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Posted by highlander1 on May 04, 2003 at 08:31:24:
In Reply to: Should I feed my boa within his enclosure or out?? posted by peterfromme on May 04, 2003 at 08:11:26:
:I've seen several post with people feeding their boas within a separate "feeding enclosure." I have a few questions, regarding this approach.
:1)What are the advantages of feeding my boas within a separate "feeding enslosure?"
IMO there are no advantages to feeding outside the enclosure UNLESS you are housing 2 together.however there are a few disadvantages,Possible regurgitation,Getting bit,Stress on the animal,etc.
:2)Is ther any disadvantages of feeding my boas within the enclosure that I house them in?
Only 1 that i can think of but have never had a problem with.People say that the animal associates your hands for feeding and strike at you or bite (feeding response) but again i've never had a problem with none of the ones that i have.I feed all of mine in the enclosures with the exception of my male b/p that is housed with my female.Alot less stress for the animal if it is fed in the enclosure.If you feel like its unsafe then buy a snake hook and that will take care of that.I dont use them myself,I trust my animals to an extent and know when to handle them and when not too so i dont use snake hooks.
:3)At what age should I feed my boas within a separate feeding enclosure?
If you really want to go with the feeding outside of the cage i wouldnt do it with any boa below 8 or 9 mths.By then they will have good size on them but it is still stressful even on an animal full grown. Regards Bill McLeod