He has developed some creases in his sides. Under the part of his body where the creases formed he feels "mushy" or fat. The creases appeared after the last shed and cover his middle and lower body for about a foot, one crease about every inch.
I assumed this is probably obesity. I assumed the creases formed when he coiled up in his, um, slightly rotund condition.
At one point I did probably feed him too much, but decided to back off to two mice every two weeks because it seemed like he was gaining weight.
He has a grapevine to climb in his cage, but much prefers to hide under the water bowl. He doesn't spend much time on the side of his cage that is heated, so his metabolism is probably really slow. (He has a log to hide under on that side, but rarely spends time there.) I've been thinking about increasing the heat a bit to increase his metabolism.
NOTE: I had an interest in snakes when I was a teenager, but this is the first time I've ever tried to keep them long term. I want to do right by them. I'm finding that the biggest obstacle is learning to understand that they do everything more slowly. My baby corn snakes are taking awhile to calm down. My large male Arizona took awhile to get fat (if that's what is happening to him). It will take awhile for him to lose the weight.
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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
Last edited by Ladyhawk; 10-08-03 at 05:43 PM..