Sexing Snakes

Please note, this is not a tutorial on how to sex snakes. This is not a skill you can learn from reading it, it really should be shown to you in person so you can get the feel of it. Reading does not give you the feel for it, nor describe exactly how much pressure to use. This is simply an explanation of the various methods we use to sex snakes here at Mason Exotics. Male snakes have what it called a Hemipenes. So called because they have two! They…

Feeding Snakes

The frequency of feeding your snake depends entirely on the species, age, size and the results you wish to achieve. Some species, like the Western Hognose have a higher metabolism so will feed twice weekly as they grow. These are a species that should be fed smaller amounts more often, rather than a bigger food item less often. Most snakes, however would be happy with regular weekly feeds. A hatchling snake (Royal Python or Corn Snake for example), once it is feeding, will take twice weekly feeds, and will grow…

Housing Royal Pythons – Really Useful Boxes

Royal Pythons are found in the wild in Western Africa, specifically in the regions of Ghana, Benin and Togo. The weather is hot and tropical, and they mostly live hidden away in rodent burrows, coming out only when hungry and in search of a mate. They are Agoraphobic, which means they are afraid of wide open spaces. If you put a Royal Python in to a large vivarium, that does not have enough cover, they will become stressed out, and anorexic. This can lead to the death of the snake…

Feeding Snakes – Food Sizes

We breed our own food here as we believe it to be higher quality than mass produced frozen rats and mice bought from a shop. It also works out a lot cheaper for us! We realise this is not practical for everyone, so we try and label our feeding cards with the size closest to shop bought sizes as possible. We also use a mixture of fresh food and defrosted to ensure they are not fussy feeders when they leave us! Most snakes are fed approximately once a week. When…