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small brown snake from ct
Posted by Seamus on January 12, 2006, 1:13 am
I live in Shelton, Ct which is inland slightly on the border of the Fairfield and New Haven counties. My brother and I were walking on the sidewalk in front of my house when I stepped right over a very small brown snake which at first glance, without even thinking about it and because it was layed out with a straight body in the sun, I thought was a worm. We relized it was a snake, obviously sun bathing and I decided to pick it up and inspect it a bit more. It was late in the fall season and we eventually decided to set up an old aquarium in our house and keep the snake. I was wondering if you have some ideas as to what kind of snake it might be, it has grown very little in the few months that we've had it, and it's a great climber, and a lighter colored belly. We've been putting small crickets in the tank but have not seen it eat any of them, they do however disapear. Also very small mites and little bugs have started to develop so I went to the pet store and got a mite killer spray to use. We put some small tuffies (fish) in the water dish we have for it but no luck, either the water was too deep or the snake could not swallow the fish, they are bigger than it head and a portion of it's body. As I said, the sanke is a very good climber, he climbed up the side of the glass somehow and actually tried to escape a few times, the result of this was a bad one because he ended up getting stuck on the duct tape that holds down the screening around the outside of the tank. It was a long and painful process to get the snake off of the duct tape, some of the out layer scales came off and he's slowly healing, but acting abnormal, staying out in the open, in the same spot day and night for two days. Anyway, please write back if you have any information or comments on any of this regarding this snake and what I can do to help it have a safe and good life.
The Appalachian Naturalist