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Posted by Bill Moss on March 14, 2003 at 18:12:53:
In Reply to: Force Feeding posted by seth_a_roo on March 14, 2003 at 17:46:40:
They can be force fed by GENTLY pushing the food past the palatal valve at the back of the mouth.
The bigger question would be why would someone do that. The only reason I could see for that would be as a last resort for an animal that is too weak to feed itself. I've only had to do this with one animal in the last 15 years.
If one is being force fed due to not eating on it's own, it is VERY likely that one or more of it's husbandry needs isn't being met.
I would be very cautious about doing this as the chances of injury are great and the likelyhood of stressing the animal is 100%.
:Hello-- I read in an old book that it is possible to force feed young crocodilians by gently opening there jaws from the side, and gently pushing a small bit of food in with a Q-tip or something small a blunt. I was just wondering if this is a misconception, because it doesn't sound very safe for the hatchling. Thanks