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Posted by mmike on July 06, 1998 at 15:27:40:
In Reply to: stupid feeding errors...... posted by amy on April 08, 1998 at 00:18:51:
: The past 3 hours have been very eventful for me. I made my trip to the rat store to buy food for my snakes. I bought my usual amount of animals, 2 medium rats, 2 mice and 1 large frozen rat. I got home, and started feeding my animals. My kingsnake, I feed in his cage. I fed him the first mouse, no problem. I fed him the second mouse, he struck, missed, latched onto the plant that's in his cage, and attempted to begin eating it!
: After laughing at him, and informing him that he was not a vegetarian, and, even if he was, the plant was fake, I touched him near his tail, and he let go.
: I should have taken that as an omen of worse things to come...
: After feeding the kingsnake, I got my large boa out of his cage, and put him in the container I always feed him in. It is a large, 33 gallon rubbermaid container. I put a towel on the bottom, trying to 1) give him some type of traction and 2) try to keep him off the not-so-warm plastic. I thawed his rat, put it in there, and closed the lid.
: I have fed him in this manner several times, and never had a problem. After about 15-20 minutes, I opened the lid, to check on him. He was just then getting around to paying any attention to the rat, so I closed the lid again.
: I gave him another 20 minutes, then checked him again. I was annoyed to find the rat still sitting in the container, and it took me a minute to realize that not all was right...
: I realized that although the snake had not attempted to eat the rat, he was in the process of eating the towel. After staring in complete disbelief for a few seconds, I ran up to my brother's room, to get my friend.
: didn't even tell her what was wrong, it was rather difficult, at the time, to put it into words. I didn't think she'd believe me..."mindy, my boa is eating a towel". sounds too absurd, so I just grabbed her, and ran back downstairs.
: She got ahold of one end of the snake, I got the other, and gently put some pressure on the towel, to see what would happen. The boa opened his jaws a little, and the towel slid right out, I was barely pulling on it at all...
: I checked the boa, and he seemed to be having problems getting his jaw realigned. In fact, as I write this, I still don't think it is back where it should be. The snake, right now, is back in the container I feed him in...sans towel.
: If his jaw isn't back to normal by morning, he will go to the vet. well...he will probably go to the vet even if his jaw is normal. I can't say that I have ever, in my entire life, had any experience with a towel eating snake.
: Guess there is a first for everything. First, my kingsnake attempts to eat a fake plant. Then, my boa tries to eat a rather large towel.
: I have learned my lesson, I can only hope they have learned theirs!! :)
did you hear about the boa that ate its heating pad?