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Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
8:51 am - Scale Problem

Background: My corn snake is about 2 and a half. He is in a 20 gallon long tank, with an under tank heater at one end. The low temp hovers between 70 and 75, the high between 88 and 95. He has lots of hides and a big water dish. He has about 2 inches of aspen bedding. He used to have a wet hide, but this scale problem showed up so we took it out. His scales improved, and the sheds have broken up since then but otherwise were complete and fine. We feed frozen/thawed and as far as I can find, there is nothing sharp or dangerous in his tank. He's eating and behaving like he always does.

So, now he has this weird scale thing again and I can't think of why or how to address it. It looks almost like he was cut and now it's healing. Any ideas on what's wrong or how I should treat him?

Pictures of the problem:




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Sunday, June 27th, 2010
8:27 pm - Anorexia

Hello! I have a question and I hope someone may have an answer.

I have two female leopard geckos, Claudia (6 years), and Chlio (4 years). Neither one of them have really eaten for over a year now. I've tried numerous times to offer food, and every so often, they'll eat maybe one cricket or one worm, then cease to show interest. They're both alert, active, and the picture of health otherwise. Their tails have shrunk, but overall they don't look malnourished. I keep dishes of multivitamin powder and calcium in with them, which they munch on occasionally. I mentioned their anorexia to an exotics vet (during an appointment for my bird) and he said not to worry about it, and to just monitor them to make sure they're healthy.

Does anyone know why or what this is? They both used to be very voracious eaters, and Claudia was even overweight at one point. Is this brumation? I keep the temp steady and nothing has changed in all my years of owning them. Any input would be appreciated :) 

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Thursday, June 3rd, 2010
2:00 pm - Crocodile skinks, Triblonotus gracilis...

Does anyone have any experience with this species? Better yet, does anyone know of a reputable breeder? I've had a love affair with them for some time now, and I think I'm ready to bring reptiles back into my home.

VMSHerp has a care sheet here but I can't remember if they're a good source of information...I've been out of the loop for way too long.


xposted around for extra exposure, apologies if you see this more than once.

current mood: hopeful

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Friday, March 26th, 2010
11:03 am - Russian Tortoise dropped in my lap...

So my sister's ex-boyfriend ditched out and left all his reptiles behind. She was able to re-home the friendly ones but no one wants this under-handled Russian Tortoise and since I'm the animal person he was dropped into my lap with nothing...
He does hiss at me but I haven't tried to pick him up yet... gunna get gloves first, I've been bitten by a red-eared slider so I think I wanna avoid another bite like that.

I looked up a care sheet and did get him some organic romaine lettuce for the time being as I don't get paid til the 1st.
Her ex has had him about a year and I have no idea what type of awful care this poor guy has received from that idiot. I'm gunna estimate he's just a little over a year but have no idea. Is there a way to age these guys?
I would love any tips you guys have as well as links to good sites or other communities that can help me with this guy.
I'm getting him a UV/heat lamp ASAP as he does not have one and I know he does need one.

As of right now I'm not sure if I will be keeping him or finding him a new home. I've been wanting a reptile but wasn't expecting one yet.

Any advice would be awesome.

I was given the OK to keep him so I'm going to. Any advice on hand-taming would rock.
Here's a little group of pictures along with his new name.

click image for full view

current mood: anxious

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Friday, December 25th, 2009
11:56 am

Merry Christmas from Wednesday!


A few more...Collapse )

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Monday, April 6th, 2009
11:28 pm - the feds wanna' take your pets [x-posted]

On April 23rd 2009, The Natural Resources Committee of the U.S. Congress will hold a hearing on H.R. 669, a resolution that will in effect ban importation, interstate transport, and the private ownership of most birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish as pets. Should HR669 be adopted as written only the following nonnative animals
would be allowed:

-Cats (Felis catus)
-Cattle/Oxen (Bos taurus)
-Chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus)
-Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris)
-Donkey/Asses (Equus asinus)
-Domesticated Geese (family Anatidae)
-Domesticated Ducks (Anas spp.)
-Goats (Capra aegagrus hircus)
-Common Goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus)
-Horses (Equus caballus)
-Llama (Lama glama)
-Mule/Hinny (Equus caballus x E. asinus)
-Domesticated Pigs/Hogs (Sus scrofa domestica)
-Domesticated Rabbit vatieties (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
-Sheep (Ovis aries)

Should this resolution be adopted into law as written it will have a devastating impact on every pet owner and business in the United States.

Action is needed TODAY to protect your rights to keep your pets! (So call/email/write your local congressrep voicing your opposition)
Click the link below for more information and what you can do to protect your pets:

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x-posted to pertinent communities
EDIT: I made quite the... Equus asinus of myself, believing what was circulating before studying the bill. That list is only the definition of domestic species. No list has been agreed upon yet. LINK FOR ACTUAL BILL

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Thursday, December 4th, 2008
9:41 am

This coming Sunday I'll be part of a responsible reptile ownership day and I am attempting to create two pamphlets for it. One on mbd and one on the damage that snakes can suffer if fed live food... I've got the information I need, but I'm looking for photos of both situations... Anyone seen any good ones?

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Saturday, October 4th, 2008
8:27 am - Turtle In Maine

I am looking for someone experienced with turtles that wants to adopt a red eared slider. He was dropped off at the pet store I work at, he has shell rot which he's currently on antibiotics for. The problem is, I'm leaving this pet store and going to work at another. The manager doesn't know how to care for him and so I've agreed to take him home until I can find him a better home. I love turtles, but I have more then enough animals and can't care for yet another.

I'd prefer he go to someone who has owned a red eared slider in the past and knows their care.

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Friday, October 3rd, 2008
7:54 pm - This is why I hate children:



Legally accountable or not, this kind needs beaten to within an inch of his life.

current mood: enraged

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Thursday, July 31st, 2008
9:43 pm

I have a monitor that I wanted to trade for another reptile. Is it cool to post that sort of stuff on here or not? I just wanted to check as I am a newbee :)

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
9:52 am - Moving with herps...

My Fiance and I are moving at the beginning of August and we are trying to figure out how to move the herps and when to move them as to not stress them out to much. We will be moving the following:
0.1.0 Bearded Dragon
1.0.0 Egyptian Sandfish Skink
0.0.4 Crested Gecko

Any tips or suggestions are very welcome as we don't want out pets to get stressed out to much.
x-posted: herp_lovers, herpers, herptalk,reptilefreaks

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
1:16 am - Help... Please?

Sooo Andromeda, my female, layed eggs about a week and a half ago...

And I need some help.

I candled the eggs, and did see evidence of veins and what appeared to be an embryonic form inside the eggs.

However, now the eggs are caving. A lot. And I have no idea why. 

My temp in the Hovabator is stable. And the humidity is at about 70 percent. The are snug in the vermiculite. So... I dont know what else to do. I'd really like to be able to produce a clutch... I gave them a misting to see if that would help a few minutes ago.


And then there is Andromeda. She is, as she was after laying her first set of eggs, rather thinner. Her tail is pretty thin, and her skin hangs a bit around her abdomen where the eggs had sat.

Which, is pretty normal post-egg laying, and usually she eats up and goes right back to normal.

However, she is still refusing food. She doesn't care for mealworms (at all, usually), but I can usually tempt her with a pinkie. No dice. I've tried her on both this past week, and she has no interest what so ever. She'll watch the worm crawling for a moment or two, and then the gecko ADHD kicks in and she forgets about it.. And when I tried to offer her pinkies, she just shook her head (literally... what a Diva) and would walk away. I'd try to wiggle them in front of her and she'd like run away from it.

I just don't like seeing her so skinny and not interested in food.

Any ideas? I put 2 drops of a herp electrolyte supplement into her water when I refilled it today, and she eagerly drank soon after I set the bowl down. I'm hoping that stimulates her appetite a bit.

I keep a small bowl of calcium in her cage at all times. Although she seems to just like walking in it and making a mess with her little footprints all over the cage...

So, I'm cross posting this to a few Herp and Leo communities... Any help!??! I love Andromeda, and I really want to get her back to fat and healthy (like her lard-arse mate, Draco... who is a freaking fatty. what a pig)

All ideas and help would be greatly appreciated!!!!

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Sunday, April 6th, 2008
2:54 am - HerpPins.com news

x-posted to applicable communities
if this is deemed inappropriate
i'll gladly delete it per request

I try not to barage myspace too much with HerpPins.com updates, but theres a lot of new things worth mentioning.
  • Entire new line of 50+ 1.25" designs
  • All designs available as either magnets or pins
  • LOTS of new discounted multi-packs of pins/magnets
  • More bandwidth! People should no longer recieve bandwidth errors when visting the site

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Sunday, December 30th, 2007
2:08 am - I created a REPTILEGEEKS.com profile

So, I found out about this site the other day and created a profile (albeit, for herppins.com). Basic premise is a social networking site (like myspace) for herpers.

If you have a profile add me and say hi! Its kinda' sparse at the moment, but could have potential.


x-posted to misc. herp communities

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Monday, October 22nd, 2007
12:28 am - new paintings



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Monday, October 15th, 2007
4:21 pm

Hi! I'm new to this community and to reptiles as well. My boyfriend and I just purchased a two-year old leopard gecko, and are trying to make his tank set up as nice as possible. He was living in a very small 5 gallon tank (and that's a liberal estimate of the size) prior to coming into our hands. He's now in a roomy 20 gallon tank. We would love to make it as nice as possible for him to live in.

I was wondering if anyone knew of any good reputable websites that sell cage backgrounds, accessories, and any other supplies. Any tips that you guys have to make his transition into our ownership easier for him would be great too! Thanks!!

x-posted in crested_geckos and reptilefreaks

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Monday, October 8th, 2007
8:25 pm - Aussie coastal carpet pythons (X-posted)

The other night i arrived home from work just in time to catch Mineko in the (shedding) act:
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And here is baby Toguro who also shed a few days ago:
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<3 <3 <3

current mood: full

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Thursday, October 4th, 2007
10:05 pm - Wednesdays a Girl!

So today on my way home from work (I work at a vet clinic) my mom calls me to tell me that my, what I thought was male, bearded dragon had laid and is still laying eggs! I started freaking out worrying about her and feeling horrible cause I didnt have any proper laying conditions for her. If I would have gotten a phone call an hour earlier I could have talked to the vet (who happens to be a local exotics vet filling in with us) and asked more info. I called our vet tech who knows a bit about exotics and I used Dr. Internets and feel more confident and not so worried about her now. So far shes laid 17 eggs and I've moved them into a soft sandy corner just in case she plans on laying more or burying these ones. I think, hopefully shes done though, I offered her fresh water and choices of veggies and fruits. She drank some of the water and shes now standing back by the eggs.

I feel so proud of her. I'm also pretty happy that shes laying them, I'm assuming its a good sign that shes healthy and comfortable in her enviroment. I'll be taking her to see the vet to have a check to just to make she shes fine. And I'll for sure be running to the vet if at any point she seems uncomfortable. I love this little spiky little beast.

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Thursday, July 26th, 2007
9:45 am - Cage questions

Has anyone here used the cages at Cages By Design for a large snake? I have a 12 foot burm and I need a new cage for him. I was also looking at the Vision Cages but the CBD cages look so much nicer

current mood: curious

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Saturday, July 14th, 2007
11:29 am - Tank/Cages.

Everyone should post pictures of their enclosures for all their reptiles in the comments. I am trying to get ideas for my new one and I also like looking at other people's.

Littlefoot's tank and some other pictures.Collapse )

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