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 #1745763


Lesley251067
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 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

I have two Californian King snakes, one is really content and happy, the other tries to eat itself, it had 6/7" of it’s tail down its throat, then when he regurgitates his tail he then bites himself and holds on for ages??? I don’t know why it does this, is this normal? I have only had these snakes for a week, and noticed that the tail wasn’t as clean looking as the rest of the body, they are both around 10 years old. I think it has been doing this to himself for a while going by the marks on the tail, is there anything I can do to stop this? is this normal? He can be handled even whilst biting himself, he was last fed Saturday 10th May 2008 with two medium sized mice, he has a bowl of water in his Viv, heating, they are in separate Viv’s as I know they cant be put together. Can anyone help Please? much appreciated



05/25/08  09:44am

 #1745776


LilKaliGirl
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  Message To: Lesley251067   In reference to Message Id: 1745763


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

odd situation... i hope someone answers you soon... i’d like to know whats going on myself... mites?... can you put something on his tail to make it bitter tasting so that he wont do it anymore?... will check back to see what folks say...am gonna go read to see if i can find anything on behaviors.. will let ya know if i find anything good luck



05/25/08  09:54am

 #1745796


Lesley251067
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  Message To: LilKaliGirl   In reference to Message Id: 1745776


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

No he hasn’t any mites, first thing we checked, have googled for information, but nothing relevant came up, Have some Pictures on my profile or photobox, wanted to put one with message but didn’t know how to, so put on profile so all can take a look at what he does and the damage he has caused himself. Thanks for the reply



05/25/08  10:24am

 #1745826


Bratty_leo_sun
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  Message To: Lesley251067   In reference to Message Id: 1745796


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

Try this to post pics.....when you are in the "type message box"the bottom right corner has a link called "get your photo list". Click on that and another box will pop up with your photos. You should then see a yellow box that says "Make code for image", click on that. Then it will go to another box that has the code and under that is a yellow box stating" Click here to place the code on your post".....and there you go a pic with your post.

Maybe your snake it trying to take off some old shed that hasn’t come off yet??



05/25/08  11:12am

 #1745876


MilkY_king
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  Message To: Bratty_leo_sun   In reference to Message Id: 1745826


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

I don’t know much about this matter but I do know that L.ROY had some pics a long time ago of one of his kings doing that. Maybe I’m mistaken and its not him who posted that, but I’m 95% sure that is was. I bet he could give some good advice on the matter.



05/25/08  12:14pm

 #1745878


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  Message To: MilkY_king   In reference to Message Id: 1745876


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

I’m sure others could to,(not trying to offend anybody) I just thought that Jetzen said something about that, thats the only reason I mentioned him.



05/25/08  12:16pm

 #1745911


L.ROY
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  Message To: Lesley251067   In reference to Message Id: 1745763


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

it’s nothing to worry about, your snake is only displaying a very strong feeding response.



05/25/08  12:58pm

 #1745939


MilkY_king
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  Message To: L.ROY   In reference to Message Id: 1745911


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

Gorgeous snake L.ROY!



05/25/08  01:27pm

 #1745967


L.ROY
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  Message To: MilkY_king   In reference to Message Id: 1745939


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

thanks, here he is back in ’03


and here’s his sister



05/25/08  01:58pm

 #1746017


MilkY_king
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  Message To: L.ROY   In reference to Message Id: 1745967


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

I LOVE the orange on them.



05/25/08  03:05pm

 #1746059


Lesley251067
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  Message To: L.ROY   In reference to Message Id: 1745911


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

When I read that L.Roy, my heart skipped a beat, may sound silly, but it’s the most positive reply I have had from anyone, and you have a picture showing the exact same thing as what mine does, so I need not worry too much? One other issue is last night, he was going crazy in his Viv, and he kinda lunged at the glass and smashed it, I mean totally out to the floor, luckily he was unharmed, but is this too the norm? my Boa’s and other King isn’t like this at all.. Hope these images work..Thanks for the info Bratty_leo_sun..2nd image is the damage he is doing when he walks his tail down his throat



05/25/08  04:15pm

 #1746068


Lesley251067
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  Message To: L.ROY   In reference to Message Id: 1745911


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

Your snake is gorgeous,love the markings... my other King is a banana phase, will add photo asap



05/25/08  04:27pm

 #1746157


Bratty_leo_sun
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  Message To: Lesley251067   In reference to Message Id: 1746068


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

no worries Lesley



05/25/08  06:04pm

 #1746547


L.ROY
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  Message To: Lesley251067   In reference to Message Id: 1746059


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

i would offer him food every 3 days for a few weeks. after his appetite gets satisfied he should mellow out.



05/26/08  12:33am

 #1746627


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  Message To: L.ROY   In reference to Message Id: 1746547


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

Cut the feeding schedule down by a day or two also? After the every 3 days thing? Maybe he’s just getting really really hungry before the next feeding day. Eesh, talk about over dramatics!



05/26/08  02:18am

 #1746687


Lesley251067
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  Message To: Morsel   In reference to Message Id: 1746627


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

Thank you everyone, I was very worried, but the horror stories I was being told would do that to anyone that didn’t know... I will try the new feeding pattern and see if this stops him or at least maybe not hurt himself as much.. again, thank you all all the best Lesley



05/26/08  05:26am

 #1746927


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  Message To: Lesley251067   In reference to Message Id: 1746687


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

I’ve had several of my snakes "bite" themselves as in one of the pics.... but never had one swallow its tail. Glad to know that its just an overzealous feeding response. Hope he stops soon.



05/26/08  12:49pm

 #1747862


Lesley251067
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  Message To: The_Thunderer   In reference to Message Id: 1746927


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

Well I fed Alf last night an extra large mouse, which was greatly received, so far so good? but it’s around 3pm onwards that he attacks himself... I hope this method works, I’m not counting on it working straight away, but in time ...Maybe??? I will of course let all know to how he is and if this method is working..Fingers crossed



05/27/08  08:55am

 #1747896


LilKaliGirl
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  Message To: Lesley251067   In reference to Message Id: 1747862


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

fingers crossed too! good luck!



05/27/08  09:44am

 #1747902


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  Message To: LilKaliGirl   In reference to Message Id: 1747896


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

Yeh, hope it works out for you dude!



05/27/08  10:04am

 #1754967


Lesley251067
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  Message To: L.ROY   In reference to Message Id: 1745911


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

I would just like to thank L.ROY for he advice concerning my boy Alf, I can say that I have followed what you suggested and so far so good, he has not attacked himself since he has been fed twice a week, also we bought him a new secluded shelter to put in his Viv which he loves, but the best thing is I think he has stopped self harming lol I feed him extra large mouse at the weekend and during the week he has 2 small mice an hour or so apart this method seems to be working, I can’t thank you enough, just seeing him so content now is great, I’ve got such a bond with him and he is my son’s snake but I handle him more than anyone else, he likes to go out into the garden and go through the gravel when it’s sunny he hasn’t shown any signs of aggression since the new feeding pattern it’s all good... THANK YOU L.ROY



06/08/08  08:57am

 #1754990


MilkY_king
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  Message To: Lesley251067   In reference to Message Id: 1754967


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

I’m not L.ROY, but I am glad to hear he is doing so good!



06/08/08  09:48am

 #1755006


Lesley251067
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  Message To: MilkY_king   In reference to Message Id: 1754990


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

Thank you milkY_king sorry I should had said thanks to you also, and thanks to everyone that helped me with this issue ... Lesley



06/08/08  10:16am

 #1755008


L.ROY
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  Message To: Lesley251067   In reference to Message Id: 1754967


 My Snake is eating himself!!!???

you’re welcome Lesley,
stick around and you’ll learn everything you need to know about kingsnakes.



06/08/08  10:19am


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