I have zero tolerance today.
I have zero tolerance today.
Wow this is a really long winded question for me to answer, it’s hard for me to shut up about GTP’s so please forgive me if I start rambling ^.^
Edit: Okay well this wound up over a thousand words so I am going to put a read more in!
It’s never ever a waste of my time to make you feel better :) All sheds are different and lots of snakes shed in different ways depending on many different factors like tank layout, cage furniture, if they’re arboreal or terrestrial etc. Nake for example always has hers hanging over a perch with a very convenient albeit gross poop inside. Whilst Dax always has his rolled and stuck to his hide door (so he doesn’t miss the chance to bite me, I assume).
You’re doing all the right things and whilst it’s not my place to say, I am very proud of your research and care for your scaly babies :)
Well that’s not odd or unusual at all! Snakes sheds often bunch and roll during the removal process. As long it is all off in one piece, you’ve got nothing to worry about :)
He is a lucky snake to have fallen into such good hands!
Are you talking bunched up and in one piece off his body like he has removed a stocking and it has rolled up? Or bunched up and still stuck on his body?
Ohh me too! I keep checking on him! He pooped on me tonight, so I am going to take that as a good sign. Obviously the old digestive tract isn’t too damaged if he is getting stuff through it.
I’m not comfortable giving away details of my location, however I really wish I could give them a good rap.
I am the lucky one and I am so glad that he is okay! My baby is feeling much better, the swelling has gone down and he had a good soak last night.
Ohh god I hate that. I get dismissed all the time too, so I know the feels. Sphagnum does not give them mites, if you buy your sphagnum from pet stores it could be contaminated from their own stock or if the manufacturer of the reptile specific product keeps reptiles it could be too. However you can get sphagnum from the local hardware store and you’re virtually guaranteed there won’t be mites in it.
I would call anyway, even if you think nothing will come of it. Even if he gets a quick ‘someone called and complained about you’, it might inspire him to do his research or watch his tongue next time he talks to someone.
Noooo! GTP’s should never have and will never have flaky sheds if their humidity is being correctly managed. It happens and if you do the right thing and soak them, it’s easily removed. I mean I have had a shed patch left on Nake’s neck before but a quick soak and a wipe got that right off. I would head down to your petstore and tell them that it needs it’s humidity bumped up. Snakes sheds should never be flaky or dry, they come off in one single moist piece. :)
Errrrrugh this makes me so mad! No, stuck shed is absolutely not normal! They should be kept at such high humidity during shed periods that their sloughs just fall off like wet toilet paper. Patchy shed is normal in lizards, not in snakes. I don’t know of any snake species where patchy shed is normal in any stage. I would highly recommend going back to the petstore and telling him to stick it up his ass. Better yet! Call the manager or store owner and tell them that their staff are providing incorrect information to customers.
GTP’s are not for the basic keeper and don’t belong in petstores. I manage a petstore but I still would not want them in my workplace even with my experience, it is too stressful and members of the public should not be given the option to just grab one last second without thinking about it. They should have to make their setup, contact a breeder, go through the rigmarole of proving themselves to a breeder after owning an easier snake… It’s just so frustrating. Yes, they are gorgeous snakes and are easily managed if your setup is correct, but they are not for a first time keeper and not appropriate in stores.
Yeah I had something like that when I had my appendix out so my belly didn’t wobble too much. I just don’t know what I would use to do it! :)