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Re: Mojave Rattlesnake/Diamondback baby biting himself


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Posted by DrZot on November 18, 2002 at 21:28:33:

In Reply to: Mojave Rattlesnake/Diamondback baby biting himself posted by DesertRat454 on November 16, 2002 at 09:38:55:

Long ago I helped raise some baby Pacific rattlers, and some of the kids refused to eat. Upon inspecting the bodies of the ones that starved themselves I found that several had bitten themselves (most died with fangs in selves). Some had also swallowed gravel. My take on the whole scene was that the self-biting was in response to the extreme distress they were already in- perhaps your baby had more internal problems than it let on. On the more pleasant side, more than half the litter were released the next spring fat and sassy with a good headstart on their rattles! Probably a far greater "record" than nature would have had ;)


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