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Is this mouse to big??

MikeY4291990
01-25-2013, 09:30 PM
I bought a live mouse for my corsnake today. I have no idea how old the snake is. Since getting it as a gift, I've been feeding it frozen pinkies (thawed first of course) and wanted to see its reaction to a live one. I attached some photos of the two. Th snake has been stalking it all day. Is the mouse to big?

Nanci
01-25-2013, 09:31 PM
WAY too big. And don't feed live. And get that poor mouse out of there before the snake gets hurt.

AliCat37
01-25-2013, 09:32 PM
I would say that's a bit too big. Also, I would go and do a search about live feeding. Quite frankly, your snake eats frozen thawed and you have no reason to feed live. It's a huge risk to your snake's immediate (bite wounds) and long term (parasites) health.

MikeY4291990
01-25-2013, 09:34 PM
Okay, thank you. Took it out a few hours ago. The guy at the pet store told me it was the right size (just trying to get a $1.50 sale I guess) and wasn't sure. Going to feed it to my friends snake then.

Chip
01-25-2013, 09:38 PM
The mouse is fine, other than being alive and your snake being too small to eat it! ;) Now that that's behind us, let's talk about sand. Just looking out for your snake.

Nanci
01-25-2013, 09:39 PM
If you have been feeding pinks, the next step is a peach fuzzy. There is no reason, or benefit for feeding live.

Nanci
01-25-2013, 09:41 PM
Whoa- I thought that was paper towels! The snake should be on aspen, for burrowing. Sand is irritating and not appropriate at all for cornsnakes.

AliCat37
01-25-2013, 09:41 PM
Now that that's behind, us let's talk about sand. Just looking out for your snake.

Oh! Didn't even see that... I thought it was wet paper towels..

MikeY4291990
01-25-2013, 09:44 PM
@Chip
Should I not be using sand? The substrate I was using was wood chips. The problem was that he burrowed beneath them and I could never see him. So I bought the sand and got some fake rocks for him to hide.

MikeY4291990
01-25-2013, 09:47 PM
I got swindled at the pet store.

Chip
01-25-2013, 09:50 PM
You didn't get swindled, you just probably had someone who didn't know what they were doing. And baby corns are supposed to hide a lot, that's how they stay alive in the wild to grow into big corn snakes! And yeah, sand is a cruddy substrate for most reptiles. Don't sweat him hiding, that's his nature. He's going to be unhappy being unable to.

Nanci
01-25-2013, 09:54 PM
The whole idea of the snake hiding is because that's his nature! You don't want to make him unhappy and scared, do you? Give him aspen shavings, and lots and lots of leafy plastic vines, and I bet he will hide in plain sight.

MikeY4291990
01-25-2013, 09:55 PM
Okay. Is "CoCo Soft" safe. That's what I originally used.

MikeY4291990
01-25-2013, 09:56 PM
It's made from coconut husks.

Chip
01-25-2013, 09:59 PM
Do you have a picture of any? I bet it's one of the many coconut based substrates on the market. I'm familiar with CoCo Fresh, which is a great snake substrate, but ground coconut or walnut shell is horrible. Is it stringy (probably okay) or like coarse sand (bad)? I tried to Google it and didn't find the product.

MikeY4291990
01-25-2013, 10:05 PM
This is it.

Nanci
01-25-2013, 10:10 PM
Probably not harmful...

Chip
01-25-2013, 10:13 PM
Use up what you have, but I find that grade is better for an adult. Try Care Fresh when you run out. It's this stuff (featuring one of Nanci's babies):
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If you don't like that, try Repti Bark or Zoo Med's aspen bedding. There are lots of good burrowing choices. The stuff you posted isn't terrible, I just like it better for bigger snakes. It holds down odor great, too.

MikeY4291990
01-25-2013, 10:32 PM
Great, THANK YOU all!

Weda737
01-26-2013, 04:06 AM
If I may put in my 2 cents, I've used about every substrate on the market and while I really like the reptibark so far for my big digger, I personally wouldn't use it for a substrate for corns unless you are feeding in a separate container every single time. Reptibark is just the right size where your corn could accidentally ingest a piece and not be able to pass it. Carefresh is good in my opinion, just a bit dry and dusty but doesn't have the strong odor aspen has. Aspen is great too, just watch out for mold if you have high humidity. Now this is just based on my experience, you'll find the one that works for you.

MikeY4291990
01-26-2013, 11:15 PM
When I had the coconut substrate I fed him in a different enclosure. Really liked the sand, but since it's not good at all, guess I'm taking it out :( There goes $10 bucks well spent!

Cronsnakes
01-27-2013, 09:05 PM
Get rid of the sand and get some aspen in there, corn snakes like burrowing it's in there nature.

meg53
01-29-2013, 07:29 PM
Hi neighbor, I'm from Lakeland also! If you have time this weekend (Feb 2 and 3) check out Repticon Orlando. It costs $10 to get in, but you can usually get stuff a lot cheaper than the pet store, and the vendors can help you pick out the right stuff for your snake. I think the parking is free. go to repticon.com for more info.