I have just bought a Cornsnake, maroon stripes and he/she is lovely. The shop owner said all the batch he had were very jumpy as they have never been handled. They were born in June 2003. I bought it today, when is best to start handling it, will it ever be tame as he.she is a little older? Its about 15 inches long at present and quite thin and very lively. When can I tell the sex of it?
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks Den
(UK)
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I have just bought a Cornsnake, maroon stripes and he/she is lovely. The shop owner said all the batch he ... quite thin and very lively. Whencan I tell the sex of it? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks Den (UK)

I would give it at least a week to settle in, then feed it, then give it another 2-3 days to digest before handling. You want to make sure it eats well before handling. Emotion: smile
-cat
I hope this works..
Here are some pics of it.
http://www.ofoto.com/BrowsePhotos.jsp?&collid=79649151905

Thanks Den
I hope this works.. Here are some pics of it. http://www.ofoto.com/BrowsePhotos.jsp?&collid=79649151905 Thanks Den

Beautiful little guy!
Here's some photos of mine:
http://chaoscat.lowerground.net/herps/cornsnakes/
-cat
It's said to let them settle down 3-4 days, but I never had any trouble with new corns, they all ate allways the first evening. So you can try to feed it this evening, especially since it's thin. Put a f/t pinky in his viv (maybe on a tiny dish, so he won't swallow substrate) and controll tomorrow morning if it's again there. Some people put the snake in a separate empty box for feeding, but I wouldn't stress the snake with too much different environments, it will probably prefer his viv. Half hour of handling each day, until it calms down. Don't handle right after feeding or the day after. Small corns eat every 4-5 days, so one day should be enough ot digest most of the prey. The first times it can happen that it musks on you.
Anna
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You asked when 'you' can sex it. The answer is, probably never as most single pet owners don't get skilled enough to sex their snakes. However, once it gets a little older, IF you have a reptile veterinarian or a snake club with some expert members, they may have the tools necessary to probe the snake and determine its sex, or evert it.
One piece of advice. Your snake WILL be skittish when you first attempt to play with it. It should be..you're a huge predator that's come to eat it! Try not to approach it from the top, and don't 'reward' the snake for misbehavior; try not to put it back into its cage until it's settled down. This could take ten minutes, just to make up a general number.
Just my opinions as a cornsnake owner.

Barbara
I have just bought a Cornsnake, maroon stripes and he/she is lovely. The shop owner said all the batch he ... ) Its extremely inquisitive, a friend ofmine has a Corn and its not half as active as this little guy/gal.

Anyway thanks fot the help,
Den
PS.
As you chaps obviously know your stuff can anyone tell me what kind of Cornsnake it is by the pictures. I would love to know.

Thanks once again
Den
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PS. As you chaps obviously know your stuff can anyone tell me what kind of Cornsnake it is by the pictures. I would love to know. Thanks once again Den

A 90% secure method of sexing small cornsnakes (youngher than a year) is popping. It's not that difficult, but neither should it be done by someone inexperienced. Squishing around on a tiny snakes belly or anal region isn't, erm, gentle. (hu?)
Your corn snake is a normal phase.
Anna
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