I was guiding some people through the dream realm and there was this small but annoying snake that startled us from behind a storm drain. It tried to attack me and the others but I scolded the snake and it listened.
Wait, some snakes give live birth??? They don't all lay eggs???? What! :0
Some snakes have evolved to have internal eggs instead of laying external ones, the commonly accepted answer as to why is because remaining in the mother for those particular species was safer for the babies than being externally laid. Oviparous, external egg layers, had better survival rates of laying eggs, and viviparous, live bearers, had better success when carrying the eggs within them and birthing them live :) That is one of the major differences with pythons and boas, pythons are egg bearers, boas are live bearers.
One of the most interesting comparisons I have found are Green Tree Pythons VS Emerald Tree boas. Two very similar snakes, that act similarly, eat similarly, and are often mistaken for each other, have completely different ways of bearing young.
Mother green tree python on eggs:
Mother Emerald Tree Boa giving birth:
Other species such as rattlesnakes and garter snakes are also viviparous!
ANON they get enough love and I could talk for days about my animals. Let's go in order of camera roll-
OwO is an avid Bob Ross viewer. He gets himself thrown into Gay Baby Jail the most because he's very interested in the girl roomed upstairs from himself and scratches up his snooter/head. So he spends a few days in jail to get some no nut clarity.
Rikki has retired from her herp ambassador title. She spent her 10th birthday out in a local hideaway spot where she got a lot of pets and treats. She is a very happy retired girl!
Funfetti has turned into an absolute fucking monster. I love her energy and she's so excited and eager to eat. This little girl is going to be an unstoppable force when she gets bigger.
I don't have any good pics of Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way atm because she's so reclusive and squirmy. We're doing handling every few days to get her used to it. She loves to musk :/
Sundae is a BRAT he STILL doesn't like any handling - these Wilbanks boys sure are something. A breeder facebook group recently rediscovered his existance and are absolutely enamored with him despite his brattiness.
Blurry but he's there. The veteran of them all. Knows exactly what he wants and how he wants it and when he wants it.. This little lizard is the biggest boss of them all and I'm p sure he knows that.
COPPER HAS FUCKING BITTEN ME. Twice now. Both of which were both food motivated but she has a bad habit of doing a small then really big bite when it it comes to hand feeding. She's very stuck up but my roommate and I still love her dearly.
so i've decided i'll probably be getting another snake at the expo next month lol
i'm considering either a rosy boa, a children's python, a carpet python, or another ball python. i have two dream morphs of ball python that i'm going to be looking for at the expo, and if i find either one at a reasonable price then that's what i'll be getting
those morphs are banana, or leucistic:
the leucistic is my top choice but they're apparently super rare so i imagine that morph may be out of my price range, if they even have any at the expo at all. banana shouldn't be too hard to find but we'll see.
but yeah i think i'll likley end up with another ball python. carpet pythons are cool but a lot of subspecies end up getting 8-10 feet long which is a bit big for me atm, so i'd have to be careful and make sure i get a subspecies that only reaches like 6 feet max. so yeah still researching the other snakes i mentioned but i'm leaning towards another ball 🐍
A guest looking at the timber rattlesnake in the reptile exhibit: Do the snakes have names?
Me: (Launches into my speech about how No, they don't even though the nonvenomous snakes do, because they're wild animals and dangerous to handle. The reptile keeper is wary of over-familiarity becoming carelessness, so we don't give them names as a mark of respect and a reminder of caution.) You can call them anything you want though!
Guest: Oh... That makes sense. I was going to say this one's name should be Justin. You know, Justin Timbersnake?
Me: I am going into the reptile room this second and asking him to change the name policy