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About chris-uk
I kind of had an inkling for snakes for a long time, but it was only in 2011 when the wife begged me to buy her an albino garter that I caught the bug, and now we have 17 garters and 7 different species (radix, infernalis, tetrataenia, marcianus, cuitzeoensis, cyrtopsis, parietalis).
It's the biologist in me that keeps me interested, having studied medical science (with medical genetics) I'm fighting the urge to buy a microscope/DNA sequencer to get a closer look.
I also keep fish. Currently a tank with cardinal tetras, ottos, Lake Kutubu rainbows, bulldog plecs, neon tetras, corys, and a couple of killifish.

I am really called Chris. The wife is Char and she hangs out on the forum as well, we have a baby called Joseph born Sept 2012.
My favourite film is Gladiator. I read Terry Pratchett, amongst an eclectic mix of other literature Pratchett's Discworld novels have been constant since my early teens. We collect books, including lots of 1st editions, and a proof of Pratchett's "The Truth".

I have never kept caniverous plants, and I don't really have my bank account details in my profile.
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United Kingdom
Snakes. Hockey. Fish.
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T. marcianus, T. e. cuitzeoensis, T. cyrtopsis, T. radix, T. s. infernalis, T. s. tetrataenia


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    chris-uk liked post by EKS56 On thread : Yet another urgent feeding post...
    I have male and female Blackneck pair and both of them have been fasting. They eat like pigs or they don't eat at all.
    Liked On: 02-22-2015, 04:30 PM
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    chris-uk liked post by guidofatherof5 On thread : T. s. infernalis I got from Jeff B today!
    You handle that without gloves??????? I'd be afraid of getting burnt. Very nice.
    Liked On: 01-28-2015, 03:16 AM
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    chris-uk liked post by jmonahan On thread : Building [garter] snake habitat
    Here's a pic of some habitat I'm trying to put together. In the front is an ephemeral pond, in the back is a hibernaculum. The pond filled up this last spring (first year for it) with about 4 foot of...
    Liked On: 11-21-2014, 03:14 PM
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    chris-uk liked post by EasternGirl On thread : Marnie's snakes...update
    Babies arrived today!!! Two radixes from Tommy cute, so tiny. Having trouble getting good pics at the moment because they are both enjoying exploring a hanging plant...but here is what...
    Liked On: 11-07-2014, 05:40 AM
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    chris-uk liked post by EasternGirl On thread : Funniest escape attempt ever....
    So, my gigantic male eastern, Ziggy, decided to try to escape today. Ziggy was brought to me several years ago by neighbors...he had apparently gotten into something toxic and was very ill. I didn't...
    Liked On: 10-30-2014, 04:13 AM
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    chris-uk liked post by guidofatherof5 On thread : Snake food
    It would be good for us to know what kind/species of snake you have. If it is a garter snake then crickets are a big No-No, bugs are not in their diet. Here's a link to the forum care sheet which...
    Liked On: 10-28-2014, 05:22 PM
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    chris-uk liked post by guidofatherof5 On thread : Its oh so quiet Shh Shh
    It was just the other day I told stories to my son at bedtime, taught him how to ride a bike, etc. Yesterday, he joined the Marines and will leave July 2015 for boot camp. The marines are getting...
    Liked On: 10-23-2014, 09:50 AM
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    chris-uk liked post by joeysgreen On thread : Odd lumps
    Guys, you can't be seriously recommending she treat her snake via a website diagnosis from a picture. If this snake is compromised, the otherwise safe nature of many dewormers can change to the...
    Liked On: 10-19-2014, 04:55 PM
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    chris-uk liked post by d_virginiana On thread : Blackneck baby update (with pics!)
    This one is Nubbins, and at about a year, she's almost as big as my two year old eastern male...
    Liked On: 10-19-2014, 04:45 PM
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    chris-uk liked post by d_virginiana On thread : MONSTER garter snakes
    My biggest right now (my only female is a juvenile) is my old blind guy. He's close to 3 feet. Born from a wc female in a petstore. I always think other males are sickly or stunted when I first...
    Liked On: 10-13-2014, 04:59 PM
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    chris-uk liked post by guidofatherof5 On thread : T. radix Ranch 2014
    I've been seeing this female all year long so today I decided to get a quick photo. She was pleasant and easy going. She's a nice dark brown phase T. radix - Plains Garter. When I released her she...
    Liked On: 09-21-2014, 12:33 AM
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    chris-uk liked post by guidofatherof5 On thread : A Thank You to our Mods.
    It's time again we thank those that help to make this forum such a great place. Not only our Mods. but the site owner (Boots) Jason. Many thanks from the T. radix Ranch.
    Liked On: 09-18-2014, 05:51 AM
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    chris-uk liked post by d_virginiana On thread : Strange garter feces
    That picture appears to just be dried urates. Normal color, no problem. I've noticed mine tend to have especially runny/smelly poo after eating fish and worms. I think it has to do with how...
    Liked On: 09-12-2014, 01:39 AM
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    chris-uk liked post by guidofatherof5 On thread : Force Feeding vs Assist Feeding
    When I did force feedings I used a credit card to get the mouth open then used a smooth toothpick end to gently push the worm piece down the throat. I don't assist feed any snakes especially...
    Liked On: 09-09-2014, 10:13 AM
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    chris-uk liked post by Wyldrose On thread : Fiesty garter snake!
    Went to the river today and found this girl! We always find them in this area, this one was special she was very aggressive(defensive sounds better). We got a few pictures and let her go back to...
    Liked On: 09-08-2014, 01:05 AM
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