22, and just the number. When you start talking species/subspecies I’ve noticed people tend to glaze over.
That makes sense, but I’d say have 15 corn snakes is totally different than having 15 pythons you know?
Of course it is, each species is different and requires a different level of care. But non-snake people don’t necessarily know that, and they don’t necessarily care. They simply hear a number bigger than one or two and that’s what they focus on.
That or they completely ignore context because if I ever say that I keep Ball Pythons, all they hear is “pythons” and immediately the assumption is that we’re dealing with 10-20ft long snakes regardless of how many times I explain that BPs are something else entirely from a Burm or a Retic. :/
I get that ^ SO MUCH. I have Ball Pythons” “whaaaaat don’t those get really big???” “…………no…..”
Or the other strange reaction I get when I mention all my animals is people assuming that they’re just free roaming around my house. They ask like “do they play with the cats?” or “what do the ferrets think of them?” and I have to explain that the separate species in this house will NEVER even see each other. (except for that one time the ferret pulled out the bottom drawers of my rack and harassed my geckos, but we put a stop to that right away)
Why not just buy frozen feeders? Why go through euthanizing them when you can buy pre-killed?
Do you need websites to look at?
I can give you a few.
Also, please dont tag things like this with rats or anything similar. People in those tags dont want to read about dead/ euthanizing rats.
Also freezing is an incredibly inhumane way to euthanize mammals.
"As cold surfaces can cause tissue damage and presumably pain, the animals should not come in direct contact with ice or precooled surfaces.Hypothermia for anesthesia is not recommended after approximately 7 days of age." <- for rodents.
-American Veterinary Medical Association Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2013 edition (2013 edition pdf- large file)
Humane methods of euthanasia if one is raising their own feeder animals can be found in that file under the laboratory animal section or with an internet search of rodent euthanasia protocols. (CO2 is the best method for feeders raised at home as cervical dislocation can cause unnecessary pain if done by inexperienced individuals).
Yes please don’t EVER use freezing to kill rodents. It’s really quite cruel as the liquid in their bodies freezes and expands, which is also extremely painful.
There’s tons of helpful DIY tutorials for small time CO2 chambers. Here’s a couple from Ball-pythons.net
along with some smaller versions: http://diyco2euthanizekit.blogspot.com/2012/09/use-and-construction-of-euthanize-kit.html?m=1
Do some research, ask around and I’m sure you’ll find tons of helpful info if you’re looking to euthanize your own rats at home.
So remember how I was all indecisive over figuring out a cool business name/hobbyist alias? Yeah I’ll probably just stick with CrispySnakes.
*queues snakes with sunglasses*
Lookit you with them hot ‘n crispy snakes. mmm yum.
I, on the other hand, am eternally frustrated because there’s already breeders/reptile folks both with BB Reptiles and Iceberg Exotics (the names I want so bad). So I just… urgh… aurgh…. I don’t know anymore…