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Posted by meretseger on April 20, 2003 at 06:39:53:
In Reply to: Rodent vs Amphibians - My perspective [up dated] posted by mike z on April 19, 2003 at 23:28:18:
Exactly 0% of snake species evolved to eat domestic mice, which have only been around in great numbers for a couple thousand years, even shorter for New World and Australian species. I can't very well go out and catch shortailed possums for my rainbow boa or jerboas and sandfish for my horned adder. I guess hognose owners are lucky in that most can go out and find species that their pets would eat in the wild, but I've accepted that a feature of keeping snakes in captivity is feeding them a food species that they would never encounter in the wild. So it kind of bothers me when people say it's right or moralistic to feed your herps prey they would find in the wild, because that's just not possible for some of us, and we still have perfectly healthy animals.