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Re: further thoughts on the feeding issue...


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Posted by John Hedger on October 19, 2002 at 12:35:02:

In Reply to: Thanks John. My pair are copulating regularly now and... posted by Frank Kincade on October 19, 2002 at 10:43:38:

Another good reason to try and keep them feeding...Witholding food can cause some good feeding wild caught ATB's to go off feed again and have to be restarted all over again. It may or may not have anything to do with the breeding season but it can be a pain getting them going again. That's another reason to keep them on a regular feeding schedule all through the year...although I would reduce the size of the meals offered to gravid females. I'm always happy that they want to eat, which means that their weight will be up for the following breeding season! Emerald tree boas, on the other hand, almost always go off feed while gravid (even if carrying unfertilized slugs!)and thus cannot be bred year after year. One must always give them at least a year to recover their weight...sometimes longer if really ematiated after giving birth.
Back to amazons, I also believe in doubling up meals (feeding twice per week!moderate meals)for amazon females in the short interim between their giving birth and their next breeding season.
John



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