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Posted by DeanAlessandrini on April 25, 2003 at 15:03:01:

In Reply to: let's get some thoughts going on this... posted by DeanAlessandrini on April 25, 2003 at 09:48:19:

:Putting stress on an animal that would prefer to be alone. If that is really the case, then you could potentially have an animal that is under unneeded stress 24/7. All captive snakes (especially those that are wild caught) are under a certain amount of stress to begin with, and I think it's our job as keepers to try to keep that to a minimum.

If they are CHOOSING to always use the same hide when multiple hides are offered...this may indicate that they really don't have a preference as to whether the other snakes are there or not...but are just looking for the best retreat available.

I have a message into Natalie Hyslop (currently doing the field research in GA) to see if adult females in her area ever co-habitat with one another or share the same primary retreats.

btw...she's got some really interesting stuff going on there now. With warmer weather now, her snakes are moving away from the longleaf...sandy soil gopher toroise habitat and into the wetlands. Cool stuff.


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