My small indigenous collection

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My small indigenous collection

Postby jka » Sat Sep 13, 2008 5:22 pm

I thought I would post some update photos of my house snakes and of my two new additions an Aurora and a Mole snake.

My female:
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My Male:
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A keeper from her first clutch:
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Babies from her second clutch:
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Here is my two new snakes:
Mole snake I got her on 13 August:
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Lastly my Aurora I got her on 4 September
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The mole snake is feeding well on a large thawed rat a week, and the aurora feeds on live fuzzies I'm trying to get her on thawed as well.
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Re: My small indigenous collection

Postby Sico » Sat Sep 13, 2008 5:52 pm

That mole snake is awesome :) how long is it?
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Re: My small indigenous collection

Postby jka » Sat Sep 13, 2008 5:55 pm

I'm really not sure haven't measured her but I think about 120cm.
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Re: My small indigenous collection

Postby gaboon69 » Sat Sep 13, 2008 7:12 pm

Leka snakes bud.
Finally got too see them! ;)
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Re: My small indigenous collection

Postby Pythonodipsas » Sat Sep 13, 2008 8:06 pm

Nice snakes JKA. Its a pleasure to see such passion with our common indigenous snakes.

In the second last pic, are those craushed blue gum/eucalyptus leaves on the substrate (carpet?) It's look like bluegum seed capsules there too. I ask because I think the fumes would irritate the snake. You hardly ever find snakes in gum plantations.
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Re: My small indigenous collection

Postby jka » Sat Sep 13, 2008 8:39 pm

Thanks for the info regarding the tree the leaves and capsules are from two different trees but I have taken them out, I Google'd the capsules looks like some sort of Eucalyptus.

I think indigenous is the way to go but not everyone thinks so, if you post something about corns everyone has something to say but post something about a house snake nobody is interested. This is just the feeling I'm getting.

I think that with most of the common snakes in the pet trade you get the indigenous version/counterpart so why go you and snow corn if you can get a house snake. This is with the exception of pythons and boas.
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Re: My small indigenous collection

Postby Durban Keeper » Sat Sep 13, 2008 11:45 pm

I'm pretty sure most people know how enthusiastic I am about our indigenous reptiles. It's one of the reason's I consider myself lucky to be South African!
My wish list for 2009 is like 20% Exotic & 80% Indigenous...

JKA, Awesome collection! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, & in my eyes, snakes like the Aurora beat any corn morph one could possibly consider having as a pet hands down!
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Re: My small indigenous collection

Postby Nitschei » Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:22 am

Do you have all these snakes on permit?
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Re: My small indigenous collection

Postby jka » Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:15 am

Yes, We need permits for all our reptiles in the Western Cape.
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Re: My small indigenous collection

Postby Nitschei » Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:36 am

Even for exotics?
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Re: My small indigenous collection

Postby jka » Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:41 am

Exotics or indigenous it doesn't matter. We need permits for all of them.
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Re: My small indigenous collection

Postby Rishaad » Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:28 pm

That Aurora is stunning. I just love the way that orange line breaks up that beautiful green.
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Re: My small indigenous collection

Postby jka » Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:48 pm

I saw an "yellow phase" aurora it was really amazing, but nothing can beat a nicely coloured green.
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Re: My small indigenous collection

Postby Slayer69 » Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:30 pm

I've had the privlage to see all the snakes except the aurora :(

Lovely collection, very inspiring for me who is just starting out.
Am hoping to grow my collection in the indig direction with the exception of a Spider Ball I would like to get.
If I'm not mistakened I can see my female I got from you in the pic with the BHS hatchlings!
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Re: My small indigenous collection

Postby jka » Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:54 pm

Yea, that is your female. I could'nt get a decent pic. How is she doing?
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