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Posted by snakeguy88 on January 26, 2003 at 13:35:09:
In Reply to: Re: Does Feeding Mice Alter Longevity? >> posted by TOM DICKINSON on January 26, 2003 at 11:59:05:
First of all, nothing can be substantiated for Heterodon and Colchicine has raised a pair of hogs on little other than mice for many years and they are still healthy. All I ever hear is about how "my hognose died of fatty liver deposits" and people can never back it up. The case is sometimes that they fed their hognose a mouse, it died the next week, and they say it was due to fatty liver(hardly fitting at all). I think most of the ideas about this stem from the platyrhinos delicate condition in captivity as most are WC and many people have a hard time getting them to adjust. I would always be more than happy to see real proof that it exists and I would certainly change my view if I had solid proof.
I have kept garters and ribbons that never had any complications from mice, although I still prefer to feed mainly a diet of fish and worms with a bimonthly or monthly mouse. I had never heard of any real threats from feeding rodents solely to Thamnophis although I am sure someone has a quarrel with it. Of course, Thamnophis will eat rodents in the wild(at least some species/subspecies are more inclined to) so it might have less of an impact and be less disputed than the Heterodon complex(even though nascius will take rodents occasionally in the wild). Andy