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Hey everyone,
this is my first post on here, so be nice! :p
My next door neighbour has 2 Corns, a Royal and a Dwarf Boa. I love going over & handling or helping him feed the snakes; it has really built up my interest in snakes. After I went to Painton Zoo with my Grandma as a child & I saw the HUGE Yellow Anaconda that was there I've always wanted a pet snake & always found all species fascinating!
I've been doing loads of research the past few weeks on snakes & I've finally won my mum over! She's letting me get a snake! Something I never thought of as remotely possible before! I've decided to get a Royal as my first snake as they are very docile and easy to care for, also they grow to a reasonable size. Once I'm more confident I'd definitely like to get more, I've been looking at maybe a Mexican Black Kingsnake and a Boa for a nice mixed bag of snakes. Green Tree Pythons I find incredibly beautiful but I understand you need quite a lot of experience to successfully own one & from what I've read they seem quite snappy, so more of a show pet?

I will be getting my Royal either next month or the month after, depending on what my financial situation is, I would prefer a female as they grow a little larger; I would call her Kali. It will be housed in a Rub until it's big enough to be moved into a 3 or 4 ft Viv, depending on how big it gets.

But here's the real problem, Royals live for 25+ years, I have just two years left at home before I'm going to Uni to study teaching for 4 years! I will try & get back every other weekend; my mum & neighbours are very willing to help if need be, but I have read a few posts where people have said they've taken a snake to Uni in a RUB & it's been very easy to hide. Does anyone have experience with this & could you tell me how you hid it or if it ever went wrong? For my first year I will be staying in halls, but for my second, third & fourth year I will be renting privately with friends & I will make sure it's a place where I can take my Royal. Is it hard to find a landlord that will allow you to bring a pet snake? & do you find most people are okay with snakes? Or will having a snake make it hard to find flat mates?

Any help is greatly appreciated! Sorry about the rant & thank you for reading it all! I hope to become an active member of the forum & make many friends :)

Shanice x
 

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Hi my son has just finished his firat year at Uni but he didnot take any snakes with him to halls as he would have been thrown out if they had been discovered.

He has got a house for his second year and the landlord says he can have 2 snakes in his bedroom as long as none of his house mates object.
 

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Hi my son has just finished his firat year at Uni but he didnot take any snakes with him to halls as he would have been thrown out if they had been discovered.

He has got a house for his second year and the landlord says he can have 2 snakes in his bedroom as long as none of his house mates object.
brilliant :) thank you, I think getting kicked out of uni is a massive risk, one I'm not so willing to take, but I don't want to rely on my neighbour if I can avoid it & I'm not sure my mum would be comfortable feeding it, I defiantly can't trust my brothers :/ Would it be okay to only feed my snake every other weekend at two years old? Sorry if I sound naive and not prepared to own a snake, but royals are known to be fussy eaters & I really don't know what my mum would do if my Royal stopped eating, I know it would worry me like crazy! My neighbour had to force feed his female Royal the first few times as she just wouldn't eat, also I'm planning to handle it as much as it's comfortable with & hoping it will become super tame, obviously you can't train a snake like you can a dog, but with me gone for weeks at a time & no one at home to handle it, will it get bored or even become a little aggressive?
thank you for your help!
 

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If your Royal is not a fussy feeder I would imagine that by 2 years old it would be eating small - medium rats (thats what my 2 royals are on now and they are about 2) so feeding a meal that size every 14 days would be fine in my opinion. I feed mine every 10 to 14 days.
 

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If your Royal is not a fussy feeder I would imagine that by 2 years old it would be eating small - medium rats (thats what my 2 royals are on now and they are about 2) so feeding a meal that size every 14 days would be fine in my opinion. I feed mine every 10 to 14 days.
that's brilliant news! thank you so much for your help! I know it's a long way away but it's made me so much more relaxed about the whole situation.

ps. I hope I don't sound like too much of a N00b! :p
 

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you will be able to pull it off dont worry. All my snakes do better in rubs than vivs. My landlord has a strict no pet policy. I breed corns and im building a collection of royals too. Plus the mice rack... oh and the rat rack.. oh and the bearded dragon.. Wouldnt recommend taking them to halls but a house without telling anyone.. sure. Stick to the rule though never tell anyone your living with otherwise they have one over you if you fall out..
 

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with regards to your future snakes the green tree python is a display animal most people will never handle it as they are just too aggressive and fragile its just something to look at :) royal is a good choice as long as you understand they go on hunger strikes etc
 

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As regards permison of your landlord. inform them of your plans most wont mind as reps wont damage property, if you dont tell them you will be breaking your tenancy agreement thus liable to eviction with no notice: victory:
 

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you will be able to pull it off dont worry. All my snakes do better in rubs than vivs. My landlord has a strict no pet policy. I breed corns and im building a collection of royals too. Plus the mice rack... oh and the rat rack.. oh and the bearded dragon.. Wouldnt recommend taking them to halls but a house without telling anyone.. sure. Stick to the rule though never tell anyone your living with otherwise they have one over you if you fall out..
thank you! I feel quite a bit more confident now :D Still won't be happy to leave it behind, but needs must.

with regards to your future snakes the green tree python is a display animal most people will never handle it as they are just too aggressive and fragile its just something to look at :) royal is a good choice as long as you understand they go on hunger strikes etc
I thought as much, I'm thinking a 3 tier viv stack with my Royal, a Kingsnake & a medium sized boa, like a Brazilian Rainbow Boa or something & if I find another nice looking snake, maybe a Royal Morph or an Albino Corn, I can just keep adding to it :D
 

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As regards permison of your landlord. inform them of your plans most wont mind as reps wont damage property, if you dont tell them you will be breaking your tenancy agreement thus liable to eviction with no notice: victory:
Yes, I would defiantly tell them as I would much rather have my snake in a viv than a RUB hidden in a closet or something, I'll just have to find the right house mates!
 

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thank you! I feel quite a bit more confident now :D Still won't be happy to leave it behind, but needs must.

I thought as much, I'm thinking a 3 tier viv stack with my Royal, a Kingsnake & a medium sized boa, like a Brazilian Rainbow Boa or something & if I find another nice looking snake, maybe a Royal Morph or an Albino Corn, I can just keep adding to it :D
Additional snakes after the first step to purchase your first is a dead cert.. and more than likely less than a year after the first. In fact i would put money on it,..
 

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Additional snakes after the first step to purchase your first is a dead cert.. and more than likely less than a year after the first. In fact i would put money on it,..
I'm defiantly going to try & convince my mum into letting me have a Mexican Black Kingsnake as soon as I'm super confident with my Royal, I understand they can be a little nippy, but I'm hoping if I handle it enough it will grow confident enough not to bite me! Either that or an Albino Corn, I saw both in my local reptile shop, the Kingsnake was an adult & he didn't look too happy! So I stayed away from him, the Albino Corns were juveniles though & they looked really quite chunky! I really love the colour of them :) Do you have snakes? & if so which did you start off with?
 

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My advice would be to wait until the end of first year. If you are anything like most of the people at uni you will be going clubbing a lot, drinking, socialising and generally only using your room as a base for partying (I just studied hard :whistling2:)... The truth is, halls isn't a good place for snakes, or any pet really for that matter. You will be living with strangers and trust me you do get more than one awkward person knocking about and the sight of defrosting rats etc is enough to get you in trouble...

By second year you will have established a group of friends and a routine with your uni work, this would be a much better time to get the snake IMHO. This is what I did - I informed my housemates I was getting a snake (a little Cali King) and they were fine with it so I went ahead. The landlord didn't care because he was small and didn't make noise / mess etc... I have been in a lot of different houses over the last 5 years (5 to be precise) and have acquired quite a few snakes as well, and every landlord has been fine about the snakes when I tell them, even thought the contract states 'no pets' -BE HONEST, you will be surprised - if you are about to sign the contract and say 'hold on Ive got some snakes is that an issue?' they will say yes as they want to seal the deal. If they say no, find another landlord / agent simple!

you will be able to pull it off dont worry. All my snakes do better in rubs than vivs. My landlord has a strict no pet policy. I breed corns and im building a collection of royals too. Plus the mice rack... oh and the rat rack.. oh and the bearded dragon.. Wouldnt recommend taking them to halls but a house without telling anyone.. sure. Stick to the rule though never tell anyone your living with otherwise they have one over you if you fall out..
Sounds like a risky game there! You should try my technique : victory:
 

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As primal urges, ive never had a problem keeping snakes in rental accom. but i definetly wouldnt advise keeping them in halls of residence! My flatmates loved my big boa last year, tbh i think she was more popular than me! (my profile pic is one my ex flatmate took of me with her actually..). But yer just tell the landlord and 90% of the time they're not bothered if your flatmates arnt. Although when i go back to uni next year to top-up my degree i probably wont take most of my reptiles with me, simply because of space issues, luckily i have a brother who works in aquatics and has a fair few reps who can look after them, and the rock will probably go on loan to someone as shes the only thing he probly cant handle (its only 7 months in fairness so hardly that long).
 

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My advice would be to wait until the end of first year. If you are anything like most of the people at uni you will be going clubbing a lot, drinking, socialising and generally only using your room as a base for partying (I just studied hard :whistling2:)... The truth is, halls isn't a good place for snakes, or any pet really for that matter. You will be living with strangers and trust me you do get more than one awkward person knocking about and the sight of defrosting rats etc is enough to get you in trouble...
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i've got two years before uni, are you asking me to wait for 3 years to buy my first snake! By the sounds of things it'll be fine at home while i'm at uni, it will be 2 by then & as my uni isn't that far away, i'll be back every other weekend. my mum is fine with reptiles (she has her own sulcata tortoise) so she will be able to spot clean while i'm away & fill it's water bowl, hopefully handle it too. I'll keep it home for the first year & take it with me the second, third & fourth year. As for partying... I very rarely drink, it doesn't agree with me. I might go out socially, but i'm not going to be out every weekend throwing up/passing out in the bushes on my way home ;)

As primal urges, ive never had a problem keeping snakes in rental accom. but i definetly wouldnt advise keeping them in halls of residence! My flatmates loved my big boa last year, tbh i think she was more popular than me! (my profile pic is one my ex flatmate took of me with her actually..). But yer just tell the landlord and 90% of the time they're not bothered if your flatmates arnt. Although when i go back to uni next year to top-up my degree i probably wont take most of my reptiles with me, simply because of space issues, luckily i have a brother who works in aquatics and has a fair few reps who can look after them, and the rock will probably go on loan to someone as shes the only thing he probly cant handle (its only 7 months in fairness so hardly that long).
Okay, so no taking it in the first year :) I got that ;) I can't wait to get my snake or to go to uni tbh, it's a long way away... a lot can happen in two years :) thanks for all the help thought ^_^ x
 

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i've got two years before uni, are you asking me to wait for 3 years to buy my first snake! By the sounds of things it'll be fine at home while i'm at uni, it will be 2 by then & as my uni isn't that far away, i'll be back every other weekend. my mum is fine with reptiles (she has her own sulcata tortoise) so she will be able to spot clean while i'm away & fill it's water bowl, hopefully handle it too. I'll keep it home for the first year & take it with me the second, third & fourth year. As for partying... I very rarely drink, it doesn't agree with me. I might go out socially, but i'm not going to be out every weekend throwing up/passing out in the bushes on my way home ;)
Yeah what ever :lol2: Nope I'm not asking you to do anything, if your mum doesn't mind looking after them then you're laughing! : victory:
 

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i've got two years before uni, are you asking me to wait for 3 years to buy my first snake! By the sounds of things it'll be fine at home while i'm at uni, it will be 2 by then & as my uni isn't that far away, i'll be back every other weekend. my mum is fine with reptiles (she has her own sulcata tortoise) so she will be able to spot clean while i'm away & fill it's water bowl, hopefully handle it too. I'll keep it home for the first year & take it with me the second, third & fourth year. As for partying... I very rarely drink, it doesn't agree with me. I might go out socially, but i'm not going to be out every weekend throwing up/passing out in the bushes on my way home ;)



Okay, so no taking it in the first year :) I got that ;) I can't wait to get my snake or to go to uni tbh, it's a long way away... a lot can happen in two years :) thanks for all the help thought ^_^ x
I've just finished my first year at uni, and kept a snake there from January. I think the only way I got away with it was because at the uni I went to, they only did room inspections about 3 times a year, you were told when these were, and staff weren't allowed to enter your room without prior notice. So was all good there. I also knew someone nearby who said they'd look after my snake for a while if I needed to, so that was a little back up plan. Food was kept on my shelf in the freezer in one of those silver take away tray things, so no reason for anyone to think it looked suspicious lol.
 

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If you only have the one snake, (or two) it probably wont be that bad. The problem comes when you have as many snakes as i do and the size/venom of a few. I plan to go to uni in September but finding a place to rent is neigh on impossible not to mention expensive! I refuse to 'get rid' as i made a commitment years ago. My uni told me that one or two small specimens in halls shouldn't be a major but i don't fall into that category and understandably venom is a complete no-no. :(
 

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If you only have the one snake, (or two) it probably wont be that bad. The problem comes when you have as many snakes as i do and the size/venom of a few. I plan to go to uni in September but finding a place to rent is neigh on impossible not to mention expensive! I refuse to 'get rid' as i made a commitment years ago. My uni told me that one or two small specimens in halls shouldn't be a major but i don't fall into that category and understandably venom is a complete no-no. :(
Yeah I think 38 BCI might be a bit much for halls! :roll2:
 

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I've just finished my first year at uni, and kept a snake there from January. I think the only way I got away with it was because at the uni I went to, they only did room inspections about 3 times a year, you were told when these were, and staff weren't allowed to enter your room without prior notice. So was all good there. I also knew someone nearby who said they'd look after my snake for a while if I needed to, so that was a little back up plan. Food was kept on my shelf in the freezer in one of those silver take away tray things, so no reason for anyone to think it looked suspicious lol.
I want to go to UWE in Bristol & I think it's pretty much the same there, where did you hide it when they did come to inspect your room?

If you only have the one snake, (or two) it probably wont be that bad. The problem comes when you have as many snakes as i do and the size/venom of a few. I plan to go to uni in September but finding a place to rent is neigh on impossible not to mention expensive! I refuse to 'get rid' as i made a commitment years ago. My uni told me that one or two small specimens in halls shouldn't be a major but i don't fall into that category and understandably venom is a complete no-no. :(
that's awesome, i'll make sure to ask then, just in case i'm allowed.
 
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