Thanks, I must be turning into one of those crazy reptile people. When I got my tortoise people thought it was kind of strange. Now they know I’m crazyCongratulations on all of your new acquisitions! They are all beautiful!!! Little Harley is absolutely adorable. No experience with snakes here to offer any advice, sorry. Just wanted to stop by and say that I love your new snakes and lizard
Thanks, I have tried the brain method. And I have left him in a small container for a few hours. He did eat a live pinky relatively easily, but I really don’t want to turn that into a habit. Do you think he is too small right now to eat to pinkies? He is 5.4 g and just under 6 inches long. He is in the middle of shed, his tummy and eyes are blue. So maybe he will want to eat more after he is done shedding.When I’ve had problem eaters there are a few things that I try. First- leave the food with him overnight in a small tuberware container (with ventilation of course), and cover the container with some sort of cloth. So that it is dark and safe feeling. Second- this one is a little more gruesome- but what I do is take my tongs that I am using to hold the pinky, and squeeze the head (called “braining” I think). A small drop of fluid should come out the nose of the pinkie. Then try to feed the pinkie by putting it in front of the hognoses face. Sometimes I gently rub the pinky on the snakes mouth. This will sometimes almost open the snakes mouth with just the smallest amount of pressure being used pushing the pinkie into the mouth, and once the pinkie is in their mouth just a little bit- they will usually finish the job. If he still won’t eat, you can hold the snake just behind the head gently and force his mouth open with the pinkie. Same concept as before- usually once you get the pinkie in the mouth just a little bit, they will usually finish the job. This last option is usually referred to as assist feeding (I would bet that you could google that and watch videos of people doing it). I have never really pushed things to the limit on how long they can go at this size before dying without a meal, but I would prolly not try this until the snake looks like it’s lost a little weight. Some snakes I have had assist fed like it was no big deal, other freaked out and made it worse. You could also go the full blown force feeding route- another thing to google and watch videos on, but this is a last resort. You do need to give the snake a chance to figure it out.
You can also use a technique called chain feeding. Once you get him started eating the first pinkie, you hold another one right behind it, so that his mout never closes after the first pinkie, and he just keeps swollowing until both pinkies disappear into his belly. Say it is really hard to get him to eat, or he always skips meals, then takes a pinkie on his own every third try, or he won’t eat two pinkies in one sitting, chain feeding can be helpful to get more food into him.
Good luck- snakes are awesome. I know this is a tortoise forum, but I’ve got it all at home- birds, turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs, tarantulas, etc.
If you are “crazy” than it makes two of us . Crazies. I lived my whole life with “standard pets” (dogs, cats, guinea pig, cockatiel, even a little hedgehog that my brother found nearby body of an adult one and brought it home to “save it”. My parents found a place for that little guy soon after but we had him home for about a week, but reptiles???? Oh and we did catch frogs just to look at them closely, and always got super excited when found a salamander by some stream while hiking in Polish mountains, but reptiles??? Never! Just never seen any snakes or turtles back then eventhough we went hiking and camping all the time. So if no reptiles in childhood, why would I get into it in my later years? Well, if this wasn’t for my then 10 yr old daughter, I would have never come up with that idea myself but because the little Spoiled Brat wanted a pet, and we wanted to be kind to the little animal and give him/her a companion I ended up buying 2 tiny baby RFs. Now in retrospect, she wanted a Sulcata! Goodness, I would really have to be creative with two 3yr old sullies now! It’s been enough work, expense and tons&tons of research time with the 2 of the size of mine. I bet so many people fall into that trap and then the kids either can’t, or lose interest (like mine did) or make too many assumptions by keeping their little reptile in similar manner like you’d keep a mammal... and the animals get sick... vet care is expensive... or the little ones die in hands of incompetent owners. I did follow my kid’s “want”, her first pets were supposed to reward her extremely responsible behavior at school. I was just soooo happy she did it all on her own and kept perfect grades unlike her 2 brothers who to this day need a “babysitter/supervisor” or else nothing gets done. I made it MY BUSINESS to learn all I could about those torts right away. This Forum has been the best thing for me and I’ll always be grateful to all of the folks here who carried me through my first year patiently answering all of my questions, some of them no doubt, dumb and redundant. Another thing that this Forum gave me is removing my fear of snakes! Not completely yet, but I don’t freakout anymore (get goosebumps and shivers) when I see one. More over, I find many of them beautiful, and even cute! I now can appreciate their relationships with their owners as a real deal, and believe they can have a deeper connection with us humans. And, oh, the snake babies! Sooooo adorable!!!!! 3.5 yrs ago I would NEVER let my kids have a pet snake (would probably have to move out of my house), but now, if one of the boys ever wanted a snake or lizard... I all for it! My husband would probably need to convincing, he hates the heating lamps in the house (fire danger[emoji57]). Anyway, I love your thread, please post PICTURES! The more the better! I’d love to see them grow!Thanks, I must be turning into one of those crazy reptile people. When I got my tortoise people thought it was kind of strange. Now they know I’m crazy
Thank you for that info. I love reading your posts. Always learn something newFor either of you posting above, a Western Hognose Snake might be a very good bet for a 40 gal. tank. They don't get as large as Corn or King Snakes and there are many very nice color morphs out there now. These snakes eat toads in the wild, so again, make sure to get one that has been feeding well on mice for a pretty good length of time.
Many of them are advertised on Fauna.com and Kingsnake.com fairly regularly.
I’ve got a long history with snakes. As much as I’ve been fascinated with the hog nose snake, I’ve never gotten one though because of the oftentimes difficulties of getting one to switch over to mice off of reptiles and amphibians as a food source.Thank you for that info. I love reading your posts. Always learn something new
Sorry Tina. I just realized that I didn’t really answer your question. For today’s world I’d stick with one of our local shows and then buy direct from the breeder. Unknown internet sellers have always worried me. I guess going on faith, you could go through “The Beanfarm” for sellers Geovanni has experience with.I have an empty 40 gallon breeder tank just begging to have something in it so I decided to get a snake. I'm thinking something along the lines of milk snake, king snake, or corn snake. One that would be able to live it's life in that 40 gallon tank. What does three work?
Also, where is a good place to get one. The Internet is getting way overwhelming, lots of sites but I never know if they're good. Any suggestions of a reputable place would be appreciated. Thanks!