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Posted by rudedogsurfrat on April 06, 2003 at 00:03:49:
In Reply to: Actually, I breed both Hogs and Rubber Boas.... posted by chrish on April 03, 2003 at 01:21:42:
My female rubber boa is a captive born 02. She ate once when I got her on a brained pinkie. That has been it. I've tried everything. Now it is spring and she's still fasting. I've tried everything in the Hoyer Rubber Boa site. A mandarin ratsnake breeder friend of mine says he mistakenly left his rubber boa in a deli cup for 3 days with a pinkie. When he opened it up the pinkie was gone but the cup smelled like dead rotten pinkie. Meaning the pinkie must have been way dead before the rubber boa ate it.
:And I have to say that starting with cb stock, hogs are moodier about eating. Females of both species are pigs, males have their moments, but they don't need to eat every 7 days.
:My male Rubber Boa eats twice a month or so on average. My male hog has little eating spurts where he eats everything I offer, then he decides not to eat for a month. No big deal.
:Now with wild caught animals, Rubber Boas are probably tougher.
:With babies, rubber boas are more frustrating. I have never had that much trouble getting baby hogs to eat. Some treefrog/toad scented pinks, maybe a gentle force feeding occasionally.
:Rubber Boa babies are a different story for about the first 6 months. But if you are prepared to wait until spring, they usually figure out how to eat then.
:Both species just take patience. If you start with a wild caught male of either species, be prepared for frustration.