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Posted by PiersonH on February 05, 2003 at 08:50:45:
In Reply to: Having trouble getting Water Snake off fish.... posted by lividumofo on February 05, 2003 at 00:21:11:
Though your intentions are noble, I think you're a bit confused. Different kinds of fish and vitamin dust will cut it! A fish-only diet is perfectly acceptable for captive Nerodia. Some species of Nerodia are adapted for feeding on a single species of fish in the wild, and they get all the nutrition they need from that limited variety of fish. For instance, adult Brown Watersnakes (Nerodia taxispilota) eat only a few species of catfish. Mangrove Watersnakes' (N. clarkii compressicauda) diet pretty much consists of a single species of killifish. Yet, both these species relish many different types of fish in captivity.
If you really want to vary your snake's diet, I'd only try fish-scented pinky mice (f/t) as they don't carry parasites. If your watersnake will only eat fish, I wouldn't worry a bit about his health. Just remember not to feed them too much frozen/thawed and you'll be fine.
Hope this clears things up.