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New snake owner - some questions

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Posted by: KngKobra at Fri Mar 6 16:54:18 2015  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by KngKobra ]  
   

Hi, folks. My son (10) is the proud new owner of a Nelon-Pueblan Milk Snake. This is our first snake, and there's quite a bit to learn and worry about

Our big first question is about regurgitating. We've been getting live pinkies from the store where we purchased it (a small pet store, nice folks), and he got down the first one no problem. But, it regurgitated the next two (feeding once a week). I know it could be any number of things, from stress, to being in shed, to not enough warmth or humidity. We're going to start with warmth - the enclosure we're using (a 10-gallon tank) came with a heat lamp, but that seemed pretty hot. So we picked up an Under Tank Heater. We've kept the water dish clean and full. He started to shed in the last couple of weeks, and I see that some snakes will eat during shedding, others not so much, so we offered him a pinkie, which he ate but then regurgitated a few days later. We didn't handle him after feeding.

There's also the bedding issue, I guess. We put the pinkie on a paper towel over the aspen bedding, but it crawled off, so I'm wondering if that's the problem, that he's getting some shavings along with the prey.

We're going to try again tonight with a smaller, frozen pinkie, as I'm also wondering if the live ones we picked up from the pet store were too large.

We will keep you all posted, really just wanted to introduce ourselves and see if anyone had any thoughts on the issue. Thanks!


   

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