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Posted by BrianSmith on April 17, 2003 at 18:33:24:
In Reply to: Retic Room and Ambush Behavior posted by tango on April 17, 2003 at 06:12:55:
I think that this terminology in connection with the large room subject got a little distorted. The retics, as well as other snakes, always have the ambush instinct, I feel, regardless of the size of their environment. I think what was alluded to was that in whole room, walk in enclosures that it puts us into that same ambush environment. Like if we stuck our faces into a hungry retics cage. They may sometimes strike before smelling. I don't think a larger cage promotes more of this instinct. Just puts us more at risk.
:I'd like to hear from those who have actually witnessed the ambush from a captive born retic who has been given a room to live in. I know that this seems to be a conscensus and I have repeated it myself but my curiousity is getting the better of me. My captive born snakes free roam unnsupervised in the snake room as a break from their cages. I've often left them out 24 - 48 hours at a time. One female retic has been out for a week a few times when she was rubbing her face raw in a previous cage. I currently have a male Burmese out until he receives a new cage. I have male and female retics and male and female Burms and I've never witnessed anything I can call predatory from my well-fed, well-acclimated, highly tractable snakes. I always let them out of their cage when I clean it- switching territories altogether since I am in the cage to clean it and they are in the "human" room. So I would like to hear about the real life ambushes- not because I don't agree with the predatory nature of my snakes - I just haven't seen the ambush I hear others speaking of. Also how large can a cage be before it promotes this ambush behavior? Thanks in advance,