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Posted by bobl on April 25, 2003 at 15:32:07:
In Reply to: one of my conerns is... posted by DeanAlessandrini on April 25, 2003 at 15:03:01:
::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.
I find that they are always together in the same hide and when I clean their cages and put them back if one goes to the hide they all follow suit. If I intentionally put them in seperate hides they all eventually end up together.
Even when the temps are either very warm or very cool they all go to the same hide even if it's in the extreme temp zone.
I just cleaned their again cages (second time today!) and they all went to the same hide one right after the other.
I think these snakes are more social than previously thought to be? Probably more so with the females.
In your research with the Indigos have you found this to occur in the wild at all?
Possibly the YT's,Unis, and BT's are more social towards each other than than Easterns???
Now you got me thinking! LOL