Continuing the discussion from Well, this wasn't a colour I was expecting to see!:
The results are in so it’s time to see how my popping skills held up, and whether or not my holdbacks are staying:
Bin 1 Masque (now called Seeker), Cheeky, and Keeper will indeed be holdbacks this season!
Well my technique could still theoretically use some work, but overall I’d say not too bad an outcome!
Thanks, I was very pleased to find out I had sexed all but one correctly, more so that the holdbacks all turned out to be females.
Now that you know which one is male, you should practice on him a few times.
@solarserpents I had practiced on him, and I have two others I confirmed male beforehand that I have also been practicing on. I’m a little worried at this point he is possibly getting too large to do so, being over 30g.
Oh that’s right, your babies are already so big! Yeah, I’m not comfortable popping anything over like 20 grams.
Growing like absolute weeds, this batch. I do have two non-eaters under 20g yet, one of which is my practice confirmed (via popping) male, so I’ve been using him to hone my technique for next year.
Nice work! You did quite well for your first clutch. It’s a happy note that your chosen keepers are the gender you wanted.
I keep shaking my head in amazement at the size of your babies.
I will definitely take 5/6, it shows that my technique isn’t terrible, and I’m just happy to have more than one female available to hold back.
I swear I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t been watching them grow myself. I was expecting them to be much smaller for much longer.
They emerge so tiny, so delicate-seeming. It’s astonishing that they’re able to eat a tiny pinky. But not for long. They grow shockingly fast. It makes sense from a survival perspective of course, but it’s quite amazing.
Since I have the two non-eaters that were still only in the 10g area, it’s even more shocking to see the difference. I wish my metabolism was as efficient as theirs!
Personally, I wish mine was less efficient. If you take my meaning. Lol
Um, so @solarserpents, I wanted to get an idea of how big they really are…
That’d be Seeker & Keeper at 3 months & 1 week old.
Either you’re tiny or they’re huge!
Both are about 21 inches long (nose to tail tip), Seeker is 33g, Keeper is 35g. They’re about the same size as my 18 month old garter snakes.
Yep, they’re officially huge. And still adorable.