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RE: First 2013 S. t. intermedia...

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Posted by: tbrock at Thu Feb 7 21:10:53 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by tbrock ]  
   

>>Sorry to reply so late, been working on my reef aquarium while my snakes "sleep". It gives me something very interesting to do during the winter months. Two demanding hobbies gets a bit overwhelming at times, so I am also looking to downsize a little, but only some of the more common species that I currently have.
>> Anyway, about your post, I find that interesting also. I have usually found the opposite to be true, with the runts taking food more readily than some of the normal size hatchlings. I don't have any experience with Senticolis, but that is what I've seen in most other rat snake species that I've had the pleasure of raising. Hope all is well.
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>>Matt Kauffman

Wow - a reef aquarium too? I find that rather impressive - I used to have aquariums when I was younger, but find I just don't have the time or money for that hobby at the same time as keeping snakes, herping, and other aspects of the hobby / avocation.

Re: runts and feeding - yep, me too - mostly they have been great feeders, in other species I've kept, and have gotten up to normal size very quickly. It seems like interemedia runts (or the ones I've seen) don't have much of a will to live somehow. Or - I just haven't figured out whatever it is they want to eat. Fortunately, most green rat babies hatch out huge and have voracious appetites...
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