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 Need an ID on a neonate

My daughter rescued this teeny baby from some kids that were aggravating it. And when it calmed down in her hand, she decided to bring it home. So, far, I am leaning towards a Northern Water snake. Anyone else have a more experienced opinion than mine?


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Thanks all,
Rayna



08/25/08  07:49pm

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  Message To: Faery   In reference to Message Id: 1842452


 Need an ID on a neonate

yeah, a hatchling northern water
Do you need a care sheet?



08/26/08  07:45pm

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  Message To: Reptilefreak23   In reference to Message Id: 1843428


 Need an ID on a neonate

I have looked at the Care Sheets on RZ. If You have something else, then YES, please, I want it. Thanks
Rayna



08/27/08  01:50pm

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  Message To: Faery   In reference to Message Id: 1844155


 Need an ID on a neonate

yeah i have to agree it’s a northern.
i’ll give you the basics.

1.heating-are you using a uth or heat lamp?
heat lamps are better because these snakes are NOT nocturnal (diurnal).

2.substrate-i use aspen bedding but some people use a 50/50 mixture of organic potting soil and sand.
water snakes also enjoy live and fake plants.

3.hides-you should have at least 2 hides,one regular hide and one moist hide(hiding place with moist moss).maybe 3 hides if you put one of the regular ones near the heat lamp.
so you would have one regular hide close to the heat lamp,one regular hide in the cool spot of the cage,and a moist hide,wherever.

4.food- the most basic diet you can get that is healthy for a water snake is rosy red guppies and leopard/bull/chirping frogs.
i feed my adults twice a week.
you can get a wider variety by expanding to fish-scented mice,toads,native(legal) frogs,rosy reds, guppies,minnows,salt/fresh water mullet,etc. DO NOT ever feed GOLDFISH.

5.water- water bowl should be at least 3/4 the length of the snake so it can swim and chase prey in the water.clean out when dirty.

6.cage/aquarium/terrarium size-aquariums with a screened lid work best for water snakes. a northern water snake needs at least a 40 gallon tank when it is fully grown.

DO NOT make the cage all water! the snake will get a series of serious problems if you do.
water blisters are one.



08/31/08  09:07am

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  Message To: Gottee guy   In reference to Message Id: 1847659


 Need an ID on a neonate

Thank You VERY much. He has already eaten for us (6 minnows on Thursday)
Rayna



08/31/08  12:32pm


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