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Posted by Oilfan94 on February 12, 2003 at 09:04:19:
In Reply to: Feeding inside cage versus outside cage posted by ThePetFactory on February 12, 2003 at 04:21:42:
I used to be of the opinion that you should feed in a separate enclosure to disassociate the feeding response with your hand coming into the enclosure. The problem, especially with large snakes, that you have to move them back into their home enclosure after feeding. If the idea of moving the snake to feed is to prevent the association of feeding with going into the enclosure then the same logic tells us that taking it out would cause the same association.
I have had no problems with aggression after feeding in the enclosures. I do however put some of my snakes into small containers within their enclosures to prevent them from ingesting any of the substrate. I do not handle them after eating. I simply open the container and let them return to their favorite hiding spots on their own.
:I am a manager of a Pet Store in Salt Lake City, Utah. I have had many constrictors including Burms, Red Tails, Bloods, and Balls. I am thuroughly convinced to feed in side the cage. The owner of the shop disagrees with me about this practice. I would like everyone's opinion, please. I would like some reasons to take back to him to convince him to side with me on this issue. Please help!! Thanks!!