One thing that I consistently notice with two of my young snakes, Eddy and Tails, are that they are almost inseparable! Sometimes Eddy might be hanging out by herself on the basking ledge but more often than not they're together. And if Eddy's going up to the front of the enclosure Tails will notice and follow (and vice versa). I took this shot (below) last night when I opened the enclosure a notch to see if any of them wanted to come out (they can 'hear' when the enclosure is opened and often respond if they're in the mood). Who else but Tails and Eddy come out of hiding together to see what's going on! They are both always first in line to be fed and when I allow them some time to slither in the bedroom (the rooms been snake proofed) I always find them together. I've not noticed such a close pairing with any of my other snakes before and they've been like that since tiny babies. They both have very similar personalities (although I'd say Tails is a little more brazen and Eddy a little more placid), They seem to have a lot in common personality wise. When I see them my heart just spills over with joy seeing how much they engage with their environment, responding to noises and investigating together, seeing me and expecting food or an opportunity for a bit of supervised freedom (their little faces seem to light up when they're anticipating something nice). I just love them, they're simply adorable.
I don't know enough (or rather very, very little might be more appropriate wording!) to even know if corn snakes are snakes which are normally solitary or for want of a better word live in a community. When I've seen pictures of snakes certain ones seem to be solitary (e.g. rattlesnake) but others are pictured as a tangled group. Rather nice to think that they can have friends but that could well be humanising it
Corn snakes do aggregate occasionally in the wild so aren't completely asocial, and funny you should mention rattlesnakes as studies have found that they exhibit characteristics consistent with advanced sociality, including group defence, conspecific alarm signals, and maternal defence of young.
Although snakes are commonly considered to be the least social reptiles, current findings reinforce the notion that rather than being solitary and asocial, some snake species may form family groups and may be more complex than previously suspected, these animals are generally under-studied and poorly understood.
I do believe there are more complex social interactions occurring between reptilian individuals than what's appreciated. It's a really fascinating topic actually that i'd love to see more studies on!
It seems rattlesnakes are even choosey with whom they spend their time with, selecting to be in the company of some while avoiding other individuals. Sociality seems to vary between individuals also. I've observed introvert and extrovert tendencies with my corns too although haven't made a formal study of it, I just really enjoy analysing their behaviour and working out their personalities and quirks. Their's a world of knowledge to be discovered in the reptile world, can't wait for more studies to come to light in the future and more knowledge to be gained on these animals, so exciting to know their's so much to discover about them!
caz2golden: On walk today saw a dead branch hanging from a tree over a road. Probably been there a while but have not noticed before! Who do you report it too, tree would be owned by whoever has the field but the branch is over highway?
Sept 5, 2017 20:21:08 GMT
lotsofcats: I would report it to the local council's highway department.
Sept 6, 2017 12:51:54 GMT
caz2golden: sick of poor weather
Sept 10, 2017 14:09:19 GMT
scallywag: chucking it down here
Sept 11, 2017 13:00:00 GMT
caz2golden: Had the drizzle etc yesterday, today was windy which has blown a load of young Manx Shearwaters onto the beaches Dumped a load on the beach cleaner (think we were up to 10 birds) and then I found another so took that to a place of safety!
Sept 11, 2017 16:20:30 GMT
alfiemummy: I've been very lucky today - it chucked it down but only during my lunchtime!
Sept 11, 2017 17:19:03 GMT
scallywag: That was when I got soaked thru thunder hail and lots of heavy rain , Beau was dragging me home LOL
Sept 12, 2017 19:15:41 GMT
lotsofcats: We had very high winds during the night and I slept through it all but if Kobi had barked just once I would immediately be awake.
Sept 13, 2017 12:49:30 GMT
caz2golden: We had the same here Lotsofcats, except I was awake for fair part of it. We had intermittent power cuts too. Felt sorry for the raw pet food delivery man the next morning who was probably coming across a lot of downed trees etc.
Sept 15, 2017 11:07:04 GMT
caz2golden: Frustrating here today, one moment looks lovely but before you have chance to go out it is overcast and drizzling again. Must find weather window for a dog walk!
Sept 15, 2017 11:08:13 GMT
scallywag: It was lovely and sunny here till 2pm then just as I was also getting ready to take Beau out it chucked it down and still is My washing did manage to get dried thou
Sept 15, 2017 14:41:31 GMT
caz2golden: Was ok here today. Dogs enjoyed zoomies session on grass at end of lead walk today, even Sophie tried to join in, making me have to run to encourage her to run too! Madness! Only sorry I could not video it.
Sept 18, 2017 22:17:57 GMT
scallywag: Me toooo would like to see you running about Caz
Sept 19, 2017 10:38:25 GMT
caz2golden: Should have seen me today trying to keep Sophie on course on the beach! lol
Sept 19, 2017 20:00:24 GMT
caz2golden: Back to being drowned rat at work! Now home and warming up.
Sept 20, 2017 14:05:39 GMT
scallywag: What about today Caz it looked to be very wet over there in the West , we have had sunshine here with a breeze , clouding over now but then we are due rain around 5pm onwards
Sept 21, 2017 14:18:37 GMT
scallywag: Did you all get my PM ?
Sept 21, 2017 14:19:00 GMT