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Carlos - 2010-10-03
I have a question that I keep getting different answers on, so I'm open to any suggestions. I have a 9 year old ball python named Angel, and I recently bought a baby python not to long ago. I've been asking around to see if it'd b a bad idea to put them together or not, because she could easily hurt the younger python. My question is it ok to put them in the same tank together or take them out together? Or is it to soon to put the the baby python with the adult?

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  • michael mccoy - 2010-10-10
    Most snake keepers will tell you its a very bad idea. Although rare, cannibalism in ball pythons has happened. If you're going to house two ball pythons together it is best to make sure they're of equal size. On the other end, I'm sure its been done before without issue so really what it comes down to, are you willing to lose one or possibly both snakes? We currently house two adult males together. We also feed them in separate containers.
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Anonymous - 2009-11-21
Damien is my ball python. He is 4 feet long and I love him to bits. The weird thing is how he likes to help me vacuum my house, LOL. As far as feeding issues, he eats like a porker. Very happy guy, a great addition to my family :) ~KRISTEN

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  • stephen - 2010-10-04
    I'm surprised with you, be very intelligent coz a beast is always a beast, especially snakes.
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Lenny - 2008-04-29
I have a young ball python named Patch. Ball pythons are chubby snakes; short and fat and generally quite slow when moving, so they are not likely to scare someone who is afraid of snakes. They are incredibly strong creatures with over 77% of their entire bodies consisting of pure muscle, so they will squeeze very tightly and effortlessly to anything supporting them. Ball pythons often scare their new owners when they refuse to eat for months at a time. This is simply because they are sensitive creatures and they become shy and reclusive when introduced to a new situation. It may take your python a full year to become accustomed to your home, and so he will be quite reluctant to eat. Very seldom will a reptile eat when shedding, so you can speed up the shed by warm baths every couple of days until the snake finally gets rid of his skin. It is always better to feed several small prey items rather than one large one. I suggest offering a live pinky mouse every to every other day. If the snake eats it, he eats it. If not, it can wait a day or two. This is the best way for a snake to eat, as it does wonders for their digestive tract. Studies show that snakes fed this way can top fifty years or more, and even in some cases, outlive their owners! A larger snake can be fed a larger mouse, or more pinkies. Breeding colonies of mice is a great way to get hundreds of mice for under ten dollars, and to keep them for years to come. Ball pythons are extremely sensitive to drastic temperature change, and they can slowly freeze to death even at room temperature! Remember, your body makes heat on its own, but snakes need their environment to make heat for them. This is what "cold-blooded" really means. Have you ever noticed your snake crawling towards appliances, heaters, warm food, or even towards you? They can "see" warm places, and they like to be near them to regulate body temperature. A cold snake will quickly wander to the warmest place it sees to keep itself alive. That's why it's a good idea to turn on a small heater and put a towel next to it whenever your snake gets loose. You can check the towel every couple of hours to see if your buddy is sleeping underneath it. If you let a mouse crawl on the towel, your snake will also be attracted to the tasty smell.

SITE ADMIN: Alter the text as you see fit, post the parts that you like most if you need to make room. Feel free to leave my address on the page, as I enjoy helping inexperienced python owners in their times of need. Feel free to contact me at any time, I'd be more than happy to chat!

Lenny V. Lisbeck
Heavenly Hollow Herps
Leech Lake Area, MN

shiroisan-leonardo@hotmail.com

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  • Dezirae - 2010-10-03
    Hi, I have a baby ball python named Chico. He is a little over two months. I do handle him a lot and I found out that that does cause a refusal to eat with ball pythons. I usually take him with me when I go places. Is that unhealthy for him?
    The first time I fed him a fuzzy, he ate it. My local pet store did not have any live fuzzies so I had to buy a frozen one. I thawed it out and gave it to him but he will not eat it.
    Also, I feel like it's time for him to shed, but he isn't. I am worried his tank is not humid enough. Help?
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Emily - 2010-03-08
I have had my albino corn snake for about 2 years, he was pink and white, now over the past couple of terms he is more pale and has begun to show an orange-ish tinge starting along his neck from the beginnings of where the vertical belly scales and the diamond top scales on the side of his body meet and on the dots that were pink gently spreading lower onto the rest of his body. I have done research, its not the blister disease his cage is completely dry except for his water dish...... and there are no lesions even after the 6 mos. the pet store said sometimes they just change colors? If you have heard of this let me know Thanks!

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  • Nicole - 2010-09-30
    Yes, snow corns often get some yellow on their sides as they get bigger. Mine is developing more as she grows too. She is now 3 years old. There is nothing wrong with yours:)
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steve - 2010-09-03
Hi, I have been looking at pictures of cornsnakes and have read a few discriptions but none of them sound like mine. Its colour is pale pink almost white and it has yellow from its head to about 6" down its body. What I was wondering is, is there any others like it?

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  • Stacy - 2010-09-22
    That is a snow corn, I have one as well.
  • Nicole - 2010-09-30
    Sounds like my snow corn, Wynne. She is mostly pale pink but there is some white in her too. And she has yellow down the sides of her neck.
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Anonymous - 2009-04-12
Garter snakes DO NOT eat insects. It is even published in some books that they do, but they in fact, do not. I own over 70 garter snakes and even if I offered, not one would touch an insect. They cannot even digest insects, people who have tricked their garters into eating them find that the insect comes out in the poop of the snake completely intact.

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  • Sheryl - 2010-09-27
    Hi, I'm a malaysian looking for a garter snake to start of with... you own over 70 garter snakes, do you mind sending me one? This is my email address. lee_peihan@hotmail.com
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shae - 2010-08-24
Hi! I'm 12 yrs old and thinking about getting a milk snake... based on your reviews, I might just get one :)

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Eddie Budd - 2010-08-10
I have 2 royal pythons that have been together since they were babies about 18mths is it safe to separate them they are both males?

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-08-15
    Reptiles usually don't bond or have the same emotional connections to other members of their family like many mammals do. It is safe to separate them.
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michael - 2010-07-10
I have a RTB he is 42 inches long and I had him since he was a babe. I named him skittles because how his color changes when you take him outside. I'm going to the xpo in New York City and I'm planning to buy 3 more snakes.

hypo boa, albino boa, Hypo Motley Het Albino. Those are the three I'm planning to buy

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  • peter cavell - 2010-08-12
    My son has a 6 foot rtb,the problem is he went into the marines and I am looking to sell him, with or without the tank, which is 4 feet long, 2 feet high and a foot wide. If you or anyone you know is interested please let me know. Price wise you can make me an offer, thank you.
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anne - 2010-03-30
I have just saved an albino corn it had been missing for 6 months not eaten anything yet but drink loads. Could any one help me with what to do with him ?

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  • tracey - 2010-04-10
    It may of eaten and they can go up to 2..3 months with no food or water. And if in a new home it may not eat. Give it time and try warm pinkys.
  • chelsea - 2010-07-25
    Hi, Anne, seems like a very nervous and stressful situation, I suggest that actually feed him slowly, make sure he has heat water and go to a pet store and you can either get a "pinkie mouse" or a frozen one and you just put it in warm water and wait till it is all thawed out and make sure it is human warmth temp. because if you give it to the snake still frozen you can make him very sick, but since he hasn't eaten I suggest you get a frozen mouse so he doesn't have to do the work of killing a live. I also suggest you go to a local pet store and get professional information or call vet.
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