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Old 11-07-16, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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New Black Rat

I ended up adopting a 2yr old black rat on Saturday. Guy told me it only eats live mice. Well I offered frozen last and and it took without any issues. It ate 1 mouse and 1 rat pup.

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Old 11-07-16, 07:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: New Black Rat

really nice looking snake. he must have been really hungry! hope he stays on frozen for you.
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Old 11-07-16, 08:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It could have been hungry or just a good feeding response. It's not underweight or malnourished looking. It has an attitude to match its hunger. That is one thing I know for sure...lol. I'll have to do some handling work with this one and see if he/she calms down.
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Nice snake Dave do these go jet black like MBKS
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Old 11-08-16, 01:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Nice snake Dave do these go jet black like MBKS
Some of them get almost completely black with some very faint pattern. Really depends on the genes and locality. My area of Pennsylvania produces very dark black ones. They start out patterned and get darker as they age.
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Old 11-08-16, 01:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Niiiiice pickup! You're gonna have to charge admission soon to your reptile house.
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Old 11-08-16, 04:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Here's a better full body pic. I'm hoping it eventually gets darker and more if the pattern vanishes.

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Some of them get almost completely black with some very faint pattern. Really depends on the genes and locality. My area of Pennsylvania produces very dark black ones. They start out patterned and get darker as they age.
He's still a beautiful snake no matter how he turns out mate but keep us posted with updates please it'll be interesting to see if he does darken down more
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I'd expect him to settle down, black rats aren't usually nasty tempered snakes IME.
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I'd expect him to settle down, black rats aren't usually nasty tempered snakes IME.
I'm sure it will calm down over time. I don't believe the past owner handled or worked with the snake much. It was in a very small aquarium that was filthy dirty. I'm guessing it was only fed and watered and given minimal care.
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Re: New Black Rat

Oh thats a cool looking rat! he will probably settle down yeah
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Here's a freshly shed pic. It took this guy nearly 2 weeks to finally shed. I was starting to think something was wrong.

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He's a beautiful snake Dave has he settled down any for you mate
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Great looking critter Dave!
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He's a beautiful snake Dave has he settled down any for you mate
Thanks Dave. Yes, he's calmed down a lot. Still somewhat defensive while in the enclosure, but very nice to handle when he's out. He was quite grumpy while in shed though.
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