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Old 10-07-2009, 03:49 PM
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Right im hoping to get a milk snake soon... i have a few questions first though

- is a 32l rub big enough for a baby....and what size rub for an adult?
- how exactly do you feed it? tweezers or something?

and thats about it really...i've done a fair bit of research. of course any additional info/advice would be apreciated as its my first snake.
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Right im hoping to get a milk snake soon... i have a few questions first though

- is a 32l rub big enough for a baby....and what size rub for an adult?
- how exactly do you feed it? tweezers or something?

and thats about it really...i've done a fair bit of research. of course any additional info/advice would be apreciated as its my first snake.
Thanks in advance
Hi, a 32rub is far too big for a hatchling, a 9 litre max would be more than big enough for it. If you put it in a 32l one, you'll just spend ages looking for it as it'll spend all day hiding.

Which milk are you planning on getting ?
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Just to pre warn you they are extremely fast and if you move your eyes away for one second they will be gone out of sight before you realise so dont keep the lid off and look away.

That rub is far too big also as above a 9ltr is more than enough

Use aspen as bedding or kitchen towel.

You dont know how to feed a snake? how much have you researched before you get it? You need to feed using long tongs and if possible encourage the snake to strike feed.
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Just to pre warn you they are extremely fast and if you move your eyes away for one second they will be gone out of sight before you realise so dont keep the lid off and look away.

That rub is far too big also as above a 9ltr is more than enough

Use aspen as bedding or kitchen towel.

You dont know how to feed a snake? how much have you researched before you get it? You need to feed using long tongs and if possible encourage the snake to strike feed.
Okay i know that they are really fast and i'll get a smaller rub then

I'm not getting it for a fair while yet...i heard conflicting ways of feeding them off people i know who have snakes so thought i better check. I might get an older snake anyway not a baby. I wasn't sure whether it would strike feed or be tweezer fed... I've fed 100's of baby corns before when i was on work experience so i'm not a total novice

i will use aspen shaving as substrate...so it can burrow
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Which milk are you planning on getting ?
I was looking at a Sinaloan or a nelsons one because they're not as heavy bodied as the pueblan or mexican ones...
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Hi, my O/H bought a baby milk for her sister, it went strait into a 24"x18" viv, not sure what all the "it will hide" thing is all about, that'a all snakes do, hide?

You can put it in whatever size box you like, so long as there is sufficient hiding places, and as you have already said, Aspen makes one big hide

Tongue feeding is good, but as you have already been feeding corn snakes, then you should be a pro at it

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Hi, my O/H bought a baby milk for her sister, it went strait into a 24"x18" viv, not sure what all the "it will hide" thing is all about, that'a all snakes do, hide?

You can put it in whatever size box you like, so long as there is sufficient hiding places, and as you have already said, Aspen makes one big hide

Tongue feeding is good, but as you have already been feeding corn snakes, then you should be a pro at it

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Thanks for that some helpful info

i guess snakes do do a lot of hiding...but i've told my mum i need one as im going to be a herp vet...so need experience with snakes as well as lizards....its a good excuse and it worked

im going to pit it in a rub while its little if i get a baby and if i get an older one its going to go into a 2ft viv until it outgrows that then i will get a 3ft viv sorted

tweezer feeding it is then....simple

oh one last thing....my local rep shop doesn't sell aspen...where can i get it from?

Thanks very much
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Why not just put the pinky in when the light fades and wait for it to find it? I wouldnt mess about offering food on tweezers or getting it to strike.
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Thanks for that some helpful info

i guess snakes do do a lot of hiding...but i've told my mum i need one as im going to be a herp vet...so need experience with snakes as well as lizards....its a good excuse and it worked

im going to pit it in a rub while its little if i get a baby and if i get an older one its going to go into a 2ft viv until it outgrows that then i will get a 3ft viv sorted

tweezer feeding it is then....simple

oh one last thing....my local rep shop doesn't sell aspen...where can i get it from?

Thanks very much
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Good luck with the vocation, how old are you? check out Durrell wildlife trust, they do student ships, if you want a bit of herping experience, you could do worse

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Just to pre warn you they are extremely fast and if you move your eyes away for one second they will be gone out of sight before you realise so dont keep the lid off and look away.

That rub is far too big also as above a 9ltr is more than enough

Use aspen as bedding or kitchen towel.

You dont know how to feed a snake? how much have you researched before you get it? You need to feed using long tongs and if possible encourage the snake to strike feed.

i wouldnt agree with that

i had feed my 2 and have no problems. also strike feeding isnt a must i mean as long as the snake its what does it matter. long tongs are a good idea for a snake that is a fussy eater but a waste of money other wise if you ask me
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