I am the proud owner of a baby Coral Snow Corn Snake.

It's pink with white markings.
I've been reading up on their care and I wanted to clarify something.

I've read that as I would like to handle the snake I should take a few precautions when feeding. I should not handle the food and get the scent on my hands, and I should feed the snake in a separate tank.

I am confused about a few things though. The separate tank thing is so that the snake doesn't associate it's home with feeding? I also read that should not be taught to associate the opening of the tank and hands with feeding.
Well...If I open the tank to put the snake in a separate enclosure for feeding, wouldn't the snake then associate opening and handling with feeding?
If the snake has eaten in a separate take, how soon after can I put the snake back in it's home? Isn't it better just to feed it in it's main enclosure?
On 5 Jun 2006 18:17:09 -0700, "General Specific"
I've read that as I would like to handle the snake I should take a few precautions when feeding. I should not handle the food and get the scent on my hands, and I should feed the snake in a separate tank.

We have a corn and other kinds of snakes, and we feed every one of them in the aquariums in which they live. We put the mouse/rat in there with our hands. (we wash our hands afterwards, usually, but we don't usually have any reason to handle any snakes after they eat). I have also heard people say to feed them separately, but have never seen any need to. People have alot of weird ideas about different animals that don't make sense to me!
Marie
I am the proud owner of a baby Coral Snow Corn Snake. It's pink with white markings.

Congrats on the new snake.
I've been reading up on their care and I wanted to clarify something. I've read that as I would like ... to put the snake in a separate enclosure for feeding, wouldn't the snake then associate opening and handling with feeding?

Not necessarily. Presumably, if you want to handle the snake, you won't be handling him only to feed him. This particular point of feeding in a separate enclosure is to prevent the snake from going into "feeding mode" whenever his cage is opened, and possibly striking at you when you reach in.
Having said all of the above, I must admit that your original assertion is somewhat true, in my experience. My garter will, on occasion, come out of hiding and practically squirm INTO my hands when I open the cage - and he's usually pretty skittish about being handled, but he thinks that he's about to be transferred to another cage where lunch is waiting for him.
However, feeding in a separate enclosure has some practical advantages. I usually clean the "home" cage while he's in the feeding cage. Another important issue is what kind of substrate you're using in the home cage. If you're using any kind of loose material: wood chips, aspen shavings, etc. - anything small enough that may stick to the snake's food and possibly be ingested, then feeding in a separate enclosure is a must. Just ask anyone who has had to shell out big bucks for veterinarian fees because of impaction, or worse yet, lost there snake because of impaction and related complications.
If the snake has eaten in a separate take, how soon after can I put the snake back in it's home? Isn't it better just to feed it in it's main enclosure?

I used to put my garter back in his home cage a few minutes after eating, but he has a tendency to crap shortly afterwards, so recently I've been leaving him in the separate cage for an hour or so. I just got sick of having his newly cleaned cage soiled within a few minutes of returning him home, so I let him do his business in the feeding cage. This isn't an issue, just provide your snake with a hide, some water, and make sure the feeding cage is the proper temperature.

One more thing - the feeding cage doesn't have to be anything extravagant. Just get one of those Kritter Keeper type cages, that's what I use.
Joe
If the snake has eaten in a separate take, how soon after can I put the snake back in it's home? Isn't it better just to feed it in it's main enclosure?

I feed all my snakes, from my hognose and corn snakes, through to my Boa constrictors and carpet python, in their own enclosures. I used to take them out to feed them, but ended up getting bitten too often when putting them back.
We have an Amelinistic (sp?) Corn Snake that is about 2 years old. We have had him for almost 2 years.
We feed in a seperate feeding cage, a small plastic critter keeper type like the other poster mentioned. I leave him in the feeder cage for a couple of hours after he eats. I also clean out his main home while he is eating in his feeder cage.
I have never been bitten by him or any of the snakes we had before him, all of which we used a feeder cage for.
Hope this helps.
Enjoy your new friend.