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Posted by Chris Harper on October 13, 1999 at 17:20:03:
In Reply to: Re: feeding baby Masticophis/Coluber posted by Chris Harper on October 13, 1999 at 10:23:50:
I read your post again, it sounds like you have had multiple specimens off and on over the years. Sorry I did not recognize that when I first read it.
The prey size is still my first suspicion as I have had several forms of Coluber/Masicophis take rodent prey. The babies can be difficult however. Beyond normal scenting practices, I have had success with putting live rat or mice pinks into the snakes hide box. I believe I have gotten a few stubborn Colubers and Masitcophis to eat this way. I believe Masticophis is known to enter rodent burrows and eat the juveniles so it is no surprise this works.
Good luck and let me know if I can help. Feel free to e-mail me as I always don't get to check this site. I'll still post my answer here so others have a chance to read it or offer a different opinion.