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Posted by thomas davis on September 24, 2002 at 23:53:22:
In Reply to: HELP!!! &*&%@%^&*^*%@$#!@#$# posted by jack-skellington on September 24, 2002 at 19:34:44:
:i caught a snake sunday....and i was pretty sure it was a rat snake...but then i read up on racers, and it said that racers will rattle their tails in leaves, to scare off enemies....and when i was catching it, that exactly what it did. so it kinda threw me off, and the thing is...a black rat snake, and a black racer, look almost exactly the same (from the pics ive seen) so i was wondering...do i need to know what kind it is, before i properly setup the tank? or will a basic tank setup work for both snakes (by basic i mean dirt...plants...rocks..places for it to hide...big water dish) let me know...and also please tell me if theres any major differences between the snakes.
,,the snake,,,,,,, w/c racers dont make good captives they are just to hyper and captivity stresses them to the max,not to mention the parasite factor,,,go w/ c.b.b. they are adjusted to captivity ''per say''as it is all they have ever known,at anyrate housing is the same warm side/cool side,hides, waterbowl big enough to soak in,probably some branches to climb and a basking light with u/v as well, adults require a large tank/enclosure go w/aspen as a bedding (never dirt)unless sterilized keep the aspen deep they like to digin at nite also they are diurnal they require a nite/day cycle to be healthy usally 12&12 anyway good luck w/whatever you decide ,,,,,,,,thomas