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Old 20-02-2011, 01:10 PM
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I have a male corn (Amazon) who is 18 months old, I have been thinking about getting another corn and would like to have them in the same enclosure but I have no idea if that is a good or bad idea.

Would the age of the second snake effect Amazons reaction?

Please, I could really use some help.

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Old 20-02-2011, 01:14 PM
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can of worms...

you will get very varied resonses on this one... there are people on here who are very much against co-habiting but then there are others who will openly admit co-habiting..and others who do it but won't say cause they will get flamed! LOL

i do co-habit and have done for years...you have to be vigilant and know your snakes but i have not experienced any issues thus far!

i have two males in together and a trio of females...

ensure the new snake is of an equalish size too.

and don't forget to quarantine!
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It is advised not to cohabit but I have a few girls in together and they all seem fine and still feed well, if you were to do it you would need to get another male of the same size but you will also need another setup ready for if it dosen't work out, also I would suggest keeping them on their own to start with so you can see the new one is feeding well and to make sure it hasn't got anything that it might pass onto your other snake.

Do not get a female that isn't adult it will breed and there is the possibility she will become egg bound.

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It may be a bad idea, yes.

There are some folks who do successfully cohabit snakes, but you'll need to think about the following:

1. Do you have space and money for a second enclosure for the following reasons:
a. When you first get your new snake, you will need to house it separately to ensure it is healthy, feeding, pooing, growing and shedding correctly.
b. If you DO have problems, you'll need to be able to separate the snakes.
2. Your choice of sex is important:
a . Males *may* tussle in springtime or attempt to mate with each other, which can cause stress or damage.
b. A male may harass a female to breed, and if you don't intend to breed, having a female with him isn't fair on her, making her produce eggs you didn't want.
3. You'll have to be able to separate them to feed them.
4. Would you be able to recognise signs of stress or competition if you saw them?
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I keep my amel & snow corns together, both female, never had a problem.

Have to seperate to feed them tho.
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i co habit & have no problems. i seperate for feeding & only have the same sex & ages in together. we also have spare enclosures on standby just in case there are any problems.
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Thanks for the responces,

I will look into getting a second setup and finding a male corn that is around the same size as mine. Worse case scenario I will just have to keep them in seperate enclosures... I may wait a few months for my Amazon to grow a bit more before I try and add another snake. I want to make sure he can hold his own if he gets into a fight
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its is always a good idea to have a spare set-up on stand by just in case!
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I do have a 4ft vivarium that i got with the 2ft one my snake is currently in, its big but I think that would be fine as a back up, maybe even a good place to introduce two snakes as it is big enough for them not to be in eachothers way
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a 4ft would be fine for two corns!
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