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Old 10-27-03, 01:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Whats your opinion

I have been looking around for something for the front of my enclosures. And i have found something that might work for people that have snakes that strike at the glass of your enclosures. I got some window tint that you can only see in one way. So i was thinking that if i tinted the glass of my enclosures that the snake would not see me and strike but i could still see them. And i thought with the snake not seeing me might not stress them when i am in the reptile room.

The tint i have i got at canadian tire for like $15 and will stick to plexi glass
Not all snakes strike at people in there enclosures but some do and this might help.
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Old 10-27-03, 01:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think it would depend greatly on the species of snake..

I don't know much about captive behavior of anything other than Ball Pyhons but I do know that several species of Lizars will even have a go at their own reflection in a water dish.

If it's truly a 'one way' tint that means it's likely mirrored on the other side. Could be stressing the snake out more than it is now if it has to look at what it may perceive as another snake in it's territory all the time... Again totally depends on the breeds involved. I would think a light cloth over the front of the cage would work as well but not look as cool.
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I know the glass you are thinking of were it is a mirror on the outside. But this is car window tint and i don't think it would be like a mirror on the one side but i have not tried it so you could be right. I will try it on a small chunk of glass to see what it is like very good point thanks.

And the snakes i would use this for would be Retics.

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Widow tint scratches very easily. Anyone who has thrown snowboards into a vechicle finds that out the hard way!
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Old 10-27-03, 02:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey Brandon,

I would agree with Slannesh. Just curious. Is the "striker" snake located in a high traffic area of the house? the reason I ask, I have a Hypo Brooksi Florida King that exhibited the same sort of behaviour. Now this guy was in a decent tank setup located in a high traffic area but stuffed in a small corner of a room (divider wall between kitchen and diningroom, typical townhome layout - livingroom at the front of the house, then dining room then kitchen at the back of house).

You could pass by the tank from either side (when coming out of the kitchen) but from one approach,he would see you coming, where the other approach, he had no warning. Approaching from the blind side always brought on a defensive stance and a stiking at the glass.

Hope that made sense

Anyhow I moved the tank to the opposite wall, where there were no blind spots and he calmed right down. He could see us coming now from virtually all angles.

I also had a Lavender Banana King that exhibited a striking behaviour when in his feed tub. The cause? Light coming in from the window would create shadows on one side of the box when placed on the coffee table for feeding. Any motion outside of the box would create these moving shadows on one side of the feed box and he would strike at them without fail. We quickly learned to close the blinds and the problem went away.

I don't know if this will help in your situation, just some thoughts.

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LOL....Tim and Julie But i was thinking of putting it on the outside. And i dont think my snake would throw a snowboard into the window....lol

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That sound like a idea Jim, the snake is in a enclosure beside my pc. And he only see's me when i walk to the pc or from the pc.

So i will try what you said and see how that works
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