Re: Storeria dekayi/Dekay's Brown Snake Availability
Lots of good advice already, but I'm going to give you another suggestion...
Don't rule out snakes that eat rodents. I keep tarantulas, and I've kept mantises. I've kept all sorts of lizards and other insect eaters. Feeding one frozen thawed rodent once every week or two is SO much easier than dealing with insects.
I don't mind the tarantulas because they eat so little, but once we sell off all my daughter's leos, I'm not interested in ever having anything again that eats insects daily. This will be the second, and last time that I've made this decision.
Anyway, snakes are easy. If you're interested in Dekay's, get a garter. There are some truly beautiful garters out there.
“...the old ones ... knew in their bones... that death exists, that all life kills to eat, that all lives end, that energy goes on. They knew that humans are participants, not spectators.” -- Stephen Bodio, On the Edge of the Wild