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You've Come a Long Way, Baby Gollum!

Discussion in 'Green Tree Pythons' started by BlackJack, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. BlackJack

    BlackJack Subscribed User Premium Member

    Just a reminder of how he looked 11 months ago at hatching: premature and tiny!! 6grams
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    His head was much too small for his eyes and his pigmentation never developed as much as the other hatchlings.
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    Here he is 11 months and a full 100grams later:
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    Martin wrote me that he is now 106g. As you can see, he is still a much lighter yellow than the others --I wonder how intensive or pale his green coloration will be...
    Keep tuned into this thread to find out! ;)
     

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  2. Evozakira

    Evozakira Elite Member

    Hes so cute! Looks like hes doing well.
     
  3. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Oh, I remember those eyes that were so large, glad that he grew into them, lol

    I'm so amazed at how big he has gotten, he was such a little guy, we were all worried he wouldn't make it. But here he is, and ended up being one of the better feeders out of the clutch.
     
  4. BlackJack

    BlackJack Subscribed User Premium Member

    That's for sure, Michele! I'm not sure he would have made it without all of the good wishes and prayers from the members of HCN
    Also I wouldn't be surprised if he turns out to be a female because of his voracious appetite!! :)
     
  5. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    Duh, of course it's going to be a girl. A man would have given into that fight a long time ago. ;)
     
  6. Kernel

    Kernel Elite Member

    He certainly has come a long way! I didn't realize GTPs were so tiny as hatchlings. I figured they would like BP hatchlings, not corn snake hatchlings.
     
  7. andys3ballpythons

    andys3ballpythons Elite Member

    hey now, I'm male and fought through when i was knocking on deaths door! lol i still say ill take Gollum just as soon as your done playing with him/her! lol looking good!
     
  8. BarelyBreathing

    BarelyBreathing Elite Member

    He really looks great.
     
  9. Kalira

    Kalira Elite Member

    Wow that's just awesome. What a great experience to have. I'd love to raise one from the start!
     
  10. hennisntacanibal

    hennisntacanibal Elite Member

    He's such a beauty!
     
  11. BlackJack

    BlackJack Subscribed User Premium Member

    His siblings were all quite a bit bigger (2-3x as big at hatching): Ours were an average of 50-60cm long and 12-18grams. Only little Gollum was about 35cm and 6 grams. He must have had a problem with the umbilical cord because his yolk sac was still very full when he hatched. (The other babies had absorbed all their yolk before coming out of the egg.
     
  12. David McConley

    David McConley Elite Member

    He looks really great Andrea! So happy he is doing so much better. ;)
     
  13. Kernel

    Kernel Elite Member

    That's still a quite a bit smaller than I would have thought.
     
  14. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    The first time I ever saw a baby GTP in person, I was also taken back at just how small it was!
     
  15. Kernel

    Kernel Elite Member

    Yea, adult GTPs are about the same size as adult BPs, so I thought the babys would be close in size too.
     
  16. BlackJack

    BlackJack Subscribed User Premium Member

    Here is another viewpoint:
    Gollum compared to a US quarter (about the size of a 1CHF coin) in February 2011 shortly after hatching:
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    Gollum yesterday 14 January 2012
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    By the way, you can see he's started his color change too: the red markings are getting a lighter lavender/blue color... soon we might see some hints of green!! :)
     

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  17. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    The baby is going through his color change:x

    I would love to see that quarter beside the others! Hint, hint;)
     
  18. MadDog

    MadDog Elite Member

    What a gorgeous snake! :) I've been thinking about getting a green tree python sometime.
     
  19. BlackJack

    BlackJack Subscribed User Premium Member

    I can take a hint Michele: ;)

    Here is Quark with the quarter: He's the biggest baby we have left (and a bit bigger in this pic this morning because he has a 16.4g pinkie rat in his belly!)
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    and now Gollum's picture again to compare (as you can see, Gollum is STILL tiny compared to his siblings!):
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  20. hennisntacanibal

    hennisntacanibal Elite Member

    Quark looks like he's trying to hide. "No, don't take pictures of me!!"
     

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