Pretzel the Hognose

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This blog follows Pretzel, the Western Hognose, as he journeys through life traversing treacherous fluffy blankets, burrowing deep into cavernous pockets, and climbing towering branches! Read More...

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Anonymous :  Hello, I might be getting my first snake soon and I wanted to ask you if you can give me a list of things I will need and maybe a few suggestions for starters?

Unfortunately, I’m not really the best person to give advice about starter snakes as I only have experience with literally one kind of snake.  I can give you a brief list of the most commonly kept “beginner snakes” (corn snakes, king snakes, ball pythons, hognoses, etc) but it’s up to you to research the pros and cons, because some will be better suited to you than others.  And as for the things you’ll need, that depends on what snake you ultimately end up going for! 

I’d really recommend doing plenty of your own research before making any decisions, as being proactive in your research is absolutely crucial when it comes to keeping reptiles (particularly if it’s your first!) because they have such different requirements than mammals, etc.  I’m sorry that I couldn’t be more helpful, and I wish you the best of luck!

just-tumbling-along :  Awww what an adorable little sweetie you have there!

Aw, thank you very much! :3


So, Lulu has decided to stop eating for me. I got her on March 22nd, and she ate on the 26th. I tried feeding her on the 31st, and she refused. I waited three days and she refused again. I’m feeding f/t pinkie mice.

I’m assuming this is normal, but what do you guys think?

Pretzel was like that when I first brought him home; he ate really inconsistently for about two months, usually only taking mice every 2-3 weeks.  I’ve heard that some hogs do have a tendency to go off their food while they’re settling in, no matter how good their feeding history, and they can take up to a couple of months to settle down. 

A few things that worked for me were braining and warming the mouse under lukewarm water.  Tuna scenting also worked like an absolute dream for me, but there are a million and one different things you can try, so I wouldn’t worry just yet!  Good luck!  :)

Pretzel’s feeling a bit shy at the moment! 
Pretzel living up to his name and tying himself in knots…