at Mon Feb 3 15:29:42 2014 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by markg ]
Thought I would add some info..
I have 2 corns that I got as hatchlings. I have no interest in breeding them, so I did not push them at all. If they displayed signs of hunger, like looking at me waiting for food, then I fed them. Sometimes that would be 2x a week, and other times much less frequently.
It took nearly a year to get them onto fuzzies. These corns are strong and healthy. When I hold either of them, I can feel their muscles working as they push off of my hand. They feel more like a wild snake in that aspect. They are not at all limp like the starved hatchlings at some of the large pet stores.
I raised a Cal king in the same manner. He took 3 yrs to look like an adult, and he still had some growth yet to do. He lived to a very ripe age, over 20, and successfully bred thru year 19.
If you are in no rush, neither do your snakes have to be. But, you should not under-feed. Underfed snakes lack the energy and strength that healthy snakes display.
On the flip side, if you feed your snakes often and provide warm temps to support an aggressive feed schedule, they will grow fast and reproduce often. That is true whether it be captivity or nature. In nature, when times are good and prey is aplenty, snakes will not hold back.
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