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RE: non-existant?

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Posted by: aliceinwl at Fri Mar 16 23:07:54 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by aliceinwl ]  
   

What about a male sand boa? They eat mice but won't even reach two feet, most seem to be around a foot long, so there is no way they could even pose a threat to a baby guinea pig. Male rosy boas also top out around 3 feet (the desert races will be smaller) so they'd be an option as well if you don't mind feeding mice. Rubber boas are also worth consideration although they can be a bit finicky. If you have some experience a western hognose snake, already started on rodents, would be another good option. They don't even constrict. Garter snakes would also be an option, although they don't lend themselves to much handling (some type of whole rodent diet is best with them too since fish diets tend to lead to vitamin deficiencies).

All of the non-rodent eaters I'm aware of are going to be pretty high strung and don't tolerate handling very well. If you're squeamish about feeding live, most snakes can be conditioned to accept frozen thawed and if you take some time and get your snake from a breeder you can often get an animal that is already eating frozen thawed.

If you only have adult guinea pigs, there are a lot of additional species that would fit the bill if you don't mind feeding rodents.

-Alice


   

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