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RE: Rosy Boa for the classroom? feeding resp

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Posted by: Miloradovich at Wed Sep 23 09:07:52 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Miloradovich ]  
   

In my experience some captive rosys do tend to aquire a very aggressive feeding response. It is hard to say which ones will and which won't, I have had sibing holdbacks under the exact same conditions where one will and one won't end up aggressive and constantly ready to strike in search of a meal. I have noticed that it tends to be most common with my costal rosys, and my mexican localities tend to be the best tempered on average.
There are a few things you can do to help prevent it, getting one young so you know it has not already developed a bad habit, keeping them on regular feeding schedules so as they are not getting overly hungry, feeding in a seperate enclose so they are not expecting food when the cage door is opened, and regular, consistent handling. I have also heard of people putting a worn t-shirt or sock in the animals encloser so that they are used to their owner's scent although I have never tried it myself. I would reccomend not holding them for a few hours after feeding as this seems to be when mine are at thier worst and of course make sure to wash your hands if you have been touching any other animals that your rosy could smell and mistake for food. A lot of the same precautions you probably already take with your BCI.
Rosys can make really good pets but their tendency towards a strong feeding response is a good thing to be aware of so you can make an informed decision and take preventative precuations. My wife and I have done a few elementary school presentations with a variety of snakes and while I am selective about which rosys I bring, especially for the hands on portion, I have some that I am confident with and have no doubts about letting little kids handle.


   

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