Baby Snake ID please!!

Baby Snake ID please!!

Postby roxboy » Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:08 pm

I found this baby snake in my pool and was wondering if someone could help me to identify it and possibly what it eats so that i can feed it...I live in Durban Kwa Zulu Natal

Thanks in Advance...

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Re: Baby Snake ID please!!

Postby Fooble » Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:13 pm

That's a young Red Lipped Herald Snake they feed mainly on frogs and toads.
Where in Durban did you find it?

It's often best to release it when they are really small finding small prey items is difficult.
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Re: Baby Snake ID please!!

Postby roxboy » Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:25 pm

Thanks for the Reply...yea it is pretty small....always wanted one though...lol any idea what i can feed it?? and is it better if the food is dead or alive? was thinking a small tree frog or something...
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Re: Baby Snake ID please!!

Postby Fooble » Thu Mar 17, 2011 7:40 pm

It will eat small tree frog indeed.
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Re: Baby Snake ID please!!

Postby Durban Keeper » Thu Mar 17, 2011 11:34 pm

Hey man, heralds are pretty cool. Used to dig them so much when I first started keeping. They are dead easy to keep as long as your prepared to put in the effort and find frogs. I used to love watching my one monster sized herald smash HUGE toads. Good times. If finding food is too much of a mission, release it back into your garden and I'll give you a captive bred house snake feeding on pinky mice. Cheers, Dean.
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Re: Baby Snake ID please!!

Postby groundy » Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:50 am

Its a baby red liped herald they eat frogs.:)
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Re: Baby Snake ID please!!

Postby roxboy » Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:54 am

Thanks for the info guys....Ive always wanted a herald...wanted to ask though...i know it eat frogs but this thing is like 10cm long at the moment, how is it gonna eat a frog? even a small tree frog is big compared to this guy...is there anything else i can feed it in the meanwhile? or do i need to chuck some frogs in a blender or something?lol and how often do they need to eat??

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Re: Baby Snake ID please!!

Postby Fooble » Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:59 am

No it will need tiny frogs, hence why i suggested its not a great idea to keep such a small snake.
TO be honest you're better off releasing it and trying to find a larger herald that can take reed frogs.
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Re: Baby Snake ID please!!

Postby rolandslf » Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:06 am

I have kept and bred Heralds and can only support what Fooble is saying.
It is virtually impossible to find small enough frogs to feed the babies.
Get hold of a larger Herald, in the 50cm or so range, they tame down fairly quickly and easily, and are virtual dustbins needing a fair sized frog every week or so.
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Re: Baby Snake ID please!!

Postby Jamster » Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:37 am

Not only frogs, i find that approapriately sized toads work very well, the poison that the toads secrete doesnt seem to phase them either... :D
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Re: Baby Snake ID please!!

Postby MISA » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:35 am

Roxboy, where exactly in DBN are you situated?

What size frogs can you get hold of?
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Re: Baby Snake ID please!!

Postby roxboy » Fri Mar 18, 2011 11:56 am

Thanks all....Im In Umhlanga Rocks...When it Rains there is an abundance of small tree frogs around here....
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Re: Baby Snake ID please!!

Postby roxboy » Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:59 pm

Ok so i have managed to catch a couple small geckos around...just wanted to know...how should i feed them to my snake?? Do i just put them into the cage with the snake?? or should i feed them in peices?? they are small and am pretty sure the snake wont have any trouble in that regard...and also how often should it be fed...

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Re: Baby Snake ID please!!

Postby Fooble » Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:37 pm

They will eat gecko's how ever it's not GREAT for them.
Whole and live, if it does not feed rather release it.
Feed it twice a week or there abouts.
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Re: Baby Snake ID please!!

Postby Bianca » Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:59 pm

Shame dude. Just release it and get a bigger one.
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