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Posted by Sybella on April 30, 2003 at 04:34:36:
In Reply to: Congratulations posted by Chance on April 29, 2003 at 10:08:12:
Actually, Anyanka's feeding response isn't at all what I expected, and not in the way you're thinking, I'm sure. LOL! I'm used to my retic, who comes running every time I open her cage. She always thinks it's feeding time! LOL! I expected any FWC's to be the same but this one is so mellow!
She wouldn't eat for me at first...I just got her to eat 2 days ago. I've only had her for two weeks but knowing how agressive these guys can be about eating, it was worrying that she wouldn't eat for me. I'm sure things will change a bit after she gets more comfortable here but since she's always eaten f/t, I don't think she equates movement and warmth with food.
I had tried to give her a small live rat, and a couple pinky rats on another day. She'd look at them like she might be interested but then when they'd move, she'd back away. I decided that sticking with dead things is probably best for this reason alone. This way, she never associates me with food. :)
You were right...I had no trouble spotting Aurora out of the bunch. :) All the FWCs I've seen before looked just like Patrick's ( http://hometown.aol.com/patrickv16/gigas.html ); rich brown and very gold. I was really surprised when I saw the picture of my girl before I bought her, and then again when I pulled her out of the box...I didn't realize that there were so many color variants in these guys. Now that I see yours, I'm awestruck again. :)
So far, I haven't noticed any moodiness about being picked up. I use the same technique with her that I do with my retic...well actually, with all snakes. I always reach in and give the snakes a little petting so that they aren't suprised by my touch when I start to lift them. It seems to work well with her. Though, from day one I've been able to touch her all over, face and tail included, and she doesn't seem bothered. She seems to really like me. Maybe I just got lucky. :) From what you say (and the experience I had with other FWCs at the pet store I worked at) it sounds like it might be out of the ordinary that she's so easy going.
Your mousing-snake story was too funny!! When I was a teenager, one of my tarantulas excaped. I was so worried that I'd step on it or worse! When I told my Mom she said, "Let the cat find it." At first I thought she was being insensitive and then I realized she was serious...I brought the family cat in my room and within 5 minutes, she had sniffed it out. It worked quite well. LOL!