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General Goings On

Posted by TribalCorns at 4/27/2017 4:20:39 PM

Hello reader!

   So this bit of information is basically me just summing up what's going on for my animals and the records I have of them. It will also provide a bit of clarity to those who are wondering what's going on with me.

  For all animals I use old school paper records most of the time and once I have a ton of records I then mass place them into Iherp. I do have a lot of records I need to catch up on specifically for the geckos but also some corn info.

   If you didn't know already I simply add cleaned and water done for every weekly record because I spot clean all the time (They are ina  room where I sleep so as soon as I smell that someone's gone I clean it) and water is done every two to three days at the same time as the geckos are fed. So I just do a single weekly record instead of putting in a bunch more for water and cleaning records.

   All corns are currently on aspen bedding for those who were asking, and I feed the majority, spare for the biggest adults, once a week every week. The oldest corns and biggest are fed every two weeks a nice meal. I always keep an eye on their body form and if I see them thinning even a tiny bit or getting very fat I will change these schedules. For example Ares is getting old now, and perhaps because a good part of his life he was obese while on loan to someone else he just seems to be getting older faster. He was on the two week schedule with me to bring his weight back under control, however within the last 6 months he's drastically lost weight now. I am now feeding him every week a good meal (one large adult mouse) and he's still losing muscle mass. I feel and hear him creak when he's held and his attitude has turned sour. We'll be taking him to a vet soon. All other large adult corns were getting fat on the once a week schedule so that's why they are on the two week schedule.

   Geckos are fed every 2-4 days. It really depends on what their food looks and smells like. It tends to average around 3 days with them.

   For personal reasons we did have to maintenance feed the 2015 clutch for a bout half a year, but now we have them back on a regular feeding schedule. However they may, specifically the one hatchling form the double clutch, be a bit smaller than what they should be for this age. On the other hand a 2 year old corn should be somehwere in the range of 2 or more feet long and they all measured out that spare for the double clutched baby. So they seem to be on track despite the maintenance feeding. Again just so everyone knows they are back on a regular feeding schedule and catching up very nicely. I don't like maintenance feeding unless the animals are well established adults not being used for breeding or anything other than being a pet. With previous rat and king snake clutches I maintained in college I never maintenance fed them. If we hadn't been forced to due to our circumstances my babies would be very well fed and big by now.

  The tarantula seems to be going into breeding mode but I have no male for the poor girl. She's holed herself up and made a giant tunnel and den of web. I suppose she could also be getting ready to molt, but in the past she hasn't done this much when getting ready to molt.

  Our madagascar hissing roach collonies were hit hard by something be it disease or some other illness. We were left with a single colony and now their numbers are back on the rise again. Their enclosures had a few really good cleanings because of all the dead roaches. When I looked at the bodies I saw their normallymilky white parts were dark red. Perhaps it was a red mold that took them all out? My enclosures are totally dry. The only time they get a form of liquid to drink is when they are fed the pangea gecko food left over from the geckos. So unless we had a humid winter or something I can't see all of my colonies getting mold.

  The crested gecko eggs from the first clutch hatched and I am rather surprised by the first one. I was trying for reds and oranges and it does look like I got either rusty reds, or dark oranges. Though maybe they will stay more brown I'm not sure just yet. I was expecting the partial pin striping and brindling. However I did not expect even a single hatchling to come out with no dalmatian spots at all. The very first one is heavily brindled but I didn't see any spots anywhere on it. Both parents and half the grandparents have dalmatian spots so that was a surprise. I need to look back and review my gecko patterns again though becuase if I remember right chevron is the pattern they may actually have. If I find out they are actually chevron in the dorsal then I'll update their profiles but for now they are staying as they are.

  So yeah I have a lot of records to put into here soon. Hopefully I'll get it all in within the next couple of days.

  Have a good afternoon!

 ~Terra (Tribalcorns)

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