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Posted by A.C. on April 18, 2003 at 22:27:00:
In Reply to: Re: On the contrary as well posted by Colchicine on April 18, 2003 at 20:18:42:
:The ubiquitous idea that hognoses cannot handle the sudden change to mice, or the fur is total bunk as you can see. Why would hognoses be more susceptible to fatty liver disease above king snakes, cobras, and coral snakes? The fact is there isn't a difference and there isn't any reason to use amphibians as feeders.
You seem like an educated person, and in such should know that any valid study needs numbers!!!! You cannot base science on these few occasions or my small work with Heterodon. That didn't prove anything except that this guy was a great keeper. I wonder how many (if any) animals died in the process of trying to get them to switch to rodents?
He also said that the animals he had were young I believe. Like I said, it seems that the young do well on it. Platyrhinos do well on a diet of mice as long as you start them young.
Get an adult king cobra or vine snake (or any other amphibian eater). See how long they last on a diet of mice when they were used to eating amphibs in the wild.
It won't work in my opinion.
Until I see studies to prove that it will, I will remain my stubborn self on this subject.