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Posted by gyrfalcon on April 13, 2003 at 11:11:21:
In Reply to: New to Snakes. Please Help posted by animantra on April 13, 2003 at 10:07:14:
According to your post, it sounds like the same day you acquired him, he went into hiding. this is normal. It takes snakes a little while to adjust to new surroundings. This may just be his "spot." Is it possible that he comes out when you aren't around, or sleeping? I wouldn't try to grab him out, this will just cause him more stress. You can, however, put a mouse outside of his hide, and maybe he'll come out to eat. (I assume you feed frozen/thawed) Make sure the rest of his hides are nice, tight places for him to curl up in. If they are too big, it can stress the snake out too.... Good luck!
:Hi. I bought my first california kingsnake about a week ago. Everything was great until about a week ago. In his tank I have this big fake branch/root type thing that I had left over from a frog tank I had before. What I didn't think about was the snake going into an opening in the piece...which is just what happened. I didn't think much of it at first, but it's going on 8 days now that hes been in there and I'm starting to get a little worried. Is it normal for a snake to remain in hiding for this long? If this is in fact a problem, is there any way to stir him out? Once he was out I would remove this hiding spot and replace it with one I can get him out of when neccessary. Because right now it's like I don't even have a snake. Also, should I just put his food in anyway? Will he be able to smell it and come out to get it, or should i wait until he finally emerges? I would apprecciate any advice because I'm getting a little frustrated with this situation.