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Discussion in 'Carpet/Diamond Pythons' started by Rocky's Dad, Oct 25, 2005.

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  1. Rocky's Dad

    Rocky's Dad Elite Member

    I have been looking for a male JCP to go with my year-old girl, Sheila. I'm a year or so away until she's ready to mate, but l've kept my eyes open for a suitable Bloke ;) .

    Found this guy a couple weeks ago. He's about 2 years old (maybe more - he's fairly large) and despite being a bit aggressive at first, he's settled in nicely.
    He's driving me to fits, though, as he won't eat. I have tried leaving a F/T mouse in his cage overnight (the guy I bought him from said he was not on rats yet), dancing it in front of him in a feeding bin - like I do with my other snakes - and finally resorting to a live smallish rat - but he wouldn't touch it.

    Ideas? Should I try a live mouse? Or just give him more time. I have not had this problem with new snakes before, but all my previous ones were brought in as hatchlings...
  2. Lyn

    Lyn Elite Member

    Give him some more time...and he will eat...he is gorgeous by the way....I was checking them out at the reptile expo in NH this past weekend....maybe some day....Lyn
  3. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Absolutely gorgeous snake! I agree with Lyn, just give him a bit more time.
    Good luck with getting him to feed.
  4. Rocky's Dad

    Rocky's Dad Elite Member

    Thanks for the compliments - he is nice snake - I like his broken patterns. Here's the female I hope to breed him with eventually:
    Got a little hasty with those last couple, getting them to upload, so they are cut-off at the bottom, but you can see her markings - she's got more of the "banded" look and a great yellow.
  5. venus

    venus Founding Member

    They are both beautiful. Nice colors and pattern.
  6. Joe

    Joe Elite Member

    Firstly congrats on the new addition, he is stunning as is his girly friend :)

    I would give him more time its only been a couple of weeks and if he was eating F/T mice then there is no reason to suspect that he won't continue to do so when he is fully settled big is the enclosure he is in and how big was the enclosure he was in? The quickest way to make a snake settle is to mimic the enclosure they were in before they came to you, then when you have established a feeding regime you can move him into a different enclose.

    I would hold off trying him again with anything live for at least 6-8 months....they can go a long time without eating and the last thing you want to do is get him a taste for live....just keep trying the mice once a week, make sure they are good and warm and he'll eat in his own time :)
  7. jacky

    jacky Moderated Status

    Very beautiful snakes.The best of luck with them both :)
  8. Rocky's Dad

    Rocky's Dad Elite Member

    Thanks - I think the new cage(s) were definitely causing him some acclimation issues - I acutally had him in a 40 gallon and then stepped him up to this cage (was thinking I'd get a hatchling but ended up with him) - that's gotta be causing him some stress - clearly shown at first - had to handle him with a hook, but recently he's settled down just fine...
    So I'll stop stressing then. Just makes it easier to sleep on Sunday nights when everyone eats... ;)
  9. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Awesome tank as well, did you build that yourself?
  10. Rocky's Dad

    Rocky's Dad Elite Member

    :eek: Heck no - I'm all thumbs... There is a guy here locally who does these and goes to shows. They are pretty slick - there is a built in UTH in the back corner and an internal florescent light. Light switches on the outside of the cage control both and there's an extra outlet in the back so you can plug in a dome lamp or whatever.

    He makes one just like this in unfinished pine for about $200 - I splurged for the finished oak because it looks much nicer - an extra $100, but worth it, in my opinion...
  11. venus

    venus Founding Member

    Would you consider posting it on Herp Habitats, its a great enclosure and might give other members ideas for building (you know, the crafy ones) :D .
  12. DarkMagician207

    DarkMagician207 Elite Member

    beautiful. love the patterns on both of them. :)
  13. Lyn'sSteve

    Lyn'sSteve Elite Member

    Rocky's Dad,

    How big is the snake in that cage?

  14. topacelot

    topacelot Elite Member

    very nice....I just got mine about a month ago...good luck with feeding...mine are 3+yrs and I haven't had a prob
  15. Rocky's Dad

    Rocky's Dad Elite Member

    I'll have to measure it when I get home for exact measurements, but I would say about 3ft long by 2.25ft wide and 3ft high.
  16. Bighill_Reptiles

    Bighill_Reptiles Elite Member

    I would hold off on all food for two weeks and try to leave A F/K mouse in front of his hide at night and see what happens in the morning he is a beautiful JCP nice cage as well .What are the temps at and humidity I did not see a large watter bowl for him to soak in ??
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