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Old 01-27-04, 01:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What has taught me...

I was thinking back on my initial knowledge before I joined and all the stuff people have taught me.

I joined ssnakess having one snake and thinking I was insane for being all obsessed with reptiles. All my friends wouldn't give me the time of day with reptile talk unless it was to show them how my python ate.

I joined here after Marcus Jayne told me it exsisted because I wanted to learn more about breeding.

When I joined, I didn't know anything about proper temperatures, humidity, lizards of any kind, I didn't know there were reptile vets, I didn't realize how poorly the local pet store cared for the reptiles, I didn't know any scientific (latin) names for herps, I thought my snake was a Children's Python and I thought that having ONE snake I was lucky.

Coming here, I first immediately learned about IBD and quickly after posting pics and telling people how she was growing, learned that I have a Spotted Python. I then saw care sheets and searched out one for my snake and saw proper temperatures. (The Pet Store guy told me to just give her a heat lamp and that was it). I was then hired at the pet store and my knowledge continued to grow as I researched every animal they had so that I could offer them better housing. I then found out the joys of lizards, like Savannah Monitors and Fat Tail Geckos.

My most recent teachings from the members here was when Montey was in a VERY bad shed because of winter, and you guys taught me about humid hides instead of raising the ambient humidity.

But most importantly I learned that I was not alone in my love for reptiles and that this hobby is actually a growing obsession. And I have met some amazing people while being here

I joined ssnakess with minimal knowledge of snake care, no knowledge of things like care sheets and reptile vets, medicine, home remedies, etc. and the only knowledge I really had to flaunt was the fact that I've been reading about snakes since I was 3 years old...

I know, for me at least, has made me a better owner and caretaker for my reptiles and has definately made me some great friends

(Yes I felt like ranting lol) Anyone else have a similar experience?

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Old 01-27-04, 01:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Amen to that, is all I have to say.
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Old 01-27-04, 01:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Very well said Jenn
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Old 01-27-04, 01:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Id have to say exactly, almost
I didnt know a lot about reptlies and i had 2 leopard geckos that i didnt know what i was doing...i had 3 frogs and 1 died because i didnt know what the heck i was doing...i ended up selling the other two because i didnt want them to die but then i signed up to this site through a chat because i wanted to learn more and i foudn this site...i can say now im officially obsessed!!
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Without sites like this, where almost no judgement is passed for 'newbie' questions, many of us would not know near what we know now, and for that, we all deserve a round of applause.
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:thumbsup: I agree, everybodys willingness to answer questions is what makes this place great!
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Good post, serpentlust.

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Old 01-27-04, 06:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Yeah this place rocks

I watch every snake documentary on discovery and TLC that I can, but they don't teach you even 10% of what you can learn on the site just by reading or chatting with people.
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Old 01-27-04, 06:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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ha ha if it wasnt for collide, i wouldnt be here, lol and i would have known about the reptile shows, and thats when i first got my reptile(chameleon)

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I agree, this place is very friendly and the amount of knowledge here is unreal. Way to go everyone
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I do credit this place for a lot of the knowledge that I have now. I never would have thought that I'd be speaking latin! *L* The people on here have been very helpful to me in both the knowledge of herp care and invertebrate care. You all know who you are.
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Yup, awesome site!

I think we <b>ALL</b> grow, learn and progress as a community because of the wealth of knowledge and willingness to share on the part of the members of this site. We also learn from the mistakes of others, the "stupid questions” of others and the down-right poor husbandry of others. Without all of those elements, this would be just another herp site where you could expect to be insulted for asking “newbie” questions.

This is truly an invaluable resource for knowledge and even a place to make a few friends.

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That is so true...I started off with a little leopard gecko and also worked at a pet store to feed my reptile obsession. My collection is growing slowly but the obsession will never die. Ive learned so much from this site and soon enough when i got the money ill get that gold cup. SSNAKES.COM i thank you !!
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