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Re: Retic Room and Ambush Behavior


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Posted by tango on April 18, 2003 at 08:30:16:

In Reply to: Re: Retic Room and Ambush Behavior posted by BrianSmith on April 17, 2003 at 18:33:24:

You have provided a reaosnable explanation. That snakes are predatory and may display this behavior is common knowledge. And yes, I think it does get a little hyped up and distorted. Too many people throwing in their two cents worth are merely repeating what they have heard or read. Any information can become distorted that way. Not too long ago, I also agreed that this behavior could present a problem to a keeper but as I have thought about it in relationship to my own manner of keeping, I can't say I have witnessed anything remotely similar. Am I at a greater disadvantage walking into a room than opening up a cage door? The more I think about it, the more I disagree. But, as with everything, it depends on the keeper. Reading your retic, being aware of her presence, keeping her healthy and satisfied are all a part of opening the door and walking in. I agree that walking in is dangerous but I don't agree that for every keeper it will present the same degree of danger- even a caged retic is more dangerous for some keepers than for others.
: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.

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::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,
::Marcia

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