Our new baby king snake (1 foot), has dug under his substrate and doesn't come out.
I put a pinkie in there, but he didn't eat it.
I guess this is normal as we haven't had him a week yet.

How long should he hide, a week?
If I feed him in a separate enclosure, what should I put in it? A simple hide? A heat lamp?
I don't want substrate, I don't want him to just hide when I put him in there.
Is there a better time of day to feed?
Am I on the right track?
Also, what is the best way to regulate humidity? Will spraying the substrate work?
On 8 Jun 2006 16:10:35 -0700, "General Specific"
Our new baby king snake (1 foot), has dug under his substrate and doesn't come out.

That's perfectly normal behaviour.
I put a pinkie in there, but he didn't eat it. I guess this is normal as we haven't had him a week yet. How long should he hide, a week?

It will depend on several factors. He will come out more as he's more comfortable, when he's not disturbed, when he's hungry, and most of all, in my experience, when he's a much bigger snake.
If I feed him in a separate enclosure, what should I put in it? A simple hide? A heat lamp?

Just a tub, with breathing holes, and nothing else, he's not going to be in it for a long time. I feed my snakes in tubs sitting in their enclosures - I scoop them out of the tank, slip in the tub with their meal in it, then put them in the tub. This allows them to associate the tub with meal times, but it's small fuss for me, they can sit in there and take their time, I can leave the mouse there for a long time if needed, etc.
I don't want substrate, I don't want him to just hide when I put him in there.

But I'm sure you do want him to thrive, and burrowing in substrate is something that lots of snakes like to do, particularly when they are little and vulnerable. He'll come out eventually. Right now he's a tiny little thing who is more likely (in the wild) to be prey rather than predator. Hiding is perfectly natural, and it's something he'll need to be able to do, as much as he wants to, in order to be happy. If you want to see him, be patient, and handle him once he starts eating, drinking and defecating normally.
Also, what is the best way to regulate humidity? Will spraying the substrate work?

I don't have problems with this, so I'm working more from theoretical knowledge, but how dry is it? I don't think kings are in general needy of high humidity - except for shedding things on the dry side are probably better than things on the humid one. If you're concerned about shedding, putting some moistened moss in a covered plastic tub with a hold in it - a moist hide - is probably all you need.

nj"hidey-hole"m

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Oops, I meant that I didn't want to put substrate in the feeding cage.

Otherwise, you think I should leave him alone for a while, cool.
Hey, AFCA spill over. It's a small usenet!
On 9 Jun 2006 04:38:42 -0700, "General Specific"
Hey, AFCA spill over. It's a small usenet!

Yes, I laughed when I saw to whom I was replying.
nj"har"m

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On 9 Jun 2006 04:37:11 -0700, "General Specific"
Oops, I meant that I didn't want to put substrate in the feeding cage.

Oh yes, you don't need to do that. The most you might want to do is pop a couple of paper towels in with him.
nj"tidy"m

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