Questions tagged [snakes]

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Why did my snake die suddenly?

My boyfriend and I had a ball python and we loved him very much. He was only a couple years old. He was perfectly fine last night, but in the morning he was limp and one of his sides turned grey. I ...
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My pet snake seems to have some sort of bugs crawling on its face; do I need to worry?

There are tiny little white things crawling across my pet snakes face, and even on its eyes. What are they, and what should I do about them? Are they harmful?
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Baby ball python has never taken food

I got a baby ball python about a month ago. He was born in August and has never taken food. I have assist fed him a number of times, which I don’t particularly like doing as it causes him stress. I ...
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How to prevent snakes from eating goldfish in pond?

Some snake found its way into my pond. I heard that local snakes will eat the fish. The pond is 1/2 underground and 1/2 above ground with a 2 ft high brick wall all the way around. Is there some ...
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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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When to see vet? Snake digestion process stuck

I fed my 5 year old adult carpet python 2 weeks ago. He still has a large bump right in the middle of his midsection. He is last poop was around the same time he was fed. I plan to go to the vet in ...
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Is my ball python hungry or not?

Okay, so I bought my ball python about 5 days ago from a reptile show. He is a one month old and the breeder told me he was due to eat today. He seemed very interested at first and struck, but he ...
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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 bitten?
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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 at some images and my mom suggested it might be a California king snake, then I started doubting what the vendor ...
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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 corn snake out more. But everywhere over the Internet they are blasted as being ...
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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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Snake not interested in food

So I have a female Californian king snake and I'm starting to get worried about her not eating. First of all, she has not eaten in 4 months. It's winter at the moment and I know they do not eat at ...
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Water conditioner for a snake

Okay so I built a small aquarium in my snake's terrarium for him to swim in. I added a couple of small fish that can live without water conditioner. I'd like to get different fish for the aquarium, ...
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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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Snake died suddenly. I have no idea what happened

My pet ball python (I’d had him for about 3 months now) was fine last night. I got him from a reptile expo back in December from a breeder. I cleaned his cage with vinegar and water solution and put ...
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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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What is wrong with my snake? Skin problem? Burn?

Yesterday my snake was absolutely fine. This morning I went to pick her up for some handling and I noticed a weird mark on her skin, as I looked closer it appears there's a small amount of blood and ...
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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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Suitable heat source for young blood python

The goal: Design a habitat suitable for a hatchling/juvenile blood python. Main issue: Controlling temperature and humidity Progress so far: What I've got so far (all theoretical at this point) is ...
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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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Rosy Boa keeps seeking the cold. Why?

I just got a 4 month old, male, rosy boa 5 days ago. His warm side (temperature taken at surface) fluctuates between 85 and 94 °F (29 and 34 °C). I have a heating pad stuck under the cage and an UV ...
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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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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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What's going on [duplicate]

Trying to feed ball python. If I put my hand in tank to spray water for humidity water mix soil or any reason the snake shows no interest and goes to hide head. But if the rat is in tank at the same ...
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What should I do if my horse is bitten by a snake?

We've come through extended drought, followed by historically bad bush fires, then flood. It has caused many animals to seek refuge in places that were safe from the fires and flood. Subsequently ...
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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 and haven't really found the time lately to ...
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Bumblebee Ball Python - striking food but missing

Started with the most recent feeding, my Bumblebee Ball Python has been hunting and striking at its prey but missing. I can't get her to eat frozen thawed, so I have been giving her live with no ...
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Can a red belly black snake kill a horse? How would I know if my horse has been bitten?

My horse was eating and jumped back from her feed bowl and wouldn't go back to it. I thought she may have been stung by the electric fence, but thought that was strange as she was well aware of how to ...
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Ivory Python Belly turned Dark Green

I got a Ivory Ball Python back in March and even though his lower jaw was a little deformed (it was a bit shorter than his tip but he still was able to feed correctly) we loved him. Unfortunately 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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Can pickle juice hurt snakes?

I just caught a black rat snake and all I had was an old pickle jar with small amount of juice slightly left over at the bottom. But the snake appeared to have curl up completely hiding or playing ...
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What forms of “body language” can be identified in snake behaviour?

Clearly, the snake's brain is far more primitive than our own so will not include "emotion" as we understand it, but there will still be identifiable reactions to different situations, which can be ...
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How to proceed with a pet snake that starts jabbing when held?

I was considering adopting a milk snake. She's 5 ft. long and the first time I held her she was very friendly, wrapping herself around both my arms, and mostly staying in that position. I held her for ...
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My yellow rat snake was eaten by a live pet mouse!

I had a yellow rat snake, we fed it a live mouse only the mouse turned round and ate the snake! Obviously killing the snake. Why did this happen? I have an albino corn snake now and will only feed ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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What is the safest way to find a missing snake?

What is the safest way to find missing snakes if they are loose in your house?
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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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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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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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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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Is my Snake Obese? [duplicate]

I have a 6yrs old adult male corn snake who looks a little obese. When he curls up in his hide you can see his skin quite clearly! I feed him a big mouse every 12 days.
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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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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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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 ...