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Old 09-11-03, 02:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Record Keeping

Hi all i have never really kept records of my herps too well i dont no why but i was wondering if some of you could help me out i need to no what to keep records of ( feeding,fices,pee,sales buys,people i buy from, deaths, trgedys, and what not etc) so could some of you give me some tips basically on what i need to keep record of and how ofen and how to keep it orginized such as a file cabnit etx.

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i use a spiral not book and document pees poos, feeding, wheught of food, weight after pees and poos, vet trips, what vvet says, any abnorm behavior, physical abnormalities, and i also not the date of whatever i note
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kool thx i am still open for any suggestion
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I have simple Windows Word documents for each snake. At the top it says species, where and when I got it.

Down in colums it just has feeding dates, what they ate, and one for notes.

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I only keep records of feedings and sheds.
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HCS(?) and snaketracker are two records programs, you just have to print hard copy on occassion to prevent record loss
 
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I now keep everyone in Rubbermaids that are housed in a Melamine rack. Beside each rubbermaid I have 2 cards.....a feeding card and a breeding card. On the feeding card I keep track of what they've eaten, what they've refused and what medications they've been given. On the breeding card I keep track of who they were bred by, ovulations, when eggs were laid and how many were laid.

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I also use a simple Word document to keep track, and I record: Feedings, which includes the date, what they ate, how much it weighed, and the status of the prey (ie., F/T). If they didn't eat that night for whatever reason I make note of it; Weight gain; Defecation dates; and Shed dates (the date I first start noticing them go into a shed and when the shed is complete). In the shed I also make note of whether or not the shed was successful (ie., one full piece and no assistance required) and any retained eyecaps.
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kool thank you all for the info
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I use an excel spread sheet I designed. It has worked well for me and I'll email you the file if you'd like to have a look at it.

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Put "snake records" in the subject...
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Old 09-11-03, 03:52 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I used to track, date and time of feeding. Amount of food items offered and weight of meal. Food type, rat or mice and refusals. Temps at the time of feedings. Deffications and sheds and the snakes weight at the time of shed.
Now my system is almost identical to Coreys.
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I understand the desire to track every little detail about your snakes, but how many of you actually use the information, and for what?

A breeder I could understand, so that when you sell you could show that it's eaten and shed, etc., but for the average hobbyist?
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When reptiles get sick they don't show it like we do so your first sign of illness will be to go off feeding or something wrong with thier bowel movements.
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Oh man I can't tell you how many times it has helped me.

I am forgetful and with anywhere from 8-30 snakes to feed this year I totally relied on the records. I couldn't remember who if anyone had skipped, who I was feeding this week (my males only eat twice per month) or anything. the records let me look back.

Also my male cal king stopped eating for three months this year, it was easy to look back to last year and see its around the same time as before, so most likely just his norm.

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I keep records of feedings, sheds, and records if by some chance they received vet care. I use an MS Excel document to keep them in.
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