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RE: The Naturalistic Observation part

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Posted by: FR at Fri Apr 25 18:57:52 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by FR ]  
   

Please understand, I am not being mean, but your one of the progressive thinkers here, so I want you to think. Let me try again.
You said;
Well, of course, we would all love to give our snakes SUPER large outdoor cages that had a variety of habitats for them to explore and live in. The same goes for nesting/egg laying options. I think most, if given the choice, would choose to have larger egg laying containers with deeper materials etc. However, there are constraints that must be placed (unfortunately so) on the animals due to time, money, space, etc issues. Ultimately, there are always going to be compromises to keeping snakes in captivity (or really anything in captivity for that matter). I think that our goal as keepers should be to minimize those compromises while also being realistic about what we can accomplish without a large animal facility with large naturalistic enclosures.

When is it too small? When it compromises physical health? When it compromises, mental health? Why is it normal to compromise a captive animals health? If we do not understand something, then that is a poor excuse. But when we do understand there is a problem and choose to ignore it because of Time, money, space, etc. That is something that should not be so acceptable.
I measured my king egg laying cages, and they are aprox 18 inches wide, 2 feet long, and 18 inches deep. Oh I would use larger for large females, say over four feet.
In Europe, some countries have size requirements for snake cages and truly I do not remember what they are, but they were huge, like three times the length of the snake. Can you imagine that. We are not talking about that, but someday we may..
To me, its not about cage size, it is about nesting size. Nesting is very important to these animals. And your right, in a sense, their nesting cages are larger then their normal cages. Well, its sad. Again, this conversation is about exploring the issue.


   

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