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Old 11-04-18, 10:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Learning how to care for a scarlet king snake

Today I found a scarlet king snake in my garden. To overcome my fear of these creepy creatures I captured it and made him a home. I lined it with Pete moss gave a little hiding home a watering spot and some branches to climb. Dose that sound like he will like that. I do not really know what to feed him. His head is so small that I doubt he can eat a mouse or lizard. Could I just grab a beatle or roach that she can eat. Also how can I sex the snake? Thank you for your time and any advice you can give me. I will release it if I feel she won't be properly cared for and happy.
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Old 11-09-18, 08:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Learning how to care for a scarlet king snake

Best bet honestly is to release it, wild caught animals are typically full of parasites and in small enclosures the numbers of those parasites increase, its awesome you have interest in it for sure, one of my favorites to! Best and cheapest way is to find a breeder and purchase an animal that's eating , vet costs alone for a wild caught will cost more than purchasing captive bred
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Best bet honestly is to release it, wild caught animals are typically full of parasites and in small enclosures the numbers of those parasites increase, its awesome you have interest in it for sure, one of my favorites to! Best and cheapest way is to find a breeder and purchase an animal that's eating , vet costs alone for a wild caught will cost more than purchasing captive bred
I agree. Release the snake.
If you're interested in snakes do some research and find a species that interests you the most. There are plenty of reputable breeders available who produce healthy, captive bred animals.
A wild caught snake is likely riddled with parasites and will make for a lousy experience for both you and the snake.
Not trying to be rude, but if you're talking about feeding a Kingsnake bugs you've got a lot to learn and aren't prepared to provide proper care for the snake.
Release the snake, do some homework and decide if keeping snakes is for you. It's a living creature and a 20+ year commitment.

It's cool that you've taken an interest, but keeping a wild caught animal that you don't know much about isn't a great way to start out in the hobby
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