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Posted by Ratsnake Haven on August 18, 2002 at 10:41:38:
In Reply to: Night Snake \ posted by dalytek on August 15, 2002 at 13:39:43:
I agree with David. In my limited experience, night snakes are pretty docile. I just got back from AZ where we have a place in Green Valley. I go there every summer now for a couple weeks. I've seen and held several night snakes that made no attempt to bite. From my understanding their venom is very mild. Also, they are usually a very small snake which would make it difficult to bring the rear fangs into play. I would like to keep a night snake someday, but I wonder if it will be possible to keep them fed. Like David said, you will probably need a good supply of small lizards and snakes to try it.
PS: night snakes have been mentioned on the Field Collector's Forum before. You could do a search and see how others have attempted to feed them. Good luck.
:Jeremy, I live in Tucson, AZ, and I have caught more night snakes than any other snake. I have probably handled a couple hundred of them over the past couple of years and have never once had one even attempt to bite! They are incredibly docile creatures, they will curl up between your fingers. Their "defensive" nature is to wrap its head up in their coils. As for keeping them, they like it very dry, and warm. Keep humiduty at a minimum and keep a heat lamp or such over one side of the enclosure. Loose substrate that they can burrow into of hide rock is needed, since (as their name implies) they are nocturnal. Feeding can be a toughy. I have always been able to feed them our native banded geckos (which are quite plentiful out here), but have had little luck getting them to eat anything else. They will eat other snakes, however, even larger ones than they are, so be careful! If you have any other questions about them, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask. I don't check this forum nearly as often as I would like to. :O)