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Posted by: 53kw at Thu Aug 19 18:47:54 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by 53kw ]  
   

Three of four hatchling Texas pink coachwhips from Glades Herp have now eaten voluntarily. One still takes defrosted pink mice via tease feeding although she swallows voluntarily once the food is in her mouth. Two of the others eat anoles. The best male started eating live pinks voluntarily and today ate a defrosted pink mouse left on the floor of his cage in front of his hiding bark. He's already begun to gain size on his littermates and if this early behavior is a sign of his attitude he may become a monster snake--power feeding a coachwhip can keep a person busy but the results are spectacular. Once he works his way up to large enough meals (defrosted fuzzy mice) I can think about color-enhancing food additives like Canthaxanthin drops or bits of raw chicken inserted under the skin of his defrosted mouse. Doesn't take much to color up a pink coachwhip.

Two of the four red X Texas pink hatchlings bred here have started eating anoles voluntarily, the other two still need to be tease fed. Uuuhhhhggggg.....what a chore. Me, they bite like banshees. Food, not so much.

To quote Indiana Jones, "snakes....why did it have to be...snakes?"


   

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