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Wolf Oberts - 2011-02-22
I have a male RTB that is approximately 3 years old, have had him since he was a little under 6 months old. He was eating every Monday but within the first 2 months of my family and I having him he was attacked by at least 2 of our 4 cats (I didn't know he was strong enough already to push out of the reptile tank we had for him and I worked nights at the time). It didn't change his attitude at all, he is still a very sweet and loving snake. What it did change was his feeding habit and over the years I have gotten more and more worried about him. He is very little for a 3 year old snake, his head is about as big as my thumb and he is only about 1.5 feet long. The reptile store owner is an expert on snakes and says there is nothing wrong with him and constantly checks him for me but is it natural for this breed of snake not to eat for almost 8 months? Is he really okay or is there something more I should be doing for him? Any comments or advice would be greatly appreciated and do please feel free to e mail me as well: Truecowgirl4life@hotmail.com but please put Carlisle in the subject line so I don't accidentally delete it!

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  • Samantha - 2011-05-09
    Your RTB should be a lot bigger and should be eating like every week to every 2 weeks. What kind of setup are you using? How big is your tank? He should be at least 4.5 to 6 feet long. You need to ask another pet store. Do you have a picture? If so post it you could have a short tail....
  • big al - 2011-05-29
    I also have a RTB and I can tell you that it is quite normal. I have my Bo for 17 years now and I have kept a record of his everything since I bought him when he was just born. I can tell you that mine did not eat for a little over 9 months at one point, needless to say I was bugging out (going crazy). I do suggest setting up some sort of vet habit, once a year, twice a year is good, just to make sure all is going well. Things to look out for that might lengthen his non eating period is, his tank temp., his tank moisture, must have fresh water and lots of it, large bowl preferred, his lighting on timers, must have a hiding place, reduce his stress levels with a quiet home and always make sure his home is always clean of debris, wood mites, and ticks. Give him space to move around reduces tank clutter. AND OF COURSE HANDLE HIM, PLAY WITH HIM AND ALWAYS INSPECT HIS SCALES.
    GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY HIM !!!! BIG AL
  • chris - 2011-08-20
    You may have the common or columbian boa,they are not the true red tail and they are much smaller than the true red tail boas getting only about 2 to 4 feet long.
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Anonymous - 2011-05-16
My snake had a good appetite up till spring and now is not interested in food. I know she is looking for a mate but how long will she go without food? Last year was only for about 6 weeks. Been 8 now. thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-16
    People are concerned when some of their corn snakes go up to 2 1/2 months without eating during breeding season. Hang in there - seems to be normal. I imagine it gets a little scary though.
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Cindy - 2011-08-18
I love reading these articles because they're short but informative.

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Aaron - 2007-11-16
I've had a milk snake for a few months now, it's very docile. We have 2 children in the house who like to "pet" the snake when i have her out, and i have never seen my snake even look like she may bite. This is an excellent pet.

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Jaimie - 2009-06-16
Me and my girlfriend just got a ball python about three days ago. I grew up with one so it was my choice of pet. I haven't handled a snake in about 4 years though so I've become a little nervous but not much. Just about an hour ago I was holding it(don't know the sex) and the bottom half of it kinda rolled on its back so it flipped its body around at a kinda fast motion and it scared me, so I tossed her off my lap onto the floor. I instantly picked her up and put her on the bed. I feel so so so bad. :( I'm not that scared of her so I don't know why I did it. I'm just trying to handle it as much as possible so we get used to each other.

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  • weldon rhoades - 2011-08-17
    Your poor lil guy got frightened and was balling up. Hence the name. Perfectly normal of the snake to do this. If you think you've harmed him then leave him alone w/o handling for about a week. He should be fine. Don't ever feed a hurt snake. The mouse may try eatting the snake..
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Robin Cummings - 2011-08-12
Hi I just got an albino corn snake ...snow ball...She's all white. I don't know how to tell what kind of corn snake...She's 6 years. I don't know the sex yet. No hurry, I just call her...her...lolo

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-13
    cute name
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India - 2011-08-04
I have been really wanting a snake for ages now but my mum doesnt want one in the house. Even if I pay for it and everything! But I have a feeling that I can persuade her to let me have one for my birthday next month. The snake I have been really wanting is a rough green snake as my fave colour is green. They don't grow very big and they don't have a huge life span. I love snakes to pieces and have held a few before. My friend has got a corn snake and I am always holding hers. I have researched rough gren snakes on the internet a lot recently and most of the pages I have been on have said that they have a good temprement and like being held. But the odd few say that they aren't good pets to hold. And that has put me off wanting one. I love holding snakes and I know they need their space too and not to be holding them all the time. Can anyone give me some advice please!?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-04
    Is there another place you can keep the snake besides in the house? Can you make an agreement with your mom that the snake will never come out of your room and you will take responsibility for cleaning your room? Can you promise your mom , the snake will never get out except when you are holding it? I am not sure if you are just all for a snake but maybe you and your mom might like something better like a beadered dragon lizard. They come in a variety of colors and can be quite beautiful. They have more of a personality and love their human owners. They like being around their human owners. Just a thought.
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Patrick - 2010-08-08
I have an eleven year old albino corn snake. He has not shed a full skin in many months. We are feeding him 3 mice every 2 weeks, should we be feeding more? How do we get him to shed a full skin like he used to? Also, I am going to college four hours away and have thought about taking him with me. Is he too old to move, or is it ok to move him? Any help is appreciated, thanks!

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  • sonia collins - 2010-10-22
    go to http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-care-for-baby-corn-snakes or http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-care-for-corn-snakes and http://www.videojug.com/webvideo/how-to-care-for-a-sick-pet-snake
  • Isaiah - 2010-11-05
    The reason he stopped shedding is he is older.
  • Ryan - 2010-12-22
    You are feeding him too often. One large mouse every three weeks is about perfect. Power feeding will cause him all kinds of problems.
  • dan - 2011-07-31
    Check your humidity it may be too low.
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Krista - 2011-04-01
Hey I have a 6 ft. RTB named Camo and I just got him a week ago. He seems to be a few years old but im not sure. He doesn't seem aggressive but he makes a wierd hissing heavey breathing noise when we hold him and when he's moving. Is this natural? please help!

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  • Clarice Brough - 2011-04-01
    The hissing while breathing is an indication of respiratory tract infection (RTI), and it may be in an advanced state. Causes of RTI are usually environmental conditions, the snake was allowed to get too cold or got damp/wet for too long.

    Immediately increasing the temperature of its cage, both day and night by adding an additional heat source. If you don't notice a change in a day or two, take your snake to the vet right away.
  • Krista - 2011-04-04
    i will do that thanks so much!
  • Scott - 2011-05-24
    Hi Krista. I have a RTB and I notice when he makes that hissing noise. He does not want to be bothered. Mine makes it after I had fed him and I try to give him another rat, he makes that noise. Also, when I go to handle him, he makes that noise, but that's only after he has eaten. You have to give them at least 2 days to digest their food.
  • Malcolm Clayton - 2011-06-22
    Hi I have a 9ft RTB named Fluffy. I have grown up with snakes all my life and have had many kinds. No matter how tame a snake can be they can always get agitated. My snake is very used to being held and still till this day she will hiss when agitated. Also after a good feeding its really best to give them no less than 3 days for digestion. As far as the respitory problem, yes its best to take your pet to the vet, but always remember they get agitated as well. I guess its their way of saying "HEY I'M GETTING TIRED OF BEING HELD SO PUT ME DOWN" LOL
  • Rico - 2011-07-15
    Hello, I have a CRTB and a Ball Python. I noticed that they both do the heavy outward blow of air from time to time. After research I thought it was an infection but I took them both to the vet and they are completely healthy. Apparently snakes just like to sigh from time to time. Check your snakes mouth for bubbles and the coloration of the inner lip and gums. If everything looks normal pink, with no bubbles than you are fine.
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Jay - 2011-07-07
I am new to the boa keeping but have been enjoying it . I wanted to ask how often does a boa waste after eating? Mine has eaten for 2 months now once a week 3 or 4 mice each time and I have yet to see any waste in her environment. Also when her eyes are greyish does this only mean she is fixing to shed?

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  • David - 2011-07-09
    First of all Sex of the snake is important and how long is it (age will help). Normally a Columbian Redtail like most constrictors and snakes in general will show their eyes fogging up or turning grey. This is a sign of a shed coming. As for the snake not voiding (having a poop) as the snake is eating well and is nice and warm he/she will be growing at a good rate. This will cause the snake to be using most of its food in growth. Female Columbian Redtails will grow from 6-7Feet in length now as the grow at a fast rate they wont void as often as they will when they hit max lenth and depending on the snake may vary. If you feel uncomfortable with him/her not voiding maybe after another week or so bring it to a Vet that handles snakes and other reptiles.
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