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Feeding juvenile sand boas......

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Posted by: Kelly_Haller at Sun Jun 13 13:23:14 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Kelly_Haller ]  
   

You hit one of the big issues with young Eryx: they prefer live pinks. If you are moving it to a separate feeding unit as you stated earlier, then you will likely have problems getting it to feed. Some tolerate this, but many will not. You should always feed in the primary unit as these are shy snakes as juveniles and moving them is going to put them off feed in many cases.

I had a large breeding colony of Eryx conicus in the 1980's and 90's. The young always fed the best when kept on an inch or two of fine sand and given live pinks left in overnight. Out of a couple of hundred young produced, I never had one that failed to feed. Substrate temps should be in the mid to upper 80's, and humidity relatively low. Always measure your temps just slightly under the surface of the sand. I always used flexwatt under half the unit which also supplied a cooler side, and did not use an overhead heat source. Shavings don't work as well as sand for the young as I believe they need the security of something more substantial pressing against them until they get older.

Kelly


   

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