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Posted by Patrick Alexander on July 13, 2002 at 16:41:04:
In Reply to: You also said `adult mice (live ones)'... posted by Patrick Alexander on July 13, 2002 at 16:37:01:
: : I didn't force a live mouse down her throat. It was already dead in fact. The times I have seen if she would take a live mouse, I stayed there and supervised, so there was no possibility for the mouse to inflict serious injury.
: I doubt anyone here thought you stuck a live mouse in her mouth, and I haven't got the faintest idea why you think anyone thought such a thing... but you did mention that you'd tried to feed her live mice, and it is this upon which Francis and Jeremy commented. And, as they mention, there is most definitely a possibility for a live mouse offered as food to inflict serious injury.
I should also mention that your being there, watching, isn't going to remove the possiblity of serious injury. It's better than nothing, yeah, but if the snake strikes the mouse, and the mouse turns around and bites into the snake's head or eyes... just how quickly are you going to be able to get in the cage and remove the mouse from an almost certainly violently thrashing snake? Not quick enough to keep the mouse from biting... sure the risk may often be justified, but there's certainly risk.