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Some species of snakes are cannibalistic, meaning that they will eat their own kind. Members of the genus Agkistrodon (cottonmouths, copperheads and cantils) and Lampropeltis (king snakes and milk snakes) are especially notorious for doing this, but any snake might give it a shot if it is hungry and its cagemate is smaller than it is. Watch breeding pairs carefully, and make sure they are roughly the same size.
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Male snakes have a hemipenis, a bifurcated and rather spiky tool that looks like a pair of pink Siamese twin blowfish. Sometimes, the female will get bored and decide to slither off in another direction in the middle of mating, and the hapless male can lose a prong. But not to fear, that's why the backup tool is there.
No statistics are currently recorded whether male snakes tend to be "right-penised" or "left-penised".
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|