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Posted by croc 2-3 on May 13, 2003 at 14:23:29:
In Reply to: There are no obese snakes in the wild.... posted by jfmoore on May 13, 2003 at 12:21:24:
They were eating, at least the corn snake, so that is why it was large. As for the racer it may have just eaten. the diff. b/w obese & fed snakes are amounts of NRG (energy) spent b/w meals.
Obese animals don't spend as much NRG so they burn less calories before they eat again so they build up fat(like humans); a fed snake will eat when it can if they meal is large it stays in it
longer if it is small then it won't. Just b/c you found the snakes large doesn't mean they're obese just fed for that moment they may go another 7-8wks w/o catching another meal so those calories
will burn before long then it will have a small girth. A captive will
go until owner feeds it, if the animal didn't burn the calories it becomes larger in girth(obese in time). Obese animals don't burn enough calories b/w meals .