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Old 07-03-2013, 11:30 AM
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Theres no way to tell for sure, you can gemuess by size and weight butnit wont be affurate as they froq at different rates depending on how they have been feeding.
Vets is your best option, ask them to pop/probe it? If its a male they may be able to give you a rough idea of sexual maturity too

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Old 07-03-2013, 11:43 AM
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Hi Heathster,

I have just phoned the local vets and they dont specialise in reptiles but would give it the once over.

I do know its a male and just trying another couple of vets to see if they can help me.

I just want to make sure i am going to be feeding it what it should be fed.

Is there a good time to get the snake out for weighing ?

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Old 07-03-2013, 11:44 AM
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It could well have fed and as its thurs now...the bump would only be visible for a day or 2.
With it being soooo small and young...make doubly sure you cram out the viv with lots of hides and places to hide and you should have no probs.
As heathster said - you wont be able to guess its age but if its super tiny then it will be no older then a few months providing its fed properly.
Sexing it can be done by someone experienced by probing or popping (if its young enough for popping)
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:57 AM
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Hi Artisan,

Thats what i thought about the food situation but large mice i thought these snakes were rat eaters ?

I know its a male snake so no need for popping going to nip down the town and get some more hides for him hopefully he will feel more secure.

God i cant wait till i get the viv and get it sorted out.

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Old 07-03-2013, 12:03 PM
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Hi Artisan,

Thats what i thought about the food situation but large mice i thought these snakes were rat eaters ?

I know its a male snake so no need for popping going to nip down the town and get some more hides for him hopefully he will feel more secure.

God i cant wait till i get the viv and get it sorted out.

Many thanks
Graham
Some people do start babies off on mice but its best to get onto rats asap to save messing round when older and they are more set in their ways.
Dont do it right away....let him settle first and get around 3 feeds into him when he comes into your care...just so you know he is eating regularly, then you can start trying with rats. You can either just offer a rat thats had its head super heated in boiling water for a few seconds (this can make them REALLY want it lol) or you can get a mouse and defrost it with the rat and then rub the mouse all over the rat to scent it...doing this can make the transition a bit easier. Once on rats....they are usually fine
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Hi Artisan,

Thats what i thought about the food situation but large mice i thought these snakes were rat eaters ?

I know its a male snake so no need for popping going to nip down the town and get some more hides for him hopefully he will feel more secure.

God i cant wait till i get the viv and get it sorted out.

Many thanks
Graham
I suggested popping (if he is yoing enough) as you can tell a rough age by the maturity of his sexual organs.
As for feeding, he should be fed on something with equal girth to the widest part of his body


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Old 07-03-2013, 12:28 PM
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Hi Guys,

Once again thank you so much for the info as i think i am fretting just as much as he is. However he has just explored the rub he came in last night as i have covered one end with a dark towel and there is no lights on at the minute and he looks ok.

Think it might have something to do with the mrs cooking sasuage mmmmm.. As both snakes were sensing food i guess.
Viv has been shipped so should be here tomorrow and most of my other bits have been shipped to which is good as i will be able to get him moved into his new home asap.

I went for the ceramic bulb and holder also ordered the pulse stat from surrey pets so that should be here saturday or maybe tomorrow so all is looking well.

Feeding I will stay on large mice until like you say three feeds have been done then wean him over to rats. the way you have advised. Dont want to order in to much food so will by food week in week out just now.

One more thing could you advise me on a good supplier of frozen food.

I will look into getting the probbing done like you say they can check the sexual maturity.

Many thanks again
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:34 PM
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Be sire to get some pics up of the setting up process for the viv, then some of it completed with him in it too

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Hi Guys,

Once again thank you so much for the info as i think i am fretting just as much as he is. However he has just explored the rub he came in last night as i have covered one end with a dark towel and there is no lights on at the minute and he looks ok.

Think it might have something to do with the mrs cooking sasuage mmmmm.. As both snakes were sensing food i guess.
Viv has been shipped so should be here tomorrow and most of my other bits have been shipped to which is good as i will be able to get him moved into his new home asap.

I went for the ceramic bulb and holder also ordered the pulse stat from surrey pets so that should be here saturday or maybe tomorrow so all is looking well.

Feeding I will stay on large mice until like you say three feeds have been done then wean him over to rats. the way you have advised. Dont want to order in to much food so will by food week in week out just now.

One more thing could you advise me on a good supplier of frozen food.

I will look into getting the probbing done like you say they can check the sexual maturity.

Many thanks again
Graham
Make sure you order the bulb guard too so he cant get near the bulb (you would be surprised that they will find a way up to it and a guard is a much needed bit of kit)
I get my frozen in bulk online and its only worth doing this if youre bulk buying as you pay for delivery. Your are best with just 2 snakes....buying what you need once a month from your lical rep shop
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Old 08-03-2013, 08:17 PM
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Hi Artisan,

Thought i would make one as it would only cost a couple of pounds after watching a u tube video on how to do it as this will tied me over for starters and very simple to make.

But thanks for the reminder

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