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Re: Baby Spilotes defacated the mouse whole!!!


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Posted by Rob Carmichael on January 30, 2003 at 09:21:41:

In Reply to: Re: Baby Spilotes defacated the mouse whole!!! posted by cf on January 30, 2003 at 06:58:50:

I know the feeling....I had a similar thing happen to one of my "runt" olive python hatchlings (that was held back because it wasn't feeding well) that I was trying to kick start with larger prey...it ended up coming out just as you described. Although this snake could easily handle a fuzzy, I switched to large pinks (w/vitamins) and within a month, she was plowing through fuzzies without any problems. Perhaps you can try something smaller as Dean alluded to.

:Well, this was a short term triumph, as I found a whole, defacated fuzzy on the floor of the enclosure this morning. There were urates trailed from the nose of the mouse indicating it came out the right end, but too soon.

:So, any ideas? I would think stress, coupled by the fact that she's so thin and the mouse was so fat? Maybe a smaller meal next time?

:Comments, suggestions as always appreciated!!!

:Thanx

:Freight

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::Well, it looks like I didn't have to try all the techniques given in response to my last post afterall. While I was feeding my hogs I decided to put a good sized fuzzy in with my Spilotes, and sure enough she liked it! I really didn't want her to get used to live food anyway, so it looks like it was a matter of taste, preference, and sheilding her from seeing what was going on in the room even though she's already well above all my other enclosures.

::Thank you all for your responses, and I'll keep in mind the various techniques for future use!

::Freight

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