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Posted by chrish on March 21, 2003 at 09:02:35:
In Reply to: black milks should feel cool to the touch... posted by nategodin on March 21, 2003 at 06:59:15:
I also second the "misses his newspaper" theory... I keep mine on bark chips, and every time I change the substrate, the snakes act generally annoyed for a day or two, since the chips tend to be quite pungent and a little dusty when they first come out of the bag.
I don't have a problem with the concept that the snake was more comfortable before the cage change was made. My issue is the anthropomorphic idea that a snake can "miss" its former substrate. They don't have enough cerebral cortex to formulate such complex emotional state, IMHO. Of course, we can never know, but I feel the same way when someone tells me their cat enjoys watching television. It may enjoy looking at the television and seeing the images on the screen, but it isn't "watching television" in the same context a human does.
As for your bark chips example, that sounds more serious. The snake isn't expressing displeasure, rather he may be expressing discomfort. He may be showing you that the dust and smell are irritating to it. That should send up a red warning flag. Try rinsing and drying the stuff first.