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Posted by martha on January 10, 2003 at 07:28:46:
In Reply to: a few questions.... posted by tonymarinara on January 09, 2003 at 22:04:14:
:My Male Western Hog is in a 20 long (30 inches) aquarium with deep "Carefresh" bedding. He cruises the whole aquarium twice daily. He's got an UTH and Heat Lamp at one end and a hide box and water dish at the other. He seems to be thriving and eats weekly. His hot side temps are between 80 - 85 degrees and when he's not cruising he hangs out there.
Hogs love to put on a threatening show but rarely, if ever, bite (unless it's a feeding error). Their "venom" is not considered toxic as in other "Poisonous" snakes. Some studies show that it may actually be used in breaking down the animal prey for digestion. I don't think anyone is 100% sure but so far as I know, no one has been really hurt by a hog.
:is it true that western hognoses are "mildly venomous"? i get the impression that it is, as i look things up, but my real question is, how big of a deal is it? is it kind of like certain other venomous animals that dont really do much unless you are alergic? also, what temps do they need and what size enclosure is good for one(as a pet, not a breeder)? thank you