next advantage of cresties: when all the snakes have eaten or are in shed, I can handle my crestie.
I’m still very much a thing-with-no-legs person, but I’m getting kinda fond of the little lizard. looking forward to buying shitloads of magnaturals at the WCRE (expo) coming up.
Can someone with access to a good lab do me a solid? Leave a piece of reptile carpet in with a corn snake or other colubrid for one month, with cleaning as needed (take it out, soak in bleach, rinse, dry, replace). Then swab it and grow. Tell me what comes out. I’m very curious.
By the way, another reason I don’t like reptile carpet as a substrate (I bring this up because I saw it recommended - again - today) is because recurved snake teeth can catch in it and be extremely difficult to remove. Of course, you can feed outside the enclosure, but this increases stress and decreases feeding success in ‘sensitive’ animals, so I can’t recommend it. If you prefer a flat substrate for some godforsaken reason, paper towel or newspaper are a better choice than reptile carpet. (There’s an extended dance remix about why I don’t like non-particulate substrates, but I feel it’s unimportant right now. I might feel differently in five minutes.)
There are Taiwanese beauty snakes at our local pet store. Oh my god. They’re on my wish list, along with one of the cute little Mexican pine snakes.
seriously those are fantastic animals, you would not regret it!