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How can I free a snake from duct tape?

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'...
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My yellow rat snake was eaten by a live pet mouse!

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 ...
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Why would my royal/ball python strike but not eat?

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 ...
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Does a pet boa/python measure the owner by lying straight?

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 ...
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What are snake morphs?

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 ...
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What forms of "body language" can be identified in snake behaviour?

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 ...
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Differences between taking care of a California king snake and a corn snake

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 ...
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I just read my hognose snake is venomous. Should I be worried?

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 ...
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Snake died suddenly. I have no idea what happened

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 ...
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What are the minimum requirements for keeping a snake?

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 ...
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Handling snakes and salmonella

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 ...
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What anaconda species/variants/whatever (if any) would be plausible to keep as pets in Belgium?

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'...
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Do snakes give birth to live young or lay eggs?

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 ...
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Why would my royal/ball python strike but not eat?

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 ...
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How to tell a female corn snake and a male corn snake?

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 ...
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Safe hot-rock for corn snake

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 ...
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Do snakes give birth to live young or lay eggs?

In hot climates most snakes lay eggs, but in colder climates, like Scandinavia, snakes keep their eggs inside their body until they hatch, thus giving birth to live snakes. The common adder/viper ...
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Can I help a pet snake through the molting process?

If the snake skin doesn't come off in one piece, it probably has a problem shedding it's skin and it's a trip to the Vet. Of course there could be other reason's too. There is also something to help ...
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Why do corn snakes rub their mouths on the tank?

There are several reasons why a snake such as a corn snake might exhibit this sort of behaviour. Without more specific information about your particular case1 it's impossible to say which could apply ...
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Can corn snakes see everything?

Eyesight in corns, in common with that of many snakes, is considerably less acute than in humans. There are two primary aspects to this: The snake's eyes do not have lids like ours, so do not get ...
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My pet snake seems to have some sort of bugs crawling on its face; do I need to worry?

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-...
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Why would my royal/ball python strike but not eat?

Good to hear that your snake is eating reliably, now. They can be very picky eaters, and they are notably skittish, and it is fairly normal for them to fast for months at a time. However, when a snake ...
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How to proceed with a pet snake that starts jabbing when held?

Snakes are a lot more likely to bite when they are hungry. My ball will act like he wants to strike me about a day or two before his scheduled feeding day then for two or three days after he will be ...
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Which is the better hiding place for a Kenyan Sand Boa?

You are going to want both ideally. The deep substrate is good for burrowing (which they will do) but not deep enough to cut down on the heat. I would say at least 1 hide and deeper substrate is ...
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How to choose the right size of mice for my snakes?

General rule for snakes is you feed them food that is as wide as their widest dimension. If my snake at it's widest was the size of a toiletpaper roll, I should feed it rats that would fit inside the ...
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Suitable heat source for young blood python

Disclaimer, I linked a few example products. These were the first items I found, I do not own or sell these specific products, or am in any way affiliated with them. There are roughly four ways to ...
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My snake died suddenly

Sorry to hear about the snake. There's a pretty large array of things that could have happened. You might already know a lot of this, I tried to be thorough. I also tried to rank them in order of ...
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Ratsnake with mouth deformity

Definitely have a vet look at this. Snakes normally don't sneeze, so that's red flag number one. That along with the mouth not closing properly sounds a lot like the snake might have troubles with ...
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Is my cornsnake overweight?

Slightly. The mounds you describe are indeed a sign that he is a bit chubby. It doesn't look too severe, though. The scales still overlap nicely. You shouldn't be able to see the skin between the ...
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Why would defanged snakes not bite?

A few things before I answer the question: This video is not a good example of how you should keep or handle your snakes. Venomous snakes are unforgiving to keep. As much experience as you might have,...
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