Ever notice how herps MUST crap in their newly-cleaned enclosure? I give you a stack of examples, in a 3-day time period.
I recently took in a california kingsnake. The owners hadn't fed him in 2-3 months. He readily took a f/t mouse from me. 2 days later I moved him from his temporary kritter keeper to a very large sweater box. He crapped in it the following morning. 3 days digestion time!
My borneo short-tail Sabba had been refusing her bi-weekly thawed rat offering for 6 weeks. I didn't worry about it, as she'd eaten 2 jumbo rats at the last feeding. She finally ate for me this past week. Her cage wasn't dirty, just had some moss strewn about. I changed all her newspaper anyway, she'd spilled some water and whatnot. Within 15 minutes of cleaning the cage, she expressed a baseball-sized blob of urates and about a pint of snake-*** liquid.
My White's tree frog has a 29 gallon tall aquarium all to himself. It's been set up the same for the last couple of years. He nearly always craps while hanging from the wall, letting it slide down a leave a trail. Tonight I removed all his furniture (aside from the hide he was under), scrubbed the walls (dried skin and dried poop make for unsightly glass), put in a NICE new wood piece (one of the big pieces of large grapewood screwed together in a square), and added new coconut fiber bedding. He proceeded to climb up on his nice new piece of wood and leave a HUGE turd on top of it.

My striped kingsnake was just finishing a shed when I checked his cage tonight. I pulled his kritter keeper down from the top shelf so I could watch him slither out of the last bit of skin. Right at that moment his shed cleared the cloaca, he opened up his vent and took a very fragrant poo while I looked on. A message, perhaps? His shed is so cool. Perfectly intact and displays very nicely his smooth black background and perfect 3-scales-wide white stripe that runs the length of him.
My Okeetee corn snake just got her 20-long cage moved onto the dresser along the back wall of my herp room. To reward her for coming out of quarantine, she graduated to baked pine shavings and a 3rd hide in her cage. She celebrated by crapping right in the front corner of the cage, in under 12 hours of being on shavings. She is currently being extra-adorable and peeking her head out of the shavings. She likes burrowing, it seems.

I finally decided on a name for my rosy boa. As he had regurgitated his first two meals here (my mistake, prey items were too large) I've named him Vomit. Unlike his previous behavior of vomiting under his hide and lying right next to it until morning when I found it, this time he crapped front and center in his 10 gallon cage and proceeded to smear it all over the newspaper, the hide log, the water dish, and the front wall of the cage.

One thing I learned from Pete... if you're ever doing an outreach event with children present, you'll get the largest amount of Ohhs-Ahhs-and WOWs by saying loudly: "LOOK! THE SNAKE IS POOPING!!"
fr0glet

"You cannot be an objective scientist if you have an agenda." ~The Madman
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Ever notice how herps MUST crap in their newly-cleaned enclosure? I giveyou a stack of examples, in a 3-day time period.

Strange, I can't help but to do the same thing after putting new sheets on the bed..kidding.
Maybe they think its a new place and need to mark it again, who knows.

Josh
Ever notice how herps MUST crap in their newly-cleaned enclosure?

Yes!!!
Last week I cleaned out the corns' enclosure and replaced all the repti-bark and one of them decided to present me with a nice smelly poo!

Also, I changed the newspaper in the burm's cage, as she'd already done her post-feed poo, or so I thought, and within a few hours there were several golf-ball sized poos in the corner!
Where does all this crap come from?!?!? LOL!
Talking of shed skins ... my red-tail boa presented me with a perfect skin last week, all rolled up like a condom when you take it out of the packet LOL! I carefully unravelled it and it was perfectly intact including eyecaps and nostril holes Emotion: smile It measured over 7 feet too, although I believe that's not a precise indicator of the snakes actual length as they can stretch?
Chloe
Yup..I posted the same thing awhile back..as fresh newspaper being the perfect snake laxative. Always works.
Ever notice how herps MUST crap in their newly-cleaned enclosure? I giveyou a stack of examples, in a 3-day time ... "LOOK! THE SNAKE IS POOPING!!" fr0glet "You cannot be an objective scientist if you have an agenda." ~The Madman

ahahaha
My snakes do that ALL THE TIME. Especially the babies. I just cleaned all the baby corn snake cages yesterday, and there's already crap smeared all over the walls. I think they just like to laugh at me. Emotion: smile

My rosy boas do the same. Have you ever noticed that you won't see most snakes drink out of their bowls until you have refilled them? Emotion: smile

-cat
With monitors, I figure they are marking their territory. Maybe it is the same with snakes.
"Ohh, I think I'll deposit a nice big heap of smelly pheremones here to tell any other snakes that I've been by."
Luke

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Ever notice how herps MUST crap in their newly-cleaned enclosure? I give you a stack of examples, in a 3-day time period.

I once changed Gila paper 3 times in the same day. The third time *is*, apparently, the charm.
-Z
My rosy boas do the same. Have you ever noticed that you won't see most snakes drink out of their bowls until you have refilled them? Emotion: smile

My cats won't eat out of the food dish if it's less than 1/2 full. It must be a cross-species phenomenon.
-Z
Ever notice how herps MUST crap in their newly-cleaned enclosure?

Herps aren't the only animals that do it, I swear. Our dogs take great pleasure in it right after we've scooped the poop out of the yard. I think all of them must save it up for just such a special occasion or something.

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