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Old 04-09-04, 11:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Things you've learned the hard way??

I was wonderring if ya'll could spill the beans on some mistakes you've made, lessons learnt, etc. as you enterred the reptile keeping world.

I learned one today.

- Came home and checked on the snakies. Noticed my hoggie's tank was messed up, very unlike her. Opened it up and found my sweet little baby with the thermometer sensor stuck on her head

I use the indoor/outdoor probe thermometers. The probe part on some has a sticky side so you can stick it wherever. I had mine stuck in her container, and somehow she had "opened" the sensor, so that the sticky part was still sticking to the wall, the sensor itself was in the tank, and the casing of it was stuck on her head, just barely above one eye.

LUCKILY, this part was not as sticky as the piece stuck to the tank. But still, she needed a soak and very gently I was able to peel it off with no damage, thankfully.

I never even thought this could happen.

Lesson: be very careful as to where you put a thermometer probe....../ remove anything that could stick to your animal. etc.
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Lesson: any crack, gap, or hole in a snake tank will become noticed and used!!

Lost my snake twice, and luckily both times i woke up and heard him knocking things over lol
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Dont wash your hands in your croc pond.. And Never let your tortoise taste your cat.
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Never stick tank background to the INSIDE of a tank as tape is NOT your friend when it comes to snakes
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Dont wash your hands in your croc pond.. And Never let your tortoise taste your cat.
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LOL just realized what I wrote.
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dont put the enclosures near a heat vent even if it is closed.
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What a dirty mind, condabroad...
Remember to keep the humidity high with retics, if not it will build breathing problems through time and could become too late at some point.
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1) Even the biggest ball can fit through a tiny hole, and at the same time, just because your snake doesn’t bother trying too escape for over a year doesn’t mean she wont one-day venture out a small hole. 2. Pet store animals are VERY poorly treated and should be avoided. 3. Turtles are not slow animals, and AMAZING escape artists, never turn away even for second if they are unconfined. And 4.Some turtles seem too LOVE jumping off stairs.
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Never reach into an under water crevice you cant see into when your chest deep in water and only think you know whats in there!
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never try to take a dead rat away from a burm just because you think she wont eat it...
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Triple the caution on that for a retic...
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dont brumate male snakes unless you want to breed them, horney male snakes are VERY noisey.
A 6 foot high fence is no match for "action tortoise", they are suprisingly good climbers
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Ditch loose substrate, snakes are good burrowers and can get belly burns very easily.
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