Bali Reptile Rescue

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  1. caliherp

    caliherp Well-Known Member

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    That theory doesn't seem off the wall to me, but I do have a few screws lose in my head. It actually makes sense if you put some thought into it. You never know you might get a early indication when the eggs hatch. Maybe the egg count wont match the hatchling count. Either way im intrigued by you and your teams work so please keep me updated with any info your willing to divulge.


    Regards, Patrick
     
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    Aussie family just moved to Bali last week

    [h=5]"We have a cobra in the land next to us"
    "Ok see you soon"
    "Here is a photo of the cobra"
    "That is actually a completely harmless snake called an oriental rat snake. Excellent rat catchers and great for the environment"
    "Ok thank you for coming out"

    Kids arrive home as we are leaving
    "would you like to see our pet snake we caught.. it doesnt bite or anything"
    I think I hurt his arm as one of the kids starts reaching into a box to lift out 2ft of very unhappy cobra

    They had no idea it was a cobra because it didnt act like the ones on tv

    I hooked it out of the box and it took about 5 minutes annoying it before it finally flared up and they believed me

    It is quite common for Spitting Cobras to not bother extending their necks and putting up their hoods[/h]
     
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    ^ Wowsers!
     
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    Just silly really
    Family from NSW coast and kids thought they knew about snakes
    Hopefully they will check out our id pages before picking any more up
     
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    Lucky for them that they decided to show you!
     
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    Its xmas
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    looking good
    Looking better
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    Over the moon about these babies
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    First 7 Bali kings
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    Easily my favourite thread on this site. Keep posting Peter.
    Can't wait for my next holiday to Bali
    Hans
     
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    Funny day today
    Went to relocate a 'cobra' that was really a rat snake
    Phone call from home as I bagged it
    "theres a little baby snake on the floor in the lounge"
    7 baby king cobras hatched out now
    About 80eggs to go and another queen and nest to relocate Monday/Tuesday
    Hopefully about 50 kings to release same trip
     
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    Love baby kings. Good stuff mate
     
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    You will never see this many baby kings in one spot again
    Just released 60
    About 46 left to hatch
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    Finding a good release spot
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    This little mum is in bad nick so we've taken her home for some r&r
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    Some of you may recognise the young guy holding the king?
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    Dont look at the camera....... Please
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    Greg Amy and Martin did pretty well
    But here is Eddy showing off a bit
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    2 kings
    60 baby kings released
    Not a bad couple of days

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    Text message 6.30am
    "Weve got a cobra right outside our door"
    Text message 6.45am
    "Its ready to pounce how long before you get here?"
    Text message 7am
    "Are you coming or not?"
    7.20am
    "My kids cant go to school. Why wont you answer me?'
    7.50am
    "I thought you were supposed to reliable? Where are you?"

    9am I finish a rescue miles away and go back to bike
    Take phone out to ring gf
    Read messages
    Ring them
    They are not happy
    Me.. Can you send me your address please?
    Them... You should have been here hours ago
    Me.. Maybe if you had rung me I would have known you had a problem?
    Them... Dont you know how to use texts?
    Me... If your house is burning down do you send the Fire Brigade a text message???

    Nice little cobra bagged and tagged in 5 minutes
     
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    200 metres from the fatality last week in Sanur
    4metres 23.5kg

    Jazz collected these kings
    100% hatch rate in a very simple incubator
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    Believe me we are still worried about what we had to do even though our egg success rate has been nearly 100% so far We had to move the kings and the eggs because otherwise they would be killed
    Locals would have shot the mums and burnt the nests because in their opinion they were too close to human habitation
    That would mean 100% mortality
    Reason the kings make nests close to humans, makes sense if you understand conditions here
    Poor sanitation means rats around villages<br>Rats attract snakes<br>Snakes attract king cobras<br>
    In 2 valleys in West Bali kings were heavily hunted years ago
    We have found no trace of kings in those valleys
    [Its quite funny really<br>If we go spotting at night and see few other snakes we can be fairly sure there are kings around if the habitat is correct]
    These valleys are full of other snakes together with great habitat
    Access is restricted by the topography and lack of roads
    That area is where the remaining babies that just hatched are going<br><br>Cannibalism doesnt appear to be as much of a problem as I thought it may be
    <br>Wild kings definitely eat each other same as womas and black heads etc<br>But the babies we hatched appeared to have zero interest in each other as food
     
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    Bit of karma came back today

    My favourite snake hook has visited 3 continents and many islands
    Was called to a retic at a construction site
    They actually stopped all work until we could get there to move it to safety
    Huge kudos to them
    Unfortunately it had major damage from an earth mover and I decided to put it to sleep
    Closest implement was my snake hook
    I brain killed it just like you do with fish
    Worked very well
    Rigid for about 2 seconds then relaxed totally

    My snake hook has traveled extensively in the same bag for years with zero dramas
    For some reason the bag zipper slipped a bit
    Voila I get home and no snake hook

    Almost as if it had decided that since it was used for saving snakes it had to leave because it had killed one??
     
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    These are gone now
    Lounge feels empty without these inquisitive little darlings
    99 so far released with only 9eggs left to hatch

    This 2.5 metre king was reported to us a funny looking tree snake
    Headed straight up into the rainforest canopy and vanished
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    Badly infected bite wound on a 20kg retic
    Will have to open it up and drain it
    Not looking forward to it
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    Ticks were all over the wound but not many anywhere else
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    retics and excavators dont mix

    Shame when we have to move a snake and it spews up its feed
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    need a vet to hopefully comment on this
    appears to be a dog bite that has healed on the surface
    underneath feels mushy and full of liquid
    Should I open it up and drain it??
    retic spewed up a cat but is drinking and appears to be fine otherwise
     
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    Peter- I am not a vet, but I think I have a ide of what is going on here. Dog bites are a very traumatic and painful event. They leave large puncture marks, they cam even rip flesh. They have bacteria in there mouths. I would be willing to bet my left foot that there is a nasty infection under there. If you and your rescue group have the means to take it to a vet I would. As a last resort I would open up the infection clean it out make sure its enclosure is sterile. Administer antibiotics as recommended on there directions. I have a feeling if the infection isn't controlled it will probably be a goner. Again I am no vet, but this is what I would do in your situation.


    By the way great work with the kings.

    Regards ,Patrick
     
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    Zero access to a vet who will work on snakes for a reasonable fee

    Slit it open early this morning before it got too warm and energetic
    About 2 tablespoons of pus and yucky blood
    Only antibiotics? we had is flamazine betadine and savlon
    Cleaned it pretty well with 6% saline
    Hopefully got all the junk out
    Light coat of savlon and stitched it back up
    Left 2 holes for any more pus to drain
    Checked it tonight and no mushiness now
    No lumps or immediate signs of more infection
    Bad attitude all round so prognosis is good at this stage

    Wont really know for a week or two
     
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    Fingers crossed for a good recovery
     
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    I'm no vet, but I imagine the principle is the same as in humans - it's best to leave the abscess completely open in order to drain as much pus as possible. Stitches may not take in infected tissue anyway. Having said that you can see the wound & I can't, so good work & good luck.
     
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    Only stitched skin to skin
    Looking ok so far
    No signs of swelling or discharge

    Gotta laugh some days
    Did rescue
    hot day
    stop bike to get cold drink
    away from bike about 2 minutes
    Someone thought the bag looked good
    I wonder if they looked inside
    If they stuck their hand inside they would have found nothing but an angry spitter
     
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    LMAO serves them right. I would love to see his face when he opened the bag.
     
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