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Old 20-05-2019, 02:03 AM
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This sub-forum is labelled as - Introductions - The place to say "Hi" if you're new - well, I'm gonna turn that around and use this post as an exit.

I joined this forum 2 days after buying my first snake (sold to me with a 'life-time' viv that was about a third the right size and also completely the wrong substrate). My next snake was sold to me by a different shop with a mat but no stat, and a light bulb with no guard. So, I had a few things to correct from the get-go. Despite that shaky start I still consider some reptile shops to be fabulous places (the trick is finding the right ones!).

This forum has been a valuable resource and through it I've met some great people in real life. I've traveled great distances to collect snakes, taken on a few challenges, put one snake out on breeding loan, and swapped a few snakes. I've also seen some stunning set-ups and in most cases the parents of the snakes I've bought. While far from expert I would not have been able to breed the 3 species I bred without the help of the people generous enough with their time to share their knowledge. That willingness to share and discuss is invaluable, please don't stop. I only hope that I have in some way done my bit by sharing my own first-hand experiences with y'all.

Earlier today (Sunday) the last of my snakes were collected/re-homed as I need to take a break from the hobby for a couple of life reasons. This included a snake from the first clutch I bred (he popped out of egg #2, and I still have the egg). At the moment I view this as a fairly long term and possibly permanent break?

I will always remember the day I decided that my king snake was so cool that he would totally understand if I fed him by hand and not with the tongs - and that was my first (and last) feeding bite! With very little pride I can admit to being nipped on the fingers, hand, knuckle, and forearm... and a couple of weeks ago on the belly! All the face strikes have missed. Clearly those snakes loved me very much indeed.

The biggest mistake I made was migrating from my initial "all vivs" set-up, to "a bit of viv and RUBs", and then to "all RUBs". Dumb decision - dumb move. I am still a big fan of rubs and they have their place "for certain species at certain times in their life" ... but they are a very poor substitute for a proper set-up. Stop making excuses.

This will probably be my last post. PMs will continue to patch through to email as I'll keep in touch with a few people on here.

Thank you very much for keeping me absorbed, educated, and inspired ...
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Old 17-07-2019, 07:14 PM
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Sad to see anyone leave, but hopefully it is the right move for you at the moment.
Unfortunately, the bug won't leave and I hope to see you back here with a bigger and better collection one day.

Look after yourself, be well and I will be waiting for the welcome back post in the future.

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Old 18-07-2019, 01:03 PM
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This sub-forum is labelled as - Introductions - The place to say "Hi" if you're new - well, I'm gonna turn that around and use this post as an exit.



I joined this forum 2 days after buying my first snake (sold to me with a 'life-time' viv that was about a third the right size and also completely the wrong substrate). My next snake was sold to me by a different shop with a mat but no stat, and a light bulb with no guard. So, I had a few things to correct from the get-go. Despite that shaky start I still consider some reptile shops to be fabulous places (the trick is finding the right ones!).



This forum has been a valuable resource and through it I've met some great people in real life. I've traveled great distances to collect snakes, taken on a few challenges, put one snake out on breeding loan, and swapped a few snakes. I've also seen some stunning set-ups and in most cases the parents of the snakes I've bought. While far from expert I would not have been able to breed the 3 species I bred without the help of the people generous enough with their time to share their knowledge. That willingness to share and discuss is invaluable, please don't stop. I only hope that I have in some way done my bit by sharing my own first-hand experiences with y'all.



Earlier today (Sunday) the last of my snakes were collected/re-homed as I need to take a break from the hobby for a couple of life reasons. This included a snake from the first clutch I bred (he popped out of egg #2, and I still have the egg). At the moment I view this as a fairly long term and possibly permanent break?



I will always remember the day I decided that my king snake was so cool that he would totally understand if I fed him by hand and not with the tongs - and that was my first (and last) feeding bite! With very little pride I can admit to being nipped on the fingers, hand, knuckle, and forearm... and a couple of weeks ago on the belly! All the face strikes have missed. Clearly those snakes loved me very much indeed.



The biggest mistake I made was migrating from my initial "all vivs" set-up, to "a bit of viv and RUBs", and then to "all RUBs". Dumb decision - dumb move. I am still a big fan of rubs and they have their place "for certain species at certain times in their life" ... but they are a very poor substitute for a proper set-up. Stop making excuses.



This will probably be my last post. PMs will continue to patch through to email as I'll keep in touch with a few people on here.



Thank you very much for keeping me absorbed, educated, and inspired ...


Youíll be back ... Iíve tried to leave the world of tropical fish about 5 times over the last 50 years but I am keeping them currently ( again ).

Snakes are far more addictive Iíd suggest ...


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This sub-forum is labelled as - Introductions - The place to say "Hi" if you're new - well, I'm gonna turn that around and use this post as an exit.



I joined this forum 2 days after buying my first snake (sold to me with a 'life-time' viv that was about a third the right size and also completely the wrong substrate). My next snake was sold to me by a different shop with a mat but no stat, and a light bulb with no guard. So, I had a few things to correct from the get-go. Despite that shaky start I still consider some reptile shops to be fabulous places (the trick is finding the right ones!).



This forum has been a valuable resource and through it I've met some great people in real life. I've traveled great distances to collect snakes, taken on a few challenges, put one snake out on breeding loan, and swapped a few snakes. I've also seen some stunning set-ups and in most cases the parents of the snakes I've bought. While far from expert I would not have been able to breed the 3 species I bred without the help of the people generous enough with their time to share their knowledge. That willingness to share and discuss is invaluable, please don't stop. I only hope that I have in some way done my bit by sharing my own first-hand experiences with y'all.



Earlier today (Sunday) the last of my snakes were collected/re-homed as I need to take a break from the hobby for a couple of life reasons. This included a snake from the first clutch I bred (he popped out of egg #2, and I still have the egg). At the moment I view this as a fairly long term and possibly permanent break?



I will always remember the day I decided that my king snake was so cool that he would totally understand if I fed him by hand and not with the tongs - and that was my first (and last) feeding bite! With very little pride I can admit to being nipped on the fingers, hand, knuckle, and forearm... and a couple of weeks ago on the belly! All the face strikes have missed. Clearly those snakes loved me very much indeed.



The biggest mistake I made was migrating from my initial "all vivs" set-up, to "a bit of viv and RUBs", and then to "all RUBs". Dumb decision - dumb move. I am still a big fan of rubs and they have their place "for certain species at certain times in their life" ... but they are a very poor substitute for a proper set-up. Stop making excuses.



This will probably be my last post. PMs will continue to patch through to email as I'll keep in touch with a few people on here.



Thank you very much for keeping me absorbed, educated, and inspired ...


Nooo ... thereís a new law .. something to do with Brexit that prevents members from leaving !!!


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All the best. Hopefully it won't be a permanent thing. I have had to shrink my collection in numbers and in the size of snakes I keep. I'd hate not to have any at all. It can't have been an easy decision but I'm sure it's one you felt was necessary at this time. Good luck and hope to see you back here one day.
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The biggest mistake I made was migrating from my initial "all vivs" set-up, to "a bit of viv and RUBs", and then to "all RUBs". Dumb decision - dumb move. I am still a big fan of rubs and they have their place "for certain species at certain times in their life" ... but they are a very poor substitute for a proper set-up. Stop making excuses.



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