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Sluggies (Duberria lutrix)

South African snakes commonly known as non-venomous, including the Natal rock python (Python natalensis).

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Sluggies (Duberria lutrix)

Postby arcadies » Fri Mar 14, 2008 5:51 am

a female of mine dropped and she is VERY thin, to say the least. she has folds of skin down the bottom 2/3rds of her body, she lost so much weight. is this normal?

she also doesnt seem to be that keen to eat, i have 3 fresh slugs in with her and a small little snail.

should i just tube her and push some pureed slugs down?

ill post some pics later when i can get the camera to work
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Postby damiensharjah » Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:02 am

I've found just taking a match stick and pushing the tip of a slug gently into her mouth is usually enough, It often triggers an immediate feeding response. Good luck.
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Postby alexander » Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:46 am

when i had (and i want to get mine soon, just some complications), i took them out and presented them with a slug, about the size of each ones head. and all four would just take. When i left slugs in the tank they weren't eaten as the snakes where hiding away when you put them in and by then the slugs get away and hide.
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Postby psychomike » Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:54 am

guys what's this about?
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Postby Deon » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:13 am

Duberria lutrix not eating after giving birth.
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Postby Rob » Fri Mar 14, 2008 9:38 am

Duberria must be the easiest snake to forcefeed :)

How about a pic of the young?
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Postby boing » Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:16 am

We had one that would only take deshelled snails. Deshelling them must be one of the grossest jobs ever, but we never had to forcefeed as she would take from our hand as long as it was alive. She completely ignored slugs or snails in their shell.
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Postby Hendre » Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:29 pm

a question out of interest: where do you get snails from?

would also like to see a pic of this snake
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Postby boaboy » Fri Mar 14, 2008 1:46 pm

With mine I put her in a tank with lots of hidey holes and then put in about 10 slugs and snails then just left her for a few days and she ate again, aslo make sure that she has plenty of water and that the slugs wont be able to get out.
Also the tank was nice and moist.

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Postby arcadies » Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:20 am

BABIES:
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Same BABIES but not the mother:
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BABIES and the mother that lost all the weight (looks bad to me):
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Postby alexander » Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:30 am

cool! can i get some of those? or must i still get my own? hope the female pulls through.
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Postby arcadies » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:38 am

i think you still need to get your own Alex
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Postby Dragon Breeder » Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:13 am

wow, they resemble slow worms (Anguis fragilis) so much as juveniles
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Postby froot » Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:35 pm

Very nice Arcadies, how big was the clutch?
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Postby arcadies » Sat Mar 15, 2008 1:54 pm

15 live and 2 slugs, the other female should pop anytime now aswell
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