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    wild baby albino garter snake care advice

    My bro found a little baby albino garter snake yesterday. Not sure what specific species, but I live near Eugene.

    Right now it is in a plastic bin with papertowl substrate, a few hide spots made from toilet paper roll cut in half, water dish with rock so it doesn't flip, and a regular auto shutoff heating pad that is really annoying to deal with. The heating pad is on the lowest setting and shuts off very often, it is under the cage folded in half with a hand towl folded in half on top of it to absorb some heat. The temperature in the cage at this moment ranges from the coldest spot ~71f to the hottest ~89f, I got these temps using a laser grip 774 heat gun. We are working on getting a proper heating pad and a thermostat. I have tried feeding it earth worm cut in half, then 1/4, then even smaller, over 2 sessions. It hasn't shown interest, I VERY gently tapped it on the face over and over with the worm and after a while it will open its mouth then close it again. Mostly it pulls back its head or just sits there. I have seen it slithering around its cage, like right now, sniffing around but yeah no feed. I have read that a 'rule' is that you let the snake sit for 3 days undisturbed with no feeding or handling, maybe longer with wild caught (like this one), but I was worried since it's a baby. Any advice you guys got would be coo.

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    Re: wild baby albino garter snake care advice

    A photo would be great. Sounds like you've done your research which is a good thing. Let's get this snake identified and go from there. Hides, heat and water is a good start.
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    Re: wild baby albino garter snake care advice

    Once again, an ID is important but you might try offer a tiny slug to the snake. It's just a guess but there seems to be a number of albino Thamnophis ordinoides - Northwestern Garter Snakes being found over that last couple of years.

    http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wildlife/...ingWSnakes.pdf
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    Re: wild baby albino garter snake care advice

    It can be a oregon red spot, wandering or northwestern. Eugene is at the southern end of the Willamette valley. I'm hoping it's a concinnus. Can we see pics please? Does it have any red on it?

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    Re: wild baby albino garter snake care advice

    A picture would be good so we can identify species and see how it's current health is. Also it would be beneficial to try not to disturb it much. If you want to offer it food, cut up worms on a small plastic dish or lid left in the enclosure for a few hours or overnight is fine.

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    Re: wild baby albino garter snake care advice

    Quote Originally Posted by user View Post
    My bro found a little baby albino garter snake yesterday. Not sure what specific species, but I live near Eugene.

    Right now it is in a plastic bin with papertowl substrate, a few hide spots made from toilet paper roll cut in half, water dish with rock so it doesn't flip, and a regular auto shutoff heating pad that is really annoying to deal with. The heating pad is on the lowest setting and shuts off very often, it is under the cage folded in half with a hand towl folded in half on top of it to absorb some heat. The temperature in the cage at this moment ranges from the coldest spot ~71f to the hottest ~89f, I got these temps using a laser grip 774 heat gun. We are working on getting a proper heating pad and a thermostat. I have tried feeding it earth worm cut in half, then 1/4, then even smaller, over 2 sessions. It hasn't shown interest, I VERY gently tapped it on the face over and over with the worm and after a while it will open its mouth then close it again. Mostly it pulls back its head or just sits there. I have seen it slithering around its cage, like right now, sniffing around but yeah no feed. I have read that a 'rule' is that you let the snake sit for 3 days undisturbed with no feeding or handling, maybe longer with wild caught (like this one), but I was worried since it's a baby. Any advice you guys got would be coo.
    congratulations if your brother decides to sell it put me on the top of your list I have other albinos I can trade plus cash if your brother likes albinos if not stil greater find I would still like to see photos

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    Re: wild baby albino garter snake care advice

    Thank you for all the responses!

    It has a few scrapes and dings on it but it doesn't have any serious injuries and like I said it slithers around its cage.

    At this point we don't want to sell it. When I get back from doctor in like an hour I will try what zdravko bro says. We have a thermostat and pad on the way now too. I tried to link them but I can't post links. We got zoomed medium heating pad and the jumpstart thermostat controller.

    /qGI7Q0p.jpg imgur end link can't post pic for some reason.

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    Re: wild baby albino garter snake care advice

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    EDIT: got it to work lol

    Also that is my gfs hands and her middle finger, from tip to where the webbing starts, is just about 3 inches. Just so you can get a little more size reference.

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    Re: wild baby albino garter snake care advice

    Zoomed and sharpened to help with the ID. Appears to be a T+ albino, I'm not sure of the species.

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    Re: wild baby albino garter snake care advice

    I will try to post better pic in a little while. Thanks for sharpening.

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