Page 7 of 7 FirstFirst ... 567
Results 61 to 69 of 69
Like Tree12Likes

Thread: New litter of Easterns (WC)

  1. #61
    T. radix Ranch guidofatherof5's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    C.B,Iowa(radixville)
    Posts
    23,411
    Country: United States

    Re: New litter of Easterns (WC)

    In the first photo it appears they are looking for or expecting something to be delivered to them, I wonder what it could be.
    Steve
    5 awesome kids!
    Emmy, Kale, Molly, Gabby, Hailee
    They are not just snakes. They're garter snakes.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/thamnophis14?feature=mhee

  2. #62
    Never shed
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Essex County, MA
    Posts
    42
    Country: United States

    Re: New litter of Easterns (WC)

    fishfoodfight.jpgredshed.jpg
    Update: Garters are doing well. The biggest one about 13 inches now. Grew about 2.5 inches in a month! Most about 10-11 inches now. Here's a pic of "red" shedding in his tree and some of the gang fighting over a fish. I think I was feeding them too often before, like 4-5 times a week. I read they're supposed to be fed worms twice a week. I thought that seemed low but maybe when they're young it works to feed 'em more. I'm gonna feed them fish about once a week and worms twice a week now though, cause I know feeding them too much can be harmful to them. They've got an amazing appetite though. They'll eat whatever I give them. One of 'em ate pinky parts so I'm gonna introduce more rodents as they get a little bigger.
    florida king, northern pine, bull snake, 4 bull/pines, 12 neonate eastern garters

  3. #63
    Never shed
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Essex County, MA
    Posts
    42
    Country: United States

    Re: New litter of Easterns (WC)

    I keep track of their length and shed schedule now too. They shed on average about once every 3 weeks. They're sure growing up fast. I got a new 24megapixel camera too so Ill upload some photos from that soon.
    florida king, northern pine, bull snake, 4 bull/pines, 12 neonate eastern garters

  4. #64
    Never shed
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    Essex County, MA
    Posts
    42
    Country: United States

    Re: New litter of Easterns (WC)

    What do you guys do for heat? I have a heat pad on during the day and a light. They seem to congregate to the warmth and are really active when the heat pad is on, which I guess is expected. Do most of you guys keep a heat pad on part of the tank daily? Sometimes I give them a break with the heat pad off for a day or two so they can cool down and relax more. But I always have it on when I feed them and right afterwards to keep the metabolism up. Does anyone keep heat pad on 24/7 or is that excessive?
    florida king, northern pine, bull snake, 4 bull/pines, 12 neonate eastern garters

  5. #65
    "Fourth shed In Progress" slipknot711's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Rhode Island
    Posts
    779
    Country: United States

    Re: New litter of Easterns (WC)

    i live in RI i gotta find me some cool garters this year
    Ashley: instagram-> @ashes1187

  6. #66
    Hi, I'm New Here!
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Posts
    23
    Country: United States

    Re: New litter of Easterns (WC)

    wxknight wrote: Does anyone keep heat pad on 24/7 or is that excessive?

    It's excessive. (and yes, I know this thread is 6yrs old,
    thank you)

  7. #67
    T. radix Ranch guidofatherof5's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    C.B,Iowa(radixville)
    Posts
    23,411
    Country: United States

    Re: New litter of Easterns (WC)

    I offer cool and warm hides so they can decide what they want. 24/7/365
    Steve
    5 awesome kids!
    Emmy, Kale, Molly, Gabby, Hailee
    They are not just snakes. They're garter snakes.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/thamnophis14?feature=mhee

  8. #68
    "First shed In Progress"
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Posts
    95
    Country: United States

    Re: New litter of Easterns (WC)

    Quote Originally Posted by Manitou View Post
    wxknight wrote: Does anyone keep heat pad on 24/7 or is that excessive?

    It's excessive. (and yes, I know this thread is 6yrs old,
    thank you)
    No. All my heating elements turn off at night. A cool down period at night is normal and healthy. I live in Minnesota and I don't heat my snakes' tank at night even during the winter.

    Good luck.

  9. #69
    Hi, I'm New Here!
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Posts
    23
    Country: United States

    Re: New litter of Easterns (WC)

    365 Guido? So are you saying that you don't brumate?

    Well, the reason I replied to the OP (not that he'll ever read this) that a heat pad on 24/7 is excessive is because I live relatively near his locale (Essex County, MA) and I know that summertime temps between sunrise and mid-afternoon there can fluctuate by ~50 degrees Fahrenheit. And, the OP states that the snakes are WC. So, hundreds of generations of his snake's ancestors have become habituated to nightly temperature fluctuations to the point where it is now needed for optimal health.

    Now, if he had stated that they were WC from Florida, or that they were not WC but were, for example, F7's, F8's, etc, which more than likely would have been slowly weaned off temperature fluctuations then my reply would have been different.

    I tend to believe that wild northern Garters undergo a "mini-brumation" most summer nights, when their metabolism slows down substantially (July heat waves are the exception to this). And that this is beneficial to them (yes, even with a lump of a meal in their midsection). Their engines were not designed for 6th gear all summer long. They are not Ball Pythons or Boas or another tropical species and require very different care.

    I learned this the hard way.

Page 7 of 7 FirstFirst ... 567

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •