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Kevin - 2010-02-24
What is the proper way to handle an albino corn? I just got one but I'm a little hesitant to handle him because a) I don't want to improperly handle him. The floor manager at the petco were I purchased him referred to him as trouble and took him out of his terrarium with a stick which raised my eyebrow a bit. Well he is the furthest thing from trouble so far, just curious, he seems to love his new home and ate his first fuzzy. The only downside so far is he seems to be shy or afraid to be handled. As soon as I open the top of his cage he hides and buries himself or curls up in the corner. This is where I think he is afraid in which case I don't want to handle him if he is in fear, but how do I get him use to being handled then? Is it okay to pick him up if he buries himself or curls up? I don't want my snake to be afraid of me every time I open his cage. And lastly, does it hurt if he gets frightened and he bites? Lol.

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  • dan - 2011-07-31
    First off never hold him if you have just fed him within the last few days this will stress him out. To pick up the snake put your palm of your hand down and pick him up from his mid section. allow his head to move freely and always use two hands.
  • Anonymous - 2012-07-17
    We got a baby albimo snow corn about 2 ft long not sure how old, maybe 1-2 yrs. Very timid but find if handle with confidence and go in, let her know your there 1st for a min, b4 you approach then make sure u support her weight and go in with one hand on neck and one on mid body.(heavy part). But they usually will get used to you. It may be a shock if bites, thats it.It's over after it done. It's just a little shock if they do. It doesn't hurt really but persevere it wll pay off. The sooner you do it the better. The more u show fear the worse it is. good luck .Our is bootsy not sexed yet from Rochester Kent, UK
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Shelby Pumasaurus Gross - 2012-07-10
I just noticed something odd about my ball python. There is a little bit of a milky blue tint around her nose and the sides of her head. Is this bad? Is she sick or is it jsut because she is young? I know their eyes turn milky blue before they shed, but her eyes look pretty clear to me.

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  • Shelby Pumasaurus Gross - 2012-07-10
    The color is between blue and gray. It almost looks like loose skin on top of dark skin....
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Shelby Pumasaurus Gross - 2012-07-10
I have another question. Most everyone tells me ball pythons grow to be between 3-5 Ft, but I have heard rumors saying they can get up to 10 Ft. Is this true for some ball pythons depending on how they have been fed?

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Shelby Pumasaurus Gross - 2012-07-06
I just bought a Ball Python today. She moved around quite a lot while in the bowl. Then after we got home I put the bowl in the tank under the lamp so she could calm down, and when she did I placed her in the actual tank and took away the bowl. It's been 45 mins and she is still in the same position with her head curled under her. She IS breathing, so she isn't dead. Is this normal? (I know they take a while to adjust, but shouldn't she be exploring?)

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-06
    It takes a couple days to just adjust.  You lived in one place and were used to the sounds and smells.  Then you got placed in a bowl and went for a car ride.  Then you got moved again and you are just wiped out.  She is just resting and trying to figure out where she is before she starts doing any exploration.
  • Shelby Pumasaurus Gross - 2012-07-10
    Thank you. She is doing fine now. It's been four days and she LOVES to get out and explore. I've been holding her a few times a day for short periods and she seems to have relaxed. I was getting frustrated though, because I was told to feed her Monday morning and she wouldn't eat. She wasn't even interested, but I stayed strong and remained calm. I finally got her to eat that evening. She had no problems whatsoever. :)
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Anonymous - 2012-07-02
I have a ball python he is about 2ft long and I am having issues keeping his tank warm. I have a hot rock and a heat light. The last time he ate was fathers day and I have tried feeding him and he will not eat. Please help I'm about to try puting a heat pad in the tank.

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  • hankypanky56 - 2012-07-02
    Never use a heat rock! They will burn your animal, definitely don't want that to happen. Heat lights are fine I guess, I prefer to use UTHs (heat pad) but don't put that IN the tank stick it under. That should be fine. As for feeding just try different options, it is normal for them to fast but as long as you take care of him well you will be okay.
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Liz Lewis - 2012-06-26
hi could any 1 tell me what light or heating u use for a 10 months old bora in a 3ft viv

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-06-26
    Repti-Glow light is a great choice for lighting.  Do not use any ground heating sources as this can dry your snake out.  An infrared heating source at the top of cage works best.  Make sure to have a guard around it to make sure the snake doesn't getr burned.
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jeff - 2012-06-14
I have two of these, a male and a female, my male is six feet long at the time. The female is a tri-color with a slightly larger head than the male. The female is also more aggressive than the very laid back male I have but still very tame.

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HAVASI LÁSZLÓ - 2012-05-27
Hello: I live in Hungary! I, too, escaped from the snake, he slept in the cool behind the toilet. Does not go far because of the unknown place! Just be careful not to stand on. He misses the water, can be found there!

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Marsha C. Mais - 2012-05-24
So, exactly 1 week ago, I bought a Snow Corn that I named Rexx, since the labeling said it was a male. Hadn't had the chance to pop him to confirm since he's milked me twice in attempt. Anyways, I want to say he was a hatching since he was very tiny, about 4 or 5 inches long and as thin as a pencil. I put him in the same vivarium with our older female Albino Corn, Phoenix, who is about 2 feet long and as thick as my thumb. Anyways, last night, I saw Rexx climbing the top edge of the tank, which has a VERY secure lid. That is his normal behavior thus far since he was very active from the start. This morning, he's gone. Is there a chance that my older snake ate him since today or tomorrow is supposed to be feeding day for both? Or is it more possible that he still snuck out? There are 2 very small holes at the back corners of the lid to allow wires to go through but I never gave much though to them til I started looking for the snake this morning. A lot of professional articles I've read said putting 2 corns together is just fine..while a few personal opinions of keepers either agree or say otherwise, or that it's more likely that hatchlings will eat each other.

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  • Tracy - 2012-05-25
    My daughters baby albino corn snake escaped from a tight sealed enclosure. It managed to slip through the tiniest if graps near where the lid secured. We were assured that the lid was escape proof, but I am now a believer that nothing is truly escape proof. We then went out and purchsed an Exo-Terra enclosure for it. As for the vent holes at the back we were told by two breeders to make sure that they were closed. Our daughters snake turned up inside her dresser drawer after we had ripped her room apart looking for it.




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Kristen - 2012-05-25
Hi!! I just got my son an albino corn snake. Her name is Coral. We love her. She has grown to love my son and just rests on his arm while he holds her. Is it ok to use newspaper for her cage?

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