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Posted by Rich G.cascabel on January 23, 2003 at 09:14:57:
In Reply to: Yep, in the long run... posted by Bill P on January 22, 2003 at 21:54:26:
females grown too fast and fed too much lay great clutches (colubrids yes, but it applies to reptiles in general) for a couple years and then just go downhill and peter out. I have a large group of knoblochi. Or should say "had". Half the group was mine originally and was raised slowly and the females first bred at five years. The other half is/was the same age but belonged to a friend and were "power fed" and bred within three years. When he had to move out of state and could no longer take care of his collection I bought his group. They reproduced fine for two years after I bought them although the females looked like a truck ran over them after laying. My females just looked normal and muscular after laying. The third year I had them his females started reproducing poorly and then started having all kinds of health problems and started dying off. There are only a couple left now. My females are still going strong with no health problems.A couple of his males have also just rolled over and died on me for no apparent reason. Everyone is in such a great hurry to grow the snakes and reap the rewards. They just don't seem to get it that snakes did not evolve over the eons being power fed and laying around. They are just not made to handle it.