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Posted by cf on February 05, 2003 at 11:53:05:
In Reply to: western hognose and fatty liver disease posted by cpn_aaron on February 03, 2003 at 20:38:44:
In some of the studies I've read about hogs it seems that in many cases amphibians only make up 50-60% of their wild diet (correct me if I'm wrong, and of course this is not all hogs everywhere), and I'm sure it has alot to do with geographical and seasonal variations, yet so many people have trouble getting them on rodents initially, and there is much debate over long term complications from non-amphibian diets. It appears that hogs, like so many other species, adapt if treated properly to their captive situation and prosper regardless of which diet they have, considering that people on this forum are having long term success with their hogs.
It's truely unfortunite that feeder amphidians aren't more readily available for supplementation, and it appears that the subject will continue to be debated in the future, and I hope for the hogs sake that what seems to be working for them/us now will be a long lived success. Hopefully captive populations will slowly make a genetic switch in time.
There's just nothing like a Hognose!!!
:I've always been a hognose enthusiast since I was a young kid. Recently I purchased a pair of yearling western hognose. Iíve been told and read conflicting information about fatty liver disease. I know this condition can happen in Southern, Eastern, and South American hognose snakes when they were feed a strict diet of rodents. Does this condition also affect western hognose? I was curious if any people who had raised hognose before knew any solid information about this disease.