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Cool observation


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Posted by Ken_Fine on April 29, 2003 at 20:08:59:

In Reply to: Cool observation posted by Eric East on April 29, 2003 at 18:04:03:

About 2 weeks ago I too moved my 2002 easterns into larger cages. Previously they were in rubber maids about the size of yours with a heat panel on one end. Warm side temps were about 80 F. Their new cages have a hot spot provided with a ceramic heating element. Temp is about 84 directly under it. About a week ago I saw one of the females doing the same thing you described. I too thought she was going to regurgitate. She had been exploring her cage when she crawled into one of her hide boxes, peeked the first third of her body out and began 'wiggling' her first 8" or so for about 15 sec. She didn't flatten out and I doubt she knew I was watching. I had been painfully still for about 15 minutes. Nothing came of it and she continued exploring.
This female came from Robert Seib and she's 3' 3" and 300 g.

:I had been keeping my 2002 female eastern in a medium sized rubber maid (about the length of her body)with a heat tape running underneath. The tape was regulated to around 78 degrees but there was not really a "hot" spot for basking. I've recently moved her into a considerably larger cage & she seems more active although she still spends the majority of her time in the hide box at the cool end of the cage. However I am now offering her a heat rock which is regulated to about 88 degrees & she does seem to utilize it. Tonight when I walked into the room & found her regulating on the rock she did something i've never seen her do before. She raised her head & bagan slowly waving her head & neck back & forth. At first I though Oh No, she's gonna regurg! After a minute or so she stopped doing this & began flicking her tongue in that alert/aggressive mannor & started cruising around the cage with her neck flattened out. Now, i've heard of the neck flattening in an agitated indigo but, i've not heard of the head waving. Is this something you guys have seen in your snakes? Do you think her new found attitude has to do with her new surroundings? Was I perhaps keeping her too cool before?
:I'm not concerned, just curious. Thanks for your input!

:Eric





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