What’s up! First time using a forum in over a decade. Wait, Discord is a modern forum. A Gen-Z forum. Might not post here very often, but it actually feels pretty good using an old-school forum again. i’m sure this one will be less stressful as the last time I used a forum was for an MMO where I was a moderator for the forum for the guild I was in at the time, 100+ members. I also had a ‘Looking for Group’ personal forum where new players would contact me to carry them through bosses and raids as I could solo all bosses and raids in the game at that time. Both were very busy.
Anyway, my herp history. In the late 90’s, my family had a banded king snake. We were moving about a year after getting it. Thinking it was a desert snake and would be fine, we stopped at Walmart to but some quick things. Came back out and it was dead. Not my proudest moment, but I was 5 at the time, don’t blame me.
Around 2001, we then got a Ball Python, a little sweetheart. Had him for 15 years. At which time he was kept in my older bro’s room, he was responsible for the snake. He didn’t clean the cage for a few years, that snake died. He was home nearly all day every day and would throw a huge fit if we even knocked on the door, so we had no idea how bad it got until he came out crying.
Then my oldest brother got a Ball Python of his own, another sweet heart. About a year after he got the little buddy, my sister-in-law passed away and my brother moved back here with us. Stayed a couple years, then moved back to where he was living, left the snake with us for a year. He recently built him a magnificent enclosure, especially since the discovery of Ball’s being semi-arboreal and bird eaters, not just frogs and mice.
In 2017, after like 15 years of wanting one, I finally got a Leopard Gecko. Perfect time, too. My oldest brother was upgrading a few things for his python while he was down here. From a 10 gallon tank to a 30 gallon, a bigger heating pad, new bedding. I got those things hand-me-down so I saved some money. My gecko is happy and healthy! Though since I lost my job about a year ago, my family having financial issues since, I’ve had to cut back his feeding to once a week to stretch what little money we have. Hoping to get back to work next month and slowly bring him back to the 3 times a week he was on.
About 2 years ago, a couple of friends had to surrender some of their animals due to her being pregnant with twins and having pre-existing health issues that complicated the pregnancy and recovering, lowering their ability to facilitate all their animals. They asked me to take in their Fire Water Vis/Rain Water Het leopard gecko. He was nearly completely blind and refused to eat. I said yes, they gave me everything they had for him. Cage, heating pad, hygrometer, and everything. After having my FIRST amazon package of reptile appetite stimulator stolen from my front door, getting a free replacement after no response saying I’d get one, then buying another one without knowing the replacement was on the way, I finally got him eating. But then… I lost my job. I couldn’t afford to get enough superworms for both geckos, so I asked the herp store I got my first gecko from and the one I still go to today if they would take the blind one in and explaining, they said yes and I took him in the next day. In just a couple months, he was eating nearly every time from tongs, which was difficult cause he could only see vague shapes and light change. Nearly every time he saw a shadow over his cage, he’d freak and run into his hide, bonking his head sometimes. But while in my care, he gained 10 grams, he was only 30 grams when I got him and was an adult, very underweight. I was doing good! I only hope the store kept good care of him and he’s a healthy weight now. I know if I ask, I’ll want him back and I can’t take care of him right now.