Well my tokays got a cage revamp and new heat today. I decided I wasn't getting their tall hex tank warm enough with just a daytime light on top... they have a rather thick bark substrate so I figured UTH wouldn't help. I've wrapped heat tape around the lower portion of the tank, it covers about 3/4. Finally warm enough (pesky winter temp drops).
Sabba the short-tail had another shed... same as last time, she retained partial shed along her back and I just happened to have the day off. I put her in the bathtub and she was really wiggly... lots of fun with a 20lb. snake. Finally she arched her back up against my hand and slithered out of the skin... too cool to have the snake rub off the shed against your palm!!

My new little rubber boa escaped. It was totally my fault, I didn't secure the lid on his cage properly. ARRGH. He'll turn up. :>

My young striped kingsnake is very interested in his own reflection. I had him in the bathroom with me and set him up on the medicine cabinet while washing out his water dish. He spent 10 minutes threatening himself in the mirror, no striking, but managed to tail rattle loudly enough to bring my cats into the room to investigate all the noise!Mooshoo my milksnake is still shedding like crazy. Its been a shed every 3-4 weeks since he was bitten by the monitor and had all those baytril injections. Just before his shed he mouth breathes for a whole day. My vet is totally stumped. It seems to me as if perhaps the trauma to his head from the monitor bite (hairline fracture to the skull behind the eye and punctured clear through his lower jaw) resulted in a limited capacity for breathing when he is near shed.

He doesn't mouth breath the rest of the time, though he does often hold his jaw funny, all snaggle-puss like. Not all the time, but at least several days a week I find him with his lower jaw partially open and cockeyed. I am considering taking him 70 miles to see the vet who originally saw him when he got bitten, down in Ballard. I need more opinions as to his condition. His bloodwork is clean, but I am just not sure he's OK.I decided to try my beardie Mr. Gimpy out on sand, as I happened to have a whole bunch of it on hand and his newspaper substrate was getting too hot over the heating pad. He is apparently having the time of his life digging in the sand. I haven't seen a lizard digging like this before, his antics had me giggling like crazy. He's going in for complete blood work next week to see how he's recovered from MBD.

He runs around like a crazy lizard and eats his bugs and salads like a champ. His deformities have not improved at all, I doubt they ever will. They include a very lumpy tail, a twisted s-shaped spine, one bone in his beard that doesn't collapse (normally they only stick out when they're displaying their black beard), and a very silly-looking underbite.
The rest of my herps are stable, eating, and happy. Silkworms are a BIG HIT with the leopard geckos and frogs! My new asian beauty frog is REALLY shy, and oh-so-cute. Won't eat from tongs... yet. Emotion: smile
I confiscated an accidental litter of hamster babies from work... fed them off to my lizards and frogs and one to my tarantula. For your future reference: it takes an adult chilean rose hair approximately 3 hours to consume a hamster pinkie.
I took 2 of my 3 cats in for their annual exam last week. My little female has dual yeast infections in her ears and polyps. The treatment makes the condition more painful and itchy for 5 days before improvement. I think she is really starting to hate my guts now, though that doesn't stop her from sleeping on my chest or purring loudly in my ear to wake me in the morning.

My big male cat has a large tumor in his bladder, its almost as big as the bladder is. He doesn't appear to be in any pain yet and is peeing normally so I'm saving my money before we get his $500 surgery. My vet also discovered that one of his kidneys was dislodged... I'm sure this is from his evil former owner that used to kick the cat. This cat is totally terrified of black shoes. Anyway the kidney works fine and isn't painful for him but it hangs way down by his belly rather than being affixed to his spine. Poor thing.
That's all! Hope your pets are happy and healthy(ish) too!

fr0glet
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My new little rubber boa escaped.

I guess I missed it, but when did you get your rubber boa?
Kurt Kunze
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My new little rubber boa escaped.

I guess I missed it, but when did you get your rubber boa?

A month back at the Hillsboro Unique Animal Expo. It was a gift from a captive breeder in Oregon who also does educational outreach programs. I appealed to him to discount his price of $100 each for 1 year old rubber boas for me, due to my relationship with the herp society... he basically refused my money and asked if I wanted a boy or girl. I chose a girl and he put her into my hands and gave me his blessing.
fr0glet
That's all! Hope your pets are happy and healthy(ish) too! fr0glet

i wish i could say that my own adventures in herping were so interesting. but ball pythons don't do much, and my beardie ain't doin' much either. i do however have the unsettling fear that my baby boa might have mites, (unseen bas of yet) he finished sheddind the day i got him, and he is still soaking in his water bowl days later. is that normal? he didn't do it the last 2 days but the first night i had him and since this morning hes been soaking. i worry to easy, but this is a behaviour i am not familiar with. my ballies never soak.

anyway in all other respects he is acting completly normal.

i hope yer kitties get to feeling better. poor kidney kitty.
john
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i do however have the unsettling fear that my baby boa might have mites, (unseen bas of yet) he finished ... been soaking. i worry to easy, but this is a behaviour i am not familiar with. my ballies never soak.

Maybe the former owner kept him too dry and he's recovering now.

Anna
he basically refused my money and asked if I wanted a boy or girl. I chose a girl and he put her into my hands and gave me his blessing.

Talk about lucky!
Kurt
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i do however have the unsettling fear that my baby ... behaviour i am not familiar with. my ballies never soak.

Maybe the former owner kept him too dry and he's recovering now. Anna

Or maybe your tank is too dry. Of course, RTBs love taking baths too.
-Z
I am considering taking him 70 miles to see the vet who originally saw him when he got bitten, down in Ballard. I need more opinions as to his condition. His bloodwork is clean, but I am just not sure he's OK.

Have you heard that they moved? They're near the intersection of 45th and Hwy 99 now, I think. Call and ask for directions, it's a bit tricky. Be sure to ask how to get back to the freeway, too, that part's even worse.
I confiscated an accidental litter of hamster babies from work... fed them off to my lizards and frogs and one to my tarantula. For your future reference: it takes an adult chilean rose hair approximately 3 hours to consume a hamster pinkie.

It takes a lot longer for a goliath to eat a rat pup. My boss sometimes uses rats to fatten up the big spiders, and by the time they finish their meal the room REALLY stinks.
I took 2 of my 3 cats in for their annual exam last week. My little female has dual yeast ... doesn't stop her from sleeping on my chest or purring loudly in my ear to wake me in the morning.

Poor kitty! Hope she feels better soon.
My big male cat has a large tumor in his bladder, its almost as big as the bladder is. He ... painful for him but it hangs way down by his belly rather than being affixed to his spine. Poor thing.

Aww, poor Toby! How did they find the tumor, by feel? The kidney, too?

I took Loki in today for his annual. He's getting his teeth cleaned on Tuesday, and the vet will remove a lump that might be cancerous. Ironically, the lump is in a breast. (I guess cats should get breast exams, too?) He was on his best behaviour today, although the tranquilizers had a lot to do with it. Still wanted to beat the crud out of any dog he saw, but at least he didn't want to kill the vet and techs.
That's all! Hope your pets are happy and healthy(ish) too!

My group's doing pretty well. The kitties will be going to the vet one per month for annuals and tooth cleanings (might need a loan at this rate...). The herps are doing well, and as soon as people contact me most of my HH critters will be homed. My female Ts are doing great, the males are getting older, and it seems like I manage to bring a new one home every few weeks. sigh I've added a second centipede and two more tarantulas since last time you were here.
Okay, I've got to get off my butt and finish my tasks tonight. After that, I can start the last bit of work on the boa cage. Maybe I can bring Tina home this weekend!
Jennifer
i do however have the unsettling fear that my baby ... behaviour i am not familiar with. my ballies never soak.

Maybe the former owner kept him too dry and he's recovering now. Anna

i just fed him for the first time and he is soaking again. i'm calling the vet in morning. any ideas though?
john
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