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Old 03-12-2014, 01:19 PM   #31
 
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Lol! Okay, so no bricks. Guessing that rules out dumbbells too? That rulers out anyone who works for PetSmart! XD
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Old 03-18-2014, 10:55 AM   #32
 
How's the little man?
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:47 PM   #33
 
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Doing very well. I left him alone for a couple days (save for misting and water change) because he was going through his first shed here. During or after that, he had his first bm. The misting seemed to help him with his shedding and he didn't jurk or react negatively to me doing it. His colors are strikingly vivid and deep post shed. He's become even more fond of being touched now, especially along his back and under his chin. Dad thinks it's because he's a bit itchy, but I was thinking that he's responding more because he can feel our touch better now that he's shed.

Also, got the thermostat in! Working like a charm.
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Old 03-18-2014, 07:52 PM   #34
 
Did he shed in one full piece?
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:46 AM   #35
 
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It was more like 3, but I think that has something to do with his upbringing because he was much paler colored and rough when we got him.

It was kind of weird because it looked like he was shedding 2 separate layers of skin. That's what it looked like from all the skin together plus how he looked midshed. There was one layer peeling back that was either under where some was already loose or had shed. He still has a little piece on his forehead which I haven't touched for fear of rubbing it off prematurely and hurting him. His eyes are clear though.

The little man went 2 days without being held so he could shed in peace so when I went to change his water (I was gonna leave him alone for 3), he wouldn't have it. He even fought me about going back in his cage! Kept crawling back in my hand.
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Old 03-19-2014, 07:13 AM   #36
 
Did he shed his eye caps? It's safe to remove the skin on his head gently. Hopefully his next shed is better.
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:08 PM   #37
 
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I believe so. His eyes are clear and on shed day they were milky. Thanks for letting me know it's okay to remove the piece left. I just knew I would injure him somehow.

Is there anything I can do to help his next shed? I have a piece of rough wood and a water dish which is kept full of clean water.
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Old 03-19-2014, 04:36 PM   #38
 
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Is there any laws against reptile abuse? There's a reason I'm asking. It's because my boyfriend told me the most disturbing thing the other day. It happened at his job the day he got Carrot. He was telling everyone about his beautiful new sand boa and his girlfriend that surprised him with it earlier that day. Then, one of his coworkers walked up to him and started talking about how much she hated snakes and she would NEVER have one in her house. Brady thought it was random, but told her "Okay, well you're entitled to your opinion" and went back to talking to the guys. She then told a story - unprovoked - of what she did to a former boyfriend's juvenile snake. She told her boyfriend that she hated snakes and warned him not to have the thing in her house. When their relationship progressed, they moved in together and he brought his pet. As soon as he left for work, SHE PUT THE SNAKE IN THE FREEZER - CAGE AND ALL - AND FROZE HIM TO DEATH! He came home to a dead snake and she never told him what she did. She said she was in the right to kill the discusting thing because she told him not to bring it in her house.

All we could think was what if someone did the same to our little Carrot? God, we were both so disgusted, angry, disturbed, and shocked. It was such an inhumane and cruel act. To top of off, she hid the truth from the man she claimed to care for at the time and left him sad over the loss of his pe . It goes to show how heartless and selfish she truly is. I ranted all over the rant thread about it, but only recently wondered if snakes and other reptiles had about the same rights as fish or were closer to other pets' rights.
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Old 03-20-2014, 06:41 AM   #39
 
Unfortunately there aren't.

Make sure you always check the shed for eye caps. It's not obvious when they're there or not on the snake. As far as helping, spray him a lot when he's shedding.
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Old 03-20-2014, 09:01 AM   #40
 
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Got it. I wet the area with luke warm water, got a hold of the edge of the shed, and allowed him to pull it off himself. Water and misting scares him which makes me think he didn't have exposure to either before he came here. I'm trying to get him use to it though. He has never touched his water dish, much less soaked, so I worry about him getting dehydrated sometimes or at least dry skin and difficult sheddings.
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