PetCo is apparently running a Special on cornsnakes this month. They come in from Gourmet Rodent who, as Pete always said, breeds some nice snakes. They're 'down the road' from Kathy Love and she confirms that they do. They also supply our PetCo's with their frozen rodents as it happens.
I do have 'a drawer open' and I saw a very pretty little brown corn with orange markings, and I was eyeing him up. I didn't buy him because the only veterinary shipping notice I could see was the one from Florida that said he 'looked well enough to be shipped and had not been exposed to rabies.' And I have no desire to keep a baby in isolation for a few months, when the point was that I had a Biophile drawer vacancy to spare.
This lot, the salespeople said, were three weeks old; papers seemed to generally substantiate that.
HOWEVER, I had to ask them, since the store is perpetually out of pinkies, live or frozen, what they were feeding them.

"Oh, small fish and crickets, they're mouths are too small for pinkies", was the answer.
Yesterday late I went back, and they'd escaped, their cage had been left open, all had been retrieved but two, one of which had gotten in with the Scorpions, and gotten his back half bitten off. The other of which was the brown I liked. He is gone, unfindable.

So are the scorpions.
My question, can you feed crix and tiny fish to baby corns? That's the first I'd ever heard this.
It was all in all a pretty awful story. And this at my 'good' PetCo. It was forthright of them to tell me; I give them 'points' for that.
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My question, can you feed crix and tiny fish to baby corns? That's the first I'd ever heard this. It ... this at my 'good' PetCo. It was forthright of them to tell me; I give them 'points' for that.

No, I think not. I bought my corn from a PetCo and they said the same thing, fed it crickets. So I decided to try a cricket, never even looked at it as food. So later in the day I fed it a pinky. Didn't think he could get it down because of the size. He did, and this was his first day I had him. He was very hungry I guess, because he has yet to refuse a feeding yet.
Remeber, even though they may be small, they have survived for eons on their own. They will eat pinkies.
Chad
My neonate corns eat pinkies with their teeny tiny mouths. Eat 'em like champs.
I am very interested to hear that you got the same story, crix. Well, I don't think cornsnake babies eat crickets. But that's not to say the petstore can't feed them crickets. Especially when the ones around here never have pinkies.
The good news is that people are buying the corn babies so fast, they are FLYING out of our two PetCo's, so odds on they will have more individualized care, and hopefully more knowledgeable feeding practices.
[nq:1]HOWEVER, I had to ask them, since the store is perpetually out of pinkies, live or frozen, what they were feeding them. "Oh, small fish and crickets, they're mouths are too small for pinkies", was the answer.
You should complain to the manager. You could just write a letter if you didn't feel confrontational.
fr0glet
[nq:1]My question, can you feed crix and tiny fish to baby corns? That's the first I'd ever heard this.
That's nonsense. No corn snake will ever eat a cricket, go figure fish. Snakes of the species Natrix will eat fish.
Anna
LOL funny you should say that.
I went to both local PetCo's today.
Manager's not in.
It's not confrontationalism. I have no desire to be and no problem with being either. It's what to do about people who run stores and say they are 'right and who the hell are YOU?'
I really can not carry my internet nor can I save the world. I can help, I try to share what information I have, with anyone who wants to listen.
What did they DO forcefeed the poor things?? Idiots! Loose scorpions - lovely.
Cindy
You can't play both sides of the fence.
Confront those that are not meeting expectations.
Spit
[nq:1]"Oh, small fish and crickets, they're mouths are too small for pinkies", was the answer.
PET-NO; er, I mean PETCO. No, not those bumbling idiots. They are pro-fesh-unals you know.
This is exactly the type of thing serious herpers have to confront, and tackle head-on. If not, it will be these types of idiots and pet-store chains that will lead to sweeping regulations in the herp industry.

Geeze, maybe they have Sulcatta's that eat Jumbo Rats eh?

~Wade
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