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    Re: Rainbow is my new SunTiger female reticulated python progression.

    Quote Originally Posted by zina10 View Post
    Oh my..

    Is that a optical illusion or is that actually a indentation above the spine and lumps and bumps along her side from FAT ?

    If so...I would dial it way back. I know that can be tricky with Retics, because of the pushing issue, but boy, that is NOT healthy and will not make for a long life.

    And that meal was not slightly to large, that was quite a bit to big While true, in the wild they can take down some pretty large stuff if they get their teeth on it, but in the wild they have to travel long distances in between meals and there may also be months in between meals. In captivity they spend 98% of the time laying around in a cage and food comes every week or 2.

    Fat animals of any kind and species will have health problems.

    But then, it may just be a optical illusion
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    I was honestly wondering the same thing. But based on photos of Rainbow from a little less than a year ago compared to the most recent, along with post history, I don't think there's any question that this is a snake that is being power fed (both in terms of prey size and frequency) and is well on her way to being obese, if she's not obese already.

    I really don't understand the allure of forcing a snake to grow more quickly, especially when you're dealing with something like a retic.
    Quote Originally Posted by zina10 View Post
    Since retics seem to be rather high strung snakes that like to move around, perhaps it IS one way to keep them more quiet/docile and keep them from pushing? To let them eat as much as they want until they become rather overweight and somewhat "lazy" ?

    I'm the first one to admit, I have NO personal experience with Retics, never owned one. So I do not pretend to be some expert and don't want to come across as one.

    I have always admired them, though, and precariously lived through others that did/do own them. Followed many of them throughout many years.
    But no, no personal experience at all.

    Just going by the pictures, of the snake and the meal that was spoken about.

    There is no doubt in my mind Skyrivers loves his snake, and perhaps it may help him if some other pairs of eyes see something that he may not, being so close to her emotionally. I don't mean to criticize, but boy, she does look rather chunky

    With all the talk about her being large and lumpy I visited my friend that breeds them with her and we had a talk. He held her a few moments and then said, "She is not fat. She is gravid." He said that she is making eggs and with her being a virgin that the eggs should be all slugs or reabsorbed. He said she looks healthy but not fat. After a quick ultra sound he estimated around 60 or so developing eggs inside her. All around 4cm in diameter. He could not get over how gentle she was and amazing to handle and how tolerant of being examined she was. She is a good girl. It was suggested to build her an egg laying box. I will this weekend coming up. I don't expect pathogenesis. I expect slugs. I asked him about her appetite. She went off food for 4 weeks during winter and then started eating after attacking Monty. After eating the big bird I gave her 3-4 weeks before offering again. He said she will most likely not eat again till she drops the eggs. Who knows. She is amazing. I do have a plan if anything viable comes out but no expectations there.

    I am sure the trolls will be coming my way but I don't care. I am raising her right.
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    I've always been under the impression that a female would ovulate and start forming eggs but if unfertilized they would simply reobsorb. Is it a normal or common to go full term and just lay slugs? I have no desire to ever breed my retics, I hope I don't have to go through all the same process's including having to take eggs from a new mother.
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    Re: Rainbow is my new SunTiger female reticulated python progression.

    Thats an interesting enclosure, is it a spray foam type of background?


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    Re: Rainbow is my new SunTiger female reticulated python progression.

    Quote Originally Posted by Snakeboyaz View Post
    I've always been under the impression that a female would ovulate and start forming eggs but if unfertilized they would simply reobsorb. Is it a normal or common to go full term and just lay slugs? I have no desire to ever breed my retics, I hope I don't have to go through all the same process's including having to take eggs from a new mother.
    Normal? I have no clue. My friend did not act surprised at all to see them developing. He did say she might absorb them. I think each animal is different and the possibilities are out there for almost anything.


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    Thats an interesting enclosure, is it a spray foam type of background?

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    Thanks. Yes it is a spray foam type. I put a lot of work building it and getting it ready for her. Sealing everything up is critical to success with the foam.

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    Re: Rainbow is my new SunTiger female reticulated python progression.

    Saw Rainbow moving around her enclosure this morning. Then she went into her pool and took a drink right before taking a huge dump in the water. Guess work for me when I get off work today. Love that she makes cage cleaning easy. Her enclosure has 3 temperature zones. Hot is 91. Medium is 80 and cool spot is 70ish. She has been hanging out on the cooler spot a lot here as of late.
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    Re: Rainbow is my new SunTiger female reticulated python progression.

    Quick photo after cleaning her pool out. She is not behaving hungry yet. The big bird was the 4th. 2 weeks and 3 d\ys and still not hungry.

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    Re: Rainbow is my new SunTiger female reticulated python progression.

    Saturday Rainbow decided it was time to eat! She went nuts tearing her enclosure apart and dumped her pool over. I fed her 2 baby ducks. Was almost a month after eating the last bird that was to big. They were not over size at all. She pounded them and then was happy again. Sunday nigh I took her out and cleaned up everything. No way I was going to bother her while she was hungry and boy was she hungry. I am not sure what to think. The US showed follicles/eggs developing but she is chowing down when offered. She is happy again, for now. Sunday she did not want to be bothered but I had to dry things up some and do a full clean up. She was pushing my hand away when I reached in. She was digesting so I understand why she wanted to be left alone. All cleaned up and dry now. She looks happy again. Love that girl.

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