Getting a black headed python off a mate who can't keep him anymore next week and im stoked, have not had a snake in a long time.
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I would need your help identifying my 3 months old snake.
He was sold as a texas rat snake, but the shop wasn't sure whether it had some yellow and/or black rat snake in it.
He clearly isn't a pure texas rat snake from the pictures I've seen on the web, but I couldn't find wich intergrade it was.
The closest I've seen is yellow x grey x texas rat snake
I'm using a lamp and a rock under it. Would that be sufficient for basking or do I absolutely need a heating pad? They seem expensive, unreliable and snakes go on rocks to bask anyway in nature.
I invested in a rheostat for my undertank heater, have two hides, water bowl, thermostat/humidity gauge on each side. I used the AstroTurf crap made for reptiles and have a branch for her to climb on.
I hope you mean just a plain rock and not a heating rock. Heating rocks are almost guarantee to cause burns.
Most snakes get most of their warmth from belly heat, so a UTH is pretty necessary. Look into heating tape if you don't want the UTH. Both go on the bottom of the tank and heat up through the glass/whatever and there should be a bit of substrate on top of that.
Eastern rat snake describes only P. alleghaniensis; of which are only found east of the Mississippi river. Central rats (P. spilodes) and Texas rats (P. obsoletus) are the other two.
Nope, other way around. They used to be classified under Elaphe, and are now Pantherophis as of a few years ago. The three region-based species distinctions are also recent.
Holy fuck. I got my ball python a few months ago and he has continuously refused to eat. Tonight I wiggled a nice and warm dead mouse at him and he went actually took it. I am like a proud father right now. Its so exciting.
Heres my carpet python. Best reptile i've ever kept. Beautiful as hell, easy to keep, and a joy to work with.
Fuck yeah, blackheads!
Are you an aussie? Fucking jealous as shit if you are. Those fuckers are really expensive in the states. Always wanted a black head. Hear they're very intelligent and inquisitive captives.
Or a rat snake. Fuck. Which of this list is the best?
Best as in which is overall the best to keep around? I want something that can chill and be a beautiful bastard but not be a bulky looking ball python. Also something I can keep in a 20 gal and not have to worry about a tropic climate so much. (Made a thread earlier for beginner snakes.)
First of all you will need something bigger than 20 gallons eventually for any of those snakes.
I would personally say to go for a rat snake because even though they're a bit snappy, they are diurnal, more active than cornsnakes, don't require much humidity and there's a ton of nice subspecies and paint jobs out there for a lot less than 100$. They will also tame down eventually if handled frequently and correctly.
She is a lot bigger now but these are good pics
You can sterilize wood by sanding or scraping the bark off, soak it in wate overnight, and bake it in the oven at 300 degrees for a few hours. Water will steam gross shit out of the wood and leaves it cleaner looking. If you don't want to soak it just heat it in the oven. It looks way better sanded though so it has no rough edges
I would still argue to get a bigger set up. I have always heard that the vivarium should almost be as long as the snake
for colubridaes or a bit shorter. I don't know about milksnakes but I'm pretty sure a 6' snake would require something bigger than a 2´ long enclosure.
Also, breeders and pet shops tend to keep snakes in these plastic drawer type enclosures. A snake requires bigger space if it is in a clear enclosure like an aquarium because it feels more exposed.
Snek rule o' thumb bare minimum tank size is tank length + tank width = snek length. So, 20g long is 30" x 12", meaning maximum snek length for that would be 42". Now that is absolute minimum. 30g breeder tank (L36" x W18" x H12") would be much better for a snake of that size.