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RE: Large Desert kingsnake acting sick?

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Posted by: markg at Wed Sep 14 14:16:13 2016  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by markg ]  
   

When snakes are in shed, they do not "feel well" so to speak. That is, they will be rather lethargic, especially older adults.

I have seen many an old captive kingsnake that look almost lifeless when deep in shed.

Give him a moist hide - a plastic container that he can fit into filled with damp sphagnum moss or damp coir fiber like Eco Earth. Even a damp washcloth works. Anything to up the humidity locally. Plastic storage boxes work, so do Cool Whip containers if the snake can fit (kings will hole up in amazingly small containers..)

As far as caging, it my opinion from my own experience that plastic storage boxes work extremely well. They come in sizes that are roomy but not too roomy, and they hold humidity. A few holes drilled or poked with a soldering iron in the tub sides and front works really well. Just make sure to keep the lid secure. I use binder clips like the kind for office use. For substrate, aspen is fine, sani chips, packing paper, newspaper, coir fiber, etc.

I keep some rosyboas and a boa constrictor. I used to use aspen and/or sani chips for substrate, and some of the rosies seemed to feed less often. I went to just plain packing paper (rolls at Home Depot, is pretty much unprinted newspaper), and all of my rosies went nuts and started feeding like crazy. They seemed to really like the weight of the paper over them as they hid under it. Not sure about kingsnakes, but the difference with rosies was apparent.


   

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