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Pantherophis Obsoletus (Black rat snake)*PIC*...


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Posted by hotshot on May 08, 2003 at 08:57:15:

In Reply to: Help!! What kind of snake is this? posted by shebrat on May 07, 2003 at 19:27:20:

and you can feed it fuzzy mice or hoppers. Try fuzzies first and if the snake can eat 2 or 3 or these with no problems, then on the next feeding try to feed it a hopper. I feed my babies/juveniles every 3 or 4 days. I usually only feed one or two pinkies/fuzzies/hoppers. Once they move up to small adult mice and larger, I feed them once every 6 days. Make sure you either feed frozen/thawed or prekilled. Dont feed live mice to a snake, this can have very dire consequences. If you feed frozen/thawed, just make sure the mouse is completely thawed and is actually warm to the touch. I thaw mine out in a ziploc bag placed in a bowl of hot water. Leave it there for 10 or 15 minutes, changing the water out when it cools some.
I have a wild caught black rat snake that is now going on 2 years old and has eaten from the very beginning. Good easy snakes to raise and I would suggest getting a book on rat snakes and reading it. Would help a novice get some good information on keeping your snake healthy. Just make sure you have the correct temps,(warm end - 80 degrees, cool end 72-75 degrees) a hiding spot or two, some kind of substrate and a water dish large enough for the snake to soak in if it wants. I would recommend newspaper for the first year, especially if you feed the snake in its enclosure. Try not to handle your snake atleast 48 hours after you feed it, because this could cause the snake to regurge its meal.
Here is a pic of mine....

He is a KY locale black rat and pushing 42". Here in this portion of KY they dont get jet black like they do over in the eastern states or even down in southestern MO and AR.


:We found a snake in our backyard and would like to know if someone could help in identifying it. I believe it's a corn snake, but I could be wrong.
:The snake is a little under 2ft, dark gray w/black saddles. It's very docile. As in, it did not strike out when we placed into an old fish tank we have. We saved it from being attacked by a couple of dogs.

:If it's helpful, we reside in Eastern North Carolina.

:The pictures are huge, please visit the directory below, 56k beware:

:http://www.fayettenam.com/snake

:TIA,

:Alex





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