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!
tonib: Sounds like it was a good job we didn't have Roman as a kitten then. He's never misbehaved like that, only his first Xmas with us when he half-inched the stuffing! - I hope that's not famous last words!
Jul 20, 2018 12:47:00 GMT
tonib: Lexie is another matter but usually not breakables - except potentially of herself when she fell behind the large display cabinet/sideboard on being left alone for the 1st time in our dining room aged 2.5 years!!!
Jul 20, 2018 13:27:50 GMT
tonib: She jumped on top (via the table I believe) & managed to fall between it & the wall & appeared to be suspended by her head part way down (the gap narrowed!) I had to get a burly neighbour in to help move it, quickly moving weight/breakables as pos. 1st
Jul 20, 2018 13:34:33 GMT
tonib: She was fine but got checked by vet just in case! That was a heart stopping time, especially her cries!
Jul 20, 2018 13:34:59 GMT
lotsofcats: I can remember when that happened with Lexi.
Jul 20, 2018 18:56:39 GMT
tonib: You've got a good memory, that was in 2012 I posted on the old YC forum
Jul 20, 2018 21:51:09 GMT
Gillykat: Wooohoooo updated piccies of the two new girls been sent.....they look adorable....and as tthough they'll boss Monty around summik rotten! My poor wee man
Jul 25, 2018 19:23:44 GMT
Gillykat: Listen! Can you hear that? SILENCE!!! The three ninjas are all asleep I shall enjoy it whilst it lasts
Aug 3, 2018 8:37:19 GMT
lotsofcats: It won't be for long. When I had kittens I just used to sit and watch them for ages - are you doing that yet?
Aug 3, 2018 11:09:00 GMT
Gillykat: Oh yes......just drinking their adorable cuteness Been picking up and cuddling new boys too and they're starting to realise I'm a harmless idiot who gives them a treat every time I do so.
Aug 3, 2018 15:37:15 GMT
scallywag: Thought they were GIrls ?
Aug 3, 2018 17:23:20 GMT
Gillykat: So did we scallywag Turns out, once I got them home, I checked and both are boys I'm VERY pleased about this cos I adore boy cats....always had absolute sweethearts of that sex in the past
Aug 4, 2018 10:07:36 GMT