I got a Sonoran Black Kingsnake just after Christmas and put him in the cage formerly occupied by my cornsnake that died in May. Unfortunately, that cage is back-to-side with my husband's cage containing his female Florida Kingsnake. We didn't realize that the two species are, uh, compatible, and Eddie knows there's a girl next door and keeps going round and round and bumping at his cage.

Will he calm down eventually? I take him out every other day or so and he quiets down as soon as we're away from the cage area. They can't see each other, but he can smell her. (Bebe, typically, doesn't seem to care if he's there or not unless she's hungry and sees his shadow moving around.)
Should we hold out for a while longer, or move his cage?

Thanks for any help,
Jeannie
P.S. Frozen thawed mice are The Way to Go. My cornsnake died of a hidden abcess probably caused by a mouse bite. Emotion: sad He wouldn't eat frozen thawed, but the new one does...whew.
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P.S. Frozen thawed mice are The Way to Go. My cornsnake died of a hidden abcess probably caused by a mouse bite. Emotion: sad He wouldn't eat frozen thawed, but the new one does...whew.

I recently lost an adult corn snake to a hidden abscess as well. Emotion: sad Tried everything to get her to eat, she ate maybe twice the entire 8 months I had her. Of course, many people blamed me for not seeing it sooner-except my vet, who saw her throughout the whole thing and even she couldn't tell there was an abscess until it burst and goo came out her mouth one day. A week later, she died, even the baytril couldn't save her life.

-cat
How old is the male king? He could also have appetite. You know that they eat other snakes, do you?
Anna
Unfortunately, that cage is back-to-side with my husband's cage containing his female Florida Kingsnake. We didn't realize that the two species are, uh, compatible, and Eddie knows there's a girl next door and keeps going round and round and bumping at his cage.

Simple solution: cover the side of the cage through which they can see one another.
I doubt he'll cool it. Men get the idea in their head there's some tail to be had, takes a looong time to convince them it's not available.

fr0glet

"You cannot be an objective scientist if you have an agenda." ~The Madman
In my experience Baytril is useless for upper respiratory infections as well as abscesses in reptiles. I just think Baytril is way overused & while it works well in many mammal infections aminoglycosides are a better choice for most reptile infections. snake lady

"Medicine to produce health has to examine disease" Plutarch http://community.webtv.net/SnakeladysFarm/SnakeLadysReptile0
In my experience Baytril is useless for upper respiratory infections as well as abscesses in reptiles. I just think Baytril ... are a better choice for most reptile infections. snake lady "Medicine to produce health has to examine disease" Plutarch http://community.webtv.net/SnakeladysFarm/SnakeLadysReptile0

When my adult male boa had RI, Baytril was what I got and he did A+ on it. His RI cleared up a week later. Unfortunately, he does have scarring from it, which I hope will clear up when he sheds after he's done courting my female Emotion: smile
I'd say if you're going to use Baytril, make sure they do some type of test to find out what bacteria could be causing the RI first.

-cat
I'd say if you're going to use Baytril, make sure they do some type of test to find out what bacteria could be causing the RI first.

Respiratory infections are bacterial?!?
fr0glet

"You cannot be an objective scientist if you have an agenda." ~The Madman
I'd say if you're going to use Baytril, make sure ... find out what bacteria could be causing the RI first.

Respiratory infections are bacterial?!? fr0glet "You cannot be an objective scientist if you have an agenda." ~The Madman

or viral. Sorry, shoulda included that. Antibiotics = for bacteria.

You know, if antibiotics didn't work on most RIs, I'd have to say they were viral-caused, and since there's no cure for viruses that I know of, it would be like treating the common cold and baytril really wouldn't make a difference.
However, it worked for Nova's RI just fine. shrug

-cat
How old is the male king? He could also have appetite. You know that they eat other snakes, do you?

Oh yes. I knew that already and have had two reminders...once from the female when I reached in to change her water bowl after playing with the corn, and once from the new one when I handled him after handling other snakes at the vivarium. You'd think I'd have remembered the first bite and washed more carefully, but noo..

He and the female both get a FT mouse once a week, and he's round and round again two days later, so I don't think he's hungry...for food, anyway.
Jeannie
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