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  • What would this little beauty eat?

    Found this little guy/gal at work. Only about 7" long. Was real feisty at first but mellowed out beautifully since I first picked him/her up.

    I thought this would be the perfect snake to use to introduce my 6yo boy to snakes. I intend to keep it for a month or two so he can get a little size.

    What would one this tiny eat? Crickets? Earthworms? Slugs?

    Thanks

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    What would this little beauty eat?

    Forgot the pic

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    • #3
      Re: What would this little beauty eat?

      Mouse pinkies.

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      • #4
        Re: What would this little beauty eat?

        Originally posted by JrtheFreak View Post
        What would one this tiny eat? Crickets? Earthworms? Slugs?
        In the wild, yup. And anything else he could wrestle down his gullet. In captivity, mouse pinks should suffice.


        -Sean in NoCal
        “Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood – the virtues that made America.”
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        • #5
          Re: What would this little beauty eat?

          Looks like an Eastern Milksnake, which is native to Pennsylvania.

          The following link is to a page with all the information you could ask for regarding that snake.

          PA Herps Identification - Eastern Milksnake

          Hope it helps
          "An increase in reptile education can lead to a decrease in reptile discrimination." - Bebo

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            Re: What would this little beauty eat?

            Thanks for the replies. You think he could handle a pinky?

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            • #7
              Re: What would this little beauty eat?

              I'd try a tiny newborn (mouse) pinkie. He may surprise you.

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                Re: What would this little beauty eat?

                Originally posted by Noelle7206 View Post
                He may surprise you.
                Especially when he goes after another one!


                -Sean in NoCal
                “Americanism means the virtues of courage, honor, justice, truth, sincerity, and hardihood – the virtues that made America.”
                -Teddy Roosevelt.

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                • #9
                  Re: What would this little beauty eat?

                  Originally posted by Noelle7206 View Post
                  I'd try a tiny newborn (mouse) pinkie.
                  I didn't realize how small it was until I went back and looked at the picture again and realized that it was actually wrapped around your finger.

                  A newborn pinkie mouse should work perfectly, but I wouldn't go any older than a newborn (1 day old) to start with.
                  "An increase in reptile education can lead to a decrease in reptile discrimination." - Bebo

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                  • #10
                    Re: What would this little beauty eat?

                    Ok thanks. Another question... If I kept him over the winter would that mess up his hibernation for the following winter?

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                    • #11
                      Re: What would this little beauty eat?

                      That I really could not say.

                      I would imagine that if you were to brumate it in a some-what similar fashion as would take place in nature then it should not be too much of an adjustment in the wild; however, if you plan to keep it that long, you might just contemplate making a permanent keeper out of it.
                      "An increase in reptile education can lead to a decrease in reptile discrimination." - Bebo

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                      • #12
                        Re: What would this little beauty eat?

                        Originally posted by JrtheFreak View Post
                        Ok thanks. Another question... If I kept him over the winter would that mess up his hibernation for the following winter?
                        It's really not a good idea to keep for a while & then release. It can mess up more than just their 'hibernation'. Also, if you keep other herps, you may be inadvertently exposing the native wildlife to non-native pathogens
                        carried by the snake you turn loose and to which they have no resistance. You might check with local Game & Fish laws about any such release, as it may not be legal.

                        Also: not every snake you catch will "cooperate" & feed for you in the winter, even with the right temperatures & lighting. Have you ever brumated a snake? If you keep him & he stops feeding for the winter, he'll
                        starve to death if you don't brumate him. Be sure you know what's involved, it's not without risks & challenges. And if you wait too long to release him for him to learn his way around* outside, he also won't survive.
                        (*it takes time for snakes to successfully stumble on suitable places deep enough to survive winter that aren't already occupied, etc; it's the equivalent of someone dropping you in a foreign country with no money, no
                        maps, cell phone, friends/relatives, proper clothing for the climate and no skill in the language.)

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                        • #13
                          Re: What would this little beauty eat?

                          All comments sounds about right That's is a cool looking snake
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                          • #14
                            Re: What would this little beauty eat?

                            Thanks for the info. I got a few frozen 1 day old pinkies and couldn't get the bugger to eat last night. I'll try again tonight and he/she doesn't take it I'll find a nice secluded place to set her free.

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                              Update: I couldn't get the little cuttie to eat so I let him/her go in a safe place away from people. He/she was in a shed cycle so maybe that was the hold up.

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