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Discussion in 'Green Tree Pythons' started by Typhanie, May 19, 2008.

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  1. Typhanie

    Typhanie Elite Member

    Well, if you've read my blog lately, you'll note that I've got a lot going on in my life. My brother was hospitalized, a friend of mine died, and to top it all off, Gamut has escaped, and I'm not sure if he made it outside or not.

    While all this was going on, I had very little time or energy to devote to my cold-blooded friends. The person checking on them left a bit of a gap in the cage door, and next thing I know, I come home to dropped rat and no snake.

    Believe me, I'm heartbroken. I feel like I was really irresponsible, and I really let the little guy down. I'm hoping and dreading that he made it outside. Hoping, because now I have to worry that he might make his way downstairs and attack the bird I was given when my friend died. Worried, though, because it hasn't exactly been an ideal temperature outside. I just want him to be safe and happy where ever he is.

    I've left out some water in his cage and a nice source of heat for him. I'm thinking about getting a little hamster and closing it up in the cage with enough of a gap so that if Gamut is around and hungry, he can get in the cage, eat and hopefully stay in the cage. At least I would know he's still around. (I suggest a hamster because we already have one, so if Gamut truly is gone, we can keep him with the other hamster.)

    Do you think this is a bad idea? The hamster would be fed and watered and have a place to play. It just also might become snake food. I hope that doesn't sound too callous to anyone.

    But it has been several days since he disappeared, so I think he must have found a way outside (old house, lots of cracks). If that's the case, I doubt I'll ever see him again.

    This absolutely will *never* happen again if I ever manage to get another chondro. I don't think I'll get one for awhile, though. Other than holding out hope for Gamut, I also couldn't afford another one at the moment. Plus, well, I can't just replace my pets like that. They're family to me. It's not going to be the same, even if I do get another one eventually.

    *sigh* I really loved that little guy.
     
  2. fire2225ems

    fire2225ems Subscribed User Premium Member

    Aww Typhanie I'm sorry to hear about your brother and Gamut! Hope things start turning up for ya. I would be careful with the hamster idea only because they can be vicious little buggers, and have a nasty bite....
     
  3. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    So sorry to hear, I lost a hatchling B&W tegu, and know what you mean by not being able to just replace them.
    Just a warning, often two hamsters won't get along all that well. You can usually keep them with their littermates, but any others won't really get along.
    They can do some serious damage to each other.
     
  4. Typhanie

    Typhanie Elite Member

    Gotcha. Thanks for the warning.

    I went to the pet store and got a tiny chinese dwarf. She's, so far, timid and extremely tame and calm. I kind of hope I do get to keep her, after all. One way or another, I've gained a pet, I think.

    If I do end up keeping a hamster, I'll get her her own setup. Goodness knows I've got enough small cages locked away in storage. Since we've got everything for another hamster already, I think we'll be set.

    Gosh I miss Gamut, though. I researched GTPs for *years* before getting him, then I really made a lot of effort to set things up and go and get him. I could just sit there and watch him all night long. I can't believe it ended so quickly over something so small. If I could only go back in time just a few days...
     
  5. nicole

    nicole Elite Member

    Aww, Typhanie, I am so sorry to hear that! Don't give up hope yet! Last year my hubby left Baby Dragon out when he left, when he came home he left the front door open. Needless to say, no Baby Dragon, I stressed out for days and it caused a lot of issues with our marriage. I was completely devastated, I just knew she was outside very cold, and getting rained on. Not to mention, that she needed her kidney medication, and without them her would kidneys would start to fail again. I couldnt sleep, eat. you name it! I was so stressed and heartbroken.
    A couple of days later a bunch of kids told me there was a lizard in a tree , I climbed this humongous pine tree ( I dont climb trees, lol), and no lizard. I was again devastated, I came in and sat down and looked over to see her head just poking out from behind my armoire in the living room. She was trying to get to Oscars food bowl, which was less than two feet away and was stuck and couldn't get out.
    Moral to this story, don't give up hope yet! I had just about given up hope and then there she was. I can tell you I looked back there a million times and did not find her! He just may turn up!
     
  6. fire2225ems

    fire2225ems Subscribed User Premium Member

    Watch your fingers! I had one bite me hard enough to tear open my knuckle. I almost needed stitches but they decided to use the skin glue instead. The was the last time I tried to give her meds without the bite glove on! ;)
     
  7. DarkMagician207

    DarkMagician207 Elite Member

    If you do end up with another hamster, make sure she ends up in her own cage and that if there are bars on the cage that the spacing is small. A chinese dwarf can get out of bars that are spaced for normal hamsters. These type of dwarfs usually are pretty calm and docile. The russian dwarfs on the other hand are nasty!

    I hope you find Gamut!
     
  8. BlackJack

    BlackJack Subscribed User Premium Member

    Typhanie, don't write off Gamut just yet. Check all kinds of crazy places: the coils behind the fridge, for example. Water pipes, curtain rods, picture frames. Any place that might seem safe, comfortable and warm. Keep water available and keep your eyes and ears open at night when he might be more likely to move around.
    They can live for a long time without food, but keep an eye on your other pets, just in case!
    The "hamster bait" is a good idea, IMO.
    Good luck (with everything)!
     
  9. The D

    The D Mango Empress

    Oh that stinks! I know how excited you were about finely getting him... I hope he turns up for you. I'll keep my fingers crossed, or as they do here in Sweden, I'll "hold my thumbs!"
     
  10. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    And don't forget to look UP. Its been chilly outside. I don't think he would go that way. Good luck!
     
  11. Lucysfriend

    Lucysfriend Elite Member

    I am so sorry about what happened, but don't give up just yet. He might show up soon. I hope! Good luck. :)
     
  12. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Good luck Typh. Keep us posted. My fingers are crossed.
     
  13. Typhanie

    Typhanie Elite Member

    Thanks everyone! You guys are so full of kind words.

    I'll definitely let everyone know if I do find him. And I won't give up hope yet, either. Maybe soon I will find him. We can always hope. I don't want this to be the last I've seen of him.
     
  14. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Maybe set up a lamp on a "limb" of sorts, make a hot spot. Might attract him.
     
  15. BlackJack

    BlackJack Subscribed User Premium Member

    Another few ideas I had. We have some chairs with support frames underneath. My BP always crawls up under there and curls up like a GTP. Check under any type of furniture; check all your plants, electrical cables, behind or on books on the bookshelves, inside shoes or inside sleeves of hanging clothes (you'd be surprised). Keep a warm lamp (maybe a red light) with a perch set up somewhere he can easily get to with a dish of fresh water.
    I lost my garter snake once for weeks and he came up one day out of a crack in the floor from under the house and was headed for his open tank with the water dish in there.

    BTW -- another thought I had. Who was checking on him? Could that person have stolen him and made it look like he accidentally left the terrarium door cracked? Sorry to be so suspicious, but Gamut was a really really hot looking snake, and someone could be seriously tempted...
     
  16. Typhanie

    Typhanie Elite Member

    I'm pretty sure he wasn't stolen, but I'll keep an eye and ear out...

    Good idea, checking all those things. I will do that. Support beams is a really good idea, and so is the clothes thing. I didn't think to check arms of clothes. I was mostly looking at curtain rods.
     
  17. barnkat

    barnkat Elite Member

    Typhanie, I am so sorry to hear about all that has been happening in your life. Don't give up on Gamut though. Teal'c's favorite places to "hide" when he would "get away" from the girls were on top of the curtain rod and behind the sofa. He would stay there until we found him, he was usually frightened by the big bad world. Good luck.
     
  18. Ipanda

    Ipanda Elite Member

    Sorry to hear your little guy got out...
    Try The dirty laundry pile (if you have one) I had a bp get out due to my lovely kids... Looked for him for about a week and didnt find him... a few days later I was finishing up my laundry pile and *poof* ball python snug as a bug in a rug.
     
  19. Typhanie

    Typhanie Elite Member

    Update: I'm seeing signs of Gamut around. I found a bit of shed on a chair.

    This is a good thing. If I could just *find* him.
     
  20. Moshpitrockchick

    Moshpitrockchick Subscribed User Premium Member

    Good to hear! Best of luck to you!
     
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