Taking Norman to the vet tomorrow. I'm concerned that he hasn't been gaining much weight despite eating and have concerns about a respiratory infection. A couple weeks ago he started clicking and popping occasionally but only if I picked him up. Since he was in early early shed I didn't want to stress him out with a vet trip, plus I wanted to be sure it wasn't because he was going into shed (I don't know if that was the right choice or not!!). Well, he shed and for about 5 days I didn't hear any clicking or popping. I even checked the inside of his mouth a day after he shed and there were no bubbles. Well, this past weekend he started clicking and popping again and displayed some minor bubbles when I checked his mouth. So I booked him in once the exotic vet opened on Monday and the earliest I could do was tomorrow. Wish the little guy luck. Now I'm concerned that the last picture of Norman wasn't a yawn but was mouth breathing since his head was dangled down and although it looked like a yawn (it was short and looked like a big stretch) I'm not sure. I took it probably day 3-4 after his shed when I thought he was okay. Anyways, hopefully everything can get sorted out for the little guy and I can find out if it was something I did wrong in his husbandry. RI's are usually due to husbandry problems and my best guess would be humidity problems as I probably make it a bit too humid during shedding to compensate for how dry it is here. Last month's shed I noticed that there was a bit of mold. Replaced all his bedding and disinfected but I don't know how many hours he was exposed to the spores. He did eat the other night for me, along with hasn't displayed any symptoms other than the ones I have mentioned. #normansandboa
🌼lavender boy🌼 ••••••••• One day I need to take a picture of my three Kenyan's together. Since Kenyan Sand Boas aren't known to be cannibals (or at least not that I have heard of...some keep them communally although that doesn't interest me whatsoever) I would feel comfortable taking pictures with them together. Nonetheless they will be supervised. Definitely wouldn't do it with my other snakes, especially my kingsnake 😂 #normansandboa
EDIT: he ate for me tonight 😂. My lil guy. He has been my troublesome one lately. I'm trying again tonight, but he has been the only one of my snakes who is rejecting food (other than Raku for a hot minute but that was a while ago). Tried everything! It's been about 2 weeks, so not the worst food strike. But still, he has hardly gained any grams the past couple months. Worried about him a bit, if I get him eating good and he still isn't gaining much weight I'm going to take him to the vet. He used to eat great, but ever since he has turned a year old, he hasn't. Luckily he isn't getting skinny, and has remained hydrated. If anyone has any tips, I have tried the usual things to try to get him to eat. I'm trying to avoid live at all costs. Tried both rat and mice and it's the same. Also tried braining. #normansandboa
It's the last day of January, and the last day of my "moody blues" theme. Tomorrow I will be announcing the winner of February's theme. Thank you to all who voted on next month's theme via my story poll. It was a close one! Here is handsome #normansandboa 😍. Look at that lil tongue (aka catfish whiskers).
I am happy to have gotten my new snake (hypo Florida king), check out my story to see her beauty! She is lovely. Giving her some time to settle in, although she is already pretty comfortable I have noticed. Here is Norman, who now has another bright orange buddy. Of course, they will never meet, especially considering my new girl is a king snake 😂 #normansandboa
I am doing a bit of a cool & dark theme for the month or two. I'm feeling dark and moody pictures lately, probably because this time of year is especially bad for mental illness. Anyways, I'm loving this picture. This was actually my Christmas tree skirt, because Norman is in shed right now so I can't take pictures. #normansandboa
Happy #tongueouttuesday 🌧, I dug up this gem while I was looking for a picture to post today. This was taken an hour or two after a sprinkle of rain, and it was warm enough that I could take Norman and get some pictures of him. Next summer I hope to get more shots like this. I absolutely love the look of water droplets... really gives a fresh look to a picture. #normansandboa
Part 2/2 of my animal welfare regarding photography: This time I'm going to talk about outdoor snake photography 🏞. Outdoor photos are my favorite but before I even step outside with my snake I make sure: It's hot enough outside (hence why I no longer can take pictures outside until the spring), it's not raining/too windy, and only have one snake (same applies for inside handling). Now the rules once out: 1⃣. The most important thing is knowing your snake. For example, Kiira is the only one I feel comfortable taking into the forest right next to our house because she is slow and is tame as can be. My others have gone on the edge of the forest (except Raku) at most 2⃣. Not placed near hazardous spots (animal feces, dead animals, near water, pesticides, sharp objects, and toxic or irritating plants). 3⃣. Kept away from animals. For my other pets, that would be my chickens, cat, and horses. But this also includes wild animals like birds. Watching my surroundings and staying close to my snakes if they are on the ground. Oh, that includes arthropods that could potentially cause harm/ discomfort to my snakes (ants, bees, wasps, spiders, large beetles, etc.) 4⃣. Just like inside (or more), ALWAYS watched and stayed within half an arms length when they aren't being held. 5⃣. Only out for 5-15 minutes at most, gauging stress level of the snake. If distressed, it's time to go inside 6⃣. I am almost always holding them. Even when on the ground (except for Raku), I like to have one hand in charge of the camera and the other holding the their body. When "on" trees (never just left to balance on branches although I'm sure they could do it) I am firmly holding them. They are always supported by a few points, usually by my hand exclusively but at worst they are supported by branches and my hand. They have that body support and any reaching out is not forced by lack of such. I have never had one slip out of my grip, they can still shimmy out but that takes time. 7⃣. Not put near places they can escape or get lost (holes, under brush, under buildings). Their well-being is my main concern. I enjoy sharing them and hopefully making these animals more respected! #normansandboa