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Posted by greg woodie on March 16, 2003 at 00:07:20:
i've been doing a lot of reading and thinking over the last few days. this thiaminase deal has really had me concerned. this weekend, i decided to try scenting pinkies. i have a Western Ribbon, a Florida Blue Garter and an Eastern Garter. i went out and got 3 pinkies and 8 rosy reds. i tried each snake individually by dipping a pinky in the water the fish were in. all 3 snakes showed a little hesitation at first. i guess they could tell it wasn't their regular food. after a few seconds though, they went for it! after each snake ate their pinky, i gave them 2 or 3 fish. was this okay to do? i was really surprised because i wasn't expecting it to work. now, i need some advice. should i just give them pinkies now or can i still give them pinkies AND fish? pinkies are better for them nutritionally, right? also, can i expect more growth out of my snakes as a result of this change in diet? i just didn't want to keep feeding them only fish and have them suffer in the end. if they hadn't switched to pinkies, i was prepared to give them a vitamin supplement. just so i'll know in the future, what's the best thing to give them - calcium or B1? powder or drops? as always, i appreciate any help. sorry this was so lengthy!!