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Posted by Sonja K. at 12/16/2014 10:45:41 AM

On this third day of snakes, I bring you pics of Lance. He is a Wagler's Snake, also known as a Toad Eating Snake (Xenodon merremi). This is not a species that is commonly kept, likely due to the fact their primary diet in the wild consists of toads. 

Lance was captive born from a gravid imported female. I acquired him in May of 2013. He was eating frog-scented pinks at first and I was able to get him to non-scented prey items. I've been going very slow with him due to the fact he's being fed strictly rodents vs the toads that would have made up his primary diet in the wild. 

Wagler's Snakes are a colubrid found in South America. The typical coloration of X. merremi, and even moreso their pattern, is mimetic of pitvipers of the genus Bothrops.   

Their defensive display also mimics that of Bothrops. I named him Lance because he reminded me of a fer-de-lance / lancehead. Wink

His ability to flatten his body never ceases to amaze me. I can't recall him ever striking at me - so far any defensiveness has been limited to display tactics, like you'll see below.

Now on to the pics!

Hope you're enjoying! See you again tomorrow!

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George H. Wessel VII,
Posted At: 12/16/2014 11:31:05 AM  


Sonja ,
Posted At: 12/16/2014 11:44:01 AM  

I think he's trying to look "poisonous"! 

Michael ,
Posted At: 12/16/2014 1:07:39 PM  

he has googlie eyes !  LOL

Macy "Mickey" K,
Posted At: 12/16/2014 1:07:55 PM  

His head kind of looks like a toads too 

Psycho Dragon,
Posted At: 12/16/2014 1:55:47 PM  

He is freakin adorable!!!! I love the googlie eyes.


Bethany ,
Posted At: 12/16/2014 2:25:18 PM  

Googlie eyes is right! He looks like a whole bunch of different snakes combined! 

Niki ,
Posted At: 12/16/2014 9:15:39 PM  

I hadn't even noticed him amongst your critters! What a neat addition!

Ché Kinnard,
Posted At: 12/17/2014 12:07:52 AM  

Thanks for sharing.

Sarah Auzina,
Posted At: 12/17/2014 9:22:44 AM  

Very neat looking! Thanks for sharing!

It occurred to me, so I thought I'd ask- what are the nutritional differences between toads and rodents? Do you worry he may develop some sort of deficiency or problem due to not being on his standard wild diet?

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 12/17/2014 10:18:54 AM  

Sarah, I honestly don't know about the difference in nutritional value... and I all I have is my gut to tell me how best to feed him, but one of my thoughts / concerns is what the effect would be from the rodent's hair on a young digestive system since that doesn't get digested... could it build up, lead to a blockage??? I don't know...  

Sarah Auzina,
Posted At: 12/17/2014 10:22:20 AM  

See, as a non-snake keeper, the hair didn't even occur to me! Maybe if you fed him fuzzies or pinks or whatever it is they're called before they grow hair? Get him a toad for Xmas? 

Lisa ,
Posted At: 12/17/2014 12:25:36 PM  

He is gorgeous!!!!!  Looks so threatening!  I love it!

Niki ,
Posted At: 12/17/2014 6:52:04 PM  

Sonja, you might be right on the money with the rodent thing. You might try googling for info on eastern hognose on rodents. There are numerous thoughts out there that feeding them rodent diets shortens their life span. I have even seen mention of blockages from hair. This is just stuff i've seen mentioned here & there, not looked into it, but it might be a good starting point.

Posted At: 12/17/2014 7:03:31 PM  

He's so cute, despite trying to be flat and scary lol

Pope of iHerp and Bread,
Posted At: 12/17/2014 7:52:18 PM  

It's. So. FLAT! I love it.

Sonja K. ,
Posted At: 12/17/2014 8:49:31 PM  

Thanks everybody!

And thanks, Niki. I hadn't thought about looking into what people say about Eastern Hognose.

Rebecca ,
Posted At: 12/18/2014 2:51:18 AM  

He's so flat he's putting Heterodon to shame!  ;)

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