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Questions tagged [snakes]

For questions related to snakes, whether constrictors or venomous, kept as pets.

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Why would defanged snakes not bite?

Regarding scope, this question is about a situation that occurred in what seems very unlikely to be a private home, but rather type of exhibition or possibly breeding venue. However, according to the ...
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Is my cornsnake overweight?

My 3 Year old boy (corn snake) has come back to me after being looked after by a friend for 9 months. I'm concerned about his body shape; he seems to have a pivot where his spine is, with mounds ...
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Ratsnake with mouth deformity

I took custody of a rat snake a few weeks back - I got him off Craigslist. I can tell he has been badly neglected -- the vivarium was stinking. I don't think that it had been cleaned for months. He ...
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Are rodent repellent devices safe for snakes?

We have young curious large breed dogs who make using mouse traps and poison difficult and/or dangerous. We also have a ball python who lives in his terrarium, not free roaming. All information I ...
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Why would my baby ball python strike/constrict then lose interest? [duplicate]

My ball python is 3 months old and was eating adult froze/thawed before I got it. It had been refusing food after I got it and then yesterday finally strikes/constricted but then he just wandered off.
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My snake died suddenly

I have 2 baby corn snakes and I fed them both about three days ago. I went to check on them today and I found one of them dead with only his head buried. I don’t know how this could have happened and ...
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What are snake morphs?

When looking for snakes I often see the term morph flying around. What does it mean exactly?
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Suitable heat source for young blood python

The goal: Design a habitat suitable for a hatchling/juvenile blood python. Main issue: Controlling temp and humidity Progress so far: What I've got so far (all theoretical at this point) is a 36"x ...
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Does a pet boa/python measure the owner by lying straight?

I read it somewhere, maybe as a Facebook photo of some Tumblr or yahoo a long time back (hence not a reliable source) that the user found it's pet snake (which was not eating food for quite some time) ...
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I just read my Hognose snake is venomous. Should I be worried?

I have a pet Hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus), and I just read somewhere that they are venomous. Should I be worried about getting bit?
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My snake has started shedding, but seems unwilling/unable to finish

I have a juvenile corn snake. This is her second shed with me so far, and the first went very easily. This time, however, she seems to be unwilling or unable to fully work her skin off. On Thursday ...
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Feeding snakes skinned rabbits

I farm rabbits for pelts and meat. I’ve been wanting to get a snake but I would like to keep the pelts for my pillows and blankets. Would giving a python a skinned animal be okay or do they need that ...
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Green Tree python refuses to eat

I've had a green tree python for about a year now. She has been eating really well with no illnesses other than constipation when I first got her. However for the past few months she has been ...
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Do snakes give birth to live young or lay eggs?

My son was watching a video of a snake giving birth to live young. I was under the impression that reptiles laid eggs. Do snakes give birth to live young or lay eggs?
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How To Keep Feeder Mice if I Keep Kosher? [closed]

I'm researching and adding up prices for getting a pet snake, but I have one major issue: I keep kosher, and if I put frozen feeder mice in the freezer, that would be unkosher. I've tried looking ...
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Snake refusing food after escaping

My 4 year old cornsnake escaped and was lost for about 10 weeks. I finally found him about 3 weeks ago. Since he's been back he has been refusing to eat. He's more active than he was before he ...
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When my snake is refusing food how long should I wait before I should worry?

I have had my corn snake for approximately 5 years now. He is normally a very good feeder, strikes for his food and eats well (I feed him one jumbo mouse approximately every 12-14 days). He usually ...
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What's my corn snakes gender pic provided [duplicate]

Hey just wondering what gender my snake can anyone tell by the pic please reply asap
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Swelling of the cloaca

I currently have a Green Tree Python that is about 3 feet long and still has the yellow juvenile colors. The cage is kept at about 55-60% humidity and a temperature of about 85° F. The snake's cloaca ...
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Should I worry that my milksnake likes to hang out behind the rock facade?

My milksnake likes to find a way behind the foam rock wall and hang out against the glass. I try to move her and set the wall more securely, but she always finds a way back there again. Anything to ...
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Safe hot-rock for corn snake

Hot-rocks look like a great idea! I would love to warm the hide at night and the rock at day, so as to entice my cornsnake out more. But everywhere over the Internet they are blasted as being ...
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Is hot water enough to clean a reptile's water bowl?

I saw on a forum once that hot water is enough to clean a reptile water bowl and I'm a little skeptical of this. Is this enough to clean it or should I use diluted vinegar, disinfectant such as Wipe ...
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How to choose the right size of mice for my snakes?

Currently my black headed python is eating 3 medium mice once every 10 days. If he is eating 3 with ease should I upgrade the size of his mice? I also have 2 hatchling jungles that are currently ...
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How do i heat and/or build multiple snake enclosures?

I am starting to get setup for snake breeding (balls) and I am lost on the process of multi enclosures. It is hard to find information about getting started with them and best practices/equipment to ...
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My pet Rat snake has little black bugs [duplicate]

My snake has these little black looking bugs on it, they crush very easy, I know they're not fleas. Wondering about the best way to get rid of them ?
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How to proceed with a pet snake that starts jabbing when held?

I was considering adopting my girlfriend's milk snake. She's 5 ft. long and the first time I held her she was very friendly, wrapping herself around both my arms (for warmth, I was told), and mostly ...
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Type of mineral oil ot remove snake mites?

I see people mention that they use mineral oil to kill and remove mites from the snake but I'm not sure what kind of mineral oil to use. When I looked up mineral oil I seen there's different kinds. ...
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Why would my royal/ball python strike but not eat?

My royal python is currently being a very picky eater. Last night I was able to coax him in to striking an appropriately sized rat, he missed three times. I then left him overnight in a dark cupboard ...
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What is a good beginner species? [closed]

I'm thinking about getting a snake and I want to know what is the best breed to start with. I've worked with lots of snakes so far at work, but I would like to get one of my own and I don't know what ...
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Water conditioner for snake

Okay so I built a small aquarium in my snakes terrarium for him to swim in. I added a couple of small fish that can live without water conditioner. Id like to get different fish for the aquarium but ...
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What anaconda species/variants/whatever (if any) would be plausible to keep as pets in Belgium?

All my life I've had one favorite animal: the anaconda. I used to read up quite a lot of documentation on them, but as time went on, I forgot most of it & haven't really found the time lately to ...
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Snake died, unsure of the cause

I keep two baby carts in a twenty gallon task together, they are both female and have always gotten along just fine. I found them in their hide cuddling frequently,etc. I feed them both a pinkie every ...
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Can I leave a water dish in a Kenyan Sand Boa's tank?

Sand Boas need warm/hot temperatures and very low humidity, generally speaking. During shedding, for snakes having trouble, especially eye caps, I've read that putting a water source (or humidity ...
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Which is the better hiding place for a Kenyan Sand Boa?

Which would be more important, deeper substrate or a pair of caves (one on the hot side and one on the warm)?
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My snake's stomache burst two days after eating a pinky

I had a baby corn snake and unfortunately two days after feeding her a pinky her stomach burst. It turned black and there was a blister over her stomach where it burst. What should I do?
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How can I free a snake from duct tape?

I left some strips of duct tape on my patio because I was gonna paint it, and a milk snake or king snake from outside got tangled in it. Sorry, but touching it is out of the question. I'm trying a ...
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Handling snakes and salmonella

I'm not a snake owner (though I'm considering becoming one), however I've handled snakes belonging to friends. I've been told you should always wash your hands after handling snakes because of a ...
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Can I help a pet snake through the molting process?

My friend's pet snake is starting to molt and since this is (the owner's) first experience through a molting, he is concerned. We know to apply some humidity to help, but are there other techniques ...
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What are the Pros and Cons to feeding my Corn Snake filtered/bottled water rather than tap water? [duplicate]

I was just told today to NEVER feed my Corn snake tap water. But I can't really afford to supply bottled/filtered water for him and it's slightly inconvenient. I know that it can cause a build up of ...
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How to tell a female Corn snake and a male Corn snake?

How to tell a female Corn snake and a male Corn snake? I am thinking about mating my male Corn snake with a female Corn snake. My problem isn't the mating. My problem is how to tell the difference ...
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Is it possible to gut-load a mouse?

When feeding insects to lizards, it's a common practice to gut-load them in order to deliver nutrients to the lizard. The diet of the insects can be altered to give them the highest possible ...
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What is “tap training” in snakes?

In this answer I saw reference to "tap training" when handling snakes. What is it, and do I need to learn it?
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How to lure a escaped snake [duplicate]

Is quite a bizarre situation, it is a not poisonous, not dangerous for human/children 1,5 m rat snake. We have two snakes in a terrarium in the living room. and now one of then managed to escape... We ...
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What are the minimum requirements for keeping a snake?

I want to get a pet snake. What aspects should I consider when choosing one and preparing to keep it and care for it?
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Why are my snake's belly scales turning yellow?

I recently took my snake out of his cage to hold him for a bit but I noticed a light yellow on his belly. He has checker like scales with some black and some white (those colored scales were on him ...
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Can corn snakes see everything?

Can a corn snake see everything? It seems that my corn snake acts like he can actually see me. If I move somewhere in the room he will look right at the direction I am at. I mean snakes like to do ...
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What are the differences between taking care of a california king snake, and a corn snake?

I've been taking care of my snake as if it was a corn snake, but today I was looking images and my mom suggested it might be a California king snake, then I started doubting what the vendor said. If ...
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ASF = Multimammate?

I bought a small multi for my royal python, as part of a bundle of "let's try her on various things to see which ones she prefers". So far so good, the small mice and rat pups have all gone down a ...
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Why do corn snakes rub their mouths on the tank?

Why do corn snakes rub their mouths on the tank? Snakes love to travel but rubbing their mouths on the tank is a different thing. I thought corn snakes do that to shed but for some reason they ...
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How wide can a corn snake open it's mouth?

I know snakes can unhinge their jaws when they eat food that is large (rats, large mice, etc.), but I don't know how much that helps them to open their mouth. How wide can adult corn snakes open their ...