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The last thing you want to do is forcibly remove the snake from the tape. Doing so will harm the snake, by pulling off its scales. Sorry, but touching it is out of the question. Unfortunately you're going to have to get close if you want to save the snake. It's a harmless snake, so you have nothing to be afraid of. You can wear gloves if that makes you ...


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The first part of recovering a lost pet snake is a manual hunt. Get a hand mirror and a really powerful flashlight, and start looking. The most common places you'll find them is hidden behind things or wound up in the works of things like your couch. Look under and behind everything — book cases, books, shelving, walls, doors, appliances, couches, ...


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You won't necessarily see outward signs of stress. Which I believe is actually the case here. Plain and simple, and I can't stress this enough, you should never feed your snake live food. If for some reason you absolutely have to, (i.e. you've tried every other option), you should only do so under strict supervision. You should still supervise feedings with ...


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Yes, these parasitic mites can be a vector for illness because they're effectively feeding on your snake. They're white when young, but will turn dark once they feed and would become easier to see, but they'll also be irritating the snake quite a bit. In the linked article there is some information on treatment, which is basically to bathe the snake and, ...


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Sorry for your loss. This is one of the prime reasons many keepers choose to feed their snakes dead food items. If the snake is not interested in feeding, it will most of the time just ignore the mouse (or rat). Left to their own devices, the mouse will get hungry and start looking for food. They are omnivores, that eat pretty much anything they can put ...


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First off, since I don't know what she looks like now vs before, it's going to be up to you to decide if the loss of weight is severe enough to take her to the vet. It also doesn't hurt to make sure that nothing else is going on. There are two reasons other than brumation that I can think of that would explain why she doesn't feel like eating. The timing ...


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John is right, your snake has mites. They're pretty similar in reptiles as fleas are in dogs and cats. Unfortunately the best way to deal with mites is to never get them at all because of the difficulty in getting rid of them. Mites will take refuge in the snake's scales, and pretty much every chemical that would kill the mites is harmful to reptiles as well....


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Losing interest in food is just something that royal pythons do; it's perfectly normal. Sometimes this fasting lasts for a few weeks, sometimes it lasts for several months. Earlier this year my own royal python stopped eating for about four months then went back to eating every 1.5 weeks like nothing happened. It seems to be more common in males than in ...


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No, snakes don't do any kind of measuring their prey before attacking like that. Typically they can see whether they can eat what they see. Similarly to how you don't have to bring out a tape measure to check whether something is bitesize. It's actually not unheard of that snakes try to eat something that's too big for them to swallow, or to mistake an ...


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While it's sometimes normal to see your snake's skin between the scales immediately after feeding, that's because they swallow their food whole and it's pressing on their skin. If you're seeing the skin between the scales otherwise, then your snake is definitely overweight. I wouldn't use the spine as a reference for whether your snake is over/under weight, ...


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There are roughly three kinds of moods you need to be able to tell apart in snakes: Hungry / looking for food Scared / pissed off Relaxed / exploring around How exactly these moods look differs immensely between species and even specimens. Even snakes can have wildly varying personalities. 'Essing up' For example, the "essing up" which my boa ...


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Honestly, it depends a lot on personal preference. A baby snake will eventually grow into an adult snake. Personally, I would consider the species of snake as well as whether or not it's captive-bred or wild-caught much more important than the age. If you are a first-time snake keeper I would strongly recommend a king snake over a boa. (Other good first-...


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There a four terms used for different sizes of mice fed to snakes. In order from smallest to largest they are: Pinky Is a mouse that's so young it hasn't developed it's fur yet. The term refers to the color of the mouse's skin. Because it's basically a newborn mouse, it's obviously going to be the smallest size mouse you can get. Fuzzy Is a mouse that's ...


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Yes, Hognoses are venomous, but you shouldn't be worried. Let's explore venom a bit. Use of venom For many snakes, venom has an obvious purpose. Killing prey. But this is not the only purpose. As venom becomes more potent, larger and larger animals can be affected by its effects. Eventually, those animals will learn to respect the snake. This turns it into ...


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Within the snake trade there is a lot of effort going towards breeding animals with different coloration. A well known example of this is an albino mutation. Albino means that the animal is missing all (or most) colour. There are a couple of snake species that have a very active breeding community for creating morphs. Most of these species are commonly kept ...


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The exact details of the environment and requirements will vary from species to species, reflecting the different sizes, natures and natural habitats of the different kinds of snakes, but the principles of keeping any snake are very similar. The underlying principle, as with keeping any animal, is of course to put its health and welfare first, so that you ...


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It's nothing to worry about unless you're under the age of 5 and your immune system is still developing, or you're sick and/or elderly with a compromised immune system. About Salmonella: According to the numbers from the CDC, if you're hospitalized with a case of Salmonella poisoning, you have barely less than a 1% chance of it being lethal. But, that's ...


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I'm sorry to hear about your snake. It is possible that the evergreen branch still posed a threat. I work as a reptile keeper in a zoo, and we as a rule will not use any evergreen regardless of its age. It's also possible that the branch had been contaminated by chemicals, especially if it came from a farm area. Other possibilities: Lack of adequate ...


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I did some research comparing the two different kinds of snakes. My research is showed below. Everything highlighted is cited and everything not cited is from my own experience and handling snakes myself. Adult corn snakes need a cage at least the size of a 20 gallon (76 liters) long aquarium, but bigger is even better. Snakes are not social animals, so ...


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This answer is based on the situation in the Netherlands. I'm not up to speed with the exact Belgian laws, but I do know that there is quite an active trade in reptiles between the two countries. I'm adding the "in Europe" because I don't know if there's any anacondas being bred outside of South-America They are sold every now and then, which seems to ...


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Update Over a year later the python has now been feeding consistently for 6 months or more. I can't be sure why they weren't eating to begin with but we made a few changes to the feeding routine; We place the python in a deep, lidded box half an hour before feeding time, allowing the snake to settle. Once the rat is defrosted we use feeding tongs to slip ...


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To answer your question, it is a little of both. The reason hot rocks are frowned upon more than UTHs and basking lights is because they fail to spread heat as much as the previous. To feel the effects of the warmth, the animal will need to sit directly on the rock. Since reptiles dont have the nervous system we do as humans, it is harder for them to tell ...


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A nice way to tell the sex of a corn snake is by the shape of the tail. Reptiles have what's referred to as a hemipenis, and because of the way it's positioned in their tail, the male's tail will be thicker after the cloacal opening when compared with a female, who's tail will taper immediately after the cloacal. (Source) Another, potentially more reliable ...


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Try switching to rats; weanling rats if you need something smaller. To us, they seem like basically the same thing as mice. But if your snake is truly getting "bored" with mice, rats will provide a different scent and nutritional profile which may fulfill the snakes instinctive predilection towards varying their diet. They may eventually enjoying eating ...


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This depends very much on which family the species of snakes belongs to. So there are three ways of giving birth: Viviparious, live birth. Most mammals do this, and according to this comment some sea snakes do so too. Oviparous, egg-laying. Many species of snakes lay eggs. These eggs, unlike familiar chicken eggs, are soft en leathery. This helps them ...


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I saw this post resurrected and I want to put in a resource I found. Mite Eradication 101: Permethrin Permethrin comes in many forms - Provent-A-Mite (PAM), NIX/RID head lice treatment, Permethrin-10 from a livestock supply store, etc. Once mixed with water its half life is 30 days if kept out of direct sunlight. PAM has several advantages. It has been ...


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I've not really heard people feeding their kingsnakes much besides mice or gerbils, but they'll eat just about anything in the wild. For rodents, I would suggest gerbils or baby rats. There are very few places where you can get hamsters that are intended as feeders, so they're a bit too expensive to consider I think. You could try feeding her anoles, ...


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The number of terms used will vary from supplier to supplier, as could what each one means, so there will be no single authoritative answer to this question. For example, one of the UK's popular suppliers of frozen food for reptiles, http://frozenreptile.co.uk/, lists the sizes of mice as Pinky (broken down on some of their pages as small and large) Fuzzy ...


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In general, snakes can open their mouths at about a 150 degree angle. That's pretty amazing when you consider 180 degrees is a straight line! The reason that snakes can open their mouths so wide is that their jawbone is connected by ligaments, rather than hooking into the skull like other animals. As you can see from the human jawbone below, the connecting ...


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