All four snakes went to the vet last week, and all four got clean bills of health. Both ball pythons weighed in around 250 grams, which was impressive considering their last weights were more like 200 grams. Sarah-the-Sand-Boa weighed a whopping FIFTY grams, and Slither tilted the scale at a respectable 35 grams.
Not bad for any of them. My current mission, as assigned by my exotics vet, is to bring in fecal samples from all four snakes. Unless the sand boas are uncharacteristically cooperative it's more likely she'll just get two samples: one each from Lucy and Scales.
For news of the shedding, both Sarah and Lucy shed a couple of weeks ago. Scales and Slither are both mid-shed-cycle, with Slither once again being in the Longest. Shed. Cycle. EVER. Scales is giving him a run for his money though. We'll see which one manages to get over it first. Meanwhile, both are acting like hormonal teens, i.e., moody and secretive. Slither has completely buried himself in his substrate and Scales has his back to the opening of his hide on the rare occasion he'll even let himself be seen. Fortunately they'll get over it when they're done with the sheds.
Unlike my teenager :P
Oh, and I have to admit that Sarah, aka HellSnake, has actually calmed way down! She's much less thrashy (except around her shed cycle, and then who can blame her?) and is in general pretty pleasant to carry around and play with which is a far cry from her formerly nippy neonate self. Today I took her up to the reptile shop to try and pick some new food for her since she's downing pinks like they're Jelly Bellys. Seriously, she sucked down four this past Thursday (Slither wasn't hungry and Sarah is an accommodating garbage disposal) and was even looking for a fifth! So it's definitely time to move her up a bit. We're going to try her out on some f/t ASF fuzzies and see how she likes those.
As for Lucy? She's lovely, and tonight when I took her out she just felt huge. She's getting some heft on her, which is rather nice. Just keep pounding those rodents, girl.
Oh yes, rats! I'm sure everyone will be thrilled to know that Oops survived his neuter and is healing nicely. He's finished with his anti inflammatories and just has one more week of antibiotics. Then next weekend he gets to move back in with the girls, none of whom managed to get pregnant during their mutual exposure. Hooray!
Hopefully there will be much rejoicing.