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Posted by scottg on May 07, 2003 at 14:24:24:
In Reply to: That Mudsnake doesn't look very healthy.... posted by chrish on May 05, 2003 at 10:18:14:
He was very scrawny and I felt the same way about him not not having a bite to eat in a long time. The bare, dry cage was only for photo purposes. While he was in my possesion the cage he was residing in was quite humid with his water bowl taking up half the tub.
:Mudsnakes are usually quite heavy bodied snakes and that one looks downright scrawny. It looks like it hasn't eaten in a LONG time.
:This pic is of a Mudsnake I found last weekend crossing the road in Chambers County TX. They are actually reasonably common due to the large amount of freshwater marsh remaining in this coastal area. Probably true of the coastal marshes in Victoria county, if they haven't all been drained.
:Certainly one of my favorite snakes.
:FYI - if you ever get a mudsnake again, it is important that you don't keep it long in a dry cage like that. They dessicate very quickly without access to moist sphagnum or even just a large water bowl to get into.