Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Vinson Massif, Antarctica
Ribbon snakes are quite capable of hitting 30" in length. Anyway, comets have more substance to them than rosy reds, that may account for the difference. Or it could be that the smaller one may just be stressed by being kept in such a close proximity to another snake. In the wild they are solitary animals, and generally only come together for breeding and brumation. Stress alone is enough to account for many things, including a lack of growth and the feeding differences. Really though, it could just be that he's a smaller snake, or slower developing. They're like an other animal, some get big, some stay small.
If their size difference gets significant (it sounds like its pretty much there), I would really consider seperating them. Snakes are opportunistic feeders, and while its not common with ribbons, cannibalism is not unknown. Better to be safe than sorry.
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