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My Lovely Bloodred Corn Isabella

Discussion in 'Corn Snakes' started by carnagerahl07, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. carnagerahl07

    carnagerahl07 Active Member

    well ****...can't trust anything these days lol. so does anyone have an idea of what cedar smell like because she's been living in this substrate for about two months going on the 20th and all i get is the normal wood smell from the stuff.

    and another thing...she's only shed once since she's been with me...shouldn't it be a bit more frequent than that or am i mistaken?
     
  2. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Thats one of the pet business's problems. There really is no control over truth in labeling the way there is with human products.

    Cedar will have a very definate aromatic scent. That is what causes the problem. The aromatic resins in the wood.

    The only "Tropical Substrate" I know of is by ExoTerra and it has a frog on the package. Do you know the brand of the stuff you are using. It should say on the bag what the material is.

    As for shedding, it depends on how fast the snake is growing and is not on a set timetable.
    Looking at your join date I would expect a shed any time now.
     
  3. carnagerahl07

    carnagerahl07 Active Member

    that's the exact brand I have...I recently threw the bag away so I don't even have a picture for you. I was planning on buying more this friday but I was going to make sure I got the right substrate by finding out from you guys lol.

    she shed her old skin a week or so just before I found this place...*I was trying to find a good forum while that was going on*
     
  4. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    That product is compressed coco husks and is usually used for higher humidity environments but I don't know why it would not be fine to use for your corn.
    Just make sure that you don't keep it too wet.
     
  5. carnagerahl07

    carnagerahl07 Active Member

    I only spray just once a week to keep the humidity between 45 and 55%*at least that's how my thermometer reads it. haven't quite found out how to read the percentages yet*
     
  6. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    What do you mean by "haven't quite found out how to read the percentages yet"?
    And a thermometer doesn't register humidity, only temperatures.
    Do you possibly have a thermometer/hygrometer combination?
     
  7. carnagerahl07

    carnagerahl07 Active Member

    I mean what temperature the humidity is at. humidity has a temperature too, I'm trying to find out how to read that aspect from that.

    that's exactly what it is.
     
  8. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Humidity is telling you how much moisture is in the air, not a temperature. Two completely different things. But the percentage level is what you need to read.
    Is that what you are having confusion about?

    One other thing. Is the base of the unit inside or outside the enclosure since the humidity is read on the base unit. If it is outside the enclosure the reading you are getting is that of the room itself, not inside the enclosure.
     
  9. carnagerahl07

    carnagerahl07 Active Member

    I guess I had it confused then...whoops ^.^;

    its inside the tank on the hot side.

    and you were right before about her getting ready to shed. she's doing her hiding thing, which I've noticed she's only done once before. so I'm going to have to mist twice a week

    should I give her something tall to climb on or does anything with a relatively medium height pass for a climbing structure? she has this sudden fetish for moving up the side of the enclosure
     
  10. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Pretty much all snakes do that.
    She is looking for an escape route.
    And as for misting, try hitting inside her hide pretty heavy.
     
  11. carnagerahl07

    carnagerahl07 Active Member

    already done :D thanks for your time and help...this is really out of my expertise seeing as I've only had cats till now heh
     
  12. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    It is a different world! And quite a learning experience!
    But before you know it, you will be the one giving advice to the newbies!;)
     
  13. carnagerahl07

    carnagerahl07 Active Member

    yeah i get the feeling until i've had her once she's an adult... i'm still a newb lol
     
  14. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    Been caring for reptiles for years, and I still feel like a newb sometimes. Learning is a never-ending process.
     
  15. carnagerahl07

    carnagerahl07 Active Member

    I think it has something to do with the fact that they have different mannerisms than mammals and they don't have an expression we can follow up on lol
     
  16. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    that and the simple variety - no approach works for every reptile. Each new reptile, you have to learn a new species. A cat is a cat is a cat no matter how many you have. A snake is a corn, is a BP, is a BRB, and all require different care.

    What can I say though? knowledge is addictive to me.
     
  17. carnagerahl07

    carnagerahl07 Active Member

    I see...well I know one thing about snakes or at least one in particular....never put a king snake in a cage with another snake....you will be down to one lol
     
  18. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    yep. That's what I'm always telling the kids at work - any snake with the name KING in it's name (including king cobras) is usually a specialist ophiophage (snake-eater).

    On an interesting note, many kingsnakes are immune to the venom of snakes found in the same region.

    There are a few universal principles, but not many.
     
  19. carnagerahl07

    carnagerahl07 Active Member

    how can they be immune to the others? what makes them so special?
     
  20. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    That's a question for someone who knows more than I do, lol.
     

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