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Whose got the oldest snake??

Discussion in 'Snakes' started by jtrux, Oct 3, 2012.

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  1. jtrux

    jtrux Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I have a ball python that I bought from The Snake Farm in New Braunfels, TX back in '98 so that makes her 14 going on 15. No idea how long they live but she is still going strong. One thing I do is that I don't feed her weekly, only monthly and have beed doing so for probably 12 of the last 15 years. I've always been afraid of overfeeding and causing obesity which in turn would mean an unhealthy snake.

    What do you guys have?
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    My dad just lost a 22 year old corn snake. That was pretty cool. He had that snake for ever...
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    My first snake was an adult ball python back in 1992. Still got him today.
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    jtrux Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Wow, so mines just a baby. How long do they live? Geez, I thought mine was ancient.
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    StudentoftheReptile Active Member 5 Year Member

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    15 years is certainly no baby.

    However, I think the record for balls is 48-49, although the average is probably between 20-30.
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    jtrux Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Geez, i'm about to move her into a bigger cage. I think she deserves it. She's been having shedding issues lately so i'm gonna try and increase the humidity some too, probably switch to coconut coir.
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    Is she in a tank? Cover up the top with a towel.
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    Tom The Dog Trainer 5 Year Member Platinum Tortoise Club

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    I used to use humid hide boxes inside my ball pythons enclosures. Worked like a charm for shedding. I made them out of various Rubbermaid style shoe boxes.
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    My oldest snake is a handsome normal corn, Slinky. He is seven years old.
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    Yeah, there are no particularly old snakes here. My Kisatchie corns were hatched either in '06 or '07, and my Anery corn in '07... Making the oldest snakes here, at least of those whose ages I know, about 6 years old. I did take in an 11 year old ball python at one point...

    One of my hopes is, 20 years from now, to be able to get out my BCI boy or the gopher snake or whoever else, and remember when the old guy was still just a wee baby. That would be pretty awesome. (I have a similar hope for the Leopard tortoise--I want to have to put him in my will! Also makes for a great excuse to teach my cousin and nephews how great reptiles are... Need someone to will him TO, right? LOL)
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    DeanS SULCATA OASIS 5 Year Member

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    Why am I not surprised!?!?! My oldest was a 13-year-old 191/2 ft 260lbs +/- Burmese python...very light in color (bright yellow)...that she retained until she caught pseudamonas...UGH! She went downhill pretty fast after that.
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    jtrux Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Thats a big girl Dean! Sorry you lost her. My gf nags me about my ball python but at 15 yrs old, she aint going anywhere...ive raised her since she was a week old!
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