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RE: Intro and feeding question

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Posted by: markg at Tue Nov 29 14:21:44 2011  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by markg ]  
   

Just do it. There is no "switch" on your part. They either eat it or they don't.

Some sandboas will take thawed no problem. Some require warming up the prey item in warm water so it "feels" warm like a live rodent. And some are stubborn as all heck and have to get really really hungry before eating thawed. There may be some that flat out refuse. I've had a handful of sandboas from different sources. All ate thawed, even those that were on live before I got them. A few had to get a little hungry first.

One nice trick is to touch the thawed mouse to the side of the snake's neck close to its head. Sandboas are really sensitive to that area. They seem to lunge and bite when touched there. Probably a reaction to encountering prey in a burrow. In fact, it is a good idea NOT to hold a sandboa near the head for that reason. Some don't care but some will bite. Big females can bite surprisingly hard and amazingly fast.

Good luck. I don't think there exists a snake easier to care for than a sandboa. They can usually easily survive all the dumb mistakes we keepers can make.


   

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