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RE: Rosy Boa Problem Feeder--Solved?

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Posted by: markg at Mon Jan 12 15:08:02 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by markg ]  
   

Chris,
There is a combination of things that can do it. We all have our opinions. The real answer may elude most of us. I can tell you this - paper bags don't matter in general to get rosies feeding, although certain individuals may require more security than others. It isn't the paper bag trick that makes a rosy feed necessarily. Other factors play more of a role. Factors like light cycle, temps, humidity.

Consider that in Spring, these animals become ravenous. Well, what is special about Spring? Well, moisture is present (humidity is usually more moderate than in Winter), day temps get up to a decent value while nights are cool, plants are sprouting so prey is more available. Daytime gets longer. Paper bags are not in the play.

So in theory, if you could produce Spring conditions, your rosy will feed. In theory. On the flip side, if conditions are not like Spring, there is less interest in food. In theory.

So you could try the following: warm daytime temps but still offer a cool retreat, cool night temps, moderate humidity, more Spring-like light cycle and lots of prey. Might make a difference.

Or let the snake cool down to 60 deg for a few weeks, like it probably would in nature, if nothing else works.

Back to the paper bag thing, this can work when conditions are on the edge, meaning the environmental cues are telling the snake perhaps to not eat, but there is a mouse in this dark bag that is just sitting there, and the snake can't refuse, and it is warm... So the paper bag can help sometimes, but it is not the sole reason for rosies to feed the way they do in non-Spring times of the year.
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