Copperhead subspecies

Postby Long John Silver » Sun Jul 08, 2007 8:55 am

But is it true that if your copperhead's belly is mottled, its probably a crossbreed????
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Postby mm069 » Mon Jul 09, 2007 6:51 pm

Ok, so here are some pics of my female. Only had her a little while now. Still don't actually know what ssp. she is though. Any ideas? I will also post a few pics of my male when I take some.

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Sorry about some of the pics, I was battling a bit with a snake on a hook and a camera in the other hand... :oops:
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Postby mm069 » Mon Jul 09, 2007 7:01 pm

Would it be accurate to say that she looks like a Northern?
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Tue Jul 10, 2007 7:25 pm

Instead of 'Northern' we should call your copperhead: 'Beautiful Phase'
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Postby mm069 » Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:54 am

She is a lovely pinky color isn't she? Thanks pythonodipsas!
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Postby Long John Silver » Wed Jul 11, 2007 8:20 am

Is there a quick and dirty way of telling if your snake is probably pure blood or probably cross bred?
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Postby mm069 » Wed Jul 11, 2007 9:54 am

I don't know LJS, I still don't know how to tell which one is which. I don't even know what mine are... It's pretty confusing....
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Postby Serpy » Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:38 pm

can anybody give advice on getting young copperheads to eat properly on there own?
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Postby mm069 » Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:45 pm

Honestly, I have only ever had a problem with feeding when the tempreture is a little too cold, usually these snakes need very little invitation to feed and actually have quite a good feeding response.
If you have been battling recently it's probably due to the weather.
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Postby Bushviper » Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:01 pm

Serpy With baby copperheads it is easier to just hibernate them and then when they wake up they usually feed far more easily. Rubbing the pink with a live frog also helps. Leave the food in over night.
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Postby Long John Silver » Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:33 am

Serpy, I battled with my one baby as well and its still not eating exactly the way I like, but at least I can get it to feed.First skip a week in which you make absolutely sure that you dont stress out the snake. Make sure your temperature is right. After a week isolate the copperhead with a live pinky overnight in a reasonably small container (preferably inside the cage otherwise it gets too cold). If that doesnt work try a brained pink the next evening thats been heated to about 38-40 degrees, and isolate the snake with it overnight. It works for me, so give it a try.
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Postby mm069 » Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:33 pm

So, does anyone have any thoughts on what species mine are??? Nudge nudge?
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Postby Pythonodipsas » Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:03 pm

I don't know but if they were mine i would guess: 'Northern Copperhead'. Don't ask why, it's just a hunch.
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Postby Long John Silver » Sun Jul 15, 2007 8:03 pm

Serpy, did you manage to get that juvenile of yours to eat?
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Postby Serpy » Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:21 pm

Ljs not yet,i'm giving them a little while and am waiting to recieve my mice for all my snakes, i've got a trio of them for sale if anyone is interested. Co dominant pictigaster
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