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Old 04-29-03, 08:18 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I have found that as I got more reptiles I had to chose animals that would live in about the same
temp/hum. to make keeping them all a bit simpler.
It was much tougher to keep things that like it dry and some that like it wet ect.

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Old 04-29-03, 09:11 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I've got 18 snakes, 1 frog, 1 tortoise, 3 leopard geckos (more once the hatchlings start popping out again), 11 spiny mice, 1 rat, feeder bugs, 2 snails, and 1 little ******* (cat) all living in my bedroom with me Instead of display or naturalistic setups, I keep most of them in functional setups to keep maintenance more efficient, and I breed as many of my own feeders as I can to keep costs down (I breed mealies, mice, rats, and am working on superworms and am going to try lobster roaches soon as well).
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Man thanks for all the replies guys! They were very helpful. Illl have to start up a dayly routine.
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i bet it is easier being young and keeping them at your house. i am 15 and a fe a few animals myself . i can see it getting much harder in a few years when i have to pay my own rent and crap like that.
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We're up to 18 snakes. and feed them all the same night. we seperate the ones that share a tank for feeding, we have enough containers that each snake gets their own container. while the snakes are out for feeding we also take this time to do the full cleaning of the tanks, plus the spot cleanings through out the week. it can take 5-20 minutes a day to do the spot cleanings.
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I have 27 snakes right now, 3 aquatic frogs, and one tegu (not to mention the 100 plus breeder rats, all the mice, the 4 dogs, the cats, etc). For me it is not that bad, as I work from home, and I actually enjoy the maintance tasks of keeping up with all the animals (except the cats!! Those are my wife's!) I tend to feed everyone on the same day (but there is always one or two that won't cooperate and want to wait a day or two!). I spot clean as I need to (everyday someone seems to need something done), completely change everyone's water every day. It takes a few hours aday (but I am very meticulous, more so than most), but I also spend time handling different snakes each day (I don't ever try to get to them all in one day, not sure my hands could take that many washings, lol), so that accounts for some of that time.

On the weekends, we do complete cages cleanings and wipedowns (unless one of the big ones has shed and dumped, then it gets a complete breakdown and cleaning right then and there!).

All in all, try to establish a routine, but understand that living animals will rarely conform completely to a routine, and just deal with the issues as they come up. DON'T put them off, get them done, and you will be fine. The problems occur when you start putting things off (they will pile up quicker than you think!)

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