Not-Really-Colubrids: African House Snakes! Discussion and Show-off

The cheeto continues to thrive!


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So beautiful!

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Soooo cute ! Cheetoh has the cutest little face. :heart_eyes:

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Oh! By the way – I don’t comment here much but I read a lot, and I’ve been showing my wife pictures of Sangfroid when they come up since he’s such a cutie, and telling her about your posts. Now she gets excited whenever there’s a Sangfroid update. Little guy has fans!

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Aww we are so flattered! Him, and me! I shall tell him he’s got fans! Surely it won’t go to His Squigglyness’ head, right?

This is him startling at the camera movement with a Blelele while he was boldly exploring his “new” (rearranged slightly after cleaning) enclosure. He’s grown a LOT the last few months. He is almost ready to move into his bioactive enclosure.

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What a cutie pie! I want one. I think I’m missing out.

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Oh my goodness, so adorable!

You absolutely must tell His Squigglyness that he has fans. If it goes to his head, we’ll still adore him :heart:!

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He has shed out to be his shiniest just for his adoring public!

I tried to see if I could catch his iridescence on camera but it’s tricky in still images.

@gina5678 Thanks! And Oh yes, you will adore these little noodles! They come in different colors and sizes, and take up so very little space compared to bigger snakes. I also find that they can be disarming to people otherwise scared or nervous of snakes, since they are so tiny and sweet.

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Whoa, the iridescence! I’m so loving this little dude, he’s so pretty! Thank you for sharing!

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I’ve found that using a flash helps a lot with capturing iridescence. But you managed to get some, he looks gorgeous!

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Great picture, @athleticshoelace! He’s such a star, in a conveniently sized package! :star2:

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Showed my wife these last couple Sangfroid updates and she cheered! (I did too. What a beautiful little fellow.) I’d love to hear about your bioactive setup for him! We’re jussst about to start getting into arranging a bioactive for our ball, and it’s such an undertaking!

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Also, little Chester is doing good. She’s around 30 grams! Almost triple her arrival weight in November!

She’s also REALLY taken to being a sleeve snake, which is so cute I want to take a million pictures every time. A story in four parts:




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What an adorable set of pics. Does Chester just hang out peacefully in your sleeve, or does she prefer to go a-wandering through your clothing?

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When she goes in the sleeve, she usually stays in the lower-arm part of the sleeve – she’ll noodle up to my elbow and back around every now and then, but she’s pretty contained.

Days when she doesn’t feel like getting cozy in the sleeve, I’ve had to stop her from getting lost in other parts of my clothing, lol. She’s still light enough I can’t feel her when she’s back around the back of my neck through a sweater, so I try and keep a good eye on her and not let her wander too much. She does love clothes and cloth in general though!

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THank you! House Snakes are just little jewels, all of them.

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That’s a good idea- or a more directional light, instead of the lights of the craft room (where Sangfroid lives, with the dolls and the sewing stuff, and the Beetle tank, lol) THank you!

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Thank you! Black colored pets can be tough to photograph (i have a little black dog who is a smol void in a reflective collar) but he’s so many other colors depending on the time or lighting that it works

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THank you! I’ll have to do a good post about the Bioactive Garden tank. It’s been a LOT of work and research and I’ve been working on it for nearly two years.

People on youtube can slap up a bioactive in one video and have it survive okay but I have a cursed thumb, so this was me learning very slowly how to garden at all, indoors, while fulfilling Snake Parameters. Establishing an ecosystem and a living soil was a lot of work. Bit of a saga, including a lot of early struggles with grain/wood mites. That’s balanced out now, with isopods and plants and a millipede or two who must have hitchhiked in the egg attached to the calathea and african violets planted in there.
What I can say is to establish your work and keep fiddling with it for some months at least before you introduce the animal. Making a tiny world is very different from the coco block maintenance of a basic tank but it’s very rewarding.

I based my tank’s ecosystem type on a forest floor in the more temperate parts of the Congo jungle, because house snakes love to climb but they sure do prioritize having lots of nice cover and choices of hides. They can be downright secretive. I also made sure my plants were snake-safe so that I had some flowers in there because well, Pretty!

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I’m really, really hoping I’ll get some house snake eggs this year! I’ve put my male and female together twice now and it’s getting warmer (and wetter) so I hope she kind of gets into her cycle.

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