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Old 03-04-2007, 09:18 PM
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Do snakes carry on growing during their entire lifespan like trees or do they stop when they reach adulthood like... er... hamsters? :icon_redface:

Also, are male and female corn snakes similar sized or do they grow to different sizes?

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Old 03-04-2007, 09:34 PM
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no, they are what you call, i can't think of the term, but are like fish, will keep growing thoughout life, but they do slow down as they get older.
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yeah, as habu said, they keep going, i read somewhere that towards the end of their lives its something like 1cm every 5years or similar
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:37 PM
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snakes never stop growing I think once they get to mature adult size the growth may slow down but never really stops as they shed yearly they then grow same way a spider or scorpion does. Not sure if same goes for lizards
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no, they are what you call, i can't think of the term, but are like fish, will keep growing thoughout life, but they do slow down as they get older.
Spot on Habu.

As for your other question, females do grow larger than males
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Thanks everybody!

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As for your other question, females do grow larger than males
can't say i've ever noticed?
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can't say i've ever noticed?
Most of my fully grown snakes the females do grow bigger than males. And they aren't much bigger, only by a foot or so, not like retics where males are 12 foot average and females are 18 foot average.
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i made a reply and it ended up in another thread???

here it was..

lol, well i'll put my hand up and say.. i never knew this!!!!! very interesting info..

i have noticed our royal oldest get longer but nut by a lot.. she's nearly 5 foot after measuring just a couple of day ago.. and thats a few inches since i last measured (probably nearly 5 years ago.. )
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Most of my fully grown snakes the females do grow bigger than males. And they aren't much bigger, only by a foot or so, not like retics where males are 12 foot average and females are 18 foot average.
are you sure? that, i belive is the size for burms, retics can get alot bigger, from what i have read females are about 20-24 foot, and males about 18-20 foot.

unless you are talking dwarfs?
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