Sluggies (Duberria lutrix)

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

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Postby rubida » Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:06 pm

Nice one, I see some of them are shedding. How long before the first shed?
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Postby arcadies » Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:37 pm

@ rubida:well the first one must of shed within 3 days of being born.

so shes still not eating. i tried putting a very small slug in her mouth, she did not take, i have put in a small deshelled and a shelled snail in with her, and she hasnt taken.

i have made a "puree slug/snail milkshake" type effort that i am going to to tube he with tomorrow, (3-4ml?)

do you think tubeing with hills a/d would be a bad idea?
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Postby jka » Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:47 pm

arcadies are you part of a breeding program or are you breeding just for "fun"?
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Postby rubida » Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:58 pm

Try to offer her an electrolyte solution to drink (Durows- if I spelled it correctly now). Soak her first and see if she drinks on her own.
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Postby arcadies » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:37 pm

@jka: a breeding program

@rubida: she drinks on her own, but doesnt want to eat at all, only option i rate at this point is to tube her, but with what is the question.
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Postby rubida » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:46 pm

First offer her then electrolyte solution and wait a few days before tubing.
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Postby ylangylang » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:52 pm

I might sound not too well informed, but what exactly is a electrolyte solution?
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Postby arcadies » Sat Mar 15, 2008 11:55 pm

@rubida: thx buddy ill try that then get back to you

@ylangylang: its a solution of salts that help with rehydration, mainly sodium, calcium, potassium and various other salts
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Postby damiensharjah » Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:35 am

Those babies are the cutest snakes I've ever seen.

Thanks for sharing. :D
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Postby Bushviper » Sun Mar 16, 2008 1:28 pm

I once arranged a gravid slugeater for some friends in Berlin. She gave birth to 5 babies and they raised them on little red earthworms and eventually like the mother they fed them snails which they bred in their tropical fish tank. These snails are actually pests that arrive with the plants and the pet shops were too happy to give them away. They would crush the shells and then give the meaty parts to the snakes who would happy slurp them down.
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Postby arcadies » Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:23 pm

12 more babies and 2 more slugs, from the other female (pictured above)

the first female has eaten 1 slug so far bout as big as her head, if not smaller.

now to try get 27 matchstick-snakes food. woe is me
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Postby Bushviper » Tue Mar 25, 2008 6:40 am

To make things a lot easier find a suitable damp release site and give them all a big send off. Release them in batches of three in various sites so that they stand a good chance of surviving. Try to make sure that it is within 20 km of where the parents were found.

If you wish to keep two pairs to increase your husbandry skills there is nothing wrong with that though. The rest deserve a chance to get food before winter sets in.
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Postby SnakeT » Fri May 23, 2008 12:50 pm

Hi, my son came home with Duberria Lutrix snakes yesterday, I have put them in a fish tank with sand at the bottom and added a few rocks and water bowl.I know they eat slugs and snails. What else can you tell me about these snakes, what does the babies eat and how do I tell between M & F
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Postby Bernice » Sat May 24, 2008 6:35 pm

Oh dear acardies, thats alot of baby mouths to feed...

I could have offered you the 'mystery snails' I have breeding like crazy in my fish tank, but cape town is a bit far to send them... :-?

Try your local fish shop... ask them if you can come and collect the snails off of their plants, Im sure they will only be to happy to let you have them. :D
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Postby damiensharjah » Sat May 24, 2008 7:27 pm

Hi Snake T.

I'd replace the sand with very lightly moistened garden soil or compact earth. Some nice leaf litter would probably be appreciated too.You always find these guys in moist conditions. Not wet, mind you, but just the moist side of dry. The babies simply eat small snails and slugs. There are already a few handy tips on this thread regarding babies and inducing the species to eat.
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