Last night when changing water in bowl, Mr Burrows was in warm hide but sticking out a lot more than usual and flicking tongue towards the open door. I leaned in, smelled for myself and realized it was time for tank cleaning. So I left the door open and let him ‘escape’. Once he was out, down and on the floor I tossed out all of the soiled substrate, cleaned the enclosure and decor, put everything back. A couple of days prior I had put fresh coco husk in a bin with water so it was ready to go.
After the tank was set up again, he had not moved far. I went to pick him up and he hissed at me a couple of times so I let go and he crawled under the tv stand.
Then I carefully rolled the tv stand out of the way, leaving him in the open. That quieted him down and I gently picked him up. We had about an hour long handling/playing session that went pretty well. I thought I heard something, like a sneeze, but it was only once and his breathing was fine. Returned him to the newly-cleaned glass enclosure.
Will feed in a couple of days and then check again and monitor his breathing to see if that ‘sneeze’ or whatever I heard happens again.
Last night, Mr Burrows was out free-roaming in the bedroom. Around 2:00 am I hear a loud THWAAAPPP. get out of bed, turn on light and see that he’s left some poop on the floor. And I see him approaching the PVC cage on the floor. I clean up the mess and turn out the light thinking he’ll just continue on into the cage and curl up in the warm hide.
At 5:00 am I wake up to the sound of something hitting the floor in the other room. Investigating, I find him 2/3 of the way up the bookshelf, trying to climb down!
So I extricate him from that perch, clean him with damp paper towel, dry him off and after a few minutes of handling, take him over to the glass enclosure. At this time he’s draped around my neck and he lowers himself into the enclosure, so I put some fresh water in his bowl, close the door and go back to bed.
A few days ago I upped the meal size from 35g weaned to 50g small f/t rat. A bit of a struggle but eventually Mr Burrows managed to get it down. Then I left him alone to enjoy his food coma. Last night I took him out of enclosure for a ‘spa day’ – washing down with wet paper towel, then drying off with fabric towel. He seemed to enjoy it.
Mr Burrows left more than shed skin in the PVC cage in my bedroom closet. So I did a full cleaning on Wednesday. The coconut husk substrate was pretty damp so I didn’t put the hide and other furnishing back.
But I couldn’t find him in my room in any of the usual hiding places and was getting worried. Thursday after work, still couldn’t find him but I put the hides and other ‘furnishings’ back in and figured I’d wait until Saturday to really search for him. A few hours later I went into bedroom, turned on the light and saw the back half of the snake crawling back into the newly-cleaned cage! So happy. I left him alone and thawed out a rat because I knew he had to be hungry.
When I pulled back the door and held the rat inside the cage it took less than 2 minutes for Mr Burrows to reach out and snatch his meal.
26 May 2015
Found this all scrunched up in warm hide of PVC cage and managed to unfold it in one piece.
Looks good but when I was finished, found Mr Burrows in the PVC cage at bottom of bedroom closest. It has a UTH with VE-300 thermostat so I gave the coconut husk a spritz, put fresh water in the bowl and left him there.
And: on Friday the local pet store said they’d have weaned rats Tuesday. Tuesday, I was told they won’t have any until Friday afternoon. So that will be 12 days between feedings.