Post by Formicalondon on Aug 19, 2006 14:19:02 GMT
During the week just gone I had the privilege of looking after my sister dog while she was in Spain. While walking him I came across this friendly little critter it’s a grass snake (Natrix natrix) a very young one to I found him while lifting a sheet of rubber in the search of ants.
Post by Formicalondon on Aug 19, 2006 14:29:45 GMT
I was going to let him go in the next few days I used to keep a Cali king snake so I have all the gear for keeping a snake. The trouble is grass snakes have special dietary requirements such live frogs and small fish and a snake so young to, it wouldn’t be easy to feed and I don’t think I could do that to a baby frog. I must admit that he is certainly more pleasant than a Californian king snake, which always bit me and craped all over me lol.
Post by Formicalondon on Aug 19, 2006 14:41:00 GMT
I have came across quite a few in my time always grass snakes though as there’s lot of wet swampy areas locally which this species thrive in I also have seen slowworms in some woodlands by some allotments they are actually legless lizards not snakes and there not exactly slow either.
Post by Formicalondon on Aug 19, 2006 14:46:55 GMT
yes I used to have lots of frozen pinkies (baby mice) for my kingsnake before he escaped he was on slighty large fuzzys (mice just started to get fur). but I think if I was to keep another reptile it would have to be either a lizard or Pacman frog.
We were down the "New Forest" in Hampshire, just walking about like you do, looking at Wood Ants I turned round and there was what looked like a wild lizard, he/she was sitting on a tree stump watching us. I was fast with the camera and managed to take a few shots, but then it zoomed off. I have never seen one since.
It just shows you, when you creep around the woods, to keep quiet and have plenty of patience, as you don't know what you will see. Also a camouflage jacket comes in handy, as it doesn't scare the wild life off the same.
How big was your king? My garter is over 2 feet now and is eating adult mice every 2 or so weeks without problems. Oh, fish isnt a problem, go to the pet store and buy some small feeder guppies or small goldfish. I have a large water bowl that is about 5-6 inches deep that I put a dozen or so fish into and he eats them when hes hungry. He gets to hunt live food and the supply can last weeks. dozen fish cost me like 2 dollars.
Post by Formicalondon on Aug 28, 2006 17:11:00 GMT
It was about 3 Ft but unfortunately a few years ago I was about 19 I had a really bad day my room was in the middle of being re floored and the snake escaped and I got into a punch up with my dad and kicked out the house and had to live with my sister for a while. It was just one of those days. I was looking after my sister’s dog a lot then too strange how there seems to be a connection with him and snakes. I have thought about maybe getting another snake preferably a nice corn snake one with that nice rust red colouring or even a small breed of python I have even taken a liking to horned frogs AKA pacman frogs.
I also have a Californian kingsnake (albino). She is very aggressive (even after 7 years!) and always tries to bite me . My other pets include a 4' cornsnake, 2x pueblan milksnakes, a carpet python and half a dozen tarantulas (including a goliath birdeater)