Ready for a new snake!

We’re adding a snake to the family, but we’re not sure which!

We’re stuck between a snow corn and a Royal Python.Here’s what I’m thinking…

Snow Corn

  • I’ve wanted a snow corn for almost a decade. When I was getting my first corn snake at 18, I was originally stuck between a snow and a carolina, and eventually chose the carolina. I have wanted a snow ever since.
  • Corn snakes are very docile, friendly snakes that grow to a nice size
  • They’re extremely ready feeders, and we’ve never had a corn with feeding issues
  • They’re super hardy, so whilst you should aim for your temps etc to be accurate, they can cope with a little variation

Royal Python

  • I LOVE the width on these snakes!! Although they don’t grow any larger (or even as large) as corn snakes, they are so much thicker πŸ™‚
  • I have wanted a royal for about 8 years, they are probably the most placid species of snake, and it’s very rare they strike – they’d much prefer to call into a ball, hence why in America they are known as Ball Pythons!
  • They don’t like large spaces, and so feel happier in a 3ft rather than a 4ft viv

However there is one huge problem with a royal – they can be VERY finnickity eaters, even if all your temps etc are spot on. It is not unusual for them to go months without eating, and some have very particular preferences eg they will only eat white mice/rats.

And I do not want to deal with that.

So I’m thinking I will finally get my snow corn πŸ˜€

I found this young adult snow up for rehoming at just Β£40, and as you can see she’s a ready feeder haha. She loves down near my parents, and as they’re coming to visit us tomorrow I’ll be asking if they can collect her en route. Hopeflly we’ll have a new addition by tomorrow! ❀

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My favourite baby mice!

Within the past 8 days, three of our female mice gave birth.

I was hugely excited for these litters; the mums and dad were all produced by us, and I had a few hopes for the babies. I wanted to produce more satins, more fawns, and babies who were ‘more pied’ than my previous litters (ie who had more white patterning on them).

Previously I was focused on breeding solid mice, or mice with adorable white nose tips (one of my favourites!), but I love pied mice so wanted to bring that back into my lines.

So far it looks like both my hopes have worked out – Glitsy seems to have produced at least three extreme satin babies, and there are four pied babies who I am utterly head over heels in love with!!

These are my favourites, three girls and a boy.

(the top girl in the photo below)

And extra babies!

Two of the youngest babies!

Milk band πŸ™‚

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I’m very proud of these litters!

I do have four girls for sale as pet mice, if anybody is interested. They must be sold in either pairs or all together.

This was my first time raising babies in a communal cage, a group of six females – three mums, one experienced mother who was not pregnant but there to help out, and two females who have never given birth. It went fantastically, and everybody helped out raising the little ones πŸ™‚

 

Po has a brother to play with!

Po is the rescue kitten we’ve had for about a month.

He’s a crazy kitty, overflowing with manic kitten energy. He enjoys playing with flirt poles and laser pointers, but he gets bored quickly. He loves playing with our other dogs, but they get bored of him, or are too tired after walks.

This energy spilled into annoying habits, most notably biting feet, going crazy when we typed, and chewing wires. He’s not a very hands on cat, and although he’s extremely affectionate and loves to lay on you, he doesn’t really like being stroked, and we’ve never heard him purr. He needed something new to enjoy and to stimulate him.

What to do?

Get him a kitten brother of course πŸ˜‰

At this point Po is about 12.5 weeks old, and the kitten we brought home was 8.5 weeks old. There is a 4 week age gap between them, yet the new dude (Bacon) is only ever-so-slightly smaller!

Bacon is a Ragdoll x Siberian cat, so he will be a big boy. Po is an unexplainable mutt, and as his mum and sibling died, he’s always been on the weedy small size haha!

Bringing Bacon home, we were nervous how Po would be. Would he accept another cat? He’d never had a kitten to play with before, what if he didn’t understand?

We initially let Bacon out of his carrier in ‘cat jail’ (a 42 inch dog crate) in case Po tried to attack – but Po was wonderful! He was extremely curious, but when Bacon would pass by (doing his own exploring), Po would retreat ever so slightly, with no hissing at all.

Within minutes I let Bacon out, and as he explored Po would creep up and sniff his new brother, then shrink back a little before creeping closer again.

I caught their first ‘proper’ interaction on camera!

Very soon after this clip, they began playing πŸ™‚

Bacon has been home a few days now, and Po is like a completely different cat.

He’s stopped biting my partner’s feet and legs, he actually accepts a few strokes and has butted his head against us, and he sleeps SO MUCH MORE!!

As for him and Bacon, they *love* each other. They’re always running about together, wrestling, and we often find them in nooks and crannies curled up napping together. It’s made a huge difference and we couldn’t be happier with the decision πŸ™‚

Relaxed Po πŸ™‚

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And Bacon cuteness!

A variety of cockroaches

The other day we brought three new roaches home, Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches.

I first owned these in 2009, and they’re fascinating little things. Although our two at the time were both females, about five months after they came home, they had babies! Unbeknownst to me, females can store a male’s sperm until they believe they’re in the perfect environment for babies…I guess we were privileged!!

A few weeks ago we decided to own Hissers again, this time with the *intention* of breeding them πŸ˜‰

I have two adults (one male, one female) and a juvie that I’m also hoping is a female.

Hissers get their name due to the incredible hissing noise they make when they feel threatened. For their size, it’s crazy loud! The best way to elicit a hiss is to tap or very gently put pressure just behind their head, where the horns are on the males πŸ™‚

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Hissers are fun and easy to handle. Unlike Dubias, they CAN climb, and they can also fit through spaces that you will be 100% sure they cannot fit through πŸ˜‰

Baby Hissers, for example, can fit through the tiny slats on plastic fish tank lids.

Dubias on the hand can’t climb, and they are also slightly different visially – for starters, males have wings, and females have what look like half wings. Despite the wings, Dubias can’t fly.

On the left is a female Dubia, and on the right is a freshly moulted young Dubia roach.

And here are our Musk turtles feeding on an adult male Dubia! I let them hunt it, then cut it into bite size pieces for them. They can eat the babies no sweat, but I don’t want to feed themΒ too many of those – I keep saying “I’ll wait until we have just a few more babies”, when at this point I think we have over 200!

 

Kittens are full of fun!

This little dude recently joined our household.

He came to us at 7 weeks old, and was unfortunately the sole survivor from his litter. Both his mum and sibling died.

Our house is pretty good for teaching appropriate play and animals socialisation though haha, and he’s a very confident and robust kitten mentally. He’s been here five days now, and we’ve bonded beautifully – I get a lot of adorable kitty cuddles on a daily basis! πŸ˜‰

His first few days home

Being a kitten, he is full of energy and fun!