Don't worry, the photo is deceiving. He was never more than six inches from my hand! I have another snake who tries to BOLT the second he touches the grass! Impossible to get an outdoor shot of him, he scares me as quickly as he moves. But Dexter either stayed still or moved toward me so I felt comfortable taking my hand away long enough to get a picture.Bountyhunter said:Watch out for Hawks!
Dexter is the smallest of three. He's a Florida kingsnake and is probably 24 inches long? About as big around as a quarter.Natalie said:Dexter looks big to me. Who does he eat for dinner? What kind of snake is he? Bet it felt good to have his belly in the grass. Have we seen your other snake Eddie? (shortened version of 20 questions)
Kingsnakes (and many other types of snakes) come in many, many different patterns and colors, depending on where they are from. And then breeders combine different looks to get even new colors. I guess it's like a Great Dane that can be blue merle, fawn, black or that black and white spotted kind. They are all shaped the same but just have different colors. Kingsnakes have generally the same body shape.Natalie said:Eddie, if Belle and Dexter are the same kind of snake how come they don't look the same? I assume they're kept in cages. How much trouble to keep the cages clean?
Good questions! We don't go away for longer than a week, but when we do go away we have a house/dog sitter who comes in and can make sure the water dishes are full, etc. The snakes can go weeks and weeks without eating, happens in the wild all the time. But ours are spoiled and get whatever they want.Natalie said:What about if you go away for longer than a week? Don't they feel penned up without much roaming room? Is that being mean to the snake for our own enjoyment? I noticed in the zoo that snakes that size are kept in smaller aquariums so must be okay. Wouldn't the two king snakes like to be together for company? I see one rock has water in it. What's in the taller rock?
Natalie, I never imagined myself as a snake person. Mostly because I didn't understand them. My wife wanted a lizard and we were at a reptile show finding one for her. When she saw me being curious about a snake, she basically made me pick one out! Watching Belle grow and hunt and eat and shed has been a really rewarding thing. And they sure are great conversation pieces!Natalie said:I had a strong interest in snakes when I was in middle school but that was a long time ago. You take good care of these guys. I can understand now that snakes don't suffer in captivity. They would be interesting to watch. Thanks for the education Eddie.
Well you know I love dogs, and dogs love you back. Snakes as pets are more than a curiousity or oddity, but certainly less than a dog.sheepdog said:I've learned a lot in this post...they're interestin' critters...just where do you scratch 'em when they roll on their back and put their .....scales....up in the air.....???