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Old 05-19-17, 08:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How many is too many?

Hi All!

My name is Michelle, and I am addicted to snakes....lol

We currently have 5 normal balls, 1 pastel ball and a licorice rat snake. I am interested in a corn and my husband is interested in a milk. I am new to the forums, so I will have to figure out how to post pics.
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Old 05-19-17, 08:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Michelle. Welcome aboard! Looking forward to hearing more about and seeing pics of your collection. As far as how many is too many? As long as you can care for them all properly in terms of husbandry, housing, and feeding I say the more the merrier. I've found my happy place with 8 snakes but I'm tempted to squeeze in 2 more.
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Trying to figure out how to upload pics. Just took pics the other day.
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You have to have 5 posts before you can post pics.
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Guess I need to be posting then..... Let me work on that. Hopefully will have pics for everyone soon.
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Hi Michelle. Welcome aboard! Looking forward to hearing more about and seeing pics of your collection. As far as how many is too many? As long as you can care for them all properly in terms of husbandry, housing, and feeding I say the more the merrier. I've found my happy place with 8 snakes but I'm tempted to squeeze in 2 more.
If the Hogg Island Boa seller says he's ready this weekend, and he hasn't sold it out from under me, I'll have 10. All that's left on my list is either a Dwarf or Super Dwarf Retic and a D'Alberts Python. Anything else will be a rescue of some sort.
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If the Hogg Island Boa seller says he's ready this weekend, and he hasn't sold it out from under me, I'll have 10. All that's left on my list is either a Dwarf or Super Dwarf Retic and a D'Alberts Python. Anything else will be a rescue of some sort.
Orion, normal male ball, was a rescue from my ex-husband. He was triangular in shape when we got him. Anubis, my stepson's female normal ball, was bought from a rescue in Key West, FL. Apollo, normal male ball, was bought for $30 as a rescue from a mutual friend. Perseus and Zeus, both normal males, were rescues from someone who knew someone......

Perseus and Zeus were going to be put out in the wild here in South Carolina. They were both very bitey when we got them. Since they are getting regular feeding now, they are better. They are young, maybe a year or so old. Both of them were so underfed that you could see spine and ribs. We have had them for around a year and they are healthy looking, both have shed several times and are able to be handled more.

Phantom, male licorice rat snake, was bought from a pet store, where he was returned for supposedly biting the guy who bought him. I have my own opinion on that one. I have pics of my 12 yo daughter holding him and he is over 6 ft.

Onyx, male pastel ball, was bought from Repticon because I wanted a snake. My hubby and stepson already had Anubis and Orion.

I thought I wanted a corn snake until I saw the recent pics posted of the Rainbow Boa. My husband says I want them all. He is probably right. lol
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Perseus is lighter. Zeus is darker.
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Old 05-19-17, 12:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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How many is too many? Either when you cannot afford proper care for them all, don't have the space to house them all in adequate enclosures or when you're threatened with divorce.

Personally no 3 is my limitation and I'll have 10 or so ultimately.
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Old 05-19-17, 12:40 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I agree that "too many" happens when you don't have the space or time to house and care for them properly. So it's all relative!

For me personally, I want to have significant "bonds" (I know some people don't like that word with reptiles -_-) with each and every one of my animals, and I want to provide them with spacious and lush housing, so that limits my "will have in the future" list. My "wishlist" is definitely much longer. ^_^ And at the moment I don't feel that I have the space for anyone else, so any and all future coldblooded little buddies are on hold until I move, which won't be for at least 2 years.

As for cats? I already have too many lol.
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For me it's a space issue and to some degree a money issue. I have space for two tanks (20 gallon longs) and I have two reptiles at the moment, a gecko and a cape house snake. I also have two cats and a rabbit in my one bedroom apartment soooo I'm pushing it a little on space issue haha.

If I didn't have a space issue, I do have a somewhat money issue. As in, I feed my pay checks to my horse hahah. I wish I was joking, sort of. But that has been a life long dream of mine, way before reptiles.
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I have broken my 1 snake a month I did from about July to Nov except 2 partial impulse buys and am not buying any more until fall (then I have 3-4 babies reserved) lol I said we will wait for this year's baby crested geckos to start showing up cheap but with shipping being a minimum $40 anyway I grabbed this dark red base pinstripe with black when fired up (they can fire dark or fade based on various moods and conditions) I saw yesterday. I'm working on getting my husband to let me knock out that wall between 2 small bedrooms to make 1 reptile room for the 5-6' bull and pine snake enclosures and still fit the geckos. It's a work in progress
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Hmm...I got my Dumerils on Thursday, picked up the Southern Pine and Western Hognose today, I will be picking up my Hogg Island tomorrow, and I will probably be picking up a Taiwanese Beauty Snake on Sunday (the one I thought was sold out from under me).

No, I haven't added too many to my collection too fast...have I?

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I have broken my 1 snake a month I did from about July to Nov except 2 partial impulse buys and am not buying any more until fall (then I have 3-4 babies reserved) lol I said we will wait for this year's baby crested geckos to start showing up cheap but with shipping being a minimum $40 anyway I grabbed this dark red base pinstripe with black when fired up (they can fire dark or fade based on various moods and conditions) I saw yesterday. I'm working on getting my husband to let me knock out that wall between 2 small bedrooms to make 1 reptile room for the 5-6' bull and pine snake enclosures and still fit the geckos. It's a work in progress
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Old 05-19-17, 06:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Is adding too many too fast a possibility? We are fixing to get another ball. Family member (teen) has it and says she is having trouble feeding it......

I am determined to get a corn at Repticon in July, but my husband doesn't know it yet. lol
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Re: How many is too many?

I currently have 8...I acquired them all in short order...at least every Repticon that came through Boise for a couple years (one in spring and another in fall) and ended up with 4...got a cornsnake from Don Soderberg and a rubber boa from a place in Vegas. The most current 2 I have I got while in the state I'm currently residing in now. I had my Sunset boa shipped to me from a wonderful lady over on iHerp, and I just adopted a new baby ball python for my birthday last weekend Definitely have more planned at some point in the future
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