So this’ll be a bit more of a blog post, a post mortem, and a general update about everything going on over here as of late. For everyone just in it for the photos, hoping to get back to regularly uploading shots soon.
Hey, I know you don't publicly talk about it but can you privately tell me how you keep your green rats? I have a trio coming and wanna make em something nice when theyre done with qt. Thanks!
Sure! There’s a ton of factors that would shake out different answers from me, so let’s go over them. And what the hell, let’s make it public for now.
The primary things we need to know is if they’re WC/CB, and their general age.
If they are young (which imo is the best case scenario), I really recommend not making a display until they’re older, and definitely house them separately. Since this species can be really easily spooked off food, into getting sick, etc, it’s best to keep them to the bare minimum paper towels, any hides, and waterbowl in a tub/rack to start them off for at least a couple years. I’m keeping all of mine in ‘growout tub style‘ until they’re chowing on small adult mice.
If they are WC adults, I’d keep them on paper towel even in their display. Treating their parasites is a lifelong task that you gotta keep an eye out for constantly (ie, constantly inspecting poops), and even if you shotgun as many meds as you can in the beginning there’s a really good chance something bizarre will survive that you need to catch later. I’ve finally switched my LTC silver male Fenris to reptichip, but he’s been healthy in my care for 4-5 years now (and I still poop inspect).
For WC animals you’ll need a slightly-smaller-than-expected cage, as enclosed as possible. In these cases I use fake decor and the background is just a window cling image, so I can put the animals into holding tubs, break down the cage to bare glass and really scrub-sanitize everything once a week or every other. Keeping things as clean as you can really goes a long way in the longevity of field collected gonyos. You can still make the cage look nice! But it’s just a matter of carefully planning how you make it work.
Now, if you’re absolutely sure you’re getting CB/CH adults, I tend to lean towards what their setup was previous to your ownership so they can settle in as easily as possible. If they were living in breeder bins previously, keep them in that for a year or two until they’re super duper comfortable around you and the household workings, and then begin planning the display (though some super high strung ones will never move past this phase and will always live best in a tub format. You need to play it by ear and respect what the animal is most comfortable with). If they were previously in a display, then you can go ahead to the really fancy display phase.
So lastly, if you have confident CH/CB adults you bought or grew out, you can basically go hog wild with whatever cage design you want, at a little larger than the WCs will ever want. They use climbing features about as much as texas ratsnakes; Jen and Lo currently will take maybe five minutes every other day to do a lap around the cage and then back into a hide. A far cry from how green tree pythons work, so you don’t really need to worry about branch gradients, but I’m currently playing with providing an RHP as the main heat source to encourage them going up there. I also keep their displays as sealed up as chondros, and mist them down like chondros.
Other people can debate these methods to death I suppose, but that’s the basic rundown of how I’ve gotten some success with this species. Hope that helps, lemme know if you have any questions!
I felt like I’d be remiss if I didn’t make a ‘Abelas shed!‘ post. The colors look a little hinky because blue gonyos and flash photography are like opposing magnets, but I promise a better non-flash shot later.
Decided to show off anon’s ‘muddy snakes’. The top left is a green/silver pair, top right is clutch results.
Freitas also created the oxyjansen hybrids, in which he theorized that the jansensi was just another color morph of the oxycephala species (second row images is pure jansen, sulawesi and selayar pure black). The resulting snakes hatched out green and 'normal’, and would go through a color change to the amazing adult you see at bottom. IIRC, the hybrids were also calmer animals like their janseni parentage, and were pretty easy to keep.
-Tiny Vayu, because a baby this tiny just begs for my macro lens.
-Solas*, who is in shed but I wanted a green reference to compare with the jansens.
-Briala and Felassan. Fel is whiting out a LOT faster than Bri, who is silvery but still definitely green at first glance. So now I’ve got a gradient of gonyos. Briala also has a serious thing for sitting in her waterbowl all day now, just like Justice and Anders (rip). Female gonyo hobby?
-Violet, for no real reason other than I had to give her more water (and Cole nipped me, so bad dog no biscuit).
*Solas, formerly Imshael, renamed because I was THAT disappointed with how much the character was just shunted into a lame miniboss in Inquisition.
Myth this morning, checking for RI (clean), mites (unsure), and getting some much needed water into her because these kids always dehydrate so damn easily (gonyos love running faucets).
There were three of these girls at the show, all supposed indo farmed, which I’d usually ignore but the entire shipment had CH/CB markers I look for, and relatively calm. A part of me is thinking I shoulda picked up all three, but I chose the bluest of the bunch and the really nice mangrove Ripley.
She was wary but really nice in-hand and didn’t flip out over, well, things that gonyos normally flip out over, so pretty sure she really is indo CH.