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Posted by Blackwater on January 04, 2003 at 06:01:10:
In Reply to: Re: Blacktail breeders?? posted by Rich G.cascabel on January 03, 2003 at 23:13:26:
Wild collecting ethics aside, did you begin with captive bred animals yourself, or did you establish your breeding group from wild caught animals?
The remainder of my questions will hinge on this point almost exclusively...
If you began with captive bred founder animals, how old were yours when they produced babies for you? What is the average clutch size you have seen from your animals? Do they breed annually or bienially?
If you began with wild caught animals, did you have difficulty getting them to eat in captivity? If so, what techniques did you employ to encourage them to feed? What kind of feeding schedule are you maintaining them on now (for either cb or wc)? Are you brumating the adults? Do you use a wet/dry or warm/cold cycle to get them to breed? Are your animals fall/winter breeders or spring?
I could go on for a few hours, and I know that many of these questions seem like I've never kept a rattlesnake before. Truth is, I've never kept a Black-tailed rattlesnake before, despite my best efforts to beg, borrow or steal some, and I want to do them right from the beginning. I am contacting an wholesaler in Florida that is supposed to have some babies for sale to see about getting a "group".... my favorite color phase is that platinum-blue color out of Texas....
Thanks for your willingness to reply. I *REALLY* appreciate your input and it is refreshing to see a thread that doesn't include a bunch of nonsense in it....