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Aaaaaaaah, babies.....(56k!)

Found 4 (so far) babies in one of my Homalopsis buccata setups a little while ago. Apologies for the crappy pix, but as many of you know--I'm not a photographer + a crappy camera + they were not being real cooperative!

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I purchased a 2nd group of 4 wild-caught imported adults back in Aug. One has been reluctant to feed, yet not unhealthy. Then she "inflated" in that gravid snake kind of way--so I've been waiting. I didn't expect the babies quite yet--but, Hey, what a Nice Surprise for me! Looks like christmas came a bit early this year.

And, of course, being aquatic--I have to Say Thank You to many of you here for all your help and tolerance. The Aquatic is the hard part and I have learned MUCH from you guys. Thank You!

I realize that many folks here are not snake people, but these are fully aquatic--if that helps!

If you have any further interest--check out the Homalopsinae.com link in my sig.....


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woohoo! Congrats Naja...I've always loved snakes, but sadly never had a love that loved snakes...lol
The closest I've come was owning a Savannah Monitor for 4yrs. (close to 3' not counting tail)

Once again congrats and thanks for sharing.


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awesome,Seeing your website I want one! what size aquarium do they require?
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Did she lay eggs or gave birth?


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Congrats Naja.
BTW, If I ever need a reason to scare my wife, I'll tell her I ordered one.

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Woohoo!

You know you are doing something right when you get babies!

Man, what a cool hobby. I have two snakes and seeing your little ones almost *almost* makes me curious if you'll be selling them and for how much


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That is awesome!
I'm also intersted if they are oviparous or viviparous.
I'm sure some people don't see it, but I think baby snakes are too cute.
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Thanx Everyone!

One seemed a little weak last night, but the other 3 are fine. I'm just leaving them alone for now.


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awesome,Seeing your website I want one! what size aquarium do they require?
The babies could get by in a 10 gallon for a while. Individually--probably a yr. A 20gal long would be probably 2 yrs. These snakes only get up to about 4", but generally smaller: 3-3.5'

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Woohoo!

You know you are doing something right when you get babies!

Man, what a cool hobby. I have two snakes and seeing your little ones almost *almost* makes me curious if you'll be selling them and for how much

Not sure what I'm doing with any of them right now--adults or babies. If I sell them they will probably be $100each. The adults are extremely hard to come by and I've never seen any CBs (cpative born) available before. They are a nusiance in their native lands, but rarely imported here. Because the "Aquatic" part creates lower intrest(most herpers really don't mix aquatic with herps unless they are turtle people, etc) and because the local people eat them, sell the skins and use them for crocodile food on croc farms.

Sad really. They are very non-aggressive (unless you smell like fish! ). They are a bit squirrley, but settle down pretty easily.

Right now, I just need to get them eating and on their way toward a good life....


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Just thought I would share some more pix with those who are interested. Again--Running apology for the crappy pix.

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Tried to feed the babies a little while ago. 2 were not interested and 2 ate without a hitch. 1 ate a F/T (frozen/thawed) minnow and that was enough. The one pictured ate 1 F/T sm. minnow, then a sm. piece of catfish and then a Lg F/T minnow. That 1 and I--we're friends! He likes me because I have food, and I like him because he has a Positive Attitude!

So, does this count for "Hand-feeding"?


This is one of the smaller adults. It was in hand when I gave it this piece of fish and she ate it (and the ones before and after) without a problem.


If you wonder how I'm feeding all of these mouths--here ya go--this is how it works with these guys:



Head to the store and pick up about 5-6lbs of raw Catfish nuggets at ~$3/lb.



Get it started to get it done.....



I started out with 5oz portions--that isn't enough. So, now I'm at 10oz portions.



Weight it out and slice it up into edible pieces.



Roll the portions up in freezer bags for future reference....



Put it all together into another bag and I have 8-16wks worth of food depending on how often I feed.

I feed the adults every week or two, but I give them pretty much as much as they want to eat. I add Kent Zoe to their water for vitamins. So far, I'm not having any issues from feeding them the catfish (not whole fish).


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nice for the people that dont like the idea of feeding their snakes rats or mice.
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awesome to see. i work in a LFS and have been scanning the lists for awhile been awhile since i've seen available (seven months or so) i might have to give one a shot if they show up again. Down side is they'll be fresh off the boat imports so it'll either a bonus (less chance of getting screwed up by someone else) or trouble (tremendous shipping stress). They werent super pricey (compared to what i was looking at) last time i saw them.

Must be neat as hell to see them in their native habitat they seem to have a pretty high population density.

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