Last unposted picture of Vivian I have....I miss her so much. She would hang out with me just like my other girls do and no I didn't mind that she was a rattlesnake. She passed away from what I now believe is some sort of tumor she had from birth...no vets within 300 miles would help us. I'm still mad about it. We all really miss her I know if I would have made that 400 mile drive she would've died in transport, and I think her dying in the comfort of her enclosure as she did was much nicer...as I said, she was very weak.
I have her in deep freeze until I figure out what to do next with her body...maybe a simple burial or maybe some sort of preservation, I don't know yet. Raising the new members of the venom crew is keeping my hands full and my mind off of it. I keep thinking of how lovely it's going to be seeing Veronica, Victoria, Valery and Vanessa grow into awesome 3ft adults.
It's crazy to think about how much blood, sweat and years, yes years, I've put into these anacondas. Looking at us from the outside you don't see all the daily water changes, the meal prep, the routine vet checkups, all the enrichment time (and time I spend with them not taking pictures). It's a lot of stuff, but I love every bit of it. I see so many people thinking of animals as their initial purchase price, but that's like basically nothing compared to the time, effort and yes even money you're going to put into that animal over the years. Granted a corn snake is cheaper to maintain than a retic, but you get my point. That's why these aren't animals with a value, they're irreplaceable family to me that I've put my soul into.
Not my hognose but here's something for #freehandlefriday
Can you guys imagine Valery or Vanessa this big
Of course, there's a right way to get your animals to adult size (proper size meals) and a wrong way (powerfeeding). Always do what's best for the animal!