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Old 09-16-03, 03:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up My Arizona Mt. Female Finally Ate! (And a Question)

At least, I'm reasonably sure she did.

I've owned her for about two months. Her boyfriend, Elvis, is one of the most outgoing snakes I've ever seen, and one of the most beautiful, as well.

Elvis, King of the Arizona Mountains...well, King of the 20-gallon terrarium.

His girlfriend, Akasha, on the other hand, is Queen of Hiding in the Sand...or aspen litter, as the case may be. For the past two months, she's hidden under the bowl on the cool side of the terrarium and I've pretty much left her alone. She seems so skittish. I've never even seen her out by herself.

Two days ago, I did see her out, so I took notice. She was shedding. And it wasn't going well. There were aberrant pieces stuck to her neck, sides, everywhere. I couldn't even define where the shedding process started and stopped. Bad shed. Bad, BAD shed. Prior to the process, I hadn't noticed an opaque phase. Of course, that could be because I mostly make sure she has water, is alive, and leave her alone.

An interesting fact: the fellow that sold me the pair told me the female was getting ready to shed. She hasn't until the ecdysis from hell two days ago.

I hope you guys don't yell at me for intervening again, but I did. She needed a good soaking and a peeling. For the first time, she bit me. Hell, I'd have bitten me, too. Poor snake.

During the past two months I've tried to feed her f/t mice, brained f/t mice, live hopper mice, everything I could think of. Tonight I decided that her shed might have booted her system. I decided to try a small brained f/t pinkie mouse. I warmed up, put it under her favorite hidey bowl and she ate it! Yes!

I just now tried it with two more pinkies. She's a big snake (maybe four feet), so one pinkie isn't a meal. Three pinkies would make a small meal for her. Just about right for kick-starting her system, I think. I really hope she eats them.

Question: how long after the opaque phase can a snake go without shedding its skin? She seemed normal to me, but could a stressor like moving to a new place, new surroundings, new movements, new elevation, etc. stop a shed in its tracks?

She's so skittish...I wonder. She's way more skittish than the milksnakes I have.

Akasha the female Arizona that is scaring me half to death by not eating:

|_ /\ |) `/ |-| /\ \/\/ |<

1.1 Arizona mountain kingsnakes (Chris Baubel and Gerold Merker)
1.1 Louisiana milksnakes (John Yurkovich)
1.2 Okeetee corns (Kathy Love)
1.1 albino Okeetee corns (Kathy Love)
1.0 hypo crimson corn (Kathy Love)
0.1 hypo corn / het for ghost (Kathy Love)
1.0 double-yellowheaded Amazon parrot

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