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Posted by Brendan on January 27, 2003 at 15:59:33:
In Reply to: Re: Overfeeding con't..... posted by Kenny Wray on January 27, 2003 at 14:28:16:
....for taking the time to respond so throughly. I guess to summarize what you have said, in your opinion it is best to simulate a natural feeding schedule as much as possible. Therefor a regular schedule of every 2 weeks would not be as preferable as switching things up every month and sometimes actually letting the animal go for months at a time and then feeding.
I have actually done that with a few animals that decided to refuse food for long periods. The most recent example would be an adult C. cerberus who refused food for just over a year and all of a sudden eats again. I fed him until he refused to take anymore which was only 3 adult mice but I think it was his shedding that may have stimulated his appetite. I was suprized he shed without having any food for that long but that tells you that things don't always work the way we think they are supposed to.
An adult L. pyro pyro did the same thing. It sometimes amazes me how some animals will maintain body weight for great lengths of time and others will shrivel within a few weeks.