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Posted by MiserMike on May 06, 2003 at 14:45:24:
In Reply to: Turtles are picky eaters! posted by Crysco on May 05, 2003 at 20:39:06:
:I have two RES's whom Ive had about 2 years, and I just tried feeding them fish for the first time. I gave them a dozen, and they ate half of them. The other 6 or 7 fish have been in there almost over a week!
I've had lots of species of herps -- and even piranhas -- "get used to" food fish. My alligator snapper has a goldfish that has shared his tank for almost three months, but any new ones put in are eaten immediately. I don't think he's particularly smart or evasive, he's just become part of the scenery. Herps are largely instinct-driven, and something that doesn't fit their prey recognition patterns is often ignored. Similarly, snakes will not kill live rodents to protect themselves, only to eat them. They are often injured by what are intended to be food items that for some reason startle or frighten the snake on being placed in the cage. Something similar may be happening with your RES. MiserMike