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    Re: Lan Fan the Japanese Rat Snake

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    Looks like you're getting there. She reminds me of my Korean rat snake (greenish dorsal scales & yellow underside), but my male has never warmed up to handling-
    he's flighty like a racer. Oh well, can't win 'em all. At least he's brave enough to grab f/t prey from tongs now, I don't have to leave it on his "door-step", turn out
    the lights & leave the room any more. In fact, in summer he comes after the tongs too, now.
    We're still in the very early stages color-wise; I don't really expect her to change much until closer to the year mark. We'll see lol. Her belly is actually constantly pink, but in a pretty opalescent way, it just doesn't photograph well.

    She's always been eager to eat from tongs, thankfully. I got a feeding video a few weeks ago that I don't think I shared here.
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    Re: Lan Fan the Japanese Rat Snake

    Lan Fan's growing! Slowly but surely .
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    Gosh, she's so beautiful!
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    Re: Lan Fan the Japanese Rat Snake

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    Gosh, she's so beautiful!
    Thank you! Her head is genuinely blue now, but for some reason it doesn't seem to show in photos well.

    Trying to water plants in here, meanwhile Lan Fan:
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    Re: Lan Fan the Japanese Rat Snake

    I try to handle Lan Fan at least once a week; she's not particularly easy to get out of her tub, especially with how long she's getting, and she has always been resistant of getting out at first. She calms down afterwards, but the entire removal process is pretty stressful. I'm trying to encourage her to investigate my hand and the open tub when I do cage maintenance as I did with Mazikeen, but it's slow-going with how skittish she is. She is quickly approaching 3 feet, which is insane considering she's only a tiny 54 grams. So much noodly child.

    Here's a video of a recent handling session -- probably the best one thus far -- where she's trying very hard to reach my elbow lmao: https://i.imgur.com/CmSt4rB.mp4 .


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    Ha, that's a noodle-y rat snake for you...they can really hang on & climb with all that body length. She's cute!
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    Lan Fan ate yesterday, but maybe there's more food today?







    She's a year old now. Still feisty as heck.
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    Re: Lan Fan the Japanese Rat Snake

    I was able to get Lan Fan out for handling today - something I haven't been able to comfortably do since I moved back into my parent's place. Now I have my own house, and don't have to worry about my mom or her dog interrupting me.

    No recent pictures- she is officially a two-hands-on-deck snake, and as she's over 3 foot long now and lightning fast, that's not exactly surprising. She's also starting to come into her blue coloration with full force. Her head, sides, and belly are bright, almost neon blue. Her back has turned a pretty eye-catching olive-green color, and I think she has some blue coming in between her "saddles" along her back.

    She is exactly what I wanted when I looked into Japanese rat snakes, if a bit feistier than expected. Now that I have my own place, I'm going to work on getting her used to handling again and maybe get someone over to take pics while I'm at it.

    I do have one picture, but it's hard to see how bright she is without natural sunlight. Getting some UVB. I just ordered a replacement bulb for her, so she'll get the full benefits of basking when that arrives.
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    Re: Lan Fan the Japanese Rat Snake

    Finally got some pictures this morning! Lan Fan just shed.

    The lighting really affects how much she pops, it's kinda wild. To demonstrate, there's a viv pic, a full-shade pic, and a few sunshine pictures.
    Last edited by Starscream; 07-26-2020 at 10:26 AM.
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    Re: Lan Fan the Japanese Rat Snake

    Another one I forgot to include last post.
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