Back in early April, I caught a Dekayi snake in my yard. I showed it to my
7 year old son who immediately fell in love with it. I let him keep it in alarge box overnight, but we released it the next day, since we didn't have a suitable place at the time to keep it.
He cried and cried when we released the snake and I told him about how I used to love catching snakes and frogs etc when I was a boy. I told him that maybe one day we'd buy an aquarium and set it up properly to keep a snake. Well, to make a long story short, we did that a week later and went snake hunting. We caught another Dekayi snake and have been keeping it in a
30 gallon tank that is set up almost exactly like the area where we caughtthe snake. We even dug up some ferns from the same area and planted them in there with him. We have the reptile light at one end and a tunnel at the other end and bark to hide under and large branches and rocks and water. The snake has been doing very well and tolerates my son's handling very well. We have been feeding him worms and small slugs and he has grown considerably and even shed his skin 3 or 4 times.
Anyway, tonight while changing the water in the tank and putting a few slugs in there, I discovered 3 baby Dekayi snakes. There may be more, but so far all I have found is 3. They are about 2 1/2 inches long and look like Ringneck snakes at this age. I'm not sure exactly how old they are now, but they must be only a day or 2 old. They are very active. I am going to have to go on a hunt for tiny worms and slugs first thing in the morning. There are some in the tank already, but I think they are all a bit too large for these little guys.
This is all really exciting. We're going to have to change the snake's name though. My son named it Garfield, but I guess that isn't really appropriate now huh?
Good story, Do you plan on keeping them over the winter? My first pet snake was also a brown snake. They are great eaters.
We're planning to. I was kinda concerned about hibernation etc, but we took a tour of the local museum and their snake exhibit and they said that they do not hibernate their snakes and that I didn't need to either.

We tried feeding the new little guys some TINY slugs today, but they weren't interested in them. Any suggestions? Do the babies eat something different than the adults?
We tried feeding the new little guys some TINY slugs today, but theyweren't interested in them. Any suggestions? Do the babies eat somethingdifferent than the adults?

Baby snakes usually don't start feeding until after their first shed. I don't know when this occurs in the species you're keeping, but baby corn snakes have their first shed when they're about 7 days old, so I wouldn't be surprised if it was the same for your little guys
Oh cool! I wasn't aware of that. I'll keep a close eye on them and post the results here.
Thanks!