When you have a lot of pets in various parts of the house and that you share responsibilities with, it’s easy to miss pets out or think your other half’s sorted them.
We have a whiteboard that’s pretty much solved that problem, so long as we don’t forget to wipe it clean everyday!!
It has groups of our pets listed along with basic things they need (eg. feeding, water, if they need walks or play etc), and when we’ve completed the task we put a green blob next to it. If it doesn’t get done, it gets a red blob so that we know we need to do it asap either before bed or the next morning depending on what it is (eg. play time for Fabian).
Hey I don’t think Satsu is on our pets page! I have introduced him to you though, right?
I just searched the blog and apparently I haven’t. So here is Satsu!
**warning, following includes photos of snakes and snakes eating!**
He’s a cornsnake and is about 1 year old, though we got him when he was about 8 months old. He’s about 1.5ft long and eats a small mouse every 4 days. He’s an Amel cornsnake.
I got my first cornsnake for my 18th birthday, he was a Carolina and grew to be over 6ft long.
When I settled with my partner we ready to have him come live with us, but by then my dad didn’t want to relinquish ownership as he loved James. If I’m totally honest we were slightly relieved, as James hadn’t been handled at all and I wasn’t sure how he’d be!!
My dad rehomed James this past week (long story) and I think my parents were expecting us to take him, but by this point I haven’t seen James in 4+ years, and he probably hadn’t been handled in all that time. Add to that the fact we can’t fit another 4ft viv and snake in the house, and it wasn’t happening. My parents like offloading the stuff they don’t want onto us, but I just could not have an 8 year old unsocialised snake on my hands, and we really do not have room for the viv.
Anyway. I’m telling you all this though because I LOVE cornsnakes.
They make fantastic pets as they are low maintenance, cheap after the initial costs (viv,substrate,food,heat mat,thermostat,snake etc) and they’re just really easy to keep.
Cornsnakes are one of, if not THE, hardiest pet snakes out there, and my absolute favourite thing (alongside their usually very docile temperament) is all the colour varieties / morphs they come in.
My favourites morphs are Carolina / ‘normal’ (which is usually the cheapest), Snow (I really really really want a Snow), Ghost and Butter. Photo of a Snow corn from google images:
Interestingly I have *never* liked Amels, which is why I thought it so odd that I was drawn to Satsu.
Corn snakes change A LOT as they grow, not just in size but in colour too. Their colours completely change in most morphs, so I think I actually don’t like Amel hatchlings but appreciate older Amels 😀
To show you how they change, here is James when I first got him as a little shoelace hatchling, all the way through to when he was 5ft long.
So as you can see their colours change drastically, which is very exciting!
Cornsnakes shed more when they are young, as they are growing more when younger. Their eyes go blue and their colour looks dull before a shed, and afterwards their colouring is much brighter. Younger snakes get fed about every 3-5 days, and adult snakes get fed every 1-2 weeks.
Cornsnakes can be fairly large although never thicken up like other snakes do. They usually stop growing at about 4-6ft in length so James was unusually large!!
Anyway. Sorry, I blathered. Here are some more photos of Satsu to compare with James 🙂
I’ll try get more recent photos when we next handle him 🙂
This blog wasn’t meant to be about snakes at all…but there you go!