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StuartLee
Posted: December 06, 2008 07:52 pm
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Im new to snake keeping but have kept lizards and spiders for many many years.

ATM I have a Carolina corn snake which is great and just gone onto fluffs, I have had him about 3 months and he is really nice and friendly. I was thinking of having another snake and liked the look of the Royal Python, I read they were pretty easy to keep and didnt grow "too" big. I went into the pet shop Friday to get my usual locusts, Crix and fuzzys and I spoke to the man who owns the shop, He has snakes, lizards and spiders but he dosent specialise in them. HE seems ok as I go in every week or so but he told me the Royals are hard to get to feed and go off there food really easy, He wasnt trying to sell me another snake so I wonder if any one can help out?

Are they fussy with food and are they easy to keep?


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Stu Mitchell
Posted: December 06, 2008 09:00 pm
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i know alot of people have had problems with them feeding,i believe this was with the WC mostly though.My 2 have never really had any problems feeding,they become easily stressed and liek to be left alone.Saying that mine are such placid and slow moving characters and are easily handled.Ive spoke to a few breeders before i got mine and they told me they are best kept in snake racks,dark and warm and on their own.Mine are intogether and do well like it.Couple days ago i did get tagged by one at feeding time but only got mistaken for food,still hurt alittle.

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Paul Maddison
Posted: December 09, 2008 11:20 am
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I've a juvenile male around the 18" mark , recently shed a couple of days ago

but mine is VERY fussy and hard to get to feed

as Stu has said they do prefer being left alone and in an enclosure with pleanty of places to hide

as royal's are nocturnal hunters


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StuartLee
Posted: December 09, 2008 07:04 pm
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Hmmm, shame cos I did like the look of them but I dont want a snake thats hard to keep.

Any other snakes anyone can recommend?


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Stu Mitchell
Posted: December 09, 2008 10:34 pm
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kimgs or milks.mine are alittle more high;y strung than my corns but i dont handle alot.Loadsa colours available also.A very nice snake that is to me underrated is the northern pine snake.Lovely snake and get a nice size,bout 6ft plus but not alot more.

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Damien
Posted: December 13, 2008 09:25 pm
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They can be a real pain in the sphincter to feed if they go off food.
They are a snake that lives in hides and burrows in the wild and personally if you want an easy snake then get a kingsnake or corn mate.


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Lynn Mawdesley
Posted: December 21, 2008 10:42 pm
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Hi there,
I personally would not say they are that hard to keep as i have a breeding pair and have sucessfully bred them.
Yes they can be fussy feeders ...my male 8 times out of 10 has to be assist fed which is by no means difficult and any good reptile shop would indeed show you how to do it.
They are very docile snakes ...tbh you have more chance been bit off a dog.
My advice is dont be put off because of the fact they are fussy feeders (not all of them are) just make sure you find a bloody decent reptile shop because alot of them out there will quite happily flog you ones that have not eaten for months!

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Posted: December 28, 2008 10:40 am
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Cheers for the help.


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Damien
Posted: January 10, 2009 12:55 am
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good luck with it all Pal


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Paul Maddison
Posted: January 11, 2009 08:58 pm
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a trick i use is to naturally defrost a mouse

then pour boiling water over it to heat it up, then i offer it to my python he usually takes it in the end

sometimes tho assist feeding is required


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