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    Re: 2019 0.1 Rockhampton Coastal Carpet Python Progression

    It's funny when they hiss like that,when they that little.
    really cute tho

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    Re: 2019 0.1 Rockhampton Coastal Carpet Python Progression

    Quote Originally Posted by richardhind1972 View Post
    It's funny when they hiss like that,when they that little.
    really cute tho

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    No hissing actually. Just fast, repetitive strikes anytime I so much as moved a finger near her head. Shes so adorable lol. I think I might name her Sally Jo... my paternal grandmothers first name and my sister in laws middle name. Open to suggestions/feedback.


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    Re: 2019 0.1 Rockhampton Coastal Carpet Python Progression

    Took her third meal a few days ago and have handled her the last two nights. Pretty high strung but seems to do better when hooked out of her tub and then get my hand underneath her. Only landed maybe 2 strikes tonight out of 4-5 shots at me.
    I already want all the other Morelia now...



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    Ha!

    I knew youd like the species.

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    Sounds like we're having similar adventures with our first journeys into morellia.

    Fernie has 3 meals in her and is currently in her first shed cycle with me. As of last night her eyes looked like they were just starting to clear, so a few days still.

    She was the same way her first 2 handling sessions. Struck at anything that moved, probably landed 10-12 her first two nights, one actually drew blood, hahaha. It's hilarious! Her last few handling sessions were worlds apart and she's seemed to realize she doesn't need to bite EVERYTHING. She's taken a few random strikes, but I feel like she's already "turned the first corner" so to speak. I'm happy to let her get it out of her system now while it's still cute though!

    I can't wait to see her all shiny and new!!! I'll update Fernie's thread post shed.
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    Re: 2019 0.1 Rockhampton Coastal Carpet Python Progression

    Quote Originally Posted by Craiga 01453 View Post
    Sounds like we're having similar adventures with our first journeys into morellia.

    Fernie has 3 meals in her and is currently in her first shed cycle with me. As of last night her eyes looked like they were just starting to clear, so a few days still.

    She was the same way her first 2 handling sessions. Struck at anything that moved, probably landed 10-12 her first two nights, one actually drew blood, hahaha. It's hilarious! Her last few handling sessions were worlds apart and she's seemed to realize she doesn't need to bite EVERYTHING. She's taken a few random strikes, but I feel like she's already "turned the first corner" so to speak. I'm happy to let her get it out of her system now while it's still cute though!

    I can't wait to see her all shiny and new!!! I'll update Fernie's thread post shed.
    Sounds like youre having fun too! Ive definitely found that approaching her with a closed fist vs extended fingers minimizes her striking. Still a nervous, high strung baby either way. But even over 3-4 handling sessions shes calmed down at least a little.

    I caught her in arboreal hunting position the other night on her perches. Way cool! I think Ill eventually move her and my Suriname into the two halves of my giant 8x32x24 cage and give the Argentine Boa the 6x2.5x1.5 cage. If the argie gets big enough to need an 8 cage then Ill get another at least 4x2x2 for the carpet, put Leonard in the 6, and Mirabelle in the huge 8 footer.

    That will be plenty of time to plan around all of that considering how slow boas grow. I sat in my snake room for a good bit last night just picturing how Ill divide and decorate the big cages again. Either way, shell do a bit of growing out in half a T8 once I get a divider for the T25 and move the boas in there



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    Re: 2019 0.1 Rockhampton Coastal Carpet Python Progression

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcrook View Post
    Sounds like youre having fun too! Ive definitely found that approaching her with a closed fist vs extended fingers minimizes her striking. Still a nervous, high strung baby either way. But even over 3-4 handling sessions shes calmed down at least a little.

    I caught her in arboreal hunting position the other night on her perches. Way cool! I think Ill eventually move her and my Suriname into the two halves of my giant 8x32x24 cage and give the Argentine Boa the 6x2.5x1.5 cage. If the argie gets big enough to need an 8 cage then Ill get another at least 4x2x2 for the carpet, put Leonard in the 6, and Mirabelle in the huge 8 footer.

    That will be plenty of time to plan around all of that considering how slow boas grow. I sat in my snake room for a good bit last night just picturing how Ill divide and decorate the big cages again. Either way, shell do a bit of growing out in half a T8 once I get a divider for the T25 and move the boas in there



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    Oh I'm definitely head over heels in love with morellia already. I don't want to get ahead of myself, but since bringing her home I may only add arboreal/semi-arboreal species moving forward. It's such a cool change from the rest of the crew.

    Feeding while they're perched is so cool too. It's so fascinating to see the differences between terrestrial species.

    I've been picturing her "forever enclosure" in my mind too, I'm so stoked to set it up.... eventually, hahaha. I think I'll go 6*2*2, even though it'll likely be more than she'll ever need. But if she'll use the room I'll give it to her.

    So far I've had some luck with sliding my hand under her all flattened out when approaching. So all my fingers are tucked in tight and my hand is perfectly flat. I actually go in palm down and she seems ok with it. I think we're essentially accomplishing the same thing with our fingers tucked in.

    I wish I got into morellia sooner, that's for sure!!!
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    Re: 2019 0.1 Rockhampton Coastal Carpet Python Progression

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcrook View Post
    Took her third meal a few days ago and have handled her the last two nights. Pretty high strung but seems to do better when hooked out of her tub and then get my hand underneath her. Only landed maybe 2 strikes tonight out of 4-5 shots at me.
    I already want all the other Morelia now...



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    Whoa!! Hold on here.

    I didn't see any photos when I checked from my phone earlier.
    This adds a little more to comment on.

    First off, I totally dig the pattern. I like how contrasty he is even at this young age.

    Secondly, I love the size at that age. They are super entertaining because they climb and you sometimes find them in places you would never think they'd be.

    My guy on his first night here.



    The size reminds me of my girl back in the day.


    You made a great choice!

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    Re: 2019 0.1 Rockhampton Coastal Carpet Python Progression

    Thanks, Gio! I actually came across those pics last night cruising old threads on here. I dont think I had ever seen pics of Jewel that young. Super cool!

    Just got home and found the new girl (I think I may have settled on Sally Jo as her name) up in her perches in ambush mode. I love it!

    Cant wait to get her in an enclosure with better visibility. Im already playing mental Tetris in my snake room thinking, where/how can I fit a bredli, and a Brisbane, and an inland, and... oh boy





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    Re: 2019 0.1 Rockhampton Coastal Carpet Python Progression

    Quote Originally Posted by jmcrook View Post
    Thanks, Gio! I actually came across those pics last night cruising old threads on here. I don’t think I had ever seen pics of Jewel that young. Super cool!

    Just got home and found the new girl (I think I may have settled on Sally Jo as her name) up in her perches in ambush mode. I love it!

    Can’t wait to get her in an enclosure with better visibility. I’m already playing mental Tetris in my snake room thinking, “where/how can I fit a bredli, and a Brisbane, and an inland, and... oh boy”





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    Boy I screwed up on my post. Poor grammar, and I called my GIRL a guy at one point and also referred to your girl as a guy.

    I love the last pictures you posted.

    They really like to climb and perch.
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