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Posted by Nicodemus on January 18, 2003 at 06:28:35:
In Reply to: Re: General care for a common garter snake (wild)? posted by Mizar 21 on January 17, 2003 at 17:19:08:
:If its temporary, a 5 gallon is better than loose in the outside cold. A large plastic container can do the job too, put some paper on the flooring and a water bowl.
:Right now how is the little fellow ? is he eating ?
:Keep us posted !
When I fist put him in the tank, he must have been very dehydrated. He drank alot of water right before my eyes.
I'm not sure if he is eating. Right now the tank has shpagnum moss in it...the earth worms I bought borrowed down under it and are living there. So its hard to count those.
I also bought a few crickets and left them in it (along with a food source for them of course). I don't know how many of those are left either.
All I can say, is he was doing some major hunting a couple days ago...burrowing through the moss, searching all over the tank, etc...now he isnt. So my guess is he's eating, but I can't be sure.
Is there some way to keep the worms in a dish or something so they don't burrow away and I could count them easier?
His food is also pretty small and not likely to make a large lump on the snake.
As for how he is doing, he's pretty active and looks healthy. The wierd thing is he only gets scared when I go to pick him up, but once he's in my hands, he calms right down and does some exploring.
Also, it looks like he has some scars or something. There are a few tiny lumps along his body. The scales there aren't flat against the body, but jutting outward. I can't see if there is an injury of if its some sort of parasite...
A wildlife friend of mine suggested a soft release when it is warm. I'm a high school science teacher, so releasing the animal (since it is originally wild) is what I'm focusing on as a lesson for my students. I think a soft release would be ideal, that way the students can see him from time to time to know he's ok.