Tips for Newbies thread!

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

  1. dragonlover1

    dragonlover1 Subscriber Subscriber

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    not just snakes but ALL reptiles,I am sick of reading PLEASE HELP threads from numbnuts who do no research BEFORE buying
     
  2. nonamesleft

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    "Believe nothing of what you hear, and half of what you see". On this forum
    you'll come to realize who to listen to and who's racking up posts. Bottom line is...use common sense and filter out the bull *****... :)
     
  3. moussaka

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    I think you mean a spotted python :p and pretty sure you can't actually keep pygmy pythons - at least, I've never seen one in captivity.
     
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    saximus Almost Legendary

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    Eastern Small Blotched is another name for Spotted Python. It's actually the name on the NSW species list. Plenty of people keep perthensis now. They are still rarer than other Antaresia but definitely not illegal to keep
     
  5. moussaka

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    Oh wow, that's great, I really love perthensis. Though it's definitely not on the ACT list. :(

    And I do know that it's another name for a spotted, just wanted to make sure nebones did too :)
     
  6. squidlinc

    squidlinc Not so new Member

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    Spotted python enclosure.

    Hello :)

    I am definitely a newbie when it comes to snakes but I have been reading up a lot and am looking to get a 5 month spotted python from a nearby breeder. I haven't been to see the snake yet so I am not sure its what i will end up getting, but it's about the age I would like and I am defintely leaning towards a macca at the moment.

    I have been reading a lot of information about different enclosures and sizes but I as wondering if anyone could give me some specifics about the size of tank I should be looking at for a 5monther? Is it considered a juvenile or a subadult and should I be looking at a lifetimer enclosure or something much smaller?

    Any information about setting up heating and lighting would also be a lot of help. I have researched a lot about what you need to get the heat gradient ect right but I'm not sure how I'm going to get it to work in practise yet...

    Thankyou :)
     
  7. JM1982

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    VERY well said. SO SO true.
    I was just typing that.. you beat me to it, not really ;)

    My Darwin used to do the same. Just warning shots, or as you said 'head buts!'
     
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    Aetain Not so new Member

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    Hey Squidlinc,

    I'd suggest looking at the how to make a click clack thread for your snake's enclosure. You're not going to need anything big for a while so you can do more research on the right vivarium and just use a click clack till your snake outgrows it. I have a 5 month old Stimson's python and he's quite content with his click clack and they're very easy to make.
     
  9. mysnakesau

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    So, your snake is spending lots and lots of time in its water. It isn't showing any signs of shedding and you're pretty sure it does not have mites. Why else would your snake spend lots of time in its water?

    Are you sure there are no mites? Pop him in a white pillowcase overnight (advice by pythoninfinite) and see if you find any black specks on the pillowcase the next day. There are no black specks and nothing in the water when I soak him.

    Does he have any retained skin on him that he is trying to get rid of? NO. Is your enclosure overheated? NO?

    Check him thoroughly for ticks. Ticks can annoy them as much as mites can. I don't know that ticks are potentially dangerous to reptiles like they are to dogs and cats, but they are blood suckers and irritable. Your snake may be soaking, trying to relieve an irritation that you have not found. It pays to spend some closer attention to your snakes now and then, looking for raised scales, feeling for tiny bumps that shouldn't be there. Some ticks can be hard to see, and can be difficult to remove. As soon as you start harassing them the ticks may try to bury themselves deeper into the scales so have a pair of tweezers on hand so you can grasp those rotten suckers and get rid of them.

    I've watched an intergrade of mine spend near two months in his water. I quarantined him, suspecting mites. Soaked him, sprayed him, fogged his tub and his enclosure. Are mites really that hard to see? They can be, especially on a dark snake but mites were not the problem. Today I took Jimmy out for some sunshine and after he warmed up I pulled him out to give him a really good close up going over. I was looking for mites, but pressing down on his skin as he slithered through my hands I felt some little bumps. The scales were raised at those bumps, and sure enough, tiny red looking ticks were there. I found three on him. He was very well behaved while I poked at him for so long but I couldn't feel or see anymore. So hopefully we found the reason why he was spending all his time in his water bowl. I never suspected ticks because he has not been anywhere to pick them up. So beats me how they found him, but they did.
     
  10. Iz-Dog

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    Interested in buying a lizard or gecko, what is the easiest to look after?

    Im from Adelaide, South Australia and this will be my first reptile. I am interested in a small reptile that will be easy for a beginner to care for. Furthermore, would preferably like a reptile (probably gecko) that doesnt require as much lighting as some reptiles.

    Was considering leopard gecko but can find any (dont know if they are sold in Australia). Other gecko im considering is a barking gecko? An opinions or advice would be much apreciated.

    Cheers
     
  11. mje772003

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    I have my new python since last Saturday and the breeder did advise to let her settle in for a week first before handling and then feeding so I was wondering is there signs when an animal has settled down?
     
  12. GeckoJosh

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    When it is eating regularly
     
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    HI every one.. I am completely new.... I have inherited a coastal python.. he is about 3 1/2 foot long.. yes I know he will end up about 25 ft Now.. general care.. I have basic ability.. yesterday I feed him for the first time.. now I was told not to feed for 3 weeks.. is this right.. what is the rule of thumb.. also.. Cleaning.. in enclosure.. every day or once every 3 days... also do they fart.. Yes I know these are and may a bit silly..
     
  15. Rob

    Rob Super Moderator Staff Member

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    LOL no. A Coastal will not get anywhere near 25 ft. Try more like considerably less than half that !


    You were probably given that advice to allow time for him to settle in. Or do you mean you were told to feed 3 weeks after the first feed ? Either way, 7-10 days is probably long enough between feeds, once per month for a 3.5' snake is probably a little less than what they are usually fed *in captivity*.

    I clean waste as soon as I see it, with a substrate change (a little bit of F10 disinfectant, etc.) every 4-6 weeks.


    Can't really help you with that one, sorry.
     
  16. Ramsayi

    Ramsayi Very Well-Known Member APS Veteran

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    Yes they do
     
  17. jezflyer7

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    Obviously all snakes can bite, but I've had my MD since she was 2 months old & she's never even tried to bite anyone ever.
     
  18. ddammitt

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    I found this info really helpful when I started: I have noticed a few threads on here about what to feed your snakes and what size, how often etc so i thought i would post a chart that helped me when i was first starting out.

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  19. missie66

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    Help plz

    :rolleyes:
     
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    Can anyone tell me why my diamond rub her heat pits on my arm/hand?
     

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