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Posted by Tenaka on May 06, 2003 at 13:55:54:
In Reply to: Are Western Hognose slow growers? posted by JohnStyner on May 06, 2003 at 11:37:00:
It would depend some snakes simply wont grow big they were born as dwarfs of their species, my own experience has been they grow pretty fast, my male grew nine inches or so in the year I first got him and thats 2+ inches in every shed that first year and he was sold as an adult, my hatchling female was around seven inches when I got her and she doubled in size and wieght in the first year and she is still growing.
From my own experience I would say that after their third year you can expect growth to slow and for them to put on maybe a quarter inch a year or thereabouts.
hope this helps if you could say how much and at what intervals the animal was being fed and its actual size maybe it would be easier to decide if the snake in question is undernourished and being stunted rather than merely a little runt thats growing at its own slow pace :)
:My friend purchased a cb hatchling last year and i saw it recently and was suprised how little it had grown.. he said it eats very well..