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Shelly Harrison - 2009-08-30
I recently acquired an albino corn snake for my classroom. I am trying to use frozen "pinkies". Last week went fine and she ate the pinkie with no problems after thawing it first. This week she doesn't seem interested. Any advice would be appreciated.

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  • Stacey Dillard - 2010-02-23
    In Aug. my albino cornsnake Bastian will be 20 years old. He is a wonderful pet. He loves to be held (or at least doesn't seem to mind it) He seems to recognize me by my smell, when I hold him, he gets very very still. When anyone else holds him he is constantly moving. When I got Bastian he was the same size as a new pencil, now he is 5 1/2 feet long. He is having a hard time holding weight now so he is pretty thin when he used to be much hardier. When I got Bastian I fed him pinkies twice a week for about the first six to eight months. Might have been a little too long but I was afraid a live mouse would bite him. To feed him the pinkies I would take the pinkie out of the freezer and put it into a cup of warm water until the pinkie was no longer cold inside, then I would take the pinkie from the water and gently squeeze the water from it and dry it off, then I would use a pair of tweezers to hold the pinkie and wiggle it in front of Bastian until he struck. If I fed him more than twice a week he would just throw it back up undigested. I don't know if all that I did was correct, but I don't know anyone else with a twenty year old cornsnake so it couldn't be all wrong.
  • Baron - 2010-05-13
    "Pet snakes would usually eat every other day."
  • Ryan - 2010-05-13
    "corn snakes and other snakes always eat every other day.good luck whith your albino corn snake."
  • vincent - 2010-05-30
    Make sure that the pinkie is warm, you can do that by getting some hot water and holding the pinkie in the water till its warm. I wouldn't let it get too hot though.
  • chelsea - 2010-07-25
    Hi, i have the same animal, my snake wouldn't eat for almost three weeks and I took him to the pet shop and he was just about to shed. They can actually go for about a month or two without eating which of course they would probably be hungry but they can survive. If your snake doesn't eat within a month and a few weeks I would take him/her in, to check to be sure everything is going well. But for now don't worry he/she is fine. :) Give him/her time. Also make sure the pinkie is completely un- frozen that could really hurt them. Make sure once you thaw it, it is about human temperature.
  • Nicole - 2010-09-30
    Those two guys saying corns should eat every second day are mistaken. A very young snake should eat twice a week, while the older ones only need appropriately-sized food once a week. The only times that my snakes haven't been interested in their thawed food I found that if I warmed the mouse up a bit more with more warm water they would take it. Or maybe the snake just didn't notice the food, in which case wiggling the food around a bit so the snake sees it might help. Just make sure your fingers are out of the way so you don't get nipped accidentally.
  • sonia collins - 2010-10-22
    The snake might just be a bit frightened leave it until the next week or it could be agitated as snakes take around a week to digest food and like to be left alone around this time so next week when you feed it and it still seems hungry give it another one and as it gets bigger increase the size of the pinkies go to for better information I hope this assists you in your plight.
  • LARRY - 2010-10-25
    I have the same problem.
  • Andrew Jones - 2010-12-20
    Well I also have an albino corn snake he would not eat if he is stressed but if you put it in a container away from his home and let him calm down acre mins then drop the pinky in and he looked at it a while and finally ate it they only should eat two times a week.
  • Random person - 2011-10-22
    Some snakes may be picky like that, my snake Pinky will not eat any white mice so we started to give her black mice and she doesn't refuse so try giving her different mice.
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sue williams - 2009-03-31
Hi, I think I saw a a white and brown? It reminded me of an albino. It was sunning it self on a railroad tie in my mom's garden/mulch pile. There is lots of cover and chipmunks. This was in maryland in august, in a neighborhood.

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  • Anonymous - 2011-10-05
    It is not white and brown.
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Simon - 2011-03-31
I got my corn snake last summer & I noticed something very interesting about her, she has a black & white checkerboard all along her entire belly, this was something I had not seen before so I read up on it & found out that the checker belly is more common in wild corn snakes in the Florida area.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-01
    I think that is definitely true. The kids and I went to get into the car to go to school and there was about an enormous snake laying in front of the car. This was iin Florida. After screaming my head off, a fella who was working there came over and just picked it up and said he would take it home. It had a checkered sorta criss cross belly. Pretty but not exactly what I expected to see in front of the car.
  • courtney - 2011-09-28
    How can you tell how old is an albino corn snake?
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Ernest Williams - 2011-09-23
I just bought a year old from Boas and Balls. I payed $215 for him, I named him Agent Orange. He is active and healthy looking,he eats well. I love his cream/orange body color,orange/brown saddles and red/orange tail. They still some of his brothers and sister for sale at $150-550. He 3 feet long is that small for 1?

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-24
    He will get bigger thats for sure. How big are the brothers and sister?
Jose Casanova - 2008-08-09
Hey, I have a 6 1/2 ft true red tail boa constrictor. I have it in a 5 by 3 foot aquarium. I wanted a taruntula inside and just walks all inside the aquarium with the snake inside. Should I let the spider roam within the aquarium?


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  • Ernest Williams - 2011-09-23
    RTBs are loners,any other pet in its cage will stress it out. That can make it stop eating. The only time you should have another animal in the cage is to have it mate with another RTB.
erica - 2010-05-21
I have a male redtail and he has the biggest attitude. I handle him every other day in not every 2 days because he is still a baby. I feed him 2 hoppers every week. He is 1 1/2 maybe 2 feet and he still likes to bite and I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

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  • Erik - 2010-05-28
    Handle it more every day for a hour or two if you can in relaxed calm setting at first keep it low stress and build from there and make sure he is well fed not too much but well fed.
  • Ernest Williams - 2011-09-23
    You should feed once a week not twice. You also should not handle it 2 to 3 days after feeding. You should also switch to rats they are better for fast growth than power feeding with mice.
katie - 2010-06-26
My female rtb likes to constrict around my arm when I have her out of her tank why does she do this and is there any way I could stop her from doing this as I do not want her doing this to my niece when my niece wants to hold her.

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  • Ernest Williams - 2011-09-23
    Your boa will hold on to your arm until you sit down a for couple minutes. A boa sees being pick up as a possible threat at first,then it will hold on to you like a branch in a tree. It is a long fall and it could fall if it does not ripe on you hard.
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Krista - 2011-04-01
I have a 9 year old ball python named Lucifer (LU for short) and he is 4ft. long and in great health. I also have a 3 month old one named Bubbles he opens his mouth a lot and I was reading about respitory illness in this breed. Is there any way to tell if he has an illness? He loves to be held and played with as does Lu. Any suggestions would be wonderful!!!!

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  • derek - 2011-09-20
    Hey if you slowly push up on its under belly all the way to it head if white nasty stuff comes out take it to the vet also check for mouth or if you have any more qestions e-mail me and do you know any breeders intrested. I'm trying to breed my boy but I dont have a female.
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Rebecca - 2011-09-05
Hi, my sister is watching my baby and said that he isn't doing so well. Usually he will squirm when you first pick him up then settle down after a bit, but now she says he was literally lifeless when she picked him up. We have a branch, and a hiding rock, that he stays up in and he's about a foot and a half. We always have a food supplies for him. She says he looks fat on the belly but skinny on the back. I've had him for a little over a year and he's never done anything like this before. I don't want to lose my baby, what do i DO!!!

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-06
    Could it be something simple like he is molting?
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Anonymous - 2009-04-12
Please do not feed these snakes goldfish! They contain an enzyme called thiaminase that blocks a snake's absorbtion of vitamin b1 (thiamine). Eventually after a long period of eating goldfish a snake WILL die of thiamine deficiency. It could take months, or even years, but goldfish in the diet WILL shorten the lifespan of a snake considerably. Catfish, smelt, rosy reds and carp also contain thiaminase and should not be fed. You can safely feed guppies, platies, mollies, or strips of salmon, tilapia, or trout from the grocery store with a calcium supplement added. You can also wean fish eating snakes onto a diet of rodents by scenting the dead mouse with the fish it likes to eat. Eating rodents is safe for them and will even reduce the amount of smelly runny poops! For more information, visit thamnophis . com

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  • christina stanley - 2011-08-28
    Thanks for the info. My neighbor caught a banded water snake and she had had a bunch of babies the next day. He gave me three of them. Good to know now what fish to feed them.

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