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Care of Snakes

Although many people fear them, snakes are a popular pet and be quite tame with proper care. Ask questions here about the habitat, diet and behavior of pet snakes.

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How do you convince your parents to let you keep a Brazilian rainbow boa?

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Asked by TFMAReptilelover

Research and present information about the care requirements and characteristics of Brazilian rainbow boas to show your parents you are knowledgeable and prepared to care for one responsibly. Address their concerns about safety by discussing proper handling techniques and ensuring you have a secure enclosure. Offer to take on additional responsibilities or chores to demonstrate your commitment to caring for the snake.

How long does it take for a buried snake to decompose?

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The decomposition process of a buried snake can vary depending on factors like environmental conditions, temperature, and soil type. In general, it can take several weeks to a few months for a snake to fully decompose underground.

How does desert snakes interact with other organisms?

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Desert snakes interact with other organisms by preying on small mammals, birds, reptiles, and insects. They are both predator and prey in the desert ecosystem, being hunted by larger predators such as birds of prey and mammals. Some snakes also contribute to seed dispersal and help regulate prey populations.

How do you remove left over skin from a snake shed?

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To remove leftover skin from a snake shed, you can gently mist the skin with water to soften it, then carefully peel it off starting from the head towards the tail. Avoid pulling or tugging as it can damage the scales or the snake's delicate skin. If you encounter resistance, you can use a damp cloth to help loosen the stuck shed.

Can ball pythons be charmed by music?

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Ball pythons do not have the ability to appreciate or be charmed by music in the same way humans do. They do not have external ears and their auditory capabilities are limited to low-frequency vibrations. They are generally not affected by music.

Do snakes need heat lamps at all times?

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Snakes depend on a heat source to regulate their body temperature, but they do not need heat lamps on all the time. Providing a temperature gradient in their enclosure allows them to thermoregulate by moving between warmer and cooler areas as needed. It's important to mimic their natural environment to ensure their health and well-being.

Is a garden snake an omnivore?

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All snakes are carnivorous (including insects and worms). Garter snakes eat insects, worms, and frogs. Note: "Garden snake" is a mispronunciation of "Garter snake" which was named because its stripes looked like the decorative stripes on suspenders (garters).

Are pythons carnivores?

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they are carnivores. they have been known even to attack aligators

What is a hemipenis?

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A hemipenis is a paired organ found in male reptiles, such as snakes and lizards, used for reproduction. Each hemipenis is typically stored in a separate hemipenial sac and is used to deliver sperm to the female during copulation. The structure and shape of hemipenes can vary greatly across different species.

Do you hurt snakes when you hold them?

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No, you don't hurt snakes when you hold them. If they are in pain though, or are annoyed, the snake will crawl and squirm away from your hold. Also, wait 24 hours or more to hold a snake after a he eats. Snakes have slow digestion so trying to pick him up will cause him to either get upset or vomit his food.

Most of all, be gentle with a snake. They can sense fear and a tense person.

Can ball pythons get fleas?

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I don't think Ball Pythons can get fleas, but they can get mites. Mites are more like ticks than anything, and you should take it to a vet ASAP if you think your snake has them.

How do you know when a snake is going into a shed?

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You can usually tell when a snake is going to shed when there is a dull looking film over the eyes of the snake. Most of the time a snake will not eat when it is getting ready to shed it's skin, and there may be flaky, dry skin on it's back. Once it sheds, it's scales will have a different appearance. The snake will have a smoother appearance, and the eyes will be very clear and lose the dull appearance.

What causes a corn snake stress?

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Small cages, not being handled enought, not being fed weekly, bad humidity, or to high or to low temp.

Can a corn snake lay eggs without mating?

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no

If you do not know the history of your python when you bought it, it is a female, than there is a chance when you bought it she could have been gravid(bred before you got her) than yes she could lay eggs. Even living in the cage with a male all along they will not breed without being properly set up to. So if your snake laid eggs than she had to have been bred before you bought her, or she mated freely because the time and conditions were right.

YES!

it is possible and has happened. parthogenesis is rare but there are documented cases where this has happened. there is a case where a burmese python, in a zoo in europe, layed fertile eggs that have hatched and grown up with no problems without ever coming into contact with a male.

there are other cases with ball pythons. komodo dragons do this as well but produce all males.

Yes!!

I have owned the same ball for 15 years and she has never been with a male and she just laid 5 eggs

Did the Tainos eat snakes and rats?

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The Tainos ate rats, snakes, lizards, basically they eat every living thing.

What kind of snake is red and yellow with black diamonds running down its back?

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Do NOT mess with that kind of snake it is poisonous and it is called a copper head. ( I'm am 11 year old snake expert) I am right don't deny mebecause of my age

What can you feed corn snakes?

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hatchling corn snakes/ pinkies/ juv corn snakes fuzzeys and adult corn snakes /adult mice/ medium rats and chicks

What type of snake is easy to breed?

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its is definetly a corn or ball due to their ease of care stay relatively small have a big market and theres alot of morphs for you to chose from but it mostly depends on what you like you can choose harder ones but do youre research ~H~

Can and do baby glossy snakes eat frozen mice?

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Asked by Steveakatetas

All snakes will eat mice. Whether or not a snake will eat frozen mice can depend greatly on the snake. Some snakes do not want to eat cold food. In fact, some snakes won't strike on cold food.

Do corn snake bites hurt as much as ferret bites?

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It depends on how hard the ferret bites which depends on why the ferret has bitten you. If the ferret is scared or you are hurting it, it will bite to defend itself. This bite could be serious and painful. If the ferret is playing (ferrets play rough) will sometimes give you a small bite which isn't very painful.

Ferrets can be trained to not bite or nip during play by scuffing them when they bite as this tells them you didn't like the behaviour. You can also get spray to put on your hands which will teach the ferret that your skin tastes bad and so will discourage biting

Do snakes need food bowls?

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No. Snakes are usually given one or two food animals (usually mice or rats depending on the snake). It is recommended by some that a snake be fed in a separate contain to avoid it accidentlly ingesting bedding.

Are snakes male or female?

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I have both males and females in my vast reptiles collection.

Does eating a poisoned prey harm the snake?

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No. The reason for this is because snake venom is made of amino acids and proteins which get broken down rapidly by the digestive acids in snakes, people, and other animals. snake venom is only toxic if it gets into the blood stream.