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Posted by Simon R. Sansom on April 19, 2003 at 23:56:58:

In Reply to: Re: Do Spilotes Constrict?... posted by DeanAlessandrini on April 19, 2003 at 08:21:37:

I have a pair of '02 youngsters, the female of which will only rarely take frozen/thawed. I hate feeding her live prey because she does not seem to constrict. She grabs the mice right by the front of the muzzle and just hangs on until they calm down a bit, then she swallows them, REALLY fast. After she grabs it, I try to give the mouse a good hard flick with my finger to hopefully stun it a bit, so that it's not such a threat to her. I assume that wild Spilotes must often be injured by their prey (either that, or they don't prey on too many rodents).
Any tips to help get her on thawed prey? She really seems to go for the movement, and I've tried "fishing", attaching a thawed mouse to some fishing line and gently dancing it around the opening of her hide-box. This has worked ONCE for me, but that's all.
I'd really hate to see her get injured by a live mouse.

I appreciate all of your assistance.

Have a great week-end.

Simon


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