Where to Buy

Where to Buy

Postby JOHAN123 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:36 am

Hi,

Where can I buy a Albino Female red tail boa baby?

Thanks!
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Re: Where to Buy

Postby JJward7 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:41 am

Hello Johan they will be a ill hard to find at the moment but I could recommend going to the expo coming up on the 7th & 8th of September I am sure you will find something there at a reasonable price
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Re: Where to Buy

Postby JOHAN123 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:48 am

Thank you. I was wondering if I should perhaps wait for the expo in April - May. I want to buy a couple of Ball pythons too.

I have been breeding corn snakes for a wile now, but want to add some other kinds of constrictors to my collection.
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Re: Where to Buy

Postby JJward7 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:52 am

Yeah that would be better due to most breeders babies hatching close to that time as now breeders are all still in the paring stages.
You say you breed corns I have 3 pairs that I would like to breed I have already put them through a cooling down period and have just stated feeding again but I don't really understand how to get the right conditions in order for them to mate would you be able to help me with any information that you can recommend.
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Re: Where to Buy

Postby kfc223 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:01 am

I think BushBaby (Heidi) might have some left, you could contact her or Bushviper.
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Re: Where to Buy

Postby Blake » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:03 am

If Heidi doesn't have any left titan reptiles in benoni have a few baby albino red tails left.
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Re: Where to Buy

Postby JOHAN123 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 11:19 am

Hi,

For corn breeding I follow this post that was made on this forum. Every year I have 100% hatch rate.

How to breed some of the most commonly kept Colubrids
(Cornsnakes, California Kingsnakes, Pueblan Milksnakes)

This document contains information and methods that produced successful clutches of eggs over a period of many years. Other individuals use different methods and time frames with equally successful results. The dates used herein is related to the seasons in the southern hemisphere.

Age
I prefer a female to be at least three years old and a male two years, as optimum breeding ages. I found that if you breed a female at two years, she will lay less eggs per clutch for the rest of her breeding life. If you wait an extra year, she will lay larger clutches, and in most cases be able to lay two clutches per year. If you count the eggs over her breeding life, you will get more eggs in total from a female which started breeding later.

Breeding cycleThe new breeding cycle starts just after the female laid her last clutch of eggs. In this part of the cycle, the snake’s weight is brought back to optimum by heavily feeding and supplementing with calcium and other vitamins. If a female lost a lot of weight, take special note of her recovery, otherwise she may have to skip a breeding season. Exercise seems to be an important factor in the prevention of egg binding. Provide branches and other elevated structures in the cage, or handle the snakes regularly.

Brumation
A lot of discussion has taken place whether to use the term “brumation” or “hibernation”. I personally prefer to use brumation, as it more accurately describes the process that the snake goes through in captive breeding conditions. It is very important to make sure that the snake’s gut is cleared of all food before starting the brumation cycle. During this cycle, do not handle the snakes, as they have a very slow heart rate at this time. Only change the water each week.

Feed the snake for the last time in the third week of May. Keep the temperature in the cage on the normal 25 - 28oC until the end of the first week in June. While maintaining the temperature, the light cycle can be adjusted, gradually reduce the daylight hours.

At the end of the first week in June, start reducing the temperature in the cage with the aid of a thermostat every second to third day, until you reach ± 15oC. The daylight hours should be reduced as well. After two weeks of reduced daylight hours and at ± 15oC, switch off all sources of heat and light.

During the first week in August, start increasing the daylight hours and temperature gradually over the next week. Start by feeding a small food item as a first meal, and feed normally after that.

A female will always shed before she is ready to be mated. Take that shedding and put it in the male’s cage, it usually prompts him to start roaming his cage in search of the female he smells. After a day or two, introduce the female into the male’s cage. This is important, so that the only change to his familiar environment is the introduction of the female, otherwise, he will start exploring his new environment, instead of focusing on the female. With Cornsnakes and California Kingsnakes, mating will usually take place within 30 minutes, Pueblan milksnakes take a bit longer. After copulation has taken place, remove the female, this is especially important with Kingsnakes and Milksnakes, as they are cannibalistic in nature. Place the female with the male two more times over the next 10 days.

Successful fertilization should have taken place. Heavily feed the female (with calcium supplementation) for as long as she wants to eat, she will stop when she feels the eggs are growing and space for food becomes a problem. After she started refusing food, try small food items every week. The males usually stop feeding after the first copulation, but offer food every week.

A female will always shed before she lays her eggs. The eggs will be laid 10 – 14 days after the pre-lay shed. Provide two nest boxes when the female starts going blue for her pre-lay shed. A nest box can be a plastic container with a hole in the lid, filled halfway with moist vermiculite. I found that if you do not provide a choice of nesting sites, she may lay the eggs in the water bowl, or on the substrate in the cage. By the time of the pre-lay shed, have a container with sterilized vermiculite ready, so that the eggs can be transferred to it immediately after they are laid. Make sure not to rotate the eggs.

Incubate the eggs at a constant 27oC. The incubator should be switched on when the snakes start mating, this is to make sure that it runs at a constant temperature before you place the eggs inside. Temperature fluctuations may result in a poor hatch rate, or deformed hatchlings. Incubation will take between 56 and 61 days.

After the first hatchlings cut the eggs, I cut the rest of that specific clutch open (a long slit down the length of the egg). Use very sharp scalpel blades to prevent too much movement of the egg during cutting. The reason for cutting the eggs, is that the hatchlings cannot always cut through themselves, because the shell may be too hard due to low humidity or the calcium content may be too high. To date, I have not experienced a negative effect due to cutting, but have lost a lot of hatchlings by cutting too late.

After the female laid her eggs, offer a small food item the next day, and heavily feed her after that. If her weight and general condition looks good, place her with the male again after two weeks. I generally prefer to let a female lay only two clutches per season.

I do not slit the eggs when they begin hatching. I also only open the egg containers in the incubator once a week for a minute or so for fresh air.

Hope this helps.
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Re: Where to Buy

Postby JJward7 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:50 pm

Cool thank you very much that is a great information thanks for the help
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Re: Where to Buy

Postby JOHAN123 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:48 pm

Hi Blake,

Do you know what the go for at titan reptiles in benoni?
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Re: Where to Buy

Postby Blake » Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:09 pm

No idea bud. You will have to go there and find out or contact the owner mark. Pm me and I'll send you his number.
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Re: Where to Buy

Postby Reynard » Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:57 pm

Hi there Johan. I know for a fact Repzotix have. Females are R3500 and males are R2500. Just google them and you will get their contact details. Good luck!
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Re: Where to Buy

Postby putridity » Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:10 pm

I know Bjorn still has 1 or 2 left.
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Re: Where to Buy

Postby kfc223 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:39 pm

Only males.
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