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Posted by Norman on April 30, 2003 at 16:28:17:
In Reply to: help with my new speckled kingsnake posted by glitterlust on April 29, 2003 at 21:31:40:
I lived in North Carolina as a young teen and it was easier for me then to get new born chicks for my snakes from a poultry breeder than mice. I use to get the ones that were rejects with three toes and stuff that they "cull" anyway and I got them for ten cents each. You might look into that if you're in a rural area. I would get it out of that wire cage though, I think it will scar that beautiful face sticking his nose into every square of that mesh and Kings can push really hard and be stubborn til they hurt themselves. To tame him I'd say just sit with it basically on your lap for a long slow time without any movement til it gets use to it. It is kinda boring but if you have the patience it's bound to calm down. Its mostly defensive and nervous if it's biting and striking. It will get more confident in itself and "boldly" sit quietly and crawl on you unafraid eventually. Or its just a spazz! That happens too! Good luck- and I suggest previewing your post and correcting the typos- that might be where I got that "rural" impression.