Well, after talking to some people locally, I decided to get a northern brown snake (DeKay's snake). Any advice? I was told to use aspen bedding for a hatchling. Could anyone confirm or refute the validity of that? I was also told to feed it a red worm 2 to 3 times a week and that these worms could be purchased from a bait and tackle type place. Should I worry about the quality of food from a tackle shop? Anything else I should feed? I read that they also eat soft-bodied insects. Are crickets considered soft-bodied? I thought most (all?) insects had exoskeletons, so I'm not sure what soft-bodied means.
I also keep reading that they often live in colonies. Is it best to get a few of these (as with rats), or are they best suited to living alone?

Thanks!
K

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Redworms are probably not the best choice, you may have to get regular earthworms, or even nightcrawlers if the snake is big enough for them. Cypress bedding is fine, as is most any other substrate that is suitable for small, secretive snakes. Any good care sheet should give you all the other info you need.
Roger
Redworms are probably not the best choice, you may have to get regular earthworms, or even nightcrawlers if the snake ... that is suitable for small, secretive snakes. Any good care sheet should give you all the other info you need.

does it need to be a care sheet specific to brown snakes, or will a more generalized one work? i haven't been able to find much info specific to brown snakes on the internet or in books. thanks for the help!
Use any online search for DeKay's Snake, or Brown Snake. Here is one site I found in a quick search..
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Storeria dekayi.html Good luck!
Roger
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Use any online search for DeKay's Snake, or Brown Snake. Here is one site I found in a quick search..

http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Storeria dekayi.html
Good luck! Roger[/nq]okay thanks. i guess i was looking for the wrong thing (like something with cage temps, housing needs, etc. rather than info on them in the wild, which can also be helpful). i did find this on a different search engine though: http://planet amy.tripod.com/swmhs/id23.html . not about /northern/ browns, but i figured it might be close enough. i just usually like to have a few sources to double check things.

i have a 10 gal aquarium to put mine in, which according to the above sheet is too large for one snake, but i suspect with hiding places and such, it'll be fine. mine sure doesn't move a whole lot when picked up. i hope that's okay. i kinda suspect that it is b/c they are supposed to be docile, but it does move a lot less than the corns and milksnakes i've handled.
K

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