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    Hognose to comfortable

    So I recently purchased a hognose. His ten gallon tank consists of the norm. Hides, clutter and 3 inches of substrate. Heís a happy healthy boy. Also feeds well. Took one off the tongs last Thursday.

    Our problem is that he stays super buried most of the time. Most of the time the pinkyís are left setting out. Which later on when Iím not looking he will take. Heís only been handled once since Iíve had him. I got lucky and caught him out. Got him weighed. He is just over a month old.

    Should I use less substrate? Iím glad heís healthy. However part of me canít help but think. Would I have been better off starting him out on newspaper? That way I could view him. Handle him easier and feed him easier.

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    Re: Hognose to comfortable

    Quite often a hidden snake is a happy one. The tunneling makes him feel safe I say let him. I have 2 sand boas. Feeding time and when I take them out is only time I really see them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Igotsmallballs View Post
    So I recently purchased a hognose. His ten gallon tank consists of the norm. Hides, clutter and 3 inches of substrate. Heís a happy healthy boy. Also feeds well. Took one off the tongs last Thursday.

    Our problem is that he stays super buried most of the time. Most of the time the pinkyís are left setting out. Which later on when Iím not looking he will take. Heís only been handled once since Iíve had him. I got lucky and caught him out. Got him weighed. He is just over a month old.

    Should I use less substrate? Iím glad heís healthy. However part of me canít help but think. Would I have been better off starting him out on newspaper? That way I could view him. Handle him easier and feed him easier.

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    Re: Hognose to comfortable

    Quote Originally Posted by Igotsmallballs View Post
    So I recently purchased a hognose. His ten gallon tank consists of the norm. Hides, clutter and 3 inches of substrate. Heís a happy healthy boy. Also feeds well. Took one off the tongs last Thursday.

    Our problem is that he stays super buried most of the time. Most of the time the pinkyís are left setting out. Which later on when Iím not looking he will take. Heís only been handled once since Iíve had him. I got lucky and caught him out. Got him weighed. He is just over a month old.

    Should I use less substrate? Iím glad heís healthy. However part of me canít help but think. Would I have been better off starting him out on newspaper? That way I could view him. Handle him easier and feed him easier.
    A hognose should be hiding, do not replace his substrate to newspaper however you can provide 1 inch of substrate at that size.

    It's not about YOU viewing him it's about providing an environment that promotes it's natural behaviour, they are diggers they like to bury themselves.
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    Re: Hognose to comfortable

    Very true. However I feel like Iím eventually going to have to dig him out. Rather it be for food or to weigh him. Just seems like itís a double edge sword if I got to dig him out of it.

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    No, you're better off sticking to a substrate he can burrow and tunnel in. I only use about an inch and a half or two inches though.

    At that age and size he's going to take a little time to acclimate, he's still tiny and sees everything as a potential predator.
    My Hognose boy is an adult, and I see him out and about a bit, but not a ton.

    Give your boy some time, he'll become more confident as he puts on some size.

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    Re: Hognose to comfortable

    Quote Originally Posted by Igotsmallballs View Post
    Very true. However I feel like Iím eventually going to have to dig him out. Rather it be for food or to weigh him. Just seems like itís a double edge sword if I got to dig him out of it.
    I have been working with hognose for 9 years never had to dig one for feeding, if hungry and their husbandry are met they will eat.

    As for weighing at this point I am not seeing the need.
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    Re: Hognose to comfortable

    Yeah I suppose you guys are right. The main priority is that heís is happy. I like the idea of using a little less substrate. I will wait til itís cleaning time then put a little less in. Thanks for the help. Made me realize how inpatient and selfish my mind set was! Thx a ton!

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    I keep my hoggy on thick substrate too. If I need him out I will dig him up. He has a cave, a log, and a turtle shell he can hide in when not buried. Usually when it is feeding time I can tap the glass a bit and he will come out soon after. I just start feeding my others until he pops out and starts huffing and puffing.
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    Re: Hognose to comfortable

    Quote Originally Posted by KMG View Post
    I keep my hoggy on thick substrate too. If I need him out I will dig him up. He has a cave, a log, and a turtle shell he can hide in when not buried. Usually when it is feeding time I can tap the glass a bit and he will come out soon after. I just start feeding my others until he pops out and starts huffing and puffing.

    He just came up today to let me know he was hungry. Was moving around on top. In and out of his hides. Handle him for a bit. Put him back in. Came back about an hour later. He had his head resting on the front of his enclosure. Facing were I normally sit. He then powered down a pinky. Took a drink of water and burrowed. Lol.

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