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So I am here in Arkansas, visiting family.
Walking down the hotel alleyway, I found a small garter snake, dark green in color and brown Vs going down its back.
Needless to say, I caught it, informed family, and than was told I had to release it.
"Fuck that shit," I said in my mind.
I kept it in a green tea bottle and it is relaxing in the back of my toilet.
My parents WILL FUCKING FLIP, if they found out I was keeping it and planning on it living with me in our home in WI.
I don't know what the snake is, pics will be posted later.
My question, is what kind of environment should I keep it in, will it interfere with a Gecko, and what should I feed it??
Any help is appreciated!
09-10-2009, 04:52 AM
Post pics first, it'll make things much easier. Do you have a vivarium or a tank of some sort and a heatmat on a thermostat? If not then you need to get them if you're gonna keep the snake.
09-10-2009, 04:57 AM
What shape is it's head, and how wide is the head in proportion to it's neck? Judging on the description and location this is might be an elapidae from the genus bungarus (minor), related to the krait. But I want to confimr head size and shape here first before I say so.
09-10-2009, 05:09 AM
Well, I don't know too much about snakes but I have a general knowledge.
Depending on how big it is is what kind of food you'll feed it. Always feed it live food whether it be crickets, goldfish, mice or rats. Go to your local pet store for info.
You might or might not need a light for the snake. This is something either google or a local petshop can help you with. Even Petco can help out with this. Good luck.
09-10-2009, 11:43 AM
09-10-2009, 10:19 PM
Personally I'd suggest you just let it go, the right order to do things in when you're getting a new animal is to do the homework first and get the animal after.
Wild caught animals often carry parasites and all sorts of other nasties that could fuck up your presently kept animals, and capturing wild animals might shift a balance you're not aware of (no, I don't think one snake will make a difference) but all in all it's best to only keep captive bred specimens.
Another reason not to move wild animals out of their natural habitat is that you might screw up the habitat you're moving it to, feral pigs, rats and rabbits aren't very well liked in Australia I hear, just to give you an idea of what I mean.
As it's obvious you're doing your best to take care of it I'll help rather than scold, but I honestly mean that first load o' text up there.
Whether or not it will interfere with your gecko depends on more factors that I can think of, at least if you plan on keeping them in the same terrarium but generally you shouldn't mix species in the terrarium, fuck, in certain species you shouldn't even have an off-balance of males-to-females ratio...
Some of the problems you could face would include territorial behavior, sex (male/female), feeding habits (predator/prey), temperature dependency, humidity dependency, day/night cycle, bedding preferences, environment (arboreal/terrestrial/fossorial), space, and hides.
Just off the top of my head, I'm sure someone will expand the list eventually...
I don't recall any US experts on wild snakes on the forum, but apparently Kwinnie's on to something so feed him any info he requires scratch that, he was just pulling ya' leg, as an alternative look up the local wild life administration or whatever it's called, and see if they can tell you something useful.
As a rule of thumb, it's always a good idea to notice in what climate the animal was found if you want to keep it in captivity. By that I mean temperature cycle, air humidity, soil properties, vegetation, and so on and so forth; you might want to check out The Compendium (http://www.zoklet.net/bbs/showthread.php?t=8930) stickied at the top of the forum front page, and scroll down to the "When Asking For Help" section under "Reptiles" - the questions the reptile folks around here would like answered, are the same questions you should ask yourself to get an idea of how to keep it.
In closing, this link might be helpful.
This is a clickable link (http://www.herpsofarkansas.com/Snake/HomePage)
Good luck, and keep us updated.
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