-Known Member

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    Yeah it’s a coastal no scrubbys in Nerang lol

    FYI @Nerdhero the record for a scrubby is about 5.5m ;)
     
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  2. Flaviemys purvisi

    Flaviemys purvisi Very Well-Known Member

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    Rabbits... You must mean the giant lop-eared rabbits of course?? :D
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    Ordinary rabbits won't cut it for that serpent!
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    Have seen a scrubby at Kennilworth on the Sunny coast. Obviously an escaped pet.
     
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    I don't think even those rabbits would cut it, this is a more appropriate size for an adult scrubby :p
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    That's what I reckon. A scrubby on ordinary rabbits would be like us living on a chicken wing for a week. LOL

    Get it onto pigs ASAP.
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    Thats more like it! lol
     
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  6. cement

    cement Subscriber Subscriber APS Veteran

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    I think ultimately if you have it when it reaches full adult size, you'll probably find chickens are the go. A 15 -18 ft scrubby will have 3 per feed.
    Also if it's male, some things to watch for as it matures are increased likelyhood of biting around spring as it comes out of winter hungry, and on sexual maturity as well. With large powerful reptiles that have the ability to do serious damage, please don't forget it's a snake, and will act like one too.
    I know your pretty confident and experienced, but just remember the older and bigger it gets the more attention and respect you have to pay to it.
    Captive snakes that aren't handled much, can sometimes be more bitey then wild ones because they get used to human prescence for feeding, where wild ones don't associate human with food, but more a threat.
     
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    More like 3 Brahma roosters!
     
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    3 X Jersey Giant hens...
    Or just 1 emu or ostrich.
     
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    nah, a moa would do if it reaches 4+ meters.
     
  10. Flaviemys purvisi

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    Ah heck.. an adult giraffe will fit the bill. 5-6m LOL About the length of an adult scrubby.
     
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    Hey Graham!


    Definitely important points that need to be remembered, I appreciate that.

    Undeniably it is likely he will be a handful.

    Interestingly keeping snakes in many ways "ruined" general pet keeping for me.
    What I mean by that is it rammed home the very obvious fact (to me) that your pets often don't have a bond with you, no matter what you tell yourself. It's a prey vs predator relationship.
    It's something that's always at the back of my mind with -most- species, and alters what I choose to keep.
    But in that same sense is a benefit.
    I can keep a snake I care for and enjoy as an animal, but not have to feel concern about fulfilling an emotional need of company and as size increases not feel guilty that they think a predator is messing with them....very handy.


    Anyway,
    I guess this is a very long winded way of getting to my point that as he gets larger, he will generally be a hands off reptile.
    As he increases in size he will hopefully be able to be maintained in a large aviary (as an example, I had a 4.4.m X 2.2m X 2.2m aviary for a single cockatoo, it was meant to be larger but things came up, and hope for something similar).
    Hopefully in this he can simply be observed and safely worked around, and not held etc increasing chances of an incident.

    Thankfully I have no desire to "show off" holding a larger snake or get cuddles from it (I have a dog coming home in little over a week for that).

    I agree with you regarding prey like chickens as well.


    I think your thoughts are exactly in the right place and spot on.
    I appreciate it :)



    Edit to add:
    Interesting idea about snakes and people with feeding.
    I have been reading a lot about scrubbies in the wild being docile, and people wondering why captive ones tend not to be.
    A good theory indeed.
     
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    Definitely chooks were the go for me feeding Burms and retics in the UK in my previous life. Have used geese, piglets when I could get them. Funnily enough they wouldn't touch rabbit.
     
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    And they say "rabbit tastes like chicken"... not according to snakes.
     
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    I know you've got the right attitude Casey, all good:). Sometimes I post stuff thats not necessarily for the OP but more in line with others of little or no experience because of the opportunity that presents, if that makes sense.
    Some other tips with husbandry to make life easier and lesson personal risk when dealing with power or venom, is simple things like dividing the enclosure with a latchable door, so it can be cleaned one half at a time without even having it in the same room (use heat to draw into one side or the other), using garbage lids or similar as a shield, or if need ever be, two people or wearing a knife just in case the unthinkable happens and you have to seriously protect yourself.
    But that's all Mr mom, from me ;) Take care and enjoy!
     
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    Beautiful little guy you have there.

    I remember there being an APS member who had a huge scrubby who wasn't very pleasant to say the least. From memory of the pics he posted, he wore a motorbike helmet and full leather gear when he went in the enclosure to clean it. It would perch up high and strike at him, hence the helmet.
    Does anyone else remember the pics?
     
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    vampstorso Very Well-Known Member

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    I believe you're thinking of Joemal ?
     
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    Flaviemys purvisi Very Well-Known Member

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    Hahahaha this is awesome... I'd be wearing a full Ned Kelly suit. :D
     
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  18. Rob

    Rob Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I couldn't find said pics though I'm sure there here somewhere.

    Here's a teaser...

    https://www.aussiepythons.com/forum/threads/best-bites.217455/#post-2472207

    https://www.aussiepythons.com/forum/threads/from-this-to-this-scrubbies-new-enclosure.188552/
     
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  20. Snapped

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    Yes, thats the one!

    Yep, thats the ones, he posted so many of his girls love bites, thanks for finding these!

    Hahaha, thats the ones I remember, thanks for finding them.
     
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