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Jerry Feldner - 2010-06-20
I don't know where people get the idea that Gopher Snakes are burrowers. Yes, they enter many burrows but that is because the scent of rodents is strong in those burrows. I have never seen nor heard of a Gopher burrowing on its own. Now, there are snakes which burrow such as Chionactis and Chilomeniscus to name a couple but the majority of their burrowing takes place in soft substrate or sand.

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  • el jashobs - 2010-08-19
    Uh my gopher snake is an extreme burrower and he burrows in thick aspen bed.
  • Dawn - 2010-09-21
    Well we have a sonoran and have modified her habitat to allow her to burrow, because she does indeed burrow, and has made many different tunnels and ways through her home. She not only digs down through the substrate, but actually rearranges the dirt to her liking, she also has several different places she likes to pop her head up and "blend" with her surroundings, So I must disagree with you, they DO burrow, and are not only good at it but seem to really enjoy it. :)
  • James - 2010-12-09
    I think your mistaken by the use of the word "burrowing".
    I have 3 Sonoran Gopher Snakes myself and keep them on coconut fibre or aspen, and they do "burrow" meaning they completely disappear into/underneath the substrate. If the substrate is just right they can make a maze of tunnels but usually destroy them soon after.
    Many other snakes display similar "burrowing" habits, kings, milks, rainbow boas, sand/rosy/rubber boas, just to name a few.
    Where as I have never seen a boa constrictor, carpet python or ball python exhibit any of this behaviour. Not to say they don't do it, I just haven't witnessed it with my animals.
  • Dawn - 2011-02-22
    Well my SGS burrows all the time, of course we have provided a deep enough substrate to allow her to do so, she seems to love it. She has burrows going all over in her enclosure. So now you have heard of an SGS that burrows.
  • kylan - 2011-11-27
    My gopher snake is sneezing and it hasn't eatin her pinkies for almost a month and a half. What do I do?
  • brayden - 2012-03-09
    Take it to a vet
  • Anonymous - 2012-10-12
    my snake sneezes but only after in water, and your snake is probaly not hungry. how old and long is it
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jaython - 2012-10-05
So I've had my first pet snake and im really worried that I may be overthinking the proper care of my ball python. I am now starting to notice the skin of the baby ball python is folding and looking as if the skin was pinched...HELP im not sure what to do, but eyes are black so not sure if the skin is wrinkled becuase of a near future shed even if the eye color is still normal (black)

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-10-06
    Congrats on your first snake.  It could be a couple things.  With the eyes it sounds like it is because of a shed.  Could also be a bit of dehydration which can be combated with soaks or a mister in the tank.
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Anonymous - 2011-10-12
Snakes are cool!

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Chance - 2007-06-26
Yeah, fond memories of these snakes, i started out with them. Of course i get wild ones, don't see why i should pay for one when they are in my backyard. I did get bitten a couple of times while taming them, although i've only gotten bitten about once or twice. They are an extremely docile snakes for being wild. I tamed a common garter that i caught at it's full size. My big brother found a little baby butlers garter snake that was only about 10 inches long if that, and it grew to a big snake almost six feet long. My memory may be exaggeratig a bit, but it was at least 5 feet long.

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  • Amber - 2010-10-02
    That's amazing so would you recommend a garter snake to a beginner?
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donna - 2010-01-17
These little snakes are going to be wild caught, and VERY heavily parasitized--to have a chance of keeping one alive for more than a short time, you will need to have it treated for parasites immediately. If you catch one yourself, this is the very first thing you should do once you have it eating for you--take the snake to a vet for a checkup, along with a fresh fecal sample, and have it deparasitized. Be sure to take it to an experience reptile vet--you don't want someone who will just shoot it up with ivomec and send it home. A proper course of fenbendazole and possibly metronidazole will most likely be what is used.

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Anonymous - 2012-02-21
Hi, just wondering if this was a good starter reptile as I have never owned one before(unless you count taking care of my cousins ball python as owning) and would really like a few. P.S.: can they be kept in a watery enviorment?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-02-26
    There are a number of great starter reptiles that are hardy and easy to handle. First you have to decide what kind of reptile you want, a snake, a lizard or a turtle. A number of turtles can be kept in water, like the Red-earred Sliders and Painted Turtles. Some great snakes are Garter Snakes, Milk Snakes or King Snakes, and of course the Ball Python that you are already familiar with. One of the best beginner lizards is the Leopard Gecko, as well as the Bearded Dragon.

    To help you decide, here's some links: Pet Lizards: Choosing a Lizard and Lizard Care, Pet Snakes: Choosing a Snake and Snake Care, Selecting & Caring for Your Turtle or Tortoise.
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Orita - 2005-11-13
My husband just brought me home a wonderful Tangerine one. It's very docile and likes to move a bit. I like to have it on me when I'm home and I have a feeling that it likes to be handled. They are wonderful pets!

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Juhi das - 2011-08-10
I also wanted a rough green snake at home. Because my mom is just like that because I love it . She is not snake something more than that. Rough green snake is really lovely and the colour is also super.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-10
    When I was 10 years old, a boy in school who was very big and very mean and also 14 and in 6th grade put a live snake down my back. I am still very frightened of them. I am sure your mom loves you and would not want you to not have one cuz you love them --- Maybe you could compromise. They can be neat and people enjoy them but a Bearded Dragon is really cool and they are affectionate and so is an Iguana. You just sound like an intelligent person and I thought you might like something a little more in line with your intelligence. Something a little more challenging. Good luck though ...
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Josh Amole - 2012-03-23
I have had smakes before, some being; An Eastern and western Hognose, Normal Corn, pygmy rattle, and my first was a simple garden snake. I currently have none due to recently moving and my mom forcing me to sell (give away in the case of the rattle, I do no;t know if they are legal to sell in my state.) all of mine. I would be very intrested in buying a Snow Corn Snake to breed if anyone has one and are looking to sell. I am experianced and handle them very well, it will get a good home.

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  • Josh Amole - 2012-03-23
    You can e-mail me at josh.amole@hotmail.com feel free to email and ask for my phone number for more information.
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Denise - 2012-04-22
I took my 4 yr old to the pet store and told him to pick anything he wanted. Instead of a fish he picked an albino corn snake and named him Mr Strawberry. He is so frienldy my 4 yr old holds him no problems :) and he feeds him and takes care of him. I'm glad we have him - very friendly snake

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