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I almost found myself with a new pet snake this morning. I’m getting ready for work and my sister calls me and says there is a snake in the basement. It was crawling on the floor. Yeah, so? Why are you calling me with this? I said to just pick it up and put it outside, what’s the problem? Ahem….

Apparently, both my sis and her husband are afraid of snakes. [BWAHAHA!] 

So I had to throw on my clothes and run over there so they wouldn’t kill the poor thing. 

Turns out it was a corn snake, about 18 inches long. Very nice snake, didn’t try to bite and wasn’t upset at being handled. Didn’t even need my glove. I’ve found corn snakes to be much more mild-mannered than garter snakes. 

He(she) twined around my wrist very calmly and I felt so guilty taking him outside behind the barn away from his warm, cozy basement. 

I was sooo tempted to take him home. But, I didn’t have time to get my aquarium ready and I didn’t know where my hot rock was and I think I would rather have a store-bred snake instead of one caught in the wild. 

My last corn snake (named Jake after the wrestler Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts [who I saw in real life one day at a restaurant]) was caught in the cowyard, and he was a pain in the aft to feed. He wouldn’t eat frozen pinkies at all. Had to be live. He used to eat mice, but one day we made the mistake of putting 2 mice in the cage at once, and he ate one and the remaining mouse jumped around so much and traumatized poor Jake so, and he wouldn’t eat grown, live mice anymore. We named the mouse Lunch and he got his own aquarium and the cat sat on the counter and pawed the glass constantly and he lived until he got cancer. Lunch had a good life. So did Jake, I think he lived around 7 years.   

Anyway, store-bred snakes are usually brought up with frozen pinkies, and it is much easier to feed them. Live pinkies are getting harder to find nowadays. 

But, now I am seriously thinking of getting a corn snake. They are so pretty. 


I miss Jake. 

 


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sntmentalfkness
May. 13th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
I like snakes. I wish I had someone nearby that could school me on holding them and doing what it takes to not get bitten!! That's my big thing....bites. I had tarantulas and scorpions. Never had to hold them, so never really felt fear. But snakes, you may have to hold and get your hands near.

Also, I couldn't feed mice or rats or anything that is cute. I could do feeder fish- I saw ribbon snakes eat them. Do you know if any other snakes eat them or insects?
mdnytryder
May. 13th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
Um, I think garter snakes only eat insects. Maybe hog nosed? I'd check the internet or ask at your neighborhood pet store. They could probably direct you much better than I. I understand you not wanting to feed cute stuff, as you own some cute rats!
You certainly have guts to own trantulas and scorpions. I hate spiders! Ew, ew, ew. Scorps are kind of cool, but I wouldn't want one.
The biting depends upon the breed of snake. Some are more agressive than others. Again, your pet store could help.
When I catch them, I step on their tail if outside and just grab right behind the head. If you're afraid of being bitten, just wear gloves. I've only been bitten a couple times, and never to draw blood. They really don't have much force in their bite. Like I said, the corns have never bitten me. They just twine around your neck or wrist. Feels cool.
sntmentalfkness
May. 14th, 2010 04:57 am (UTC)
Good to know there may be more of a non-cutey-eating selection of pet snakes out there.

The thing with owning the arachnids and arthropods is that they don't NEED affection or held. I never had the urge or need to hold or pick my "kids" up. I let them be, they never hurt me because they were scared or stressed. If you are a person who likes handling, then you better be tough and quick!! :-)
pjcaruana
May. 13th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
pinkies?
okay ... what are pinkies?
vejiraziel
May. 13th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
Re: pinkies?
Newborn rats and mice that haven't grown their furr yet.
mdnytryder
May. 13th, 2010 03:11 am (UTC)
Re: pinkies?
Yeah, what V said.
Hey, you're home! How was Florida? How about Witchblade on Fri?
aleph_abyssal
May. 13th, 2010 08:45 am (UTC)
Most snakes we find here end up being poisonous, but that said, Australia has a great selection of lizards. (Dragons too!!) A housemate of mine used to own a pair of blue-tongues.

I have a big 4 foot aquarium sitting in the shed, and I'm sort of thinking now - when we re-build Chateu Shoebox - that it would be more fun being a terrarium rather than MOAR GOLDFISH AGAIN.
mdnytryder
May. 13th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
To me, fish are pretty boring. Even though I do have a beta. And they require more care in that you need to watch the water, etc.
I don't know if I would want a lizard, my niece had a couple of varieties and they just don't thrill me. I think I prefer the smooth feel of snakeskin.
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