Ok so for the boas! It’s a male and two females, they’re all full grown, 4yrs old, so 4’ - 5’ and I’m like AH.. HMM… not sure I’d have the room for that haha. That would be a lot of extra money in buying feeders too… but she’s sending pics, so I’ll ponder this some more.
YES. Lipstick albino or sunglow?
Not sure, I’ll ask her for pics and more info tomorrow! But wow I think I might just say yes, this sounds like an amazing chance for some gorgeous boas.
Local snake friend who I recently got in touch with has offered me three lipstick jungle boas for free, plus enclosures and everything. She knows I’m a good owner and is looking to downsize and would rather they go to a responsible person omg you guys I might just say yes.
I will almost always choose a good PVC reptile rack over a glass tank because racks at made with the intention of housing reptiles. Tanks are made for fish.*
Now, there are definitely hobbyists in the live vivarium/naturalistic terrarium community that probably wouldn’t get much out of housing all their animals in racks because racks just aren’t built for display. There are also people who maintain very large collections who would be tearing their hair out if they had to house all their animals in glass tanks/terrariums. Different keepers have different ideas about what’s the best way to house their animals based one what their goals for their collection are so there are reasons why someone might use one over the other. So here are some pros and cons for each system.
Reptile rack pros:
- Made for the purpose of housing reptiles
- Very convenient housing solutions for those with large collections and finite amounts of available space
- Very cost effective for those with large collections
- Require little to no modification to make them suitable for housing reptiles
- Hold in humidity and temperatures better than glass
- Most racks can be deconstructed for ease of transportation and storage
- Tubs are light weight and easy to move around
- Tubs are very easy to take out and clean
- Generally very secure
- Allow for easy access to reptile when doing daily check ups
Reptile rack cons:
- Not very modular
- Do work well for display setups
- Not always ideal for housing reptiles that require access to basking light (though there are some manufacturers who make racks that can be used with heat lamps)
- May not provide adequate ventilation in high humidity environments
Glass tank pros:
- Great for display purposes
- Very modular, tanks can be rearranged on a wire shelf for set on top of dressers and desks, etc.
- Most cost effective for individuals who own only a few reptiles
- Easy to use with heat lamps for basking reptiles
- Screen top tanks provide good ventilation in high humidity environments
- Widely available
Glass tank cons:
- Usually need a lot modification to make them ready for reptile use
- Provide no insulation, tend to lose temperature and humidity easily
- Can be difficult to effectively store and transport
- Transparent walls and lack of furnishing can make reptiles feel exposed and not provide enough security
- Can be difficult to deep clean
- Can break shard if the enclosure is dropped or falls which could severely harm or kill a reptile if it is inside at the time
So basically there’s a lot to say about both types of enclosures but at the end of the day it really just depends on what the keeper needs and even the individual needs of the reptile. A lot of people will even use combinations of enclosures for housing different animals in their collection and of course there are even enclosures that combine the best of glass tanks and PVC racks to provide a functional yet also aesthetically appealing housing solution for your reptiles.
*This statement excludes any semi/fully aquatic reptiles.
So for sexing corn snakes the options are either probing or popping. Probing involves sliding a smooth metal rod into the cloaca and down into the tail. Depending how far it goes down determines what gender you have. Popping involves applying a kind of rolling pressure at the cloaca and pretty much popping out the hemipenes of a male (or popping out nothing for a female). This was the best website I could find with some examples of how both work, but definitely do some more searching and watch some videos to get a really good idea of how it’s done. IDEALLY you should find someone experienced who already knows how to pop/probe to show you how to do it, or to do it for you.
(fun fact: I’ve yet to try popping or probing techniques myself because of that reason, I want to find someone to show me hands on first.)
And your little fellow grabbing your wrist super tight when you pick them up is basically their “OH SHIT I’M FLYYYYINNGG” response. They just don’t want to fall! Suddenly being whooshed away from the ground is pretty scary for a small animal. So they’re going to squeeze tight to hang on until they realize everything is fine.