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Coachwhip intelligence

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Posted by: KevColubrid at Mon Jul 16 09:41:36 2007  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by KevColubrid ]  
   

This is a continuation of the thread below that started under the heading "lazy coachwhip." I just think it's a really fascinating subject. The two western coachwhips that I own have an intelligence beyond any snake I've ever seen. When I feed them, I can definately tell that it isn't just instinct taking over, and getting a response. Before going after a mouse, my female will actually sit at the front of her hide box and flex her jaws for about thirty seconds, as if she's actually planning her attack. I've also seen the female jet into her box when food is introduced into the cage, shoot out like a rocket, grab the mouse, and drag it back in, almost as though she's set an ambush or something. My male coachwhip will take frozen mouse from my hand, and has come to recognize the brown bag that I keep frozen mice in as something with food in it. When I come into the room with it, he'll get really excited, follow it with his eyes, and zip from one side of the cage to the other, almost like he's begging. These are some seriously fascinating snakes, and I believe this is a subject that needs to be researched more.
Kevin


   

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