at Tue Apr 22 09:51:23 2014 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by FR ]
This is so easy to test. Raise clutches together and they not only do not eat eachother, but they form bonds even within a group. Yes, they pair bond. And will seek their mate out to be with(attend) and to copulate.
When they are raised together, they will not eat eachother until starving. And keepers commonly starve snakes, by routine(ask if your interested) But if you put an individual from another clutch in with them, simply put its dinner. And visa versa.
We do have to understand, its behavior, and again, behavior is not all or nothing. So from that point, bonding can also be done with young animals from different clutches. And even rarely with adults. But its all about degree. The strongest bonds are from the nest.
Let me make something clear, when putting adults together, I would not call that bonding or bonded in any way. So I agree, if you practice raising a social animal in a solitary way, I would not expect the to bond with others of their own kind and the reason is simple, they do not know what their OWN kind is.
Now for the kicker, once you see truly bonded pairs, Its hard to keep them separate, In fact, its heart breaking.
Bluerosy and I keep bringing this up from time to time and its because off the Joy we have watching such a beautiful thing. And because we actually see animals living a life, doing something anything other then living in an empty box. My question is, why do folks HAVE to keep them separate????? This subject is far more important then anything to do with snakes. Cheers
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