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Posted by: mikefedzen at Sat Nov 10 02:56:25 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by mikefedzen ]  
   

The character limits on these posts is crazy LOL.. here's the last of my response...

8. Need to handle daily and feed in a separate cage when it eats so it doesn't bite you associating your hand with feeding?

Baby snakes bite whenever they feel threatened or hungry, and they almost always feel threatened. I don't handle baby snakes unless moving it from cage to cage for cleaning, but when they hit about 2 feet in length they are more tame. Though some baby snakes are laidback from the start (and some can seem like are possessed by the devil their whole lives). Feeding in a seperate cage is up to you, just make sure it doesn't get any bedding in it's mouth. Some baby snakes also won't feed if you're messing with them (they need to feel safe), I usually put mice in and walk away and check in the morning. Remember that in a bigger enclosure food will harder for the snake to find and digging it out for feeding time could stress it out. Don't handle the snake for a couple days after feeding so it doesn't throw it up. Forgot to mention in part 2 some baby snakes will only eat live pinkies, so whatever snake you buy be sure you know what it's feeding on. If you get the snake from a pet store maybe ask if they could try and feed it a frozen/thawed pinky infront of you.

Unfortunately you can't predict a snake's attitude as a baby, they are nervous little creatures when they're small because they think everything is going to eat them. But corn snakes do come in many many patterns and colors these days, check out this website's corn snake classified section and see for yourself.

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