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Posted by Conrad on February 16, 2003 at 21:34:19:
In Reply to: Re: Satiny Parrot Snakes posted by FRAN on February 16, 2003 at 21:04:17:
The trick it seems is more than just making this snake, which appears to have excellent eye site, not just think its feeding on a lizard, but to make it "believe it" if you will. In the beginning I had to use a "bait and switch" where I held a live anole in one had and the rat pup in the other. As the snake would strike, I would quickly cross the rat over the top of the lizard and the snake would eat the rat pup instinctively thinking it was eating the lizard. I took a few knawings but shortly there-after I was able get my female to take scented pups simply by ticking her off! I would heavely rub the pup on a live anole, place it in my feeding tongues, run it around the cage a couple of times, like the anoles do, and them just rub it against her hind 1/4 vigorously and she would swing around and snag it. I haven't been feeding her pups recently because my male just started feeding again, and I don't want them both to be on one feeding level. But the key seems to be to frankly "piss them off". Pardon my language, but it seems to work with mine. But if your not afraid of "getting in there" the "bait and switch" seems to work the best at getting them started. Let me know if you have any other quiestions or try and have results.