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Old 03-24-2009, 10:33 AM
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Okay, so I was bad and looked at the CL pet section. (I was supposed to be looking for a china cabinet... yeah... oops.) Anyways, I just saw these two.



Posted today:
5 y.o. Albino Corn Snake

Okay, so this guy is not really albino as far as I can tell. I believe he is actually an amelanistic(sp?) snake. Anyways, I already have the exact same tank that the poster has pictured (from back in high school when I used to keep a blue-streak garter snake), and a LOT of reptile "toys" left over from my skink. I've never actually owned a corn snake, but I used to work with about four of them when I used to volunteer at the children's museum. There was one amelanistic, and he was my fav.

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Posted yesterday:
Ball Python

This guy caught my eye since there has been such a surge of BPs here on the forum. I am not as familar with them, but I'm a fast learner. The poster seems... uninterested... which makes me a little nervous, but I thought maybe somebody could read more into this than I can? Or not. Honestly, the corn snake really caught my eye first, and then I kept looking.



Soooooo yeah... Your job now I suppose is to either talk me into it (one or both, preferably just one, though), or talk me out of it, or if you feel the need to fill me in on some general information about either of these animals. I would love to hear any of it!
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:50 AM
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wow that second person with the ball python sounds like a jerk. Ummmm... my only concern with the BP is that the poster seemed so disinterested in the snake so who knows how well he was taken care of. I don't know a whole lot about Corns, but I know that BPs are relatively easier snakes to care for in comparison with some of the other breeds of snakes.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:20 AM
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albino and amel are the same thing.

That snake is actually a form of albino called a "sunglow" which means there is no white on it. It looks like its in good shape, and would make a nice pet.


Don' be surprised about the non chalant attitude of the BP owner. BP's are common in swapmeets and hole and the wall places, so they are often a very very impulse buy animal.

maybe you should get both?

ETA: btw...$75 for that cornsnake is kinda pricey IMO. Thats a retail price....not a a craigslist price. Heck, even a tad high for retail...especially if its a male. 50-60$ is more reasonable.
The ball python is too much too..... retail on those is like $40-50 and he's asking $65
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Corns are the easiest of the two I have both at my apartment right now and I know from experience. Corn snakes will eat just about anything, don't need specific humidity and can almost always survive in your room temperature house without extra heating if you don't want to invest. They're referred to at bomb-proof on most snake forums

Oh, and amelanistic is a type of albino They're lacking their black/brown coloring and it's still technically a kind of albino often calls "Red Albino"

So, if you want a good beginner snake, go for the corn ^.^
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:30 AM
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albino and amel are the same thing.

That snake is actually a form of albino called a "sunglow" which means there is no white on it. It looks like its in good shape, and would make a nice pet.


Don' be surprised about the non chalant attitude of the BP owner. BP's are common in swapmeets and hole and the wall places, so they are often a very very impulse buy animal.

maybe you should get both?

ETA: btw...$75 for that cornsnake is kinda pricey IMO. Thats a retail price....not a a craigslist price. Heck, even a tad high for retail...especially if its a male. 50-60$ is more reasonable.
The ball python is too much too..... retail on those is like $40-50 and he's asking $65

Neato beans on the sunglow. That's cool to know! I had been told way back when that no black = amel, so I didn't really think to look any further into color variations. Now that I'm reading, there are TONS of different ones! Wowza!

I know that $75 is a high for the corn snake, but he's advertising the snake and all that comes with it (20-gal terrarium, hidey-things, etc.) and since I have most of those accessories already, I would intend to try and adjust the price for the snake only. I'm sure he could get a good price for the habitat equipment on its own...


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wow that second person with the ball python sounds like a jerk. Ummmm... my only concern with the BP is that the poster seemed so disinterested in the snake so who knows how well he was taken care of. I don't know a whole lot about Corns, but I know that BPs are relatively easier snakes to care for in comparison with some of the other breeds of snakes.
Yeah, the corn snake poster seems much more like someone I would want to talk to. Lol!
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:31 AM
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Corns are the easiest of the two I have both at my apartment right now and I know from experience. Corn snakes will eat just about anything, don't need specific humidity and can almost always survive in your room temperature house without extra heating if you don't want to invest. They're referred to at bomb-proof on most snake forums

Oh, and amelanistic is a type of albino They're lacking their black/brown coloring and it's still technically a kind of albino often calls "Red Albino"

So, if you want a good beginner snake, go for the corn ^.^

Thanks for the info! I feel kinda dumb about this albino vs. amel thing. LOL! I was really proud of myself for recognizing amelanistic.
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Soooo... I am still thinking about the corn snake. I am too skeptical about the BP poster, and I have always been fond of corns.

Problem is, there is no good reason why I should get this snake. It is almost a complete impulse on my part, and that is never a good time.

I told myself (and my husband) that I would wait, and if the corn snake gets reposted in a the next few weeks, I will reconsider contacting them and take a shot at it.

However, since I decided this (about an hour ago), I have been struggling with the idea MORE!

I really want to, but the closer I get to contacting the poster the more my conscience nags me that I shouldn't give in to the impulse.

Gah!

Okay, you all can officially think I'm insane now.
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Snakes are sooo easy to care for...it would be hard to regret it. You' have to be insanely busy to neglect a snake.

Good on you for thinking it over tho.
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Snakes are sooo easy to care for...it would be hard to regret it. You' have to be insanely busy to neglect a snake.

Good on you for thinking it over tho.

Yeah... like I said earlier, I have had snakes before (garters, so not quite the same thing, but the general time commitment should be about the same), so I know that the care isn't an issue. The problem is I know that I CAN get this snake, but I have no reason why I SHOULD. Hence, my inner struggle.

I am one of those people that can barely go to the mall because I'm scared I'll buy something stupid. I have an impulse-phobia or something. LOL!
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Uuuurgh I SO want a snake now after all the pics on here.... always admired, now I WANT!!!!

I'd prob go with the 1st if it is a "beginners" snake. The second one sounds like it might come with all manner of issues, and while it's always tempting to take in the sad case, it's not always practical.

OR, I'd take both and donate the 2nd to a rescue

ETA - I'm also totally taken with the colour of the corn snake
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