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RE: Female Rubber Boa not eatting.

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Posted by: RichardFHoyer at Thu Oct 12 00:37:30 2006  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by RichardFHoyer ]  
   

Raccoonone,
Although some individuals have success with having their Rubber Boas take prey all year long, I am not one of them. I am maintaining around 40 boas and at this time of year, it is very uncommon to have one take prey.

Thus, I just turn off all artificial light and heat sources and allow the boas to proceed through the late fall and winter brumation period similar to what occurs in the wild.

I then will start offering prey next April or late March to my captive specimens.

By the way, where do you live? Can you go out this fall and winter and find nestling voles or deer mice then freeze them for use next spring? As a rule, the Rubber Boas will more readily take our native species over the lab mouse. A number of individuals have indicated that lab rat pups are taken more readily by C. bottae than are nestling lab mice.

Richard F. Hoyer


   

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