Nemesis finally shed and I can take photos of her again. Prior to this, she had not shed in over six months and looked like a grey slug-monster and I was genuinely embarrassed to post photos because anyone who saw her would immediately assume this was a neglected, abused, filth-encrusted animal.
I tried to use ZooMed Excavator clay substrate in her enclosure to make a platform for her water dish so that she’d quit shoveling substrate into it, which turned out to be a horrible idea. I packed it carefully and let it dry thoroughly, thinking it would be sturdy enough to dissuade a pokey hognose snoot. Within 24 hours she broke up the dry clay, scratched up all of her face scales in the process, dug underneath the water dish and flipped it, wetted the clay with water and poo, pushed a cardboard tube into the wetness and tore it up a bit to make a paper-mache/clay/poo sludge, and then flopped around in it and let it dry overnight into a foul layer of adobe armor that even moderate soaking and gentle scrubbing with a soft toothbrush would not dislodge. She was happy as a hog in mud and being a dollface and eating like a champ, so I let her be gross-looking rather than stress her or risk a resp infection from overfrequent soaking or jacking up her humidity to soften the filth-crust. She’s been gross-looking for the better part of the last year.
She’s my sweetest, most snuggly and friendly hognose and the best eater and the prettiest girl and I’m SO SO SO glad that she finally shed and looks like a pretty snek again and not like a sandworm from the 80′s Dune movie.
Hi! Could you do maybe like... a Solid Snakes hognose masterpost? I'd kinda like to see pictures and stuff on all your hogs in one post, seeing as at some point you'll be breeding them and hogs interest me. Thank you!
*Solid Snakes Hognose Masterpost*
Western Hognose Snakes:
-2013 poss. het. anerythristic female
I purchased this girl two years ago from a local breeder. She’s grown up to be quite the chunker! I’m hoping to prove out her het. anery status next season.
-2011 proven H. n. gloydi female “Mochi”
I bought this big girl from Kevin
Rhodes earlier this year. She’s proven twice over and huge! I love
her high-contrast markings. She does not love me.
-2015 anerythristic male “Tonkatsu”
This striking little dude will be
paired up with Prosciutto and Mochi next season, provided he’s big
enough to handle them (and with his appetite, I’m sure he will be!).
Resulting babies will be het. anery and, if Prosciutto proves out,
visual anery as well.
Madagascar Giant Hognose Snakes:
I got these three 2012 CBB hoggies as a 1.2 group earlier this year. They had been classroom pets and were housed together before I acquired them.
-The big male, “Pork”
-The smaller of the two females, “Bacon”
-The big girl, “Ham”
I had planned on breeding them next season, but the big girl Ham is either gravid or full of slugs right now. I just set up a nesting box for her, so we’ll find out in the next couple weeks (anyone interested in a CBB giant hoggie?)!