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Off topic, or perhaps not re: introductions


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Posted by TexIndigo Gal on March 18, 2003 at 20:36:53:

I have posted this question in four other forums already, and have received a grand total of 1 (one, uno, un) response.

There are caresheets a-plenty for every species known (and some known only to the poser), but if there exists a general guide for handling new acquisitions to an existing collection, I haven't found it. Some of these issues Iím very familiar with, thanks mostly to following this forum for the last year or so, but Iíve never seen the information gathered together in a useful format in one place. If this guide exists, please point me to it.

Otherwise, I bow at your collective feet in obeisance to your superior experience (if not your sometimes-dubious wisdom) and request that you share same with me. I will be glad to consolidate your responses into a unified whole. Provide me email addresses and I will submit drafts to you for review for accuracy. The finished product will bear the names of contributors as the authors, and I will be the editor or compiler, depending on how much synthesis is required. It could be posted on indigosnakes.com or tossed into the circular file, as you deem appropriate.

Iím happy to provide my CV to anyone with concerns about my ability to take on this task.

My concern is this: sooner or later a second herp comes into the home, and Lo, And Behold, a Collection exists.

What are the prudent steps to take with the new herp (either wild caught or bought) to insure that neither parasite nor disease enters with the newbie?

Since no one (almost) on the other forums saw fit to respond to me, letís only talk about snakes, particularly the Drymarchons.

1) How do I evaluate the health of the new animal?
2) What are the common parasites?
3) What do I look for as evidence of parasites?
3) How do I eradicate parasites?
4) What kind of complications should I be alert for when treating for a given type of parasite?
5) What are other health concerns to be aware of?
6) Which ones require immediate attention?
7) How do I decide what I can do vs. what should be done by a veterinarian?
8) Detail things that a (intermediate experienced) owner can do at home
9) Explain quarantine Ėwhy, how, where, when, how long?
10) What are the other factors that Iíve omitted mentioning in the above list?

Again, if thereís already a resource for this stuff, tell me where to find it, and Iíll shut up, and save myself a lot of time and energy. I wish I had archived every thread that discussed any of these things here, but I havenít.

Beatrice
Broiling already in Stink Petersburg, FL

BTW, I just took anniversary pics of my Tex, should be able to post ďthen vs. nowĒ as soon as the film comes back on CD.



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