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Posted by Coluguy on October 12, 2002 at 15:26:04:
A few weeks ago my friend found 2 baby rattlesnakes (which i believe to be C viridis helleri) and he caged them both together and apparantly one of them ate the other one. Anyways, he has this snake in a small box with a tarantula and no hiding spots, just some loose gravel, and he said he hasnt fed it in 3 weeks. Im taking the snake from him now to release it, and i inspected it for health defects. I didnt find anything in particular except for the fact that it was as placid as a corn snake, or maybe even more. I know its not a good sign at all. I (irresponsibly) free handled the snake with no problem. Im going to feed him a mouse today and i plan on releasing him in a wildlife preserve tomorrow (i know the park rangers and they relocate Crotalus there all the time) but im not sure if i should keep it for another week until he's more aggressive/active or if i should just let him go and take the chance of him dying. Im very experienced in the care of snakes and if i did keep him for another week i would not hold him at all (both out of fear of stressing him, and me getting bitten) but i would monitor him, give him water and a few more mice so hes stronger. Please let me know if you have any suggestions, or opinions on what i should do. Thanks alot,