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RE: New to Pituophis

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Posted by: SnakeyLakey at Tue Jan 14 08:45:48 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by SnakeyLakey ]  
   

Hi,

I am no expert, since I have only had 2 Pits (both gopher snakes).

The first was my third snake, probably a Pacific Gopher snake, that I had (when I lived in California) during my teens (late 1960s or early 1970s). I did not keep Buzz very long, because s/he was one of the Pits with an attitude. (The second snake to bite me. {Mouse bites hurt much worse!})

The second is my current snake, a very nice and mellow Great Basin Gopher snake, that I caught on 18 May 2002 in town about 1 mile from my house, as the crow flies but slightly longer as the car drives.

I was at a yardsale when the snake crawled over the foot of the girl handling the money, giving her hysterics. I approached the snake, ascertained that s/he was a Gopher snake (and not a Rattlesnake), picked him/her up, and took the snake home, before they could kill him/her.

When first caught Go-Go was a bit hissy, but eventually settled down. Go-Go has grown from about 3-1/2 feet to about 4 feet long. I keep him/her in a 55 gallon acrylic tank. The only difficulty that I have, is that this snake is a very finicky eater; ate 2 mice a week ago.


   

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