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Some Indigo Pictures - Life in the Sun

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Posted by: cdossena at Sun Jul 21 18:13:27 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by cdossena ]  
   

I am in Connecticut and we have finally had a slight break from the heat. I have tried to get my eastern indigos out for some exercise in the early morning or late afternoon.

They enjoy basking in the sun. I use the hose to mist them. They will drink the water as it beads over their faces. Then they slowly move from sun to shade, periodically popping their heads up to look around. As a bonus, they often relieve themselves outside. This saves time on the cage cleaning!

I often take this chance to feed them. They sometimes get live mice, and it is fascinating watching them hunt for them. One of my females actually chased a mouse for about 20 feet before it ran it down. When I give them frozen thawed food, I will pull the food by them using tongs and they will chase after it - quite the active hunters!

The enrichment seems to be good for them and natural sunlight can't hurt. I am curious to see if the exercise will help strengthen the females as they get ready for their first breeding season. Time will tell! Enjoy!

Chris

The first picture is of my large female. She was born in 2009 from Vick Herrick, and is about 6.5 ft long. The second picture is of my large 2009 male from Steve Fuller. He is quite the monster at little over 7 ft in length.






   

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