Anonymous said: I don't think reptiles are meant to be pets. They are wild animals and dont provide the same levels that dogs and cats do. Can you use a snake as a therapy amimal? No.

tiger-girl76:

linaevelovesyou:

howtoskinatiger:

followthebluebell:

i-m-obnoxious:

pedestrianwolf:

To add to this, I have TERRIBLE anxiety and the calming effects handling snakes provides me with are what prevents me from having to take anti-anxiety medication. They can be fantastic therapy animals.

Agreed. If I’m near a panic attack taking out any of my snakes sends it away almost immediately. 

Reptiles can make incredible therapy animals, especially for people with allergies to fur. I’ve brought Ngarehu with me to my Mom’s hospice and the residents there were active and interested in learning more about him. He was able to make connections to people who weren’t able to connect to an active and bouncy puppy.

Personally, I find him very soothing to handle as well. In public, when I feel like I’m on the brink of an anxiety attack, I can put my hand on him and remind myself why I’m outside. He’s the best emotional support animal I could have asked for. This is perfect for me since most anti-anxiety meds just put me to sleep.

Reptiles don’t experience emotions like us, but that’s ok. Sometimes it’s really nice to just slow down and pat a lizard or a snake.

Reptiles can’t be used as therapy animals? I think the NHS would have something to say about that;

reptiliaherps:

Okay. So I can almost guarantee that you wouldn’t say this about someone’s cute little aquatic turtle or someone’s fish or a tree frog. I’m willing to bet any amount of money that this comes from bias towards snakes because of your ignorant misconceptions. It’s okay to not understand an animal or be afraid of it. It’s not okay to tell me that I’m less deserving of my animals because of your personal issues with them.

As far as them being therapy animals goes, I can and will say that the most calming thing I have the ability to do at home is sit down with olly on my stomach or my lap and run my hands gently down him, which he doesn’t mind at all. My snakes have the ability to let me de-compress in only a few minutes when I’m stressed just by letting me touch them.

People find their own personal therapy jn different ways. Some people do best with therapy dogs and whatnot, some people use sensory objects, some people go on walks, I handle my snakes.

Thanks though.

A London clinic is the first to use reptiles to help patients overcome low self-worth and “communication issues”.

The Huntercombe hospital in Roehampton has enlisted Angel, a seven-year-old 5ft corn snake, in group sessions where patients can touch, feed and care for her.

The majority of its 38 patients are referred by the NHS for treatment for addictions and eating disorders.

Louise Helsdown, the occupational therapist running the programme, said snakes were a “fantastic aid” in helping people recover from mental health problems.

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That is absolutely amazing that a snake can warn his owners of an oncoming seizures. God I love snakes even more

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Anonymous said: I know it must be annoying to get questions like this but it seems like you've had some healthy ball pythons and I really need help and google isn't helping! I've had my ball for nearly three months and he's only eaten once. I'm doing everything I can think of- feeding him at night, making sure the mouse is thawed and body temperature, not handling him the day before I feed him, etc., but he just seems terrified of the mouse. Do you have any advice? :(

mothbug:

I’ve actually never had a BP of my own so I’m unfortunately not the best person to ask. I do know that sometimes they go on food strikes even if the owner is doing everything right (or at least seems to be). I’d recommend talking to Carr and also taking the snake to a vet to see if everything’s okay.

By far the best I’ve ever read about BP feeding is here:

http://ballpythonbreeder.com/2014/08/the-enigmatic-ball-python-appetite/"%5Dhttp://ballpythonbreeder.com/2014/08/the-enigmatic-ball-python-appetite/

It is very in-depth and goes over just about every possibility. He also includes several case studies as examples.

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sins-critters:

Two gorgeous Green Tree Pythons at the expo on Saturday.

sins-critters:

Two gorgeous Green Tree Pythons at the expo on Saturday.

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snakehandlingbarista:

scalestails:

This is a really good book, though I may have an outdated copy. It’s got great info about treating snakes and preventing disease as well as describing the mechanics through which a snake gets sick.
Obviously, not a replacement for vet care, but by reading it I was fully prepared for what the vet recommended when we thought my snake had a respiratory infection.

I just bought a copy for .43 plus shipping!

snakehandlingbarista:

scalestails:

This is a really good book, though I may have an outdated copy. It’s got great info about treating snakes and preventing disease as well as describing the mechanics through which a snake gets sick.

Obviously, not a replacement for vet care, but by reading it I was fully prepared for what the vet recommended when we thought my snake had a respiratory infection.

I just bought a copy for .43 plus shipping!

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morelia-viridis:

GREEN TREE PYTHON RESOURCE MASTERPOST

Green tree pythons, while not the scary monsters some claim them to be, aren’t corn snakes or ball pythons and do have their own particular needs. These are animals where you need to do your homework ahead of time. I can’t emphasize enough that they—like any animal—should not be an impulse purchase. For those who want to own them, read and absorb as much information as you can. And then keep reading and learning, because as we learn more about these creatures, husbandry methods evolve and change.

I’ll link this post on my sidebar and try to update the info as needed.

* * * BOOKS * * *

  • The More Complete Chondro by Greg Maxwell

    The chondro bible.  While the info may not be as cutting edge as when it was first published, it’s still a solid foundation of information and should be read by anyone wanting to get into chondros.

    HardcovereBook, Kindle | eBook, Nook

  • Adventures in Green Python Country by Karl-Heinz Switak

    To my knowledge, this book is out of print. I have not read it, but have heard it’s a good read.

  • The Green Tree Python and Emerald Tree Boa: Care, Breeding and Natural History, Second Extended Edition by Ron Kivit and Stephen Wiseman

    I haven’t had a chance to read this one myself.

    Paperback

* * * ARTICLES * * *

 

* * * FORUMS * * *

  • Morelia Viridis Forum

    MVF is THE forum for chondro information. They now have a basic husbandry section, but the real treasure is the wealth of information in past threads. The search function is your friend. There is a ton of info there. Plenty of differing opinions and ways to do things, and it’s useful to read it all.

  • Morelia Pythons Forum

    I haven’t spent much time here myself, but it’s another resource for chondro info.

* * * RADIO * * *

  • Green Tree Python Keeper Radio (Blogtalk Radio | iTunes)

    They’ve had on important folks like Daniel Natusch (biologist who has studied chondros in the field) and Trooper Walsh (chondro pioneer, former keeper at NZP). Greg Maxwell is also slated to be on an upcoming show.

  • Morelia Python Radio (Blogtalk Radio | iTunes)

    Shows covering all Morelia species, not just chondros. They’ve had guests such as Rico Walder, David Newman, Gary Schiavino, Kimbery Burge, Marcial Mendez, Greg Stephens, Buddy Buscemi, Terry Phillip, etc.

* * * SCIENTIFIC PAPERS * * *

  • GTPKeeper.com hosts a number of scientific papers relating to green tree pythons.

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slither-and-scales:

This absolutely GORGEOUS Green Anaconda belongs to Rob Hill

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infernroe:

Dash my male San Pedro King snake. 

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crispysnakes:

K Brothers Pythons episode 6 - Hatchling update

Pretty awesome stuff here.

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Some GTP’s go through their ontogenic color change in as little as a few weeks!Loki is not a god example of that. This much change has taken 6 months. Love her to death though 😋

Some GTP’s go through their ontogenic color change in as little as a few weeks!Loki is not a god example of that. This much change has taken 6 months. Love her to death though 😋

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wagweirdness:

Chicago, AKA “Snake City USA.”

wagweirdness:

Chicago, AKA “Snake City USA.”

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alabamasnakeman:

notanotherfictiveblog:

alabamasnakeman:

medic278:

thishaileysays:

medic278:

carnalincarnate:

medic278:

carnalincarnate:

medic278 Wow!

Oh my God it’s so gorgeous!!!! I think it’d be friendly too!!!! It must be!

I can’t tell if the color is real, but it is spectacular. I’d love to hold it, medic278

I believe it could be the real color, I’ve seen some very pretty ones that are close!

What kind of snake is it?

No idea
@alabamasnakeman
?

The snakes head is shaped like a rat snake and it has the eyes big like a rat snakes. With all the cross breeding and genetically engineering going on its hard to tell unless you know where they came from.  With my 50 years experience I still get stumped from time to time. The snake is beautiful though. Studying the shape of the head is the best way to try and identify.  

If you look closely around the edges of the snake and it’s eye and nostril you can see it’s photoshopped. It’s probably white/pale, and they put a transparent blue color layer over it. They may have converted parts of the image to black&white too.

Now that you mention it I do see it around the nostril area. Photoshop is something I have no experience with. But the younger folks are schooling me on it. You are never to young to learn. lol Thanks for the pointer there.

It’s a Leucistic Texas Rat Snake named Seraph owned by alltailnolegs 😃.People steal this pic all the time from her though 😡. Fantastically gorgeous snake but all white in reality, not blue.

alabamasnakeman:

notanotherfictiveblog:

alabamasnakeman:

medic278:

thishaileysays:

medic278:

carnalincarnate:

medic278:

carnalincarnate:

medic278 Wow!

Oh my God it’s so gorgeous!!!! I think it’d be friendly too!!!! It must be!

I can’t tell if the color is real, but it is spectacular. I’d love to hold it, medic278

I believe it could be the real color, I’ve seen some very pretty ones that are close!

What kind of snake is it?

No idea
@alabamasnakeman
?

The snakes head is shaped like a rat snake and it has the eyes big like a rat snakes. With all the cross breeding and genetically engineering going on its hard to tell unless you know where they came from.  With my 50 years experience I still get stumped from time to time. The snake is beautiful though. Studying the shape of the head is the best way to try and identify.  

If you look closely around the edges of the snake and it’s eye and nostril you can see it’s photoshopped. It’s probably white/pale, and they put a transparent blue color layer over it. They may have converted parts of the image to black&white too.

Now that you mention it I do see it around the nostril area. Photoshop is something I have no experience with. But the younger folks are schooling me on it. You are never to young to learn. lol Thanks for the pointer there.

It’s a Leucistic Texas Rat Snake named Seraph owned by alltailnolegs 😃.People steal this pic all the time from her though 😡. Fantastically gorgeous snake but all white in reality, not blue.

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snekysnek:

salisburied:

Some Brambles for you guys, but mostly just an excuse to give Compas more pictures of fat babies. *w*

LOOKIT THAT CUTIE MUPPET FACE, AW ♥

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