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    Newborn Snakes

    Okay... Newborn - youngster CB snakes get pinkies served on a silver platter. Easy as pie, right?

    In the wild, are there that many pinkies available? Does anyone know what young snakes eat in the wild? How often do you think they eat? Surely they don't eat the regular "once a week" meal we offer them, right?

    And, if a young snake were to come across mice young enough to eat, wouldn't the mother have him for a snack, or at the least kill him out of protection? Or are they naturally afraid of snakes regardless of size?


    All my years of keeping snakes and I have never known the answer to this.



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    Knox, I can answer some of that for you, Sean brought home a hatchling ground snake. This is smaller than any of our baby corns. Maybe 8" long and size of 3 uncooked spaghetti in a bundle around. He will only eat worms, we have tried crickets, mealworm, superworm and Sunday we tried a tiny, tiny pinkie. It will not eat anything except for tiny worms.
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    The area I live in has a lot of corn snakes and copperheads, I was told that they have a very wide ranging diet by a friend of mine that works for snake chasers. He has seen them eat everything from palmetto bugs (red flying roaches), to anoles, to small rodents, and even the occasional fresh hatched baby bird. In this area, I am sure they are eating anoles like they are going out of style, the little lizards are everywhere.

    I had the same question, and some of the live lab TA's (grad students) have said that they rarely eat on a regular diet and eat basically anything that suits them when it is available. I guess it is a beggers can't be choosers situation.

    The boas and other rainforest dwellers I'm sure are eating small lizards and rodents. They are so plentiful around there.
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    It really depends on the species. Many baby snakes begin on small lizards and amphibians or baby birds or pinkie rodents. They are opportunistic feeders and rarely have the luxury of weekly feedings. If they come on a bonanza of say a nest of pinkies, they will gorge themselves on as much as they can eat. Of course it may be a while before they find such a feast again. Thats the advantage of not having to eat regularly.
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    I guess I am specifically thinking of a forest colubrid such as king or corn... Thanks for the replies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin
    Our snakes don't know how good they have it!
    That's for sure!
    ~Juliane~
    0.1.0 Bearded Dragon, Macha
    1.0.0 Demon Spawn...uh, cat, Oberon
    0.1.0 senile Spaniel mix, Daisy
    1.0.0 Babylonian god, er, ferret, Pazuzu

    Still missing my snakes...
    0.1.0 Childrens Python, Ky-Lin (my avatar)
    1.0.0 Okeetee Corn Snake, Jack
    0.1.0 Normal Corn Snake, Sally
    0.0.1 Anerythristic Type A Corn Snake, Spectre

    Wishing for another Childrens Python...maybe hubby will change his mind someday?


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    Many colubrids start out preying on reptiles and amphibians and progress up as they grow. Thats why some people have problems getting certain species to switch over to domestic mice as a feeder.
    And the rise of products such as lizard maker spray to make a mouse smell like a lizard.
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