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Posted by Mike M. on October 14, 2002 at 17:14:03:
In Reply to: Also,........... posted by Kerby... on October 14, 2002 at 00:29:37:
that seems like one of the best ways for a snake in the middle of the desert (or some really xeric landscape) to get water. In a place where rain is not a common occurence and washes away very quickly, snakes probably don't see much standing water. Coiling and catching water droplets off their body is just a good way to adapt to that sort of environment. Besides, maybe the snakes don't feel the need to drink from water bowls because they already get enough dietary water from their steady diet of home-grown domesticated rodents. Compared to most wild AZ- crotalids, caged rattlers are swimmin' in their own bodies! (literally - dissecting deceased laboratory snakes and wild snakes really exemplify this difference in body composition)