Hi, just popping back on this thread to say that I found out the owner did know his age and said he is around 4 years old. He is the biggest corn snake I have and compared to my other female 4-year-old corn he looks huge, wondering how in the world he got so big so quickly (eating every 1-2 weeks). I don’t know if you can tell by the pictures but he is around 4 ish feet long at this point. Do you think it’s right that he is 4 years old and that was just a fast grower? About getting a picture of his head, I totally forgot and as the fact that I’m taking him (and my other corns) out of brumation today, I can totally do that.
Growth is mostly determined by feeding schedule and amount, but genetics does play a role as well. So it could be a combination of a somewhat aggressive feeding schedule and genetic predisposition for large size. He does not look fat, however.
Yeah, he is what I would consider a “perfect” girth not too skinny or fat. He was fed twice a month for a while by his previous owner and not power fed in any way, an interesting point about the genetics though, it would be cool if he produced bigger than average offspring.
Do you have a way to weigh the snakes?
Yes, I have a vivarium electronics scale I weigh them on.
It would be interesting to keep track of his weight gain as a ratio of amount fed to weight gained. It may be that he’s unusually efficient at converting food to body mass.