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Re: Found teeny little ringneck...
How quickly do these grow? They grow very slow, 2 year old ringnecks may only be 6 or 7 inches long but alot thicker. Would he be able to swallow a lizard or worm? He would definitely be able to swallow both, I have raised them on worms before, and I've fed them hatchling skinks. I can get him lizards....Why don't you grab me some as well, I happen to need some. How do you tell what gender they are, or does it not matter? it doesn't matter right now, and it will only matter if you want to breed it in 3 or 4 years. Do you have any advice for a first-time snake owner, and in particular on this species of snake? Ringnecks are very difficult for first time snake owners, and even experts, I know people that kept snakes for 30 plus years and won't even attempt to keep a ringneck because they are known as difficult captives. It is one of the southern ones, so I don't think it will get too big, but I'm not sure...It's just a southern ringneck snake, diadophis punctatus punctatus, adults average about 7 to 13 inches in length.
Try feeding the snake small lizards or skinks if you have access to them at the snake's size. If that doesn't work, try ant eggs, or centipedes, millipedes, fish and salamanders if you have access to those, try worms as well.
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