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Old 05-14-18, 04:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
Join Date: Dec-2017
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Re: Corn snake pooping a lot

Welcome to the forum and the wonderful world of snake keeping!!

Ziggy is pretty spot on. Your snake is still nervous when being handled and musking. Besides fleeing and biting, these guys can't do much else to defend themselves. So, when frightened, they will musk in hopes that the smell will deter predators. They may also rattle their tails to give the audio illusion that they're a dangerous species to ward off predators.
Both of these behaviors are perfectly normal and are typically outgrown pretty quickly.

Also, Ziggy mentioned holding off from handling new critters. I advocate for this 1000% as well. I personally advise new keepers to let their snake get three consecutive meals without refusal before handling. This allows the animal to acclimate to new surroundings and feel comfortable. I know it's tempting to want to hold your new pet, but you'll have 20 years for that, so it's best to let the little guy settle in.

Good luck and feel free to ask any questions you may have!
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