Questions tagged [snakes]

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

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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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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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How can I tell whether my corn snake is over- or underweight?

We have been feeding our two-year-old corn snake mostly when he starts actively hunting, but I'm slightly worried that we're feeding him either too much or too little. He's probably okay, but: In ...
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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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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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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 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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My corn snake died just after feeding. What are the possible causes?

I just fed my 2 corn snakes five live hoppers each about 5 hours ago. I like to leave them in their feeding boxes for a while to make sure they eat everything. I went back to put them back in their ...
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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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What terms are used for mice that are fed to snakes, and what are their meanings?

This term "hopper mouse" just got used in a recent question, and it seems to be a term that only people that have experience with snakes know. So what is a "hopper" mouse? What are the other terms ...
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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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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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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 ...