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Re: Snakes

Postby Jones. » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:24 pm

So I can help the humidity with adding an extra water bowl? Thats so easy! Is there a way of measuring humidity? I'll be getting a plastic tank to begin with and then get a bigger one as the snake grows.

The snake is really really tiny, so I think I'll just put heavy things on top like you said. Thank you so much, you've been incredibly helpful! I can't wait to post a picture when I finally get the little guy.
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Re: Snakes

Postby ~Tornado~ » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:36 pm

Yes, or a damp rag
I'd really suggest to find a hygrometer that measures humidity and sadly a lot of the really cheap ones don't work much I'd look around
What sort of heat source are you using, thermostats are pretty important if you are using heat pads, it allows you to properly regulate the temprature
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Re: Snakes

Postby winter & fireflii » Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:31 pm

Humidity is about the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere. So you can do that by adding more water (extra water bowl, bigger water bowl, putting it over/under a heat source to evaporate more). Another method is using a substrate that holds more moisture (ex. aspen doesn't hold moisture as well as reptichip). You can also buy some sphagnum moss, make it damp, and spread it around the enclosure (or within an enclosed hide to create a humid hide).

You can measure humidity using a hygrometer. A digital one is best. There are some gauges online you can find for a cheap price that are both a digital thermometer and hygrometer. Acurite is one such brand, but I'd be sure to get multiple, as they can stop working from just a bit of moisture.
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Re: Snakes

Postby Jones. » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:04 am

Thank you both, I'm picking up my snake tomorrow and I'm super excited, I've decided to name it Squirt and I'll post pictures when I can
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Re: Snakes

Postby yellowlight » Sun Dec 17, 2017 4:08 am

Hey there, i have a baby Mexican black kingsnake.. he eats weekly a pinky mouse, but i don’t think he poops..i have never found a poop in his enclosure and I’ve had him for 3 months. What could be wrong ? What do i need to do?
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Re: Snakes

Postby Jones. » Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:45 pm

Hi again, so I picked up my snake and put him in his tank etc. I was advised not to handle him for 24 hours which I haven't, but when I did go to pick him up he struck at me. He also doesn't stop rattling his tail and I'm worried I'm just scaring him. I want to handle him so that he won't become super aggressive but I'm a little nervous. Would you have any recommendations for what to do?

EDIT: I was due to feed him and he ate his mouse just fine, so I'm aware I shouldn't handle him for 48 hours which will also give him more time to settle in. But even so, do you have any tips on handling a baby corn? He's 4 months old at the moment.
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Re: Snakes

Postby ~Tornado~ » Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:22 am

I'd not hold him for more than 24 hours I'd go for a few days thats good that he ate, they tend to be good eaters!
My best advice is don't lose him those fast little snakes can be hard to keep track of if they're hiding in your shirt or something, don't handle him too much at a time let him get used to you.


Good news on my part all my snakes ate frozen thawed on saturday! My milk snake of course ate but one of my ball pythons wasn't eating and the other wont take live. I had a really little mouse out that I give to my milksnake to try to get them to eat something and as always I try to give the live eating ball python the frozen thawed, didn't expect him to take it because he never does but good to give it a shot, as soon as that thing was in there he snatched it! Scared the heck outta me but he took it! I let him eat in because it was tiny and got a medium sized meal and he ate that too! I'm really excited because we were worried it would be really hard to switch him over!
My other Ballpython we actually decided to move off the floor from underneath the one I was just talking about because turns out one of the cats is bothering whichever snake is on the floor, and being even a bit higher up is also helping with her temperatures, which seems to be helping and she ate which is really good, especially since we got her so skinny!
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Re: Snakes

Postby Grimace » Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:55 am

yellowlight wrote:Hey there, i have a baby Mexican black kingsnake.. he eats weekly a pinky mouse, but i don’t think he poops..i have never found a poop in his enclosure and I’ve had him for 3 months. What could be wrong ? What do i need to do?


If he is eating that much and it has been that long he is 100% for sure pooping somewhere.
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Re: Snakes

Postby ~Tornado~ » Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:22 am

yellowlight wrote:Hey there, i have a baby Mexican black kingsnake.. he eats weekly a pinky mouse, but i don’t think he poops..i have never found a poop in his enclosure and I’ve had him for 3 months. What could be wrong ? What do i need to do?


What kind of bedding do you have?
My milk snake is on Aspen and I've had her for a few months and haven't found any signs of deification in her cage, but when my ball pythons poop it's very obvious on their paper towels
(Though I swear my milk snake does all of her pooping on us jeez)
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Re: Snakes

Postby control » Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:02 am

yellowlight wrote:Hey there, i have a baby Mexican black kingsnake.. he eats weekly a pinky mouse, but i don’t think he poops..i have never found a poop in his enclosure and I’ve had him for 3 months. What could be wrong ? What do i need to do?

I would do a full substrate cleaning, which should be done monthly anyway. Remove and replace all bedding and clean and sanitize all decor. Sift through the old bedding to see if you've just been missing the poops.

Jones. wrote:Hi again, so I picked up my snake and put him in his tank etc. I was advised not to handle him for 24 hours which I haven't, but when I did go to pick him up he struck at me. He also doesn't stop rattling his tail and I'm worried I'm just scaring him. I want to handle him so that he won't become super aggressive but I'm a little nervous. Would you have any recommendations for what to do?

EDIT: I was due to feed him and he ate his mouse just fine, so I'm aware I shouldn't handle him for 48 hours which will also give him more time to settle in. But even so, do you have any tips on handling a baby corn? He's 4 months old at the moment.

You should not handle for about a week after getting your snake, not just 24 hours. This gives them a chance to more fully readjust and be more receptive to handling
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