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RE: Calabars, uh oh?

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Posted by: chrish at Wed Sep 15 12:14:23 2010  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by chrish ]  
   

I have had some Calabaria that ate pre-killed Rat/mouse pups, but others that didn't take them unless you tease-fed them.

With Calabaria I would let the smell the rat pups by putting them in the container and disturbing the snake enough to get it tongue flicking. If they didn't take it within 30 minutes or so, I would take the small rodent in forceps and gently press it against the side of the snake about 1/4 of the way down the body. This would usually result in a slow defensive constriction after which the snake would swallow the mice if left alone. You can often get them to constrict multiple mice by pressing one against the anterior region of the body and while it is constricting, pressing another against the posterior part.

That's how I got this -

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Chris Harrison
San Antonio, Texas


   

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