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RE: about toad scenting

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Posted by: HerpZillA at Thu Aug 1 08:14:16 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by HerpZillA ]  
   

No success with lizards.
Right now I have 7 hogs WC and I have a tiny bit of toad mush in a container I thaw and refreeze when my hogs will not eat. And all but one eat like that. Some eat great some fussy
The non eater I have hand fed since a hatchling and is just over a year old. And I tried everything including the scenting with a toad from Texas. Last year I placed an Ohio toad in with her last year and no reaction. A friend told me Ohio Bufo Americanus, But it was worth a shot. I also tried rosey reds and she struck at them a few times but as soon as the fish stopped the hog did too.
NOTE I know several people where the rosey reds are the only thing they will eat and they also use them to try to convert to pinks.
As in my other post I saw a baby toad in my yard and thought again,, why not... HOLY CRAP,, the toad did not even move and this hog woke up from her quazi comatose state and was striking all over at it. I took the toad out and scent a pink and she was back to the coma. I mean this snake never moves. So I put the toad in and was holding the pink near it and I got her to strike at the pink and she took it right down.
So,,, I wash a FT pink and scent with the toad that she seems to love, but no interest. Is it the scent or the look? Or both?
I'm very productive in hand feeding the picky ones to excite them with certain movements. Now I'm not sure it is all scent? I do realize a real toad will have far more scents than scenting a pink.. Bur this snake was 10" from the spot I dropped the Ohio toad in and she moved fast for the first time in her life.
Feeding interests like this have always fascinated me. I do so may unusual things many may not try. Something as silly as,, if you use a deli cup,, put it upside down. The inward slant of the side seems to keep the snake from running its nose around the upper lid. I worked at a reptiles shop a few years back and fed many snakes and really watched the behaviors in diff containers
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Thanks for reading.
Tom

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