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Posted by pulatus on March 23, 2003 at 20:53:49:
In Reply to: Mojo cooperates in an interesting x-periment.... posted by regalringneck on March 23, 2003 at 20:27:52:
I'm curious - does he have any change in behaviour when he gets outside? I've noticed that some snakes that are calm indoors get a little wild when they get outside. Also, do you let it roam freely in the yard and pool? It doesn't streak away from you after a few minutes in the sun?
And he's comfortable and calm in the pool? I'll bet thats something to see.
:The last few f/t rats [I ran out of DoR diamondbacks :(] Ive offered mojo have been banged with a particular viciousness on his part w/no apparent scenting of them...We have discussed sight feeding here in the past, & I decided to examine the hypothesis... somewhat...Do guardians strike @ prey based on visual stimulous alone?
:I needed to remove him from his normal feeding quarters (his tub) to remove that habituation/association variable.
:I had him out for one of his normal excercise sessions cruising the backyard & swimming in the pool [they sure do swim & dive w/ ease...]. I have never fed him outside before. I then approached him from downwind w/ the rat on the forceps...@ ~ 1 m he turned his head towards the approaching offering & charged into it, chewing & pinning it & as so often...in his haste...attempting to swallow it rear first [what a glutton].
:I will next time offer him a white sock w/ sand in it [mebbe one I saved from high school...], I will use fishing line to offer the sock rather than forceps to eliminate that possible association too.
:The preliminary result then is that the guardians will grasp what they perceive to be prey w/o scenting it unlike most other serpents.