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Postby Bushviper » Sat Jun 30, 2007 6:17 pm

Deathskull why are you keeping a tropical snake on fishtank gravel and then feeding it in the cage?

Firstly the gravel is always cold and does not retain moisture and secondly if it gets into the snakes mouth it will get mouthrot.

It also looks as if you are feeding live rats. That is very risky.
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Postby Death-Skull » Sat Jun 30, 2007 7:43 pm

The substrate has changed since the pic and now i use Jungle earth and I feed live is I prefer it!!
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Postby Bushviper » Sat Jun 30, 2007 7:47 pm

Feeding live is always risky because the rat can bite the snake in the eye or mouth which can be damaging.

The snake is also an exotic and you should have posted these pics in the correct forum.
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Postby Death-Skull » Sat Jun 30, 2007 7:58 pm

oh sorry
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Postby Gregg Madden » Sun Jul 01, 2007 4:47 am

I have to agree fully with BV...

If you are feeding live to something like a puff adder that will bite and release, its not that big of a deal but with gaboons, they mostly bite and hang on to the mouse/rat until it dies... You do not want a rodent to take a bite out of your snake... It can lead to all types of problem like infections and abcesses in the mouth...

Not to sound like a jerk but it seems you got a very dangerous viper without doing the proper research or finding a mentor to help you learn the correct way to keep and handle these vipers...

Sorry to rant on your thread BB... Your gaboons are beautiful...
I cant wait for my East Afican beauties to grow nice and big and breed for me...
The way these things eat, they should be huge in no time flat...
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Postby Bushbaby » Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:11 am

Thanx Gregg, I love these guys. I will be getting some West African Gaboons and Rhino Vipers in the near future... I can't wait!! I REALLY love these guys!!!

I will try get nice pics of my other Gaboon. She is even more stunning than this guy, with lots of purple and pinks.
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Postby armata » Sun Jul 01, 2007 3:24 pm

Feeding live to gaboons (and most other snakes) is a bit out of date and not necessary; and most potentially troublesome.
If a rat chomps your snake, then the wound will have to be treated - and with a gaboon means involving another person (vet Maybe). And treatment is rarely a one off thing - so this is trouble waiting to happen. Sorry to be critical; but like others we are all here to learn (I hope).
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Postby Bushbaby » Sun Jul 01, 2007 6:12 pm

As I promised pics of my other Gaboon, but first, just wanted to post a pic of why you shouldn't feed live prey.

Here's 2 reasons!!

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That was a young rat, just older than weaned and the teeth look like that. Why even risk it!?

Here's the pic of my female Gaboon, as promised. She's the camera shy one. She's smaller than the male at this stage as she seems to be a bit of a problem eater which has only come with age. As a baby I never had any problems with her. As usual, the photo's don't look as good as in real life, but you can atleast get an idea of the purple and pink I was talking about earlier.

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This is the boy in the pic on the top of this thread. Good for comparison.

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Postby Death-Skull » Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:09 pm

ok,

so where and how do i get a east african gaboon
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Postby dave » Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:42 pm

very nice BB :cool: :cool: any idea on location of these gabby's??
maybe tanzania???

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Postby Gregg Madden » Sun Jul 01, 2007 11:42 pm

Absolutely stunning BB... I do like the East Africans better than the West African.. There is just something about them... The E.A. gaboons actually average the larger fang size...

Hey BB, if you are having a problem feeding your female, try putting her in a dark box during feeding... Gaboons can be shy feeders, although its rare, it still happens once in a while...
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Mon Jul 02, 2007 8:47 am

Hi BB, I have always liked you female gabbies faded teardrop.

Is that the infamous Eucalyptus Mulch you have as bedding for her?
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Postby Hemachatus » Mon Jul 02, 2007 10:38 am

Just to add on to the Live Feeding story:

Last night I was feeding my Boa and I didnt stun the rat properly. It turned round and it bit the living hell out of me. The force of his bite can easily be compared to the pinch of wire cutters.

Not something I want my snake to experience.
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Postby froot » Mon Jul 02, 2007 10:50 am

LOL! Next time you'll make sure you 'moer the bliksem'.
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Postby Spikelet » Mon Jul 02, 2007 5:01 pm

ohhhh nice mulch BB :)
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