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Kasmira - 2010-11-07
My python, Akaesha, is 4months old and my first snake...I love her and she has only refused one meal because she was shedding. She is a great snake and allows me to handle her before and after eating too, and anytime I wish really. Usually after eating she'll just crawl to me and I'll put her somewhere warm. I'm just wondering tho...is it normal for them to pee, poo, and shed in their water dish? I mean she has 2 of them on either side of her tank and it's not like I'm complaining of the self-potty training, it makes for easy clean up. I just want to know if its expected behaviour. Also, if I want to have her and a male as a breeding pair, how long should I wait before I introduce her to her life long companion? Should he be older or younger and by how much? I appreciate any helpful responses. Thanks everyone :)

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  • Lynn - 2010-11-09
    Yeah actually Ball Python's prefer to defecate in their water bowls!
  • Kitty - 2010-11-18
    I have a ball python that is about a year old. I have only had cleo for about a month. The pet store does not know if it is female or male. Someone said possibly female. Cleo is a little more than 12 inches long. I feed it about 3 fuzzies a week, but it seems to want more. If you can give me any comments, i would appreciate it. I love her and she loves to crawl around on my laptop when it is on. Should i try to feed her 4 fuzzies a week or keep it to 3? Thanks. . .
  • Anonymous - 2010-11-28
    I don't know about the breeding thing, but I have a 3 year old ball python and he has always "relieved" himself in his water bowl. Just make sure and clean it as soon as you see it. I hope this helped :)
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Reilly - 2010-11-24
The python stories are really wonderful to read...Pythons need to be handled with a lot of care...The information on your site was really useful and just the right information.

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Angela - 2010-07-04
I got a beautiful ball our 5 yo daughter named No Feet last week, about 1 1/2 weeks ago actually. Snake appears healthy, but the place where I got her told me they had been feeding frozen pinkies. I bought a box and have offered them to it twice but both times, "she" has appeared to be a reluctant eater and by the time she is interested in them, they are no longer warm. How can I keep them warm since she is slow as molasses? Or is there a better alternative? i know she is captive bred so would her instincts kick in if I gave her live? I've never fed frozen before and always had snakes who were live fed. Any info would be appreciated.

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  • kevin holmes - 2010-11-23
    When you defrost frozen mice there's really no way to re warm the food but I had the same problem with my python, so I started feeding him live mice and never had a problem since. So try live because most snakes prefer live.
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tammy - 2010-11-20
I would like to know if I could use my salt water light for my bearded dragon? It has a day bulb and night in one.

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Betty - 2010-11-02
My redtail boa has white patches with a blue tint in to it so can you tell me if it's a fungus and what to do about it?

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  • Mandy - 2010-11-18
    In your loacal pet store there is a spray to treat fungus and from the sound of it your snake has just that.....look in the reptile area! GOOD LUCK
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Jessika - 2008-09-15
I bought a rough green snake 3 weeks ago and I can't seem to get it to eat. The tank it resides in is a 10 gallon, the humidity is always around 65-70', and there is adequate climbing and hiding places. I have 2 small crickets in there now that have been living in there since I got the snake. But it still wont eat. I even put a waxworm in it yesterday, and still no eating. What am I doing wrong?
I love the snake, its a beautiful color and stays small, very docile allowing me to hold it everday. I really don't want to return it to the pet store I got it from. But how do I get it to eat?

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  • Audra - 2010-04-28
    Hi Jessika...
    I would stop handling it until it eats.... :)
  • Jesse - 2010-11-05
    It sounds like your snake is stressed. You should stop handling it every day. Sometimes snakes get stressed from over handling and will refuse to eat. I suggest no handling at all and opening the tank as little as possible (only to change the water) until it eats. Also, make sure there is plenty of greenery in the tank. Green snakes may become stressed if there are no green places for it to hide in as they are used to blending in with their environment.

    If you do decide to return the snake, I suggest getting a kingsnake instead. Kingsnakes are excellent eaters. If I let it, mine would eat frozen pinkies (baby mice) until it was too fat to move. You will need to buy a bigger tank later on (they get between 4-5 feet long), but a 10 gallon should be alright for a baby. They are also very docile, I hold mine every day except the days it eats and the day after and it has NEVER bitten me. Hope this helps.
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Vanessa - 2010-08-10
I currently have 3 snakes (6 foot corn snake, 5 foot rainbow boa and a baby ball python). My husband wants to consider a Red Tail Boa but I am a little concerned. I have read everywhere what amazing snakes they are as pets and how docile they are but I am concerned with the size they can reach.

I was hoping to hear from current owners of full adult size Redtail boas as to how large the enclosure will need to be and how easy it is to handle such a large snake?

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  • Paul Jr. - 2010-08-30
    Well it all depends on how much you feed them on how big they get usually, the more you feed them usually the bigger they will get, not sure on the enclosure I've yet to find out.
  • Tony - 2010-10-29
    I have 3 fully grown boas 2 females about 9ft and a red tail about 7ft a 4ft by 2t by 2ft will be ok for 1 boa. Boas can be easy to handle your best bit is to get a young 1 then as it grows your be use to it.
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BRISTON - 2010-10-02
I just got a rtb about a week ago. When I fed him he didn't take the mouse until a half hour after I put the mouse in the box is that normal?

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  • Tony - 2010-10-29
    I have 3 rtb fully grown about 9ft yes its all right my snakes dont always eat straight away i leave the rats in over night and there gone in the morning unless there going to shed then they wont eat untill after..
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nikola - 2010-10-29
Hi. I have a wild snake. It's 20 cm long now. I noticed a lump with sharp edges on its body. It looks like it have eaten a rock from the substrate. Is there something i can do?

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Ryan - 2010-10-19
I am getting a snake witch is best a land or water snake?

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  • peter brower - 2010-10-21
    I've had both land and water snakes. I prefer banded water snakes as they are inexpensive (mine were $6.99) and are very active. They are in and out of the water all day and night, and I love to watch them hunt.
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