I went to the show this weekend (and loved it!) and I came home with a new baby corn. Getting a corn snake is something I've considered for the past few years, after having taken care of a bunch of them while working at a pet store a while back. I had an empty 10 gal at home with a slide-in screen lid, and well...the rest is history.
I left her alone for the first few days. Didn't handle her, or poke around in her tank, just trying to let her settle in. She seemed super active wed night, so I decided to feed her. I put her in the critter keeper that's now a dedicated snake feeding box, then put in the f/t pinky at 'dead mouse temp'. She cruised around the keeper for a minute, found the pinky and chowed right down. I waited about 20 minutes before transferring her, with minimal stress/handling, back into her tank. Left her alone yesterday.
I just took her out to see if I could get some good pictures, intending to do a bit on handling and put her back within about 5 minutes. As I'm handling her and trying to take pictures I noticed something odd with her spine. I think it's about where her shoulders join her neck (complete guess here) but there's a sort of odd dip. Like scar tissue or a really old, and completely healed injury. She moves kind-of strangely, not as coordinated as I thought she should be, but gets around her tank fine. I just noticed it in my hand, it's almost as though she has less control over the rest of her body after that odd spot. I took some pictures of it, hopefully you can make-out what I'm talking about.
The first pic is the best I think, you can really see the dip in her spine, and the surrounding muscles weirdness. You can see it in the second pic too, by my finger.
10 gal, screen lid (with heavy books on top to prevent cat problems) baby corn proofed
Aspen shavings as per the breeder's recommend
Water dish big enough for soaking (which she has explored a bit) sitting over the hot side
2 hides, one on each side
plants and vines
The heat has stayed around 70-75 in the hot side, which I'm not happy with. I'll be getting a better UTH probably this weekend/early next week. Humidity is about 50%. This is going by my digital hygrometer/thermometer, not a crappy stick-on/dial.
To the best on my knowledge nothing 'bad' has happened to her, no dropping, squishing, or other damage-causing things. Went straight home from the show, set up her tank, and set the container in before opening.
*sigh* I'm really hoping this turns out well, but I gotta say I've got a bad feeling.
Anyways, feedback/suggestions would be very welcome.