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Re: does anybody know about grass snakes


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Posted by Jerry on November 13, 1999 at 09:56:19:

In Reply to: Re: does anybody know about grass snakes posted by Michael Smith on November 13, 1999 at 08:31:45:

: [snip] Anyway the snake is a baby
: : and has two faint stripes down it's back, no
: : markings on it's belly, it is a greenish gray
: : color, and has a black spot underneath both
: : of it's eyes. Also it's head is bigger than it's
: : head, if it matters at such a young age.

: I need a little more info. Baby green snakes are actually grayish green, but should have no stripes. Size would help rule out a couple of possibilities - can you estimate how long it would be if stretched out? And how big around relative to a pencil or a toothpick. Some of the snakes we're talking about are small -- 9 or 10 inches -- even as adults. It would help to know if what you have is really a baby.

: My guess at this point would be a Texas brown snake. They have a single pale stripe down the center of the back, variable color, and a bit of dark color below the eyes.

: The thing about head size isn't related to age. A Texas brown snake would have a head slightly larger than the neck, where a rough earth snake (similar sized brownish snake) would have a narrow, pointed head not wider than the neck. Head size helps rule out a couple of possibilities.

: If it's a Texas brown snake, the babies are about 4 inches long and would be very delicate. They might take small bits of earthworm or very small invertebrates. Alan Tennant's field guide tells of a clutch of baby brown snakes being offered scents of a variety of foods (smeared on Q-tips) and only the scent of slugs and snails elicited feeding responses. I don't know that most of us would have access to food that the snake would be able to eat. However, I haven't raised baby brown snakes -- anyone else?

: Michael
Michael,

He is a grayish green color, and is about 9 to
10 inches long, but he does have 2 stripes down
his back. He also has dark color under both eyes.
His head is wider than his neck. He is already
eating medium sized crickets.

Talk with you later, Jerry



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