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Posted by hogboy on April 30, 2003 at 15:21:47:
In Reply to: Mandarin rat snakes...food for thought. posted by DeanAlessandrini on April 30, 2003 at 12:25:39:
Wild caught mandarina do very badly for a variety of reasons.
They are kept in appalling conditions in their country of origin.
They are often very dehydrated which leads to severe liver problems.
They are ridden with parasites and are doomed to die whatever treatments are given.
They are highly stressed which gives parasites the upper hand.
And sadly importers do not learn from these lessons and continue to eiport these poor animals.
The ideal solution to this dilemma is to not buy wc mandarina, and i guess not buying from the importers period is the way to go.
if you want a dead snake buy a wc mandarin rat.
Hope this has been of some use.