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RE: coluber foxi - problem feeding

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Posted by: AllenSheehan at Thu May 12 15:29:12 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by AllenSheehan ]  
   

I have kept and worked with many types of racers in the past. I have always had a difficult time getting mine to take adult mice especially wild caught. The wild caughts I currently keep started off on grass hoppers, large crickets, and small fuzzies or large pinkies. But I still feel they prefer insects first. I have some long term 4' captives that I seriously doubt would still take an adult mouse. Racers in my opinion really dont constrict there food like a corn or rat snake would so live mice seem to intimidate mine. They like smaller prey they can run up an swallow while it is still alive. My four footers will take small fuzzies or grasshoppers and you can see the prey still kicking in the snakes neck to give you an idea. Some larger coachwhils will take larger live prey however but that is another topic. I have had a few reluctant feeders that would take lizards at first and then soon switch back to insects or small fuzzies once they settle in.

Think small more frequent meals. If you find yours will take insects they will eat almost every day. Once they get going they are incredible feeders.

My two cents
Allen Sheehan


   

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