I've been absent from this NG for a while. I've had some big projects at work and reading usenet got pushed off the end of list of activities. Plus the "free" usenet service offered by SBC was acting flaky, so I've switched to a service with a small fee, and it's been very reliable so far.

Having skimmed through the messages to get caught up, a few things stood out: Bill, congratulations on receiving your check, after the long wait! Chloe, I'm glad to hear you are doing well. Chaos, I'm sorry to hear about Atilla, but I'm glad that you have a new job with decent pay and interesting responsibilities. Fr0glet, I'm glad your job is going well, and that you received a metric load of beardies! Barbara, count me as a member of the club (I promise not to use your name in the subject line Emotion: smile

My daughter and I now have a corn snake. This is our first snake, and we made a good choice. He is hypomelanistic, and very beautiful (pictures will be posted soon). We've had him for about three weeks, and he's eaten f/t twice. He knows just what to do; I don't have to wiggle the mouse or anything. Watching him eat is amazing.
Can anyone recommend a way to lock the screen top of the 20 gal enclosure the corn snake is in? Right now I'm using duct tape - it's very secure but kind of a pain.
Also, my daughter wants to bring the snake in for show and tell; I thought I might take a half day off of work to do that, but I need to learn more first. Does anyone have suggestions? Fr0glet, I know you have done reptile demonstrations to groups before.
Thanks,

Bruce Webber
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I've been absent from this NG for a while. Having skimmed through the messages to get caught up, a few things stood out: Bill, congratulations on receiving your check, after the long wait!

Thanks Bruce, and it came just in time for the Dixie Reptile Exhibit this month. :-)
Can anyone recommend a way to lock the screen top of the 20 gal enclosure the corn snake is in? Right now I'm using duct tape - it's very secure but kind of a pain.

I use bungee cords on some of my enclosures.

Bill,
Madness takes it's toll Please have exact change.
My daughter and I now have a corn snake. This is our first snake, and we made a good choice. ... He knows just what to do; I don't have to wiggle the mouse or anything. Watching him eat is amazing.

Excellent to read!! I'm sure your daughter will take great care of him, too, sharp little thing that she is...
Can anyone recommend a way to lock the screen top of the 20 gal enclosure the corn snake is in? Right now I'm using duct tape - it's very secure but kind of a pain.

A strap that goes all the way around the cage and buckles down tight, bungee cords, cheapo locking clamps sold at pet stores, hand clamps sold at hardware stores, or buy a new cage... Emotion: smile
Also, my daughter wants to bring the snake in for show and tell; I thought I might take a half ... need to learn more first. Does anyone have suggestions? Fr0glet, I know you have done reptile demonstrations to groups before.

Easy stuff!
Lay down ground rules when you start - esp. safe handling, don't waggle fingers in front of his face, wash before (no food smells) and wash after (salmonella), don't restrain. Bring sanitizing alcohol hand gel with you. Let her discussion of corn snakes be where they are found, why they're called corn snakes (one of two prevailing theories), how big they get, what they eat and all the reasons why we choose to feed frozen/thawed rodents, then if you all feel comfortable (and its allowed) start a handling session, though that might take too much of show-and-tell time because I bet almost all the kids would want to hold it for a minute or two!

Good to see you back, Bruce!
fr0glet
Thanks, Bruce, and it's really good to see you back; I missed you. I know you and your daughter will love the cornsnake. They seem to have the sweetest temperaments and of course they are just so beautiful and unique.
How old is yours? Can she find her f/t food in that big tank or do you feed her outside of it?
Chloe, I'm glad to hear you are doing well.

Thanks Bruce, and welcome back Emotion: smile
My daughter and I now have a corn snake. This is our first snake, and we made a good choice. He is hypomelanistic, and very beautiful (pictures will be posted soon).

Conga-rats on the new snake! Emotion: wink I'm sure you and your daughter will have lots of fun with him.
Can't wait to see piccies!
Chloe

"It's the easiest thing to live in a refuge from the world ... but it's the hardest thing to live in the world alone."
Can anyone recommend a way to lock the screen top ... tape - it's very secure but kind of a pain.

A strap that goes all the way around the cage and buckles down tight, bungee cords, cheapo locking clamps sold at pet stores, hand clamps sold at hardware stores, or buy a new cage... Emotion: smile

Bill had also suggested bungee cords. (Thanks, Bill!) I'll try those or some sort of strap with a buckle. I bought clamps at the local pet store that were worthless - it was possible to lift the lid partway without using much force.
Also, my daughter wants to bring the snake in for ... I know you have done reptile demonstrations to groups before.

Easy stuff! Lay down ground rules when you start - esp. safe handling, don't waggle fingers in front of his ... of show-and-tell time because I bet almost all the kids would want to hold it for a minute or two!

If it's cool/cold outside, how do I transport the snake? Obviously I could wrap the carrier in a blanket to insulate and help retain whatever heat is there, and place the carrier near the car heater vent. Do people use other portable heat sources? (If it's too cold outside I'll wait until Spring.)
Thanks for the information.

Bruce Webber
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How old is yours? Can she find her f/t food in that big tank or do you feed her outside of it?

I believe it's 6 to 8 months old. We feed him in a small plastic tub (the one we brought him home in). We've taken him out of his tank, and held him some, then we put him in the tub and drop the thawed mouse in (a small fuzzy). He sniffs around and finds it. After he's swallowed it, I gently lift the whole tub and place it inside his tank, to minimize stress. He exits the tub and goes to a hiding spot. (The two times we fed him he's gone to his warm hide, which makes sense.)

My daughter is with me on Tuesday evenings and part of every weekend, so our plan is to feed him Tuesday evening. I don't hold him at all on Wednesday or Thursday, so he can digest without that stress.

I have to say that I have learned (and continue to learn) so much by reading this NG. We feed him in a separate container to prevent him from ingesting the substrate (aspen bark), and so he doesn't associate the opening of his tank with the arrival of food, and bite. (Not that I think this is likely - he has such a good temperment and we do hold him on most days - but it's a "best practices" approach.)

Now I'll order Kathy Love's book to complement the other information I've read.

Bruce Webber
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Can anyone recommend a way to lock the screen top of the 20 gal enclosure the corn snake is in? Right now I'm using duct tape - it's very secure but kind of a pain.

Oops. I clicked the wrong thing.
Any way, What I did was measure the distance around the outside of my tank. Then I went to walmart and bout four cheap adjustable dog collars ($1.69 ea.) with the plastic snap-in closers that were long enough that two snapped together would reach around the tank. I put one set on each side of the tank. All I have to do is slide the adjusting buckle to loosen it and then squeeze the snap open. To close it I snap the ends back together and then tighten the buckle real good. The back edge of my cover has some play in it so I place a short piece of dowel underneath the strap after it's tightened. That holds the back of the cover down and adds extra tightnes to the strap.

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Daniel
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