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    Re: Toref/Torefet: Varanus Tristis Orientalis/Freckled Tree Monitor

    Quote Originally Posted by samsonact View Post
    hey dakski, i've seen so many post from you about a lot of different reptiles. what is in your full collection?
    I have 6 snakes and 7 Lizards.

    2 Corn snakes, 2 Boas, 1 BP, 1 Carpet Python, 3 Leopard Geckos, 2 Rhacodactylus (1 "Chewie" and 1 "Leachie"), 1 BTS, and Toref, the Freckled Tree Monitor.

    See below with descriptions and links to everyone in the collection and the "almost complete" reptile area. Waiting on Toref's tank and new tanks for the Rhacodactylus.

    https://ball-pythons.net/forums/showthread.php?260185-My-Collection-is-Complete-I-am-done-acquiring-reptiles

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    Re: Toref/Torefet: Varanus Tristis Orientalis/Freckled Tree Monitor

    Update on Toref.

    I had a scare yesterday.

    I hadn't seen Toref in a few days and he hasn't been eating. I needed to clean his tank (weekly maintenance - not much waste in there since he hasn't been eating). I began taking things out; wood, hides, etc. NO TOREF! I figured he was under the paper, but didn't hear him and usually he's running around like mad at this point.

    Oh no! Is he okay?

    Once everything was out, I ruffled the paper, looked down, and his head was peaking out the side, but he was very calm. I freaked. Is he injured, sick, etc? I lifted the paper and panicked again, for a second. His head and upper body were turned 45 degrees or so from peaking out the paper at the corner, but his body was straight against the back wall of the tank. He looked terrible. Flimsy and his skin looked loose.

    Turns out, they shed in pieces, like a bearded dragon. He shed his back about 10-14 days ago and now was shedding his sides and stomach.

    HE'S FINE!

    I guess he's not too hungry when shedding, which is common for Frank (BTS), all the geckos, etc.

    He did freak a little when I went to pick him up, but not as bad as normal. Additionally, I learned my lesson and have a big net now. I hold it in front of the tank in case he tries to jet.

    He let me (not exactly willingly) pick him up and put him in a moist hide while I cleaned his tank. No pooping on me, and no crazy movements. He was a little squirmy, but I would say it was the best "holding session" yet. I wouldn't say handling session, because we are not there yet. Contact is limited to transport at this size. However, positive steps.

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    Re: Toref/Torefet: Varanus Tristis Orientalis/Freckled Tree Monitor

    Glad all was ok Dave and he didn't do a runner again

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    Re: Toref/Torefet: Varanus Tristis Orientalis/Freckled Tree Monitor

    Quote Originally Posted by richardhind1972 View Post
    Glad all was ok Dave and he didn't do a runner again

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    Rich,

    Did I mention the big net?

    He is also chilling out a little it seems, but time will tell.

    Will be easier when he’s full size. Won’t be able to lose him so easy. Also, supposed to be much calmer as adults, especially if you work with them.
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    Re: Toref/Torefet: Varanus Tristis Orientalis/Freckled Tree Monitor

    Quote Originally Posted by dakski View Post
    Rich,

    Did I mention the big net?

    He is also chilling out a little it seems, but time will tell.

    Will be easier when heís full size. Wonít be able to lose him so easy. Also, supposed to be much calmer as adults, especially if you work with them.
    Definitely worth putting the effort in now he is young then, good luck Dave

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    Re: Toref/Torefet: Varanus Tristis Orientalis/Freckled Tree Monitor

    Glad he wasnít mia or sick. Itís amazing how well they can hide with almost nothing in the cage. He was just helping you get a little cardio.
    Other Snakes:
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    - 1992 0.1 Bci; Hudson 1988 1.0 Colombian rainbow; Yang 2002 1.0 Corn snake; Merlin 2000 1.0 Solomon Island ground boa; Kett 2015 1.0 Diamond Jungle Jaguar carpet python; Dakota 2014 0.0.1 Childrenís python

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    Eli 1990 1.0 Normal; Buttercup 2015 1.0 Albino; Artemis 2015 0.1 Dragonfly; Orion 2015 1.0 Banana Pinstripe; Button 2018 1.0 Blue Eyed Lucy; Piper 2018 0.1 Piebald; Belle 2018 0.1 Lemonblast; Sabrina 2017 0.1 Mojave; Selene 2017 0.1 Banana Mojave; Loki 2018 1.0 Pastel Mystic Potion; Cuervo 2018 1.0 Banana Piebald; Claude 2017 1.0 Albino Pastel Spider; Penelope 2016 0.1 Lesser

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    I guess this counts as his "terrible twos"...I can't wait to see what he has in store for you when he's a "teenager"! So glad all is well!

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    Re: Toref/Torefet: Varanus Tristis Orientalis/Freckled Tree Monitor

    Toref has been super secretive lately and hiding a lot. He was shedding and that was part of it I assume, but I also added some hiding spots and he's using them.

    I'd rather he feel secure and happy than be out all the time. It's not like I never see him, but he's being a little secretive of late.

    GOOD NEWS THOUGH!

    I put in a bunch of insect parts today (I'd been offering every other day the past 7-10 days as he was pecking at it or not eating at all). He ate the majority of them.

    That makes me happy. Now I know, like Frank, and my old beardie, George (RIP), he gets a little grumpy in shed and tends not to eat. No problem. Now I know not to worry.

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    Re: Toref/Torefet: Varanus Tristis Orientalis/Freckled Tree Monitor

    Toref is doing well. He's been very shy of late though. Today, I moved him down to the reptile area. He's still in his small tank for a while, but I wanted him in a quieter place. See if that helps him come out of his shell a little.

    He was pretty calm when I picked him up and ran up my arm. We had a stand off first. Him puffing and me rubbing his tail and back leg. He did not run though, well then. He ran when I went to scoop him, but quickly calmed down when I did.

    He smelled me a bit, so maybe he will begin to realize I am not a threat?

    Also, I woke him up as I moved him before his lights went on. I figured he would calmer.

    Pictures in this thread: https://ball-pythons.net/forums/show...62#post2684462

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    Re: Toref/Torefet: Varanus Tristis Orientalis/Freckled Tree Monitor

    WOW! The move made all the difference. Quiet and calm down there. He let me walk up to the cage and put his food in. He then proceeded to gobble it down. Videos below as well as a few pictures.











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