CornSnakes.com Forums  
  Tired of those Google and InfoLinks ads? Register and log in!

Go Back   CornSnakes.com Forums > The CornSnake Forums > Husbandry and Basic Care
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Mark Forums Read

Notices

Husbandry and Basic Care General stuff about keeping and maintaining cornsnakes in captivity.

Cornsnake & Yellow Rat Snake
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-14-2022, 07:34 PM   #1
Coach Pagel
Cornsnake & Yellow Rat Snake

[font="Times New Roman"][size="5"]Hi guys! Today, I rescued a 3.5' to 4' Yellow Rat Snake from our school chicken coop. It had made itself quite comfy in one of the laying boxes. I brought it home as that area is being developed, and the habitat is about gone. I have a large (2x55 gallon tank) habitat for my 2' Cornsnake. Is there an issue letting them both live there?
 
Old 01-14-2022, 09:08 PM   #2
Caryl
Lucky snake for having you to rescue it. (Psst - we live pics!) And good for both snakes that you're asking questions before cohabbing. It's not a good idea.

It's always good to quarantine new herp arrivals from anywhere as far from your collection as possible (even a collection of one). This is true no matter where they come from. It's especially important with wild-caught animals since they're likely to be carrying internal and/or parasites and/or disease. If you want to keep this rat snake and that's legal where you are, it would be best to take it to a vet to check it over and take care of parasites.

Corns and rat snakes can freely interbreed. If your 2' long corn is female and the rattie is male, results could be disastrous for her - even lethal.

There's a small risk of cannibalism. It is small, but not zero.

Individuals of both species live solo in the wild. Cohabbing is stressful for them. Sometimes this us obvious, sometimes it is subtle. There's quite a lot of discussion about the topic on the forums here's if you are interested in learning more.

Best of luck to the three of you!
 
Old 01-14-2022, 09:19 PM   #3
hypnoctopus
I agree with Caryl - definitely a bad idea! (I also agree that I want to see pics!) Parasite and disease transmission is probably going to be the biggest reason not to house them together, but definitely interbreeding and stress are large factors as well.

Personally, I would try to find an area within its natural habitat that's still pretty far away from people to release it back into the wild. If you really want to try keeping it as a pet, it will definitely need its own enclosure, strict quarantine (so, making sure you don't share any decor, hides, feeding tongs, etc.), and it will probably need to be treated for parasites.
 
Old 01-15-2022, 02:12 AM   #4
Coach Pagel
They are in separate enclosures now. Big YRS ate a live rat this evening. I was a little surprised as the egg count of the coop had been down for a few days. Is it possible that it was not the eggs it was after but whatever was taking the eggs?
 
Old 01-15-2022, 11:34 AM   #5
Caryl
Oh yeah, definitely! Rat snakes normally prey on animals rather than eggs. You'd mentioned that the area is being developed, so the snake might have simply taken refuge in coop. Once there, it might have found that meals actually came right to its new home. If you had a drop in production, I wouldn't blame the YRS for eating eggs. It's possible that the snake upset stone hens just by its presence, though.

There was a big black rat snake who lived in our barn when I was a kid. My dad always referred to him as "The Pest Control Officer." He was quite welcome to stay there, and for several years, he did.

Sent from my LM-X210CM using Tapatalk
 

Join now to reply to this thread or open new ones for your questions & comments! Cornsnakes.com is the largest online community dedicated to cornsnakes . Registration is open to everyone and FREE. Click Here to Register!

Google
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:22 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Page generated in 0.02308893 seconds with 11 queries
Copyright Rich Zuchowski/SerpenCo