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Posted by michael56 on February 02, 2003 at 14:09:23:
In Reply to: Re: trouble catching guppy posted by PiersonH on February 01, 2003 at 11:15:09:
I also feed my young snakes in shallow water, though I use their regular "pools" to do so. The larger nerodia are generally hand fed.
Now these are personal observations only ... my red, yellow and floridas swim about their pools with mouths open and scoop the fish when they come in contact, almost as though they can't see underwater(?). The young browns will also do this but they also spend more time submerged, flicking their tongues to search for fish then lunge with mouths agape to grab one.
Scent, whether in the air or water also appears to be a significant factor since switching food types from trout to goldfish to "prepared" foods seems to cause the snakes to pause either due to not recognising the item or trying to determine the "risk". Once familiar with one food odour, it takes time to adjust to another. The younger snakes show this more intensely. The older snakes adjust more quickly to the point where, the red belly for example takes 5 seconds to react to and take trout or 10 seconds for prepared food. However if the next feeding is the same food it is taken without hesitation.
Also, all of my/the snakes will accept or hunt for a specific range of food sizes, under this (selected) size they show no interest. Over this size they will attempt to take it, this should not be allowed - more smaller, none too big!