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A friend of mine had a Rock Python which ate Guinea Pigs regularly...but he would shave them first.

What did he use to shave them? Did he use shaving foam?

Prekillled, then shaved with electric hair clippers... Mind, we are not talking world-famous hair styling here...just a quick shave of long hair on the upper body.
Hmmm, aren't wild guineas found in colder mountain regions? Boas, anacondas and caiman are more of a rainforest animal so ... capybara (largest rodent in the world, looks like a big stupid guinea pig) would be more filling to such animals

Cavies were domesticated in the Andes, but I believe their wild ancestors are found all over South America.

Luke
What did he use to shave them? Did he use shaving foam?

Prekillled, then shaved with electric hair clippers... Mind, we are not talking world-famous hair styling here...just a quick shave of long hairon the upper body.

What was the temperment of his rock python like? I heard they can be cranky. Not that I'm thinking of getting one
Prekillled, then shaved with electric hair clippers... Mind, we are ... a quick shave of long hair on the upper body.

What was the temperment of his rock python like? I heard they can be cranky. Not that I'm thinking of getting one

Personally, I don't think much of anyone should own them. Too big, too nasty.
Hi Jenn, This is Luke's wife (eep!) Kirstin. Emotion: smile

It's great to hear from you!! Thanks for the advice. Did you get the email from my coworker?
Now, I understand you're getting the carcasses from an existing situation, but don't get too excited about utilizing a breeding colony for feeding snakes.. here's why.

It isn't intended for feeders, it's for pets. So far we've been having a little trouble with it, so it's been keeping our young boas at the warehouse fed. I still haven't fed off any of the ones given to me. Haven't had time! And I'm thinking I might need to break out the old electric beard trimmer I used to shave matts off my longhair cat.

I don't think I'll be feeding any more that die to my critters, though. My boss is having the pigs medicated, and I'm iffy on feeding my herps anything with medicine in it. BTW, we have been calling around to vets and can hopefully find one with experience who will come out to us.
Hey... you didn't by any chance pick these pigs up (or rather, your boss) from a breeder who passed away ... just placed about half of his pigs with somebody just starting up in the breeding biz.. Just a wild coincedence.

Hmmm, what an amazing coincidence... or not. :-D Yeah, we picked those up. Did you know the breeder? There are some really pretty animals in the bunch.
The only lethal gene combos are the RnRn combos. That's the Roan x Roan, but it's also carried heavily by ... to produce the BEST roans and dals down the line.. if you can pull them through their first few weeks.

Wow, I'm so glad you told me that! We have a young white one that was born right after we got them, from a roan mom. He had just been put into a "ready to go" bin the day before you posted this. After I read it (and printed it out) we got him out and found that he was, indeed, totally blind! He looks to be in pretty good health, and has his teeth, but we will not be selling him. It's looking like I'll be bringing "Snowball" home. If he thrives, we may try breeding him. What would he produce if bred back to a roan? Would he need to be bred to something else to produce non-blind babies?
Yeah, I essentially DESPISE abysinnians. Emotion: smile You either love them or you don't. Can't pet them - hair goes all ... who just sits on his bloody board, or an american with a round cobby body and head ANY day! LOL!!!

Heh, I helped treat about half of the colony (Ivermectin), and the abys were the most hyper of the batch. Most of the others are calming down and some could even be picked up without any resistance, but all the abys would freak, squeal and struggle.
About 95% of the "my pig bit me, what do I do??" emails I get are from.. you guessed it... ABY owners!!

No biters yet!!!
Seriously, ask if you have any questions. I've helped to set up a couple of commercial breeders and have written ... - make SURE your boss has a quarantine room... bordatella rips through a colony in about 2 hours.. it SUCKS.

I passed all of this along. If you didn't get my coworker's email, can I send you her address so you could contact her? She loves the pigs and knows how to care for them, but she still has a lot she'd like to learn. She is full-time and does our herps and guinea pigs, and will do the other pet rodents we will eventually be breeding. She has the help of other employees for grunt work.
PS - I also have a prairie dog, and gpig bites are NOTHING like that, although a well placed set of cavy incisors can certainly do their damage..

Wonderful!!! I never want to be bitten like that AGAIN. So far Snowball seems to be very sweet. I tucked him in my sweater tonight and he snuggled up and chewed on the weave a bit. :-) Hmm, I'm thinking that maybe I shouldn't be feeding my boas Gpigs at all, if I may smell like them in the future. :-/
Jennifer