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Introducing Hadiah

Posted by Sonja K. at 8/19/2011 10:48:56 AM

Yesterday was the day! The day I received Hadiah, my first Chondro!

The name means "Gift" in Indonesian. (Thank you for the suggestion, Aaron!)

When I opened the box and saw this little one for the first time, my eyes got all glossy, and all I could think was, "This is amazing, I will never forget this!" 

I wrote Aaron yesterday, and my statement was:

"OMG! I think it's love at first site! (I may end up cursing you sooner than I anticipated!) "   




I couldn't let the day pass without pictures, so here they are...

I had to wait until after my daycare day to take the little cutie out, though, and decided to do so outside in order to have natural light for the pics.

I had Hadiah climb out of the deli and right out onto my hand...

They say pictures are worth more than words... and since I have had a hard time finding enough words to express how amazed I am by all the support and generosity of my fellow iHerpers, I hope these pictures will be able to show you.

My 12 year old is responsible for all the pics of me. It was so cute, I told him just take pics, you don't have to wait for me to pose. Well, he stood there with his feet shoulder width apart and took shot after shot - about as fast as the camera would let him, and then he made the comment, I'm pretending to be a professional photographer, you know like when they stand there taking a whole bunch of pictures!  (We had recently watched a nature photography show and he was doing his best to duplicate.) Smile

So, sorry for the onslaught of Sonja pics, but I think he did pretty well in capturing my first few minutes with Hadiah.


After this short photo session, I placed my cutie in a 6 quart tub with perches - duplicating the set-up Buddy was using - to lessen the stress for this little one. I know there is bound to be many pics in Hadiah's future... after she/he has had some time to acclimate and has had some meals with me.

Hope you all enjoyed this first set, though!

Again, thank you all!!



 Comments: View Oldest First  

Abby McDufford,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 12:07:53 PM  

Amazing pictures! What an adorable little bugger, and you sure do look pleased. :) Congrats Sonja!

Sonja ,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 12:10:04 PM  

Woo Hoo!  Hadiah is a beauty!

Shannon ,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 12:28:50 PM  

What a doll!!!!

Joseph Gahan,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 12:50:22 PM  

Congrats! It truely is a beautifull chondro.

Aaron Florian,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 1:06:10 PM  

I approve of this message.

Aaron Florian,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 1:06:29 PM  

Also, wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!


Posted At: 8/19/2011 1:36:09 PM  

yay grats! Your son takes some good pics! What a gorgeous little worm :)

Patrick Malloy,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 1:39:07 PM  

I love how your always Smiling, Everytime we've met your smiling, even when we talk you seem so happy, which is amazing all things considered.


You shoulda named him iHerp just to rep :)

Lisa ,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 1:58:11 PM  

Soooooooo pretty!  The pics are gorgeous, you have a budding photographer on your hands. lol

Pope of iHerp and Bread,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 2:43:34 PM  

Gotta love those Bubby B critters!

Emily ,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 3:04:49 PM  

So exciting!  Congratulations on that gorgeous little guy!

Kylie (Gargoyle Queen Reptiles),
Posted At: 8/19/2011 3:10:57 PM  

Oh yay!!  Thanks for posting such great pictures!  I'm looking forward to periodical updates...  ;)

Posted At: 8/19/2011 3:40:58 PM  

I got a chondro from Aaron once.  More like "love at first bite."

Enjoy!  See you at Tinley???

Kelly ,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 5:22:11 PM  

Congratulations!! She's so beautiful! You totally deserve this.

Lauren ,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 5:46:12 PM  

Aww, congrats! I want another... XD

James P.,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 6:55:20 PM  

That's a beautiful chondro.

Brad Baysinger,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 7:23:39 PM  

He's a cutey! I'm sure you'll enjoy him!



Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 8:26:25 PM  

Thanks all!

I was hoping you would, Aaron! 

Patrick... how can I not have a smile on my face when there are snakes involved?! That, and I'm fairly easy to please.... or is it if a person is always smiling, it makes people wonder what they may be up to?! LOL  

I couldn't help but to take a few more pics this evening... I mean, with seeing Hadiah perched for the first time and all! 

Posted At: 8/19/2011 8:54:06 PM  

I have a snake with the same name!  Great minds think alike.  ;)  Congrats!

pidak reptiles,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 8:55:29 PM  


Michael ,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 9:00:36 PM  

What Nice pic's .. Now Sonja   you are part of a new group of snake junkie's  Chondro fiend !! Thier always so nice and calm after coming out of the deli cup  Tomorrow  he will Bite you and give you a proper welcome to the chondro world  Lol  best of luck with him  ( it )  Thats a smoking Biak !!

James Thompson,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 9:07:27 PM  

Congraulations on your new chondro!! I've had mine for about 2 weeks now still adjusting and what not. But Buddy B's animals are the best hands down he really got some phenomenal critters!

Mystic Exotics ,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 9:08:50 PM  

She is beautiful Sonja! Congrats! You really deserve this :)

Andrea ,
Posted At: 8/19/2011 10:53:27 PM  

I'm so glad I could help be a part of that. She is stunning and you look thrilled to have her (I would be too). Congrats!

Kathy Weeks,
Posted At: 8/20/2011 1:13:10 AM  

This just warms me all up - you are SO deserving of this!! I have never seen so many teeth - LOLOL - your smile just says it all!! What a little beauty, and ... dare I say ... the first of many?!?!

jay v,
Posted At: 8/20/2011 7:43:56 AM  

like doom said you will be bitten by the chrondo bug! IM a bci Addict, but he second I layed eyes on my first chrondo, i knew there were going to be problems... focus, dont let them steal your soul...

Rebecca ,
Posted At: 8/20/2011 10:35:35 AM  

GORGEOUS pics Sonja!!  I am SO happy this worked out so well!!  :D

Tyler ,
Posted At: 8/20/2011 4:57:10 PM  

congrats! such a beautiful snake, you got her on my birthday to, just think thats cool

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 8/20/2011 5:39:43 PM  

Thanks everybody!

Andrea... you are right, I am absolutely thrilled!

Doom... Shhhhh... I imagine I could do without such a welcome - LOL

Kathy... All the best snakes do come in pairs, right?! I can only imagine there will be at least a second one someday! 

Jay... I will fight hard to hold on tight to my soul - LOL

James Thompson,
Posted At: 8/20/2011 6:36:31 PM  
I know what Jay means about them stealing your soul, I've already have my second one planned out and it's from Mel4Short. :). Another sorong x jayapura cross to match buddies and I know it's 50/50 if I'll get a pair or not.
Doom... I've had close encounters with my little one but no official tagging as of yet... Knocks on Wood... But other than that once I have Montezuma out he or she is pretty chill.

Jeff ,
Posted At: 8/20/2011 9:24:24 PM  

Oooooooooooooh....nice!!! Congrats Sonja!!  Love the pics

Amanda ,
Posted At: 8/22/2011 1:14:09 PM  

wow she is gorgeous!!

Patrick Holmes,
Posted At: 8/23/2011 4:40:08 AM  

This makes me happy  There's no other way to say it. I remember the first time I saw Sonja's amazing collection, all I could do was wonder why there were no chondros. Well, we've gone and done it now. This time next year, she'll have a dozen or more. In 2 years, she'll be selling her own baby chondros! And I am so totally cool with that. I can't think of a better person to add to the LONG list of incredible people in the chondrohead community. Welcome aboard Sonja!!! Your new animal is gorgeous. Hopefully it'll grow up to look like Mom. Congratulations on your first Morelia viridis! It suits you well       -p-

P.S. Mucho  for all of those who helped make this happen. IHERP ROCKS!!!

Aaron ,
Posted At: 8/23/2011 10:33:20 AM  

Love it! Fast forward a couple of weeks and that's me!! So excited, can't wait to get my first little Chondro - counting the days

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 8/23/2011 12:15:29 PM  

Thank you all!

Patrick... Hmmm.... for some reason, I'm feeling the "push" - LOL

From what Buddy said, the Mom has a great personality, too, so here's hoping!

Abby ,
Posted At: 8/25/2011 4:16:39 PM  

AWWWW!!! Grats, Sonja!!!

josh cole,
Posted At: 8/26/2011 12:07:04 AM  

soooo  nice.   Congrats

Colleen ,
Posted At: 8/30/2011 2:17:57 PM  

Sonja Hadiah is absolutely stunning! You look so so so happy, just think how happy you would be with 3 more...hehehe. And it looks like your boy is right in step with his Mama for picture taking, great job!

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