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Posted by snakeguy88 on December 30, 2002 at 11:18:35:
In Reply to: Some pics of my brothers garter.... posted by peregrinefalcon on December 30, 2002 at 10:36:11:
I can not tell the sex, and the pic of the tank does not work on my comp, BUT I can help on the unshed tail. My water snakes will occasionally get stuck like this if the humidity is not high enough when shedding, specifically the Nerodia that was stolen and later found in a janitor's closet. Retained the full tail, and it would not come off as it was basically dried on. This could actually cause the loss of the tail as it will shrivel and constrict the tail until it the tail actually dies. I placed the snake in a very shallow critter keeper of nothing but warm water and a few rocks and logs. The water was very, very shallow so the snake would not grow tired and drown, and it had rocks and branches to curl up on although the whole body could not be dragged out. After a while in the water, I could gently remove the shed with a pair of tweezers. That is the way I do it. Just keeping the snake on damp papertowels with a UTH under it probably would work as well. It depends on the degree to which the skin is hanging on...Andy