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Posted by: 53kw at Mon Nov 22 16:29:09 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by 53kw ]  
   

You've seen behavior in captive reptiles that suggests discontent with certain situations, and you're most likely correct to interpret it that way. That's how I see such behavior.

To pass the rigor of scientific inquiry, these behaviors would have to be repeatable, limitable to specific, measurable conditions, and predictable/triggerable in controlled tests. Reptiles present serious challenges to behavior studies since it's not easy to interpret their mood by observation, and assigning motives to observed behavior is likely to be challenged for some time until evidence-supported arguments can prevail.

As keepers, we can let the animals tell us what they want and try to deliver. Good for you, for believing your snakes know what they want.


   

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