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Old 04-26-2012, 06:26 PM   #41 
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glad you choose a cornsnake :) there very sweet and kind if they get to know you. i would suggest to get him/her as a juvenile though. they'll be more tamed
as for feeding they should eat on there own, if you get a baby/hatchling you'll have to feed them pinkies, insects aren't in there food chain so don't try it. and if you choose to feed frozen (frozen foods are cheaper than live) you'll have to get warm/hot water, let it boil, and when it looks thaw grab it and squish it, make sure it isn't frozen inside (so it won't get the snake sick) and it is warm since they notice prey by heat mostly. if you have to feed pinkies, don't leave the pinky in for a long time or the skin will break and it would get digusting ;p
flooring you could buy at many petstores, never use sand. you could even use newspaper (i wouldn't suggest it if you want it to look nice, lol) and be careful with getting gravel you want to make sure it is safe. i don't know the names of any though XP and the thing why WE use newspaper because we don't want get the snakes mite's sometimes there in the dirt sometimes there not, with our luck there in there -.-" and simple to get rid of mites, let them bathe in water, in there water bowl, any where were there isn't chemicals to hurt them. the way to notice it when you see either on the body or (mostly) on top of the head it would be white cracks between the scales, and the snake mostly stays in the water bowl.
make sure they don't bathe too much because they could get scale rot, but that's a rare case, out of 1 out of 10 snakes get it.
from experience with pythons, there also sweet, kind, and very intelligent :) "Melissa" our normal ball python, when they had mites and she would share a big tank with another ball (younger than her) was a yellow belly ball python "Teo" and he wouldn't go to the water bowl, but melissa will bathe in it and go on top of teo and let him soak ;p sadly he passed away.

after feeding DON'T TOUCH THEM unless your putting back into the tank CAREFULLY. the reason why is because there digesting, and when they crawl all over you hands/fingers, it will make them either regurgitate, or mess up there digestive system
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:28 PM   #42 
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how to CAREFULLY to put them back into the tank is to not let them wrap around your hands just let them sit on your hands without wrapping. another issue is that some snakes tend to bite right after feeding because they could mistaken you as food, since some snakes get fed more than once in a day. but if the snake is used to you they'll not bite as much, not all snakes are like that. we only have one that does that out of like 8 or 7 ;p
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:15 PM   #43 
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What I want to know is if people take their snakes out of the cage before feeding. I had someone tell me not to. I had people tell me to.

The thing is if you take the snake out you have to touch it to put it back in the cage....Still trying to figure that out.
I usually take mine out and put them into a small Kritter Keeper.
Having them eat inside their enclosure will tell them that every time you stick your hand in the cage, it's dinner - which might end up in you getting bit. Snakes are extremely smart and catch on very quickly to routines. :) So yes, it's best to take them out of their cages wen feeding.
It's absolutely fine to handle them after just eating only to put them back into their cages. Don't play around with them, like BL1507 said - they'll throw it right back up...which is not pleasant for you or the snake.

BL2033, snakes can open their jaws about 3x's as you think they can. They unhinge their lower jaw from the top, which allows them to eat such big prey. It's common for food to get away from them in the wild, so they have to eat big meals in order to stay alive. :)
Did you know that Moray Eels have TWO sets of jaws? They have the front jaws like snakes, but then they also have another set in the back of their throat that pulls prey down into their stomach. :D
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:30 PM   #44 
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Never be lazy and microwave rodents.... I've never done this, but I hear they explode.
Also, another good thing about a reptile expo/breeder is you won't have reptile mites (unless they are unhygenic breeders xD)
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Also, don't boil the mice either! You don't want them to be cooked, just warm and thawed. Don't use boiling water for that reason. :P Just use hot water.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:07 AM   #46 
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We keep pet mice, eventually if my girlfriend warms up to it we will breed our food (still keeping our pet mice ofc).
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I breed my own food. Saves me $30 a month. :P
Although...breeding mice is quite a handfull. ><
All day long all I hear is PEEP PEEP PEEP PEEP
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Boiled mice for dinner. Eww! lol
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Old 04-27-2012, 06:27 AM   #49 
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I usually take mine out and put them into a small Kritter Keeper.
Having them eat inside their enclosure will tell them that every time you stick your hand in the cage, it's dinner - which might end up in you getting bit. Snakes are extremely smart and catch on very quickly to routines. :) So yes, it's best to take them out of their cages wen feeding.
It's absolutely fine to handle them after just eating only to put them back into their cages. Don't play around with them, like BL1507 said - they'll throw it right back up...which is not pleasant for you or the snake.
In 11 years I have never even come close to being bitten by my ball python and he has never regurgitated his food. Here is how I feed him.

IMO you shouldn't be handling a hungry snake to haul it out of its cage, nor should you be feeding it with your hand. That's just asking to be bitten. You should never touch prey with your hands and if you do, wash them afterwards. If your hand smells remotely like prey, especially if it's warmer than the prey, guess what the snake is going to aim at first when he strikes?

Get some long-handled forceps from either a reptile shop or a medical supply store. Leave the snake in his cage. Move aside or remove any hides so the snake has a clear shot at the prey. Grab the rodent by its tail and offer it nose-first to the snake. Just dangle it a quarter inch or so from the snake's nose. He may want to "sniff" it with his tongue first, then he'll hit it. As he strikes, let go of the prey.

If the snake refuses the prey, wait no more than an hour and try again. Prey goes bad very fast, so on the second offer, flush it if he refuses. At the most, you can leave the prey in the cage overnight, but discard it immediately in the morning.
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Totally random but last time I fed my snake, the rat I bought was stuck to the severed leg of another rat. Nasty.
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