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Posted by: jumpinallday at Thu Feb 22 01:13:15 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by jumpinallday ]  
   

Disclaimer- I do not recomend people collect animals in the wild, especially people with no prior herp experiance, I collected the glossy's Im writing about after having 10 years of herp experience and it was still a learning experience in small prdominitly lizard eating snakes.

I figured I'd post this in case anyone is interested. I picked up a pair of Glossy Snakes one night while road crusing just because they are interesting little snakes and the ones I found where a sexed pair of hatchlings. Mine went 4 nerveracking months without feeding before I got them on scented then unscented pinks. I tryd many different feeding staragies. Placeing piinks in paper towl tubes in the enclosure, making a nest of pinkies, deli cups, etc but none worked for a full 4 months. I learned that glossy snakes need the the smallest pinkie mice you can get your hands on. A day old pink at the most no bigger then a pencil eraser. They cannot eat and/or are intemidated by the larger pinkies corns and kings can eat as hatchlings. It helps to give them a good rinse in warm water then scent them on lizard. I used juvi leapord geckos hoping they the scent was comparable to the banded geckos glossy's eat in the wild. I then put the snake in a brown lunch bag and fold it down to maybe 2 inches tall clip the top and place them in a tub in one of my racks. (IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!) do not place the bag over the heat or near any source of heat glossys are perfectually fine eatiing at room temp as longa s it is not below 70 or so. I leave them about 24 hours and check them. I got both of the snakes to eat within a week of each other this way, and only had to scent the next two pinks beofre they got conditioned to eat in the bag and took unsecented un-washed piinks. My pair have now taken pinks 9 feedings or so and they are still on super small pinks. Both have shedded clear sheds twice and are growing nicely. I dont know if an adult good be conditioned to take a mouse as easily but the hatchlings seem to adjust well. I hope this helps anyone who ends up with hatchling glossy snakes and is having trouble getting them adjusted and thriving.


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