return to main index

  mobile - desktop
follow us on facebook follow us on twitter follow us on YouTube link to us on LinkedIn
Click here for LLL Reptile & Supply  
Click here for LLL Reptile & Supply
CBReptile.com your source for the
HIGHEST quality captive bred reptiles
Locate a business by name: click to list your business
search the classifieds. buy an account
events by zip code list an event
Search the forums             Search in:
News & Events: Herp Photo of the Day: Caiman . . . . . . . . . .  Herp Photo of the Day: Lizard . . . . . . . . . .  MAHS Fox Valley Meeting - Nov. 16, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon Raleigh - Nov. 17-18, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon Belton - Nov. 17-18, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  DFW Herpetolocial Society Meeting - Nov. 17, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  Colorado Herp Society Meeting - Nov. 17, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  Edmonton Reptile & Amphibian Society Mee - Nov. 20, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  Suncoast Herp Society Meeting - Nov. 24, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  New York Metro Reptile Expo - Nov. 25, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  Chicago Herpetological Society Meeting - Nov. 28, 2018 . . . . . . . . . .  ReptiCon Orlando - Dec. 01-02, 2018 . . . . . . . . . . 
RodentPro.com - feeders for less!
full banner - advertise here .50¢/1000 views
click here for Reptile SuperShow
pool banner - $50 year

RE: Ever Notice This?

[ Login ] [ User Prefs ] [ Search Forums ] [ Back to Main Page ] [ Back to Rosy Boas ] [ Reply To This Message ]
[ Register to Post ]

Posted by: Ameron at Sat Nov 7 10:14:05 2015  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Ameron ]  
   

I understand, and acknowledge, what you state. I also know that a child has a different mental capacity than that of an animal - particularly that of a reptile. However, keep in mind that NO serious, long-term studies of reptile intelligence have been done. Proper intelligence testing must also be done with a Reptilian format & expected end result - not the same processes used for mammals. I know of one Gray Parrot with a larger vocabulary than that of many "Human" teenagers.

I disagree, however, with many Keepers about snake attitudes. I feel strongly, based on my experience, that reptiles LOVE naturalistic setups - whether or not plants are fake. They like being concealed, true, but only part of the time. They also like variety (all life forms seem to have this in common, even starfishes) and enjoy new things and exploration.

My adult female, which I suspect was wild-caught & poached, has two hide spots. One is a rock pile - just like she'd have in nature. She spends LITTLE time in either. Day & night, I usually see her on the branches, either basking or climbing around. (In the wild, their home range is at least 3-5 acres, one of the smallest ranges known for a snake. Rat snake home ranges can exceed 17 acres.)

I think that housing setup, accessories & space matter very much - with any captive. I also think that the common practice of a housing setup with only a hide box and water dish, with no branches, is a recipe for an unhealthy & bored reptile. In that scenario, it's only activity, it's only "fun", is to eat a frozen-thawed rodent every week or two. (That same existence for any Human would likely result in insanity, death - or a breakout.)

What I'd like to convey to other Herpers is this: How would I want to be treated as a captive? What considerations & accessories, along with outside exercise, would I want??


   

[ Reply To This Message ] [ Subscribe to this Thread ] [ Show Entire Thread ]


>> Next Message:  RE: Ever Notice This? - markg, Mon Nov 9 12:08:43 2015

<< Previous Message:  RE: Ever Notice This? - markg, Fri Nov 6 14:21:57 2015