Tips for Newbies thread!

Discussion in 'Australian Snakes' started by CarpetPythons.com.au, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. cathy1986

    cathy1986 Very Well-Known Member

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    Heat does play a huge part in a snakes life lol
     
  2. repalex

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    Hey is there any book that you highly recomend?
    Thnx
     
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    Keeping and Breeding Australian Pythons by Mike Swan is great. Also there are some great articles on the SXR site.
     
  4. CantBeatALBINOS

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    hey guys im getting an albino darwin carpet python soon and i just wanna check up and make sure of somethings cause ive used a few different websites and i wrote it all down - im getting keeping and breeding australian pythons soon from a petstore i know but yeah i wont have the book for a few days still): haha please note when i write or ive changed the sentence meaning more then one website was used and i wanna know what sounds more like what an albino would like:)
    tempreture - 28-30.5oC or 32-35oC in the hot end and 24-27oC
    night time tempreture - no lower then 22oC or no lower then 21oC
    Diet - 1 pinky mouse a week for a hatchy, 1 weaner mouse/normal mouse/ large pinkie a week for yearling, 1 adult rat(if the snakes large maybe a rabbit) per week
    Humidity - 45-50% is good, anything else and you will have to clean all the time so its best to keep them a little bit more dry then wet, when humidity dips below the 45% mark lightly list the cage/tank and the hunidity will spike to 70% or so before dropping to a more reasonable level, 70-80% humidity is too high for more then 6-12 hours at a time, dont have constant humidity - create a humidity cylce!!:)

    is that info correct or should i just wait to get 'keeping and breeding australian pythons' to find out?:)
     
  5. cathy1986

    cathy1986 Very Well-Known Member

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    I would skip the whole mouse part and go straight to pinky rats and work ya way up from there and make sure u buy a well established snake as they can be quite hard to get eating if you dont know what your doing
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    from Cathy :)
     
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    I believe I have a dwarf beardie

    I believe we have a dwarf bearded dragon. There is a local pet shop that just opened up and I noticed that they have beardie and they were huge. I asked the age and I was told about 14 weeks old. I stated that we have had one for about a year and she is only about 8-10 inches long. I then asked if there was such a thing as a dwarf dragon and they said no. I came home and checked the internet and to my surprise there are dwarfs.
    She eats her veg, and crickets. I was wondering if there was any info that can be provided for our dwarf.
     
  7. cathy1986

    cathy1986 Very Well-Known Member

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    This is the thermostat i use on all my enclosures
    from Cathy :)

    Its from the herp shop
     

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    i know it says it will but will it measure the temp inside a tank?:)
     
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    Yes on the hot end and once it reaches the correct temperature it will turn off

    from Cathy :)
     
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    from Cathy :)
     

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    karmag Not so new Member

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    all great advise .
     
  12. Gruni

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    With all the newb questions about handling hatchies, I thought this was quite good to add...

    [video=youtube;iB9S51g60Ig]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB9S51g60Ig[/video]
     
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    i watched that on FB gruni,was well worth the watch i thought
     
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    Yep, I agree. It is great to have a human mentor! But I advise that you also use the enormous ressources of the Internet. There are so many websites and articles to read ... I am afraid that nostalgic thing called "book" will be soon found in museums only. Seriously, if you google a bit you will be amazed about the encyclopedias of knowledge that you will find!
     
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    New snake, first snake distressed! Help!

    Hello, im sam. I've had a Darwin carpet python for around a year now, and have just brought home a approx 2 year old bredli, and ever since, my Darwin has been acting really strange. He was the most placid pet! Now he's really jittery and hard to calm down. I don't know what to do! I only get the 2 snakes out separately. I haven't tried feeding either yet, but both are due around now.
     
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    SOS !!!!! I am a chatroom newbie and have been landed with an interesting situation. I was approached at my home yesterday with a gorgeous DP about 4 foot, beautiful condition, obviously well handled... was told I had been mentioned in conversation a few weeks ago (he couldn't remember who, but knew exactly where to find me ) DP could no longer be kept as family were leaving the state. Further convo and questions left me believing I would receive paperwork for DP later that afternoon (sob story about it being packed up but would be located shortly for my records... I believed him), address for house in nearby town where he lived and mobile number in case he forgot to get back to me( you know what moving is like).... phone number does not exist and trip to house found no one by that name living there.....
    now I have beautiful creature... but no paperwork. NEVER been in this situation before.... HELP!!!
     
  17. bdav70

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    Really? So you don't know this person at all?? I think i would get onto department of sustainability and environments with a quick phonecall (you can normally get through easily)... Have you even kept snakes before? Is your setup adequate?
     
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    I think this thread is awesome!! I really think people should have a test or something done before buying their first reptile, especially a snake. I know this probably sounds stupid or might be more difficult for other people or may not even be possible... but too many people get snakes not doing any research... I know someone personally that has done this and as much as I tried talking them out of it they went and did it anyway.. not to mention they got an unlicensed one and a cross breed. They now don't want this snake because they didn't hold it for a few months so it has gotten a bit aggressive. They've then turned around and said they want to get a hatchy so they can start fresh so the snake won't bite them. I face palmed!! I couldn't believe this person thought that getting a baby snake was going to guarantee them that they weren't going to get bitten... besides that.. DON'T GET A SNAKE IF YOUR NOT PREPARED TO GET TAGGED. They also listened to someone that is one of those people that get a snake just for the idea of having a snake (the worst posible person you could listen to)

    Anyway a bit of a vent as well as putting my two cents in.
     
  19. Tartmaster

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    Hey guys.

    Another noob here.

    I'm looking at getting my first snake soon (A Jungle Python), and have been doing research for a few months now.
    The main thing I'm still not sure about is what age/size to get.

    I'm a complete beginner to it all, and have had different people tell me conflicting things about what age is suitable.
    I spoke to a breeder and he recommended getting one about 6 months old, ~30cm.
    But I've had other people tell me to get a hatchy or to get an adult.
    Atm I'm leaning toward the breeders advice but I'm not sure.

    Also if I were to get one at that age, would it be best to have it in a click clack or straight into an adult enclosure.
    Again I've had different people say different things.

    Any by advice would be appreciated,
    Cheers
     
  20. Gruni

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    Not convinced this was the place to ask that question Tartmaster but I'll have a stab anyway... I started with a yearling (Spotted) because I was worried about the whole feeding thing but lots of people start with hatchies. The younger it is the more you bond with it in some ways but most of all as they grow your confidence and capacity grow with them. Where as if you get a slightly older snake and it picks up on your nerves it can be an intimidating learning curve that has resulted in people off loading a 'snappy/aggressive' animal that is placid in more experienced hands.

    A little jungle with attitude can't hurt you when it bites regardless of how freaky it is when you see how fast they can move that's not so much the case as they get some decent size to them. Try to deal with a breeder near you so you can handle the snake and view it before you buy as you may find you click with some and not others.

    I guess all of that fits in the 'Advice for Noobs' catagory.
     

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