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Posted by dan felice on March 31, 2003 at 04:36:59:
In Reply to: Acitivity levels posted by pulatus on March 30, 2003 at 21:15:35:
:It seems to me that the reduced level of activity that captive snakes, especially big, otherwise active snakes, experience in captivity might be responsible for the higher level of egg binding?
:I'm thinking that the natural activity of an indigo in the wild might facilitate the eggs moving into a laying position, whereas a captive snake would more likely get stuffed up, so to speak. A big snake is going to be kept in a relatively small enclosure, restricting movement compared to smaller snakes, plus indigoes in the wild are more active than, lets say, rat snakes.
:Is there something to this idea? Or maybe its old news...
i too had given thought on how to raise muscle tone in my drys. i started by introducing branches to my neonates and now keep my youngsters in semi arboreal set-ups w/ lots of places to climb and lay out on. in addition to the good exercise that they receive, they spend FAR less time in their hides and have become much less shy climbing around and perching in their 'bushes' all day long becoming better display animals. aids in shedding too. they return to their hides at the stroke of dusk every evening like clockwork i've noticed.....for my adults, i hung 4' long 'swings' made of fresh branches strapped together. these are thouroughly investigated and used as well providing them w/ a different type of locomotion once in awhile. i feel this can only be good for them, helping w/ their overall body alignment and getting them off their own heavy bodies and using different muscles from time to time.