Have any questions on how to take care of your herp? Ask them here!
Please be aware that not everybody who is part of this club is a professional herpetologist, so take any advice with a grain of salt! * the small text means the questions have already been answered; however, feel free to make your own contribution if you think it's necessary!
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- ~Fell-BlackHeart asks:
1.) How long do cornsnakes live for? I read about 20 years in captivity.
2.) How often should I feed a cornsake? Different sources said different things. The corn snake I have my eye on is a year old.
3.) I have a heating pad and heat lamp, should I have anything else? I know that with geckos, you should have a "hot" side of the tank and a "cool" side of the tank.
4.) What's the temperature the aquarium should be?
5.) Is there anything specific a corn snake should have in its habitat?
6.) Any special tips you can give me?
- *Buhaaghule asks:
Hey guys, I have two Corn Snakes and I have a question about one of them. Svetocha is a female Striped Corn, and I have read that their genetics made them smaller and weaker than normal strains. I have had her almost over a year and she is still really young. She has grown a little bit and seems very healthy. But compared to our male Okeetee, Crom, she is really weak. I don't understand. I hope what I read is true, being that I have a whole book on Caring for Rat and Corn snakes.
- *neophot asks:
OK folks, I have to ask. I am debating between a brazilian rainbow boa and a ball python maybe two.
Of these two snakes, which is easier to maintain, handle etc. I would appreciate any input regarding their environment and so forth.
I have a tank I have been trying to get set up for a rainbow but have had some issue with mold due primarily due to lack of ventilation which I will
correct within the next week.
Also, we have three daughters who will definitely be handling the snake(s) as will my wife and I. I had snakes years past but it has been some time since those days!
If you have had either of these for some time with success, please weigh in. If you have not had any real contact with these snakes, please let the more
seasoned handlers comment. (no offense intended I just need to nail this down)
- ~KobaltRose asks:
I've had a ribbon snake for about four years, and I believe he's about eight. Recently I noticed a bump on his abdomen and then another on his neck, they are firm and the skin still seems healthy. The tank has recently been cleaned and had new bark added. His behavior and appetite are the same but I feel like I should take him to the vet. I've never taken a snake to be examined, regular vet offices don't work with reptiles, do they? Or is it something they can't fix and I shouldn't waste my time and money?
- ~Synaesthetik asks:
What sort of gene makes rat snakes scaleless and can they still move about ok?
- ~ZuzBla asks:
I am wondering, does anyone around here have any experience with Chalcides ocellatus keeping? I was given a baby 4 centimetres long, and although the professor told me these animals are hardy animals who withstand everything, I would like to know what diet would be most suitable for baby this small, since no source whatsoever seems to have such info.
- ~KingAdler asks:
I have two young Everglades Ratsnakes - named Ratbane and Skaven - who have a history of mites. Every time mites were found on the two, they were washed in warm water, sprayed with mite spray, and their enclosure was swiftly washed out to the fullest extent. Yet they keep coming back! Today I found HUGE mites on poor Skaven, and his face is swollen and he looks pale. His brother Ratbane has been soaking himself in water constantly, so he's not as infected. He's got his normal reddish tint and his face isn't as bulgy.
I don't want my little snakes to die. Please help. I don't know what else to do to kill the mites and KEEP them GONE..
- ~angelthundergrl asks:
I know there are a lot of questions already about leopard geckos, but I recently got another today (my second). They're in a 20gal, they have proper heating and hides and everything, but the new one seems very nervous. Her breathing when I make noise around her is probably around 3 breaths a second, and she is so skinny (photo here). She's also not very active.
I just brought her home a few hours ago, and they are both females and have gotten along in their encounters so far, but I need realistic answers on how long she can last without food. Taking her to a vet is a last resort for me, as the vet is 3 hours away.
- ~Lateral-thinker asks:
I have a question about appropriate aeration for raising tadpoles for children to learn about life cycles.
however, my question is in regards to the european species of common frog.
Would anyone be able to advise me on the best way (if neccessary at all) to aerate a tank that will be holding tadpoles from spawn to froglet for approx 14 weeks (according to my research) please?
Any advise you can offer would be greatly appreciated, also I'm happy to answer questions
- *MeganCoffey asks:
I got a young leopard gecko a while back that was very skinny. What are some tips to make them gain weight, besides deworming, egg yolk, and waxworms?
- ~Lostsoul4ever13 asks:
I have a question about my Uromastyx. He was small when i first got him. He ate two palm fulls a day. Now i can hardly get him to eat 1/2 of one. I know he isnt in bermation because he is so active still. What else could it be other than the dreaded parasites?
- *Hydrocity-Remix asks:
I have a quick question. I just got a fire bellied newt, and she seems fine but she is missing a few of her front toes. We had another fire bellied newt a few days ago that died overnight, he had missing toes as well and he looked like he was infected. I heard that fire bellied newts can grow toes back, but do I need to put any kind of solvent on her missing toes to prevent infection? Or any sort of special care? She does not have any tank mates so others picking on her is not an issue. Thanks in advance
- ~a-Moment-in-Eternity asks:
I am getting my first Ball Python in a few weeks, and at the moment I am just trying to work everything out as far as heating my terrarium goes, so that it's all ready when the new addition arrives. Right now I'm using an under tank heater and I'm confident that the substrate temperatures are sufficient. I have a proper thermometer with a probe on its way in the mail right now, but I took glass and substrate temps with just a plain regular thermometer for the time being. It's about 80F on the cool side, 92F on the hot side.
What my main concern is though, is that while the substrate heats seem fine, the ambient air temperatures in the tank don't seem particularly warm... Is this a problem? I can't really find anything online about whether or not the air temperatures matter, or if it's just the substrate temps.
- ~lita584 asks:
Odd question, but yeah. I have two '10 ball python babies and they are eating "small" thawed mice.... just a few moments ago I about had a heart attack because it appeared as if my smaller baby was having serious trouble getting her meal down.... after being completely still for about two minutes and the front portion of her body upside down, she finally started moving again, able to swallow the mouse. But if there comes a time that a snake is having major trouble with swallowing a meal item, is there anything I could do to help?
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