Corn's size - What can I feed them?

Corn's size - What can I feed them?

Postby reinhard » Mon Aug 08, 2005 7:37 am

I finally received my first corns on Friday. I bought a breeding pair, that is supposed to breed this season. What bothers me is the size of the male. He's almost 60cm in lenght. Will he be able to fullfill his duties as a husband, or hasn't he reached puberty yet ? I'm waiting for them to shed, before I'll start feeding them. The other problem is, that I bred some rat pups that are almost the sixe of grown mice. Will he be able to swallow that? I was under the impression that they are more than a metre in length. The female is about 80cm
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Postby Gabi » Mon Aug 08, 2005 8:35 am

Males are usually smaller than females. I have a male that is now over 2yrs old and he is only about 50-60cm.
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Postby Bushbaby » Mon Aug 08, 2005 8:51 am

Hi,

The snakes do sound a bit small, but I got some eggs from my one cornsnake last year, which was only about 60 cm long, and she was only a year old. She was transported with a male when I got her, and for the rest of the time she was on her own as I did not intend on breeding them.

It is better to feed them up a bit as it does take a lot out of a snake to breed. Alternatively you could try them and see what happens.
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Postby reinhard » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:12 am

Won't a rat pup of 2 weeks old be a bit large for the male?
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Postby Bushbaby » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:22 am

If it looks to big, yes. It can only swallow summink about twice the size of the thickest part of their body. Possibly day old rat pinks would be a better bet.
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Postby reinhard » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:30 am

I have some mouse pinks. I'll just give him 5 or so
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Postby Bushbaby » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:35 am

Don't you have fuzzies or weaned mice? If you are planning to breed your female, you will need to supplement her diet with calcium. Feeding pinkies and fuzzies is not the way to go, for the female as they do not have a lot of calcium in their bones.

Feeding weaned mice would be a better idea.
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Postby reinhard » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:41 am

I have rat fuzzies (2 wks old) and adult mice. I'll get some weaned mice. Can you suggest a calcium supplement that I should use?
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Postby Corncrazy » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:42 am

A rat pup that age sounds fine,my yearlings eat that size so im sure there wont be a problem. My males are usually bigger than my females, my one corn was about 80cm in length and had perfect eggs, just remember to feed them up nicely after they have laid eggs :wink:
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Postby Bushbaby » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:48 am

reinhard wrote:I have rat fuzzies (2 wks old) and adult mice. I'll get some weaned mice. Can you suggest a calcium supplement that I should use?


You get calcium powder, Iguana Cal, but you have to dilute it and inject it into the food item. Repti Ripoff has an excellent calcium as well, which works very nicely.

There is also a liquid calcium available on the market. Some petshops sell that. It works nicely as it is already in liquid form.
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Postby Gabi » Mon Aug 08, 2005 9:58 am

You can also use the powder form just dip the backside of the mouse in water or egg white and sprinkle a bit of powder over them.
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Postby reinhard » Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:01 am

Thanks for the response, I'll start phoning every petshop in a 150km radius now. Maybe I'm lucky. Anybody know of a nice petshop in Centurion, where I can buy these products. I'm going there at the end of this month.
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Postby Bushbaby » Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:05 am

Yes, I'll pm you some details.
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Postby -CAL- » Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:09 am

Dont worry about the size of the male, smaller is better.

Some female corns can produce eggs at that size, but i would suggest that a length of 1m be achieved before deliberate breeding.
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Postby reinhard » Mon Aug 08, 2005 10:48 am

It seems the vet will get me some supplements.
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