Tequila Sunrise goes back to the vet shortly so they can re-do the culture and sensitivity.
Looks like Slice has like four kinds of bacteria so onto antibiotics he goes. He’s still eating like a champ and behaving normally. SMH-ing at myself right now, I’m pretty sure this is a direct result of me not checking all four corners of his cage for poop and then him sitting in/spilling some of his water, and then me washing/refilling his bowl not realizing it was probably enough to warrant a full cage clean right then and there. Lesson leaaaarned I got so used to him pooping by the doors where he usually hangs out I didn’t even think about it. On the flip side, although it sucks, I’m really super glad this is not a respiratory issue.
Question for the reptile people of tumblr: I would like to get either a Blood Python or Sumatran Short Tail eventually. So my question is if anyone has noticed any temperament difference between the two?
followers, any input?
Sumatrans are supposedly more laid back, but that’s based on older anecdotes..more modern reports on the short tails as a whole seem to be in consensus that all three species can be perfectly well behaved if calmly and confidently handled from a young age. They’re all prone to being headshy and defensive of their cages, but heck, my corn snake is headshy and defensive of her cage, so make what you like of that.
Mind y’ that’s based on reading and not owning since my short tail ain’t actually in my hands yet.
This is from a really small sample size (2 Sumatran short-tails and 3 blood pythons), but IME the short-tails are way more chill.
My bloods are easy enough to handle but they’re also very wary and seem to be expecting betrayal (some more than others). Pongo and Charlie are easy to handle and it isn’t like they are going to bite, but they kind of tense up and don’t trust me with new situations. Even Snakey, my calmest blood, is like this to an extent.
The Sumatran short-tails were/are very trusting. “Oh new situation? That’s cool. Oh you’re holding me high off the ground? Well that’s fine, you haven’t hurt me and nothing bad has ever happened so that’s okay. I’m good with this. That camera lens pushed in my face all intimidatingly? Hmm suspicious but I’ll let it go. I’ve never been hurt and I have no reason to think you’ll eat me.”
If the keeper makes a wrong move/error, the blood is more likely to throw an extended fit over it. For example, I had Svid out and he was climbing the other day. He slipped and hissed a bit, but calmed down quickly. If that was a blood, it might have been game over at that point and I’d have had to put them away to calm down. I’ve had my bloods just… freak out, and not calm down, if you put them in a bad situation or one they don’t like. I’ve never had a full freak out with a Sumatran short-tail.
I can basically do anything at all with Svid, and Amber was the same way. Completely chill and tolerant. The bloods are more particular and seem on the whole to be more nervous and wary animals. However, it varies individual to individual. Snakey is much more tolerant of new things or mistakes than Charlie is, but she still isn’t on Svid’s level. You can almost handle Svid like a toy. He’s darn near child-proof. There are some bloods like that, but I think it is more common in the Sumatran short-tails.
However I will say that the difference isn’t significant enough that I’d necessarily choose one over another. They’re all easy to handle, the bloods just have shorter fuses if you’re going to make a mistake and they get uncomfortable with actions and situations more easily IME. Even then, putting them away and letting them calm down is pretty easy to do. Once you learn the individual and stop doing what sets that snake off, they’re all easy to handle.
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Cleaned out the Russian rat and swapped around his furnishings a bit. He seems keen on his new taller piece of bog wood and is currently stretched out on it with his butt on his shower perch.
yourhusbandrysucks was interested in how easy these kind of set ups are to clean. Spot cleaning orchid bark is pretty quick and easy. A full clean does take longer than changing paper and sooner or later that branch or the bits of slate will get pooped on but a bit of hot water and reptile disinfectant sorts it out pretty quickly. The plastic of the tub is really easy to wipe down and keep clean. Watching the snakes make full use of all their furnishings is worth a little extra time spent cleaning!
What a killer set-up. Man.
Rainbowsnakes, yes I did see your Russian Rat Snake post and now I’m creeping through all of your old stuff and reblogging it. Hi! :D
Still a scrawny little thing with a ways to go before it’s up to weight, but looking better each week.