Yesterday was the local expo, which I've wanted to go to one since I got Cloud, and I was finally able to go! Mostly because it was in-town. haha It was a very small expo, but there was a good variety, which was awesome. There were two vendors selling retics, of which one had like 10 retics on display, which is where I got my little girl. They had some really nice-looking boa constrictors and retics on display. They had a young Hog Island on display that was already looking like a really nice Hog, in really good shape, too. I really wish I would have remembered to take pictures at their booth, but I was so busy ogling all the awesome snakes. :/ They were my favorite booth by far, though. The guy also had a nice conservative feeding schedule mentality, which I can get behind.
As far as what was there, there was a lot of retics, boa constrictors, and ball pythons. As far as snakes go, I also saw a Calabar ground boa, a couple of Amazon tree boas, green tree pythons, emerald tree boas, blood pythons, house snakes, an extremely defensive paradise tree snake, ratsnakes, kingsnakes, milksnakes, a couple hognoses, and a couple of corn snakes. There were some monitors, tegus, albino bullfrogs, uromastyx, crested geckos, gargoyle geckos, leopard geckos, hedgehogs, pigs, rabbits, degus, finches, and a bunch of others. My mom saw the axolotls there, and now she's dead-set on getting some to breed. *rolls eyes*
I know I said I'd wait to get one but....I went ahead and got a reticulated python. She's a female poss het purple albino reticulated python, born somewhere around October, so she's about 6 months old, or 2 months younger than Sanji. The breeder wasn't there, but one of the vendors there on behalf of them said that she thought she was hatched thereabouts. She's about 3'-3.5' and weighs 150 grams. She was easily the best looking retic at the show, if not the best-looking snake. I'm thinking about naming her Riverrun, but name suggestions are still welcomed.
She's got a slight bit of nose rub and some dry scales, but it looks very minor so I think it's just from the ride to the expo. Hopefully with some humidity and plenty of room she'll clear right up. There's no sign of mites or illness to her, so that's good.
I had her out during the expo because she didn't seem to like being in the plastic container (I don't blame her!), and she spent most of her time sleeping on my arm or crawling on top of my head. She was very laid back and didn't seem stressed out at all about the whole situation, which is good, hopefully she'll stay that way. She's in Draco's tank temporarily while I have some heat tape shipped in, so that she will have some heat as it will take about 5-7 days for the tape to get here. Then, when I get the heat tape I've got a nice 61 qt tub to set up for her, and I'll give Cloud's Herpstat 2 to her and Sanji to run their heat tapes. I'll eventually get two more Herpstat 2's to run the set of RHP's and CHE's in the enclosures, as I plan on putting Bud back into his 6' enclosure until Riverrun gets some size on her.
She's spending most of her time basking under the heat lamp, but she's also been cruising around exploring and I saw her take a sip from the water dish. She saw me come and look at her, and immediately zeroed in on me and started crawling towards me, tongue a-flicking. She seems just as aware of her surroundings as Draco is, and even followed my finger a bit. Having my first poop painting from her is going to be fun, though! Looking forward to that. lol She's still laid back, and didn't protest at all when I took her out real quick to show her to my brother and clean up the little bit of urates she left. Now to force myself to leave her alone for the next week or so. D: