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Snake on Snake Aggression

Discussion in 'Snakes' started by Serinity Reis, Jul 11, 2018.


  1. Serinity Reis

    Serinity Reis PetForums Newbie

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    Hi! I have 2 Trans Pecos rat snakes. One is male and one is female. They are both very friendly and have always been fed seperatly. But, have been housed in the same tank for over 4 years and have never had a problem until recently... Yesterday, the bigger snake all of a sudden started acting aggressive to the other smaller snake. I would stop it every time the big one seemed to pick on the little one, but now it's just too much. It's almost like the big one is trying to assert dominance or breed, but like I said this has never happened before. Now my smaller snake has bite/puncture marks all over him/her. Does anyone know what could have caused this to happen or if I will have to seperate them permanatley?
    Thank you!

    Both of my snakes look like the attached photo.
     

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  2. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    No knowledge, but I’d keep them separate from now on just in case.
     
  3. Acidic Angel

    Acidic Angel I am THAT person, sometimes...

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    Rat Snakes are a solitary species and should be kept separately.

    That yours have now started fighting further shows they should not be kept together.

    Separate and keep separate unless you plan on breeding, which is done in a controlled way and supervised.
     
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    I'm confused - How do U know the snakes are opp-sex, if U don't know which is which sex?
    If they've been sexed, the larger / older would be one definite sex, correct?

    & as above, they are solitary animals - they don't have a hierarchy. They encounter one another to breed / mate, & go separate ways, after.


    This is one of the times that I really wish "pecking order" & "dominance" had never entered the lexicon of pet-owners, but had stayed in the vocabulary of behaviorists, psych-researchers, & other pros, who understand the definition & use of the jargon. :(
    CM / DW has a lot to answer for, with his nonstop use of 'dominant' this & that! :mad: . :Muted

    - terry

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  5. Serinity Reis

    Serinity Reis PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks guys! I just wonder why they did so well together for so long until now. And the reason why I don't know which one is which is because they look identical, but when I got them they told me one was male and one was female.
    Thanks again!
     
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    who knows? -- I'd say U were very lucky, all in all. :)
    Hopefully the smaller snake will recover - I'd take that one to be seen by a vet who treats exotics, snakes need specialist care - they get sick slowly, & take FOREVER to heal or recover.

    Infections are a very serious risk, as they lie on the "floor" of their cages so much. U cannot use the same drugs for snakes & other herps as for mammals.

    - terry

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  7. Serinity Reis

    Serinity Reis PetForums Newbie

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    I will, thank you so much! I'll probably take them both (in seperate boxes of course) and make sure the 'mean' one is healthy and isn't lashing out because he/she is sick.
    Have a wonderful day!
     
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