Blue tongue skinks RIP

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Blue tongue skinks RIP

Postby Ed Sysop » Sat Oct 14, 2000 8:59 am

Kashmir
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I have some sad news. Last weekend we realized our Blue tongue skinks had
mites so we went out and we bought some mite bath and other things to clean
the cage. When I woke up Sunday I was informed that two of the skinks had
died and the other one was dying. I've kept the link to the skinks up on my
page but have added a RIP. What I think happened in speaking with the vet
and the pet store is that the skinks probably had an internal parasite which
killed them. Also that blue tongue skinks and monkey tailed skinks don't do well
in captivity or maybe in cooler areas like Wisconsin. It was an expensive lesson
to learn about them though. 2 adult skinks cost/$400 pair. Bought the trio for
$400.

On a lighter note.. all the other reptiles seem to be doing good and I'm going
to get my new snake tomorrow. She's a Guyanan Red tailed Boa Constrictor.
Out of the red tailed boas there are differences.. she's first from a certain area
in South America... and like cars she's the cadillac of the red tails. Surinam Red
tails are the Rolls Royce's. I'll get some pictures of her soon and newer
pictures of the rest and give you all a link. In the meantime you can check out
this link for some cute pictures.

I'm creating a reptile section on my website but I do have a picture of my cat
Pepper.

www.all-access-ent.com/reptiles/

I'm going to work on it a little more and show the new pictures I took last
week.

Erica *Kashmir*
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Ed Sysop
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Re: Blue tongue skinks RIP

Erica,

There's a sure way to keep mites away from your scaly friends.

There used to be something that you could buy in gas stations for your house,
it was called Gulf No Pest Strip.

It came with a little cardboard cage and a thing that looked like a piece of
cheese. It was a yellow plasticy kind of thing, came sealed in foil and it had
the chemicals in the "cheese". You would put the cheese into the cage and
hang it up in a room, and it was supposed to keep bugs away.

If you can still find this stuff, it's a sure-fire way to control problems with your
reptiles. They probably don't make the Gulf one anymore, but there are
probably substitutes. There are also 2 kinds (in general). One is safe around
children, the other is more potent. The strong one is the one you want. You
just cut a small piece of this cheese, about an inch long and a half inch wide,
and place it on top of the screen of each tank. Leave it there until the mites
are gone, then get rid of it.

Check your guys often for mites, they're easiest to see on their undersides,
where the scales are lighter. Look at them from the back and bend them so
the scales fan out. If there are any mites, they're easy to see like that.
Kashmir
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Re: Blue tongue skinks RIP

I did get something to take care of the mites but it's most likely that they died
from an internal parasite. I'm all set if anything else gets mites. Haven't had
any problems with any other animals so far.

Btw, those pest strips are now illegal and also can kill certain reptiles. So now
you can't find them.

Erica *Kashmir*
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Re: Blue tongue skinks RIP

Sorry about your pets Glad the others are still healthy.

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness and so gentle as real strength." ~Ralph W Stockman
Kashmir
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Re: Blue tongue skinks RIP

Thank you. I brought home a new snake this past Sunday. She's a Guyanan
Red-tailed boa constrictor. SI don't have any pictures of her yet but as soon
as I do I'll let you all know and I may even put one up here. I just fed her last
night and she eats good and is settling into her new home.

Erica *Kashmir*
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Ed Sysop
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Re: Blue tongue skinks RIP

Yeah, those strips were always pretty powerful, and could kill all of your
reptiles if you leave it around too long.

I didn't realize they outlawed the strips entirely though. And I don't remember
what the active ingredient was that worked so well.
Ed Sysop
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Re: Blue tongue skinks RIP

The red-tailed boas are the most beautiful, and the most docile. They make
great pets!

I've never heard them coming out of Guyana though, it must be a new source,
so the specimens are probably spectacular.
Kashmir
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Re: Blue tongue skinks RIP

Ok Ed-- here's the little (ahem 4 ft) beaty. Her head is slightly cut off in the
photo but don't mind that.

<img src=www.all-access-ent.com/images/cleo.jpg>

Erica *Kashmir*
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Re: Blue tongue skinks RIP

ok Ed why didn't it post the pic? Trying again...

oops html not allowed in this forum UGH! Just click on the link to see her sorry.

Erica *Kashmir*
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Ed Sysop
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Ok, I fixed it so html can be used here.

There was a software "upgrade" a while back and they turned off html in every
forum. I've been turning it on forum by forum, but forgot where I left off. I
decided to do the remaining ones when I notice. So now that you've let me
know about this forum, you can use html again.

However, that pic seems to be a bad link. Feel like posting the pic again?

And if anyone notices any other forums where html is off, let me know and I'll
turn it back on.
Kashmir
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Re: Blue tongue skinks RIP

Well like I said her head is a bit chopped off in the pic but you get to see her
colors... I will try posting her pic once again. :)



Erica *Kashmir*
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Ed Sysop
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red tail boa

Oh Erica, that's an excellent specimen! He's got great color, is nice and plump,
and looks real healthy!

Beautiful!
ApolloSexMachine
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Re: red tail boa

Oh, yeah, he's beautiful! I've always loved snakes...I used to save them from
the neighbor's garden hoes when I was a kid...But I've never had one as a
pet...


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Cleopatra & the other snakes.

Well the brood ate last night including Cleopatra.. I call her Cleo for short.
Orion and Cleo are eating decent sized rats....

Last night:

Orion - one large rat and a mouse that Zeppelin didn't eat.. Zeppelin just
finished his shed last Thursday and is probably still relaxing a bit.

Cleo - one medium sized rat

Frosty, Casper - two pinky mice

Pinky - one fuzzy mouse and two pinky mice

Blinky who's blind because of his shed ate one pinky mouse.

Snappy hasn't ate his pinky mouse yet

Tex ate one pinky mouse

All the snakes feed on the same night to make it easier to keep track of when
and who and how much they ate. It's a job but I like it. :)

When Cleo settles her meal a little more I'll take some more pictures of her and
hopefully she'll sit still a little better so I can get her all into the picture. :)
She's quite healthy and a beauty. Cleo is a little over a year now and was
previously owned and they had her on small rats. She's doing well. Likes to
hide a little in her cage.. not like Orion who's all over the cage and will pose
easier.

Btw, Orion did bite me last week. It was my mistake though. When I go into
her cage I usually talk to her and touch her but I went in last Wednesday
night and was spreading her bedding around and she got me on my hand.. she
let go right away but the impact bruised my middle finger knuckes on the inside
and I had a punch of puncture marks. Also a couple scrapes from where I
pulled back. **hint: you aren't supposed to pull away when a snake bites you
because of the teeth.** I've only been bitten twice now. Once by Orion and
once by Tex on Father's day when I was showing my Dad him.. naughty little
snake but he was hungry.. don't blame him either.. he's pretty small though. I'll
have to get some pictures of him too. He's a Texan Lu(something) Rat snake..
I'm terrible about the name.. I have to look it up.

Erica *Kashmir*
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Re: red tail boa

As I have listed I have a lot (compared to the average person) of snakes. I
have 5 corn snakes (2 albinos, 1 snow, 1 ghost, 1 normal), 1 Texan rat snake,
1 Guyanan Red-tailed boa constrictor, 1 Columbian red-tailed boa constrictor
and Zeppelin my first snake which is a Royal ball python.

Snakes are great pets but you have to pick them wisely. They are easy to
take care of and are beautiful. I do love reptiles. :)

Erica *Kashmir*
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Lythande
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Re: Blue tongue skinks RIP

Erica,

I'm sorry about your skink. I know how you feel - Ed had gotten me an
adorable chameleon a few years ago - just couldnt' keep him alive. I'd love to
get another one, but I'm afraid it would die again. I'm not sure it's right to
keep some of these animals as pets....if it means they'll die.

Deb
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Re: Blue tongue skinks RIP

I can definitely agree with you there. I have veiled chameleons. They are so
cute and they are growing very fast! :) Also have several other lizards which
seem to be doing quite well.. so far. I know what you mean about not wanting
to keep these pets. You get that feeling when you lose something and it was
hard when they died but I'm not going to give up on the others. :)

Erica *Kashmir*
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Lythande
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Chameleon

Erica,

I had a Madagasgar chameleon - changed colors and had the funniest googly
eyes!

Deb
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Clifford & Claudia

These are my Madagascar Giant Day Gecko's. I've never seen a Madagascar
chameleon. I have veiled chameleons which change colors. :)



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my chameleon's Frankie & Louise

They are getting bigger by the day. ;)



Erica *Kashmir*
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Ed Sysop
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Re: Clifford & Claudia

Wow, Erica, day geckos are very cool...and expensive! Aren't they a few
hundred bucks each?

And congrats on those chameleons, they look like they're in excellent shape.
I'm impressed. Deb's was very similar, a little smaller though.
Kashmir
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Re: Clifford & Claudia

The Madagascar Day Geckos are expensive for the breeding pair it was $150.
And I have some news on Frankie & Louise.. it's a boy and a girl. Frankie is the
boy and Louise is the girl... I thought they were both girls.

As for Deb's chameleon are you sure it wasn't a Jackson's chameleon?

Erica *Kashmir*
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Ed Sysop
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Re: Clifford & Claudia

Nah, it wasn't a Jackson. They're really excellent, but hard to keep.

Deb's was almost identical to yours, only the head crest pointed more back
than up. I don't remember the the exact species though.
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Re: my chameleon's Frankie & Louise

Erica,

Those little guys are adorable! I think they're just like the one I had - do they
have googly eyes??

How do you keep them healthy? I have a feeling mine died 'cause he wasn't
getting enough calcium. I bought calcium spray, but it was too late.

Deb


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