Reptile Articles and Q&A's by Doc Rock

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Title
Synopsis
SNAKE EMPATHY and the Art of Handling Pythons
Describes the senses of a python and how it perceives the world. Explains how to "read" your python and describes handling techniques.
HOME SWEET HOME A python's perspective
Talks about a pythons needs to be happy and healthy and cage setup and design. Covers hide boxes, water, lighting, heating and substrates.
'TILL DEATH US DO PART Keeping a Happy and Healthy Python
Discusses the suitability of Australian pythons as a pet. Looks at the main factors affecting python health and how to inspect your python. Describes how to deal with problem sheds.
BREEDING PYTHONS
Part 1: The Basics
Describes the breeding anatomy of male and female snakes. It then outlines the anatomical and physiological processes snakes go through during their breeding cycle.

BREEDING PYTHONS
Part 2: The breeding Season Approaches

Looks at temperature cycling methods for breeding snakes and explains with graphs how we gradually cycle our Australian pythons. Feeding regimes and male/female ratios are also discussed.
BREEDING PYTHONS
Part 3: Down to business
Talks about the effects of location on the timing of mating. Discusses using multiple males across females, female cycling behaviour, mating boxes, record keeping and feeding gravid snakes.
BREEDING PYTHONS
Part 4: Stress City
Discusses how to tell when your python ovulates and becomes gravid. It takes the reader through pre-lay shedding, egg deposition, removal of eggs and the basics of incubation.
KEEPING & BREEDING INLAND CARPET PYTHONS
Describes the distribution and preferred habitat of inland carpet pythons in Australia. Explains their temperament, husbandry and how to breed them in captivity.
THE REPTILE FAN CLUB A survey of the hobby in Australia
A contest was conducted in order to survey the reptile hobby in Australia. Over 2,100 responses were used to determine a profile of the typical reptile keeper and extrapolate future trends and growth of the hobby.
ROAD TESTING AUSSIE PYTHONS A short guide to snake selection.
A brief overview of the traits, husbandry quirks and personalities of the various types of python to help provide a quick matchmaking guide for the Australian reptile shopper.
GTP's and the School of Experience
Unlike most articles you will read in magazines, this is about the mistakes I have made and the trials and tribulations experienced as an Australian Green Tree Python keeper.
KEEPING WOMAS The champagne of snakes
Looks at the various forms of woma python and their distribution. It describes their behaviour, husbandry, breeding and hatchling care. The impact of our wildlife laws and the outlook for womas is also discussed.
KEEPING and BREEDING CENTRALIAN PYTHONS
Describes the taxonomic history of Morelia bredli, their distribution and size. Follows on from Keeping and Breeding Inland Carpet Pythons to describe the unique qualities and quirks of the Centralian Python.

 

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ASK DOC ROCK 1
Q: Is it alright to keep snakes of the same species or even different species together?
ASK DOC ROCK 2
Q: We love to handle our snakes, but we would also like to breed them. Is it alright to handle snakes that we want to breed?
ASK DOC ROCK 3
Q: What sort of things are important when buying a python? Also, when it comes to keeping and breeding, is there much of a difference between wild caught and captive bred animals?
ASK DOC ROCK 4
Q: My Spotted Python has started to puff her throat out like a bullfrog … my python has got a mouth abscess … my snake’s mouth has become all crusty and it’s sticking together … my python has stopped feeding even though I’ve kept the temperatures high? What do you think the problem is? Can you help me?
ASK DOC ROCK 5
Q: I’ve heard and read on the internet forums a lot of conflicting information about whether pythons need UV or normal lights in their vivariums to do well. You’ve got lots of different sorts of pythons, what do you think and what do you do at Southern Cross Reptiles.


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