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Posted by michael56 on January 26, 2003 at 01:07:19:
In Reply to: Re: Hiding spot posted by Mizar 21 on January 25, 2003 at 20:02:20:
I have eight water snakes ranging from year olds to adults. My smallest snakes, taxispilota just ate three 1 1/2" trout fry and the largest, erythrogaster ate a 9" trout. She could easily have eaten two or three. I cannot find equitable feeder fish for the size options or cost. Further, I beleive that there is no thiamanase deficiency threat with this species of fish as there is with goldfish/carp family. I also fed guppies to the smallest babies and goldfish to the bigger ones until I could access the trout. I vary the diet with home made snake-sausage but I suspect that mice would be just as viable, less expensive and not as messy in the kitchen!
The baby snakes, if cared for well (fed, warm, etc) shed much more frequently than the older ones. They also tend to slough more often if they are recovering from illness or injury.
In your case, I strongly believe that your snake is simply thriving. It would be normal for a youngster to shed in two, three, then four weeks apart. Some of my snakes will eat at this time and some won't but it's not always the same. Shedding frequency is dependent on many factors; food, quality/variety, temperature and so on. These factors all change either directly by us or by the choices of the snake. One day he sits where it's warm, the next day he choses cooler. No worries.
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