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Sandra - 2014-06-20
My 13 month old ball python's belly has begun to look concave with the sides curling in towards the center of the underbelly. Also she is stargazing and her last shed was difficult. We also noticed that her last bowel movement was extremely smelly. What does all this indicate about her health, and what should we do?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-06-27
    It sounds like he may be emaciated. It could be from underfeeding or he may have a parasite (worms). I recommend you take him to be checked out by a vet.
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Sandra - 2014-06-20
Our 13 month old ball python, Sue Ellen, has been very healthy. However, this month she had a hard time shedding (mostly from the head area) and I realize that she needs more humidity. Now I notice that her underbelly is getting concave at times, and edges curl in towards the center. She always eats well and seems otherwise healthy. What does this mean? Is it an indication of something that is wrong? She also had a bowel movement this week that smelled very rank, which has never happened before. She also seems to stare into space a lot more than she used to, instead of going into her hide where it is warm or crawling around. I took some photos and a short video, so perhaps you know if there is someone I could send it to who can tell if this is something wrong.

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Jacqueline - 2014-04-20
I recently took in a friends ball python they could no longer take care of, she said he hadn't eaten in 3 months so the day I got him I went to a reptile store. They gave me a feeder mouse but a few days passed and he refused to eat, it's been almost a month he has not shed or eaten. He hardly comes out of his rock so I checked on him, pulled him out and noticed his eyes are cloudy, what is this, what can I do?

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  • Callum - 2014-06-20
    Cloudy eyes normally indicate that the snake is coming into shed. Caution should be taken when handling snakes in shed because it's vision is minimal and this can cause stress and anxiety. In some cases cloudy eyes can be a sign of ill or abnormal health.
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Paulette - 2013-07-16
We've had our Chilean Rose Hair for about a year now. She just had her first molt. When we got her she looked a bit rough, had a bald spot on her abdomen and was very tentative. Now she has a lovely web nest, eats voraciously and since her molt looks more beautiful than ever. She has entertained children at my kid's school and was quite a good sport about it. Very docile animal despite her rather large fangs. Keeping her well-fed has its advantages. I must say, she seems quite content to be left alone and handled sporadically, but shows no aggression when handled. Yes, after her molt she has been more energetic. Her leg span and body size cover the palm of my hand so I would say she is at about three inches in size! I cannot imagine what she will be like at 6 inches. That will be an utterly MASSIVE tarantula! I look forward to seeing it though.

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  • Anonymous - 2014-06-19
    Just lost my baby shy of 16 years! A few days ago! Very docile spider very well kept but it was her time! :(
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Kim - 2014-06-03
Hi, I live in Oswego county, NY... my 9 yo son and I just found a painted turtle in our back yard! I believe it is a female because she had dug up a spot in the yard! She sat at the spot for like 30 minutes then pushed the dirt back in and walked away! Just wondering if she did lay eggs how long will it be before we see babies.... We would like to watch for them! I am going to mark the spot so they won't mow there! Any help would be great!

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  • jim - 2014-06-19
    Should be about ten weeks. For the babies to arrive. If she did lay eggs, are you close to water? They usually lay their eggs near a body of water. Have a best time watching them when they hatch, it's a good experience. I own one eastern painted turtle. His name is Gamera after the Monterrey movie turtle. We found him as a baby. Smaller than a quarter he was. Very excited my son was. Have fun but if you handle them remember to wash your hands. The babies can carry some germs not good for us. They are ok to handle just wash afterwards.. have a camera ready to capture the moment, and have fun.
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MsBeth - 2014-06-17
My daughter was given a Western boxie by some friends. We named her Digger. She LOVES to eat chicken (give her a thigh bone with a little meat left on it and it will be picked clean soon!), mangoes and nectarines. She is not much on tomatoes or green vegetables of any kind. Lettuce is not nourishing, so we don't do that. She likes tidbits of corn on the cob. When we can find them, she loves earthworms and snails! YUM! We made an enclosure from a very large cat box for her when we first got her and she was only about 2' long. She grew tremendously the first 2 years and now really needs a larger enclosure. We take her out in the evenings to let her get some exercise in the yard - but you have to watch her like crazy - she can really move when she has a mind to. We love the info on this site and LOVE our Digger!!

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Anonymous - 2008-08-19
the indian ornimental spider should not eat the crickets with there shells on !

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  • Mike Jabbs - 2012-02-09
    So do you wait for crickets that are molting and offer those? That would be very inconvenient
  • chuck - 2014-06-09
    why not? I have had mine 3 years and she has had no problem with the shells.
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Kinsey - 2010-09-16
Hi. I have three leopard geckos. They are so much fun and my family and I love them soooo much!!! We have a blizzard leopard gecko, and a tangerine leopard gecko, and one regular leopard gecko... I have a 6 year old and a 4 year old and they do great with the leopard geckos. They are a wonderful pet for kids.... They are not skittish at all, and they are not a pet you have to play with every day.. They do just fine if they do not get held every day. They are very easy to take care of as well. Very cool pets!!! :)

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  • LaDonna - 2014-06-09
    How much do you feed one and how many times a day
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Boots - 2014-06-07
My RTB was very quickly moving towards our sleeper sofa's 'innerds'. Knowing he'd probably disappear in there close to forever - like an idiot I engaged in a tug of war w this 5-1/2' young adult 'strength-o-meter'. I, of course, lost. After finally getting him out by other methods, he seemed more still than usual, so I was concerned...is it possible to pull on a snake too hard and injure it? Please advise. Thanks.

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Genny Floyed - 2009-08-14
I have had my baby (ok so she's 5) for quite a while. Yes when I first got her she was bratty but can you blame her? Now 5 years later she is a cuddler! Loves to be held.
I disagree with those who say it would be a bad first pet tarantula. If you read up on the breed you will know how to handle them and when to give them their space. Just like all pets sometimes they don't want to be bothered. But if treated properly the rose hair is a wonderful tarantula to have. It takes patience to get the spider acclimated to you handling it. You can't expect to get it home and immediately start handling it. It took Kiwi a good year to fully be ok with being outside her home and being handled.
I do however do not recommend any tarantula for children. Most lack the patience it takes to get the spider comfortable being held.
Also .... I have NEVER been bitten... :-)

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  • Gabrielle Coulter - 2010-12-20
    Well I'm 12 an I just got my tarantula yesterday and she is very sweet and it likes to be held by her owner but she goes crazy when someone else tries to hold her. I'm a little worried that she might bite someone :P...
  • Cristina Rodriguez - 2011-07-07
    I got my husbands his (Tilly) for Valentines Day :) She doesn't mind being handled, even walks all over my five yr old boy! Best pet ever.
  • Anonymous - 2013-12-11
    Sorry, NO spider likes to be handled. None. They tolerate it to different degrees but unless you have one that spoke to you or comes when you call it...
  • Olivia Brebes - 2014-01-08
    Umm Hi I'm just a little worried because I got my Rose-Hair yesterday, (Rosie!) and I don't really know her yet, so I don't know how she will act if I touch her or pick her up. Should I risk it and try it? I don't want her to bite me, or be uncomfortable please reply! Thank you!
  • stuart lloyd - 2014-06-06
    Hi we just got one more added. They are great we got her today ftom a pet shop in leeds and she is really cute we called her sandy. As long as you take great care in picking her or him up and don't drop her. She shouldnt bite =D we treat both our spiders as if they wer a part of the family so enjoy what you got. Or if you're that worried take her back to the pet shop and ask them to pick her up for you and let her walk on your hand then your know she or he will not bite you...
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