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: cool, calm and sunny here today.
Oct 17, 2017 20:00:12 GMT
scallywag: Snap same here but its now 20th f Oct 🤣
Oct 20, 2017 20:23:28 GMT
caz2golden: Another shift down Ophelia to blame on Monday, Brian today!
Oct 21, 2017 13:28:26 GMT
caz2golden: Bridge been shut again, the storm surge caused issues on coastal roads this morning with Newgale, Amroth and Wisemans bridge all being affected. Tenby lifeboat has been launched.....
Oct 21, 2017 13:31:45 GMT
scallywag: anyone getting lots of display probs with the forum ?
Oct 21, 2017 15:10:44 GMT
tonib: I couldn't get on last night (late) but no display issues that I'm aware of
Oct 22, 2017 13:27:48 GMT
caz2golden: fireworks going pop!
Nov 4, 2017 18:27:12 GMT
caz2golden: Its cold outside.....! (and black as pitch so guess rain is about to fall)
Nov 6, 2017 15:58:36 GMT
scallywag: No rain here as yet , not sure if we were even forecast for it here . Been warm in the sun and crisp out the sun
Nov 6, 2017 21:50:02 GMT
scallywag: Sunshine and blue skies again I can put up with this all month all winter in fact
Nov 7, 2017 13:16:44 GMT
caz2golden: Either my computer or the forum is constantly locking my internet up, taken me over an hour to write a short paragraph, it is sending me bonkers!
Nov 8, 2017 16:04:17 GMT
scallywag: What a pain Caz hope the glitch has gone ?
Nov 8, 2017 19:39:38 GMT
caz2golden: I hope it has too, it seems ok at the moment!
Nov 8, 2017 22:36:02 GMT
caz2golden: Last night Phoebe walked into the hedgehog down garden path, quite amusing watching dog jump sideways and give it a good sniff and then carry on her way for the loo. I love hedgehogs. Left some peanuts (for birds) out for it but it went back into border.
Nov 10, 2017 11:01:03 GMT
caz2golden: Swear I heard a mouse with clogs on last night!
Nov 16, 2017 20:15:37 GMT
scallywag: What were you drinking last night
Nov 16, 2017 20:30:25 GMT
caz2golden: I had a headache from hell but promise only on the water
Nov 16, 2017 21:13:44 GMT
caz2golden: Brother just saw hedgehog again, want to go and weigh it to check it is ok for hibernating but by time I got out there it had gone.
Nov 16, 2017 21:14:20 GMT