Eden

Keep herptiles or something else which isn't a fish?

Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-08-25 10:08

Eden is a Californian King Snake - one of the best tempered ones I've ever met.
She's another random rescue, about four foot long with a pearl shine and lives in a heated plastic box on my bedroom floor.

Eed's is very laid back, doesn't mind being handled whatever (so long as it's not for a few hours after dinner for obv reasons), and was even very friendly whilst milk-eyed. (That's when snakes are due to shed, the lens covering the eye goes cloudy. Normally they get very bad tempered, stuck in a skin too small and practically blind)

In fact, she's only bitten me the once, but it was my own fault. And boy did she do a good job of it!
Picture the scenario - she's wandering about on my bed (I've trained her to understand NO - a light touch on her back tells her that's far enough), I'm not paying attention because I'm on the laptop. My hand is laid still, it's warm, pink and fleshy. Understandably, she thought "DINNER!"

BANG! She'd got me. I yelled, but didn't pull away. Like when a cat gets you, if you pull away, it just locks in and does worse damage. So I sat there for about three minutes wondering what the hell to do until my brain clicked into gear. She was busy trying to turn me round and consume me, so I yelled for my housemate. He promptly tried to grab her with a towel. She didn't like the towel, kept her firm (and painful) hold on my middle finger, and twisted to get out of it's reach.

At this point, I commented through gritted teeth: "I've got hold of her head with this hand, and her teeth are in my other hand - she isn't going to get you." *sighs* He put the towel down and grabbed where I told him to, whilst I dunked her breifly under cold water. (Snakes don't like cold water, and it washes the blood away)

By now, I'd got my other finger and thumb firmly on her jaw, and could gently start to prise her mouth open - she gave in, and slowly let go, allowing me to unhook her teeth.

Bless her, I gave her such a fright shouting. She's forgiven me since, and will come to play happily now - and it's taught me a lesson - no matter how laid back your snake is - it's still a snake.

And she pooped all over my carpet.
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Postby bnalbino » 2007-08-25 20:05

awesome pics, thanks for sharing that
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Postby Kev » 2007-08-27 09:38

Oooooh another snakey on AFF lol, as you said, even if they are laid back they are still a snake... Phant has tried to have a go at me a few times but failed miserably, he seems to be getting the message now lol.

Nice snake though IBF, what size mice you got her on?
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Postby oxymoron » 2007-08-27 19:23

hehe... i just got de-ja vu from msn.
she looks good! Is it only me that hasn't been victim to a snake bite? Noodle has only ever struck my shaddow, i think he must have thought i was a sneaky lil mouse.

how many snakies do we have on aff now then?
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Postby Kev » 2007-08-28 21:45

3 that I know of.... could be wrong, may be one slithering in the shadows the the forum somewhere lol
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-08-29 18:01

She's on fuzzies at the moment, but I need to go up a size - she's still hungry after.
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Postby sharkdude » 2007-08-30 12:39

*shakes head @ IBF*
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2007-08-30 18:48

It was my own fault, and she's not done it again. Although, she has taken to going to the toilet on my stuff.
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Postby Kev » 2007-08-30 20:09

lol, I would suggest not handling for an extra day then if she has been pooping on your stuff. I think Phant may be moving up a size in terms of food soon... been taking 2 pinks per feeding recently
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