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Posted by jfmoore on May 11, 2003 at 14:15:51:
In Reply to: P.S.- Murphy's law, the most expensive morphs are always th. posted by cf on May 08, 2003 at 13:57:37:
Hi Freight –
I hope you don’t mind me butting into your conversation. I’d meant to post this when you made your original post about intending to tube feed your sand boa, but didn’t want to sound too much like a broken record around here. But here goes again.
Unless I have specific reasons for wanting to use a tube to feed a snake (introducing medication, for instance), my first choice always is to try the assist-feed-with-body-part method. It seems to me that introducing the taste of your intended food as well as having the snake voluntarily swallow the food once you’ve put it in its mouth are two very good reasons for utilizing this method. If you suspected that your snakes were dehydrated, then that would be a good reason for tubing liquids or a food slurry. However, if they were severely dehydrated, you’d probably want to inject sterile fluids intracoelomically, anyway.
”….so I'm wondering how long it is safe to wait out a baby before I tube feed her?
With an animal as small as a neonate sand boa, it is extremely helpful to have (or have access to) a triple beam balance. If a recalcitrant baby is maintaining its weight, there is no real reason to intervene. But if it is losing weight, I’d try a mouse tail.
:What method of force feeding are you using?
::Yup... looks like we're both in the same depressing boat. Right now I'm forcing a snow and a paradox snow. I had to do it a few times for my two paradox albinos but now they're doing good on their own.