Please excuse the long post.
My husband knew I had been wanting a snake for some time...he brought me home one from work a few days ago; he thought it was a small Garter snake...I did some searching on the 'Net and found out I had a baby Queen snake!! The photo on the web was identical. I was ecstatic until I started looking into how to feed/take care of it.
It is a water snake that feeds almost entirely (93%) on crayfish!! Where the #^*! am I gonna find those?!? The closest pet store only sells small crickets, nightcrawlers and "feeder fish" that are bigger than this little guy!! Does anyone have some advice? Is it possible to feed this little guy anything ELSE?
I've tried the small crickets, and the smallest feeder-fish I could find...he hasn't touched a thing yet, and it's been four days now. According to what I read, they hatch in late Summer/early Fall, and hatchlings are about 6-7 inches, and only about one-quarter inch wide (thinner than a pencil), he's this size now.
Any advice appreciated!
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Please excuse the long post. My husband knew I had been wanting a snake for some time...he brought me home ... to feed/take care of it. It is a water snake that feeds almost entirely (93%) on crayfish!! Where the #[/nq]^*! am I gonna find those?!? The closest pet store only
sells small crickets, nightcrawlers and "feeder fish" that are bigger than this little guy!! Does anyone have some advice? Is ... about one-quarter inch wide (thinner than a pencil), he's this size now. Any advice appreciated! .·° )~ mousepotato ~( °·.

Hmm I know nothing about Queen snakes and in fact have never heard of one. But if no one has any ideas and you can't get it to eat, you better have him turn it loose where he found it before it gets too cold out. )
Cindy
Hmm I know nothing about Queen snakes and in fact have never heard of one.

How can that be? Linus is deathly afraid of them! Emotion: smile

I wonder if thawed peel-and-eat shrimp would work.
Chris
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Please excuse the long post. My husband knew I had been wanting a snake for some time...he brought m=e home ... to feed/take care of it. It is a water snake that feeds almost entirely (93%) on crayfish!! Whe=re the #[/nq]^*! am I gonna find those?!? The closest pet store only sells sma=ll
crickets, nightcrawlers and "feeder fish" that are bigger than this lit=tle guy!! Does anyone have some advice? Is it possible ... about one-quarter inch wide (thinner than a pencil), he's this size now. Any advice appreciated! .=B7=B0 )~ mousepotato ~( =B0=B7.

If it was wild caught I would suggest returning it to where it was caught as soon as possible. Buy a captive bred snake that is easier to take care of. Try a corn snake or kingsnake.

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Hmm I know nothing about Queen snakes and in fact have never heard of one. But if no one has ... it to eat, you better have him turn it loose where he found it before it gets too cold out.

That'd be my advice. All I've ever heard anyone say about keeping queens snakes is `Don't.' Not unless you've got a creek running through your back yard or something, anyways...
Patrick Alexander
Please excuse the long post. My husband knew I had been wanting a snake for some time...he brought me home ... to feed/take care of it. It is a water snake that feeds almost entirely (93%) on crayfish!! Where the #[/nq]^*! am I gonna find those?!? The closest pet store only sells small
crickets, nightcrawlers and "feeder fish" that are bigger than this little guy!! Does anyone have some advice? Is it possible ... about one-quarter inch wide (thinner than a pencil), he's this size now. Any advice appreciated! .·° )~ mousepotato ~( °·.

Where did your husband get the snake? Did he buy it at a pet store? If so, the store should have food (they had to feed it something while they had it). If he caught it in the wild, I would recommend returning it to where it was found. As you've already discovered, Queen Snakes are very particular about what they eat - their diet consists almost exclusively of crayfish. If you can't provide it with food, then return it to where it was, obviously, getting enough food to survive on. I've also read that they rarely eat in captivity, so chances are it wouldn't eat even if you could supply it with crayfish.
More than that, the Queen Snake is endangered in many areas due to declining crayfish populations as a result of water pollution. Removing an endangered snake from its habitat further reduces the population, not just by this one snake, but also by depriving the habitat of any offspring this snake may produce (whether male or female). If they are listed as endangered in your area, it may also be illegal to capture them - you would have to check on this. Legalities aside, the well- being of the snake is the primary concern: if it won't eat under your care, return it to the wild - and as Cindy suggested in her post, do it soon before it gets too cold out - this is the time of year when snakes go into hibernation.
Joe
If so, the store should have food (they had to feed it something while they had it).

That's optimistic. Emotion: smile
Patrick Alexander
If so, the store should have food (they had to feed it something while they had it).

That's optimistic. Emotion: smile Patrick Alexander

Heh, heh. Just what I was going to say.
Cindy
That's optimistic. Emotion: smile Patrick Alexander

Heh, heh. Just what I was going to say. Cindy

Yeah, I know - unlikely. Just trying to give her the benefit of the doubt.
Joe
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