I am on a bender today.
I am annoyed.
You wanna know the worst part about being a snake breeder?
Let me tell you!
Soiled things. Dirty, gross, smelly things. And of course, these dirty smelly gross things happen only after you JUST cleaned a tub or tank or water dish or something to that effect.
Perfect example: I just finished cleaning a whole rack of babies. I only use paper with the babies, so it takes a bit more time to clean out each tub, scrub with Chlorhexidine, and move on to the rest of them. I go back to feed off a few straggler rat pups, and HALF of the tubs have fecal or urate matter in the tub, right over the fresh paper I JUST PUT DOWN LESS THAN AN HOUR AGO!
Yes, this is also true of wiping down a tub that has water spilled in it, just to find that after you fill up the water again and put down fresh paper, it gets wet and somehow grosser than before.
Not eating, or leaving food in the tub that was "going" to be eaten. I HATE finding bodies of food hanging out in the corner of a tub, just laying there. And of course the snake finds itself staring at me, looking at me like "What? That was there.." Why kill it if you are not going to eat it, silly snake???
Self-loathing snakes. These snakes are the ones that choose not to be snakes, and don't eat, don't move, don't do anything snakey. You wonder what the heck they are thinking??? These are the problem feeders, the problem everythings! Usually a change of environment is enough to get them to act right, but while they are misbehaving, it is very annoying. Snakes that get skinnier and skinnier, don't seem to drink, don't seem to be interested in anything... Yes, they are having crises. Gotta change it up!
That is all for now, I'm sure I can come up with a few others if I had to think about it long enough.
Have a great not annoying day, my friends!