To Conquer that Fear........

To Conquer that Fear........

Postby QtCreaCha » Sun Jul 26, 2009 8:45 am

“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.” Dale Carnegie


This is my hand.........(NOTE TO SELF.......Remember to breathe!)
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These are MY snakes.....
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Yes, I still have to pinch myself and make sure this is real!! It started that Monday(2 weeks ago) after deciding it's time to move on from this ridiculous fascination I developed for my greatest phobia, after reading the post of dead vs live food and how to kill the mice! I popped into my local pet shop to find a bigger enclosure for my fan fingered gecko! Knowing my absolute fear of snakes, the owner asked me to step back, as he wanted to show me something he had literally just got in but it is a snake and he was going to take it out! Well, the moment he pulled these dude's out I knew there was trouble..... I had seen a little sand Boa 2 weeks prior to this when fetching my fan fingered and just loved it!

And so it began, I touched a snake for the first time in my life that day, only the body while he held the snake's head! That evening himself and his girlfriend came to my house to show me in real life, what an adult Kenyan Sand Boa looks like, don't give me measurements, it means nothing to me!! We sat around my table for a good 3 hrs chatting about every single in and out of them. The following day I returned and held a snake for the very first time in my life, ON MY OWN! I'm not going to lie and say it was nice or easy, it was really hectic and at this time still had serious doubts if I could ever really do this! Subsequently, I returned to the shop every single day that week, to view, ask more questions and interact with the snake.

My mind was made up but had one problem..... Both pet shop owner and breeder of the snakes advised me to take a female, although they get longer, they feed easier.. BUT i had lost my heart to the little pikinin boy, don't ask me how or why, it's a snake for goodness sakes... Long story, short, I went balls to the wall and came home with both last Saturday! Knowing there is no risk, as I knew I could take them back anytime, should it not work out.

I have been dying to post pics but needed to be 100% sure I could do this, it's one thing to go into a pet shop with everyone there, jokes, support, laughs and it's another to bring it home, where you the sole provider and responsible one for proper care AND FEEDING!!

Considering no one gave me a good enough reason, in fact any reason, when I posted my question last week, as why to NOT use vermiculite as as substrate and due to the fact they had been in it from the breeder, I decided to do, what I do with all my new pets and offer a bit of each acceptable substrate and let the animal choose. One half vermiculite and the other a mix of beardie sand and organic potting soil. Also the vermiculite makes it easier for me to find them and pick them up, which was very difficult in the beginning. It's one thing to pick up a snake but another to dig around in soil to find it! Without fail, both are always in the vermiculite.

This is Ariel.....First day I put them in new home, she like stood on the tip of her tail straight up against glass, just like an arial. Archangel Ariel is also the healer and protector of nature and animals and ofcourse Ariel is the only CLASSIC Disney Character with red hair!(note classic) I suppose Fiona too from Shrek but she is new!
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This is Flint.....It is of Old English origin, and its meaning is "stream". Place name. Denotes an ancestor who lived near a stream. Also a name from nature, referring to the hard quartz that produces a spark of fire when struck by steel. He is just my cutie, he is wide awake and fast and has such a rich beautiful orange, so I thought it was appropriate
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I don't like this thing they in at all but is ok for now, going to put them in a bigger enclosure with more air flow next week, the humidity gets way to high in here!
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But I was clever too and took off the polystyrene underneath and placed tank in a place I can first see underneath, where they are and then feel gently and take them out! HA!
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I have had them for a week now and Ariel ate her first pinkie on Thursday night, I was sooooo chuffed and excited, I was hopping around like a lunatic. Never in a million years would I have believed I'm doing this AND LOVING IT! My Dad is seriously worried about me!! HA! He thinks it's great but can't get over the fact I own snakes. I used to give him and my brother so much grief about feeding the fuzzies and jumpers to my brother's snake....
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I have done so much homework on these Kenyan Sand Boa's and phone every 5 min when something happens, or I'm not sure of something but I know I have got so much more to learn and am proud and happy to say, I think I'm at the right place to do so. Besides you all owe it to me, it's your fault I'm in this position I'm in! I welcome any CONSTUCTIVE critisism and advice...

My cutie..
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(I know it's a loooong post but this time I don't care, it's history in the making, the 18th July should be declared a public holiday!!)

Thank you to those who have made this possible, the encouragement, interest and support and not only helped with fighting this fear but making it so enjoyable at the same time.

“Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it... that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.” Dale Carnegie
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Re: To Conquer that Fear........

Postby QtCreaCha » Sun Jul 26, 2009 8:50 am

Now I can't edit this post, that is not Flint, it's also Ariel and other pic is on side....Sorry! This is Flint
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Re: To Conquer that Fear........

Postby QtCreaCha » Sun Jul 26, 2009 8:54 am

And that was my 100th post too.......I'm done now!
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Re: To Conquer that Fear........

Postby Copperbob » Sun Jul 26, 2009 11:20 am

HEY HEY, lovely snakes and I really like your setup.
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Re: To Conquer that Fear........

Postby Bushviper » Sun Jul 26, 2009 1:02 pm

........ and so the fun begins.

It is great that you are getting over your irrational fear and within months you will agree with what everyone has ever told you about snakes and fears/phobias.

The sand gets too cold and if the humidity is too high as you say then the organic potting soil is too wet. Vermiculite if ingested will swell up and kill your snake. It can also have a sharp sliver of mica left in it which will cut your snake up. If you search for vermiculite you see it has been discussed on the forum before.

Feeding away from the vermiculite the way you do does help that the snake does not ingest vermiculite but I would get rid of it over time as and when you get drier potting soil.

Good luck with your babies, and congratulations
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Re: To Conquer that Fear........

Postby Cornelius » Sun Jul 26, 2009 1:07 pm

Congrats man. I am totally with Copperbob, it really is more addictive than drugs.

Go with what BV said, and enjoy your first of many lol
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Re: To Conquer that Fear........

Postby QtCreaCha » Sun Jul 26, 2009 3:32 pm

Thank you...I am now starting to fear the addiction, can't seem to win in this herp world! Ok, BV most posts on vermiculite is all about incubating eggs but I now see your post under substrates and enclosures. I think in the future it will be easier to just search your posts rather than the whole forums!! HA! Now this is good enough reason for me to not use it. I can see my soil is moist, there are small water droplets underneath! So, do you still recommend the soil/sand substrate though, as you mentioned in another post and that I just redo the whole new viv with this mix at a lower humidity? I want to do this asap, as both my snakes have been far less active the last 2/3days, my boy did not eat on Thursday or last night, Im really worried they not comfortable.
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Re: To Conquer that Fear........

Postby Bushviper » Sun Jul 26, 2009 5:42 pm

They would not appreciate the damp substrate and vermiculite will have absorbed the excess water (which is what it is made to do) and so that will be a lot cooler in any case. I would dry the cage out and try again. There is nothing wrong with keeping them on a couple of layers of newspaper until your substrate is sorted out.
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Re: To Conquer that Fear........

Postby QtCreaCha » Sun Jul 26, 2009 11:26 pm

Ok, I moved my Fan Fingered Gecko into a spare cage I have, I think it works quite well actually and he seems to like it too....(Temp/hygro like that just to start monitoring till it's done and I find it's right place)
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And I've just finished their new home now, new, dry substrate, no vermiculite, still just need to play with lights to find right temp....They seem to like it too, they were all over...
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I think this should be ok?
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Re: To Conquer that Fear........

Postby Karin » Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:36 am

congrats on your snakes, they are really pretty. And your set ups are awesome
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Re: To Conquer that Fear........

Postby rolandslf » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:28 am

@ QtCrecha - Awesome that you have overcome your phobia.
@ Forum Members - well done to all, another convert. We now need to help Rosemarie who also has a phobia with snakes.

@ QtCrecha - Those Kenyans are gorgeous, I wish you hours and hours of enjoyment. You are well on the way to being addicted now.
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Re: To Conquer that Fear........

Postby gaboon69 » Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:14 am

Good ending to the QC. Fear is only a perception.
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Re: To Conquer that Fear........

Postby Cerberus » Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:28 am

They looking good QtCrecha. Setups are looking awesome.
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Re: To Conquer that Fear........

Postby Wolf777 » Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:10 pm

Gongrats on conquering your fear, prepare for more snakes, because like everyone says this can be a real addiction lol.
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Re: To Conquer that Fear........

Postby Cerberus » Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:22 pm

Addiction nothing. It is pure madness. Think back to your first herp, does "I'll only have one" sound familiar? Then it was "well a few, but I will never keep venomous snakes" Now I'm looking at getting into hots as well.... Where will it end!!!? :smt017
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