at Wed Jun 22 05:22:33 2005 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by CoralSnake ]
In my travels around the snake related areas of the Internet I found out that nature herself is in the process of making venomoids through the normal evolutionary process. The snakes involved in this process are the two Sea Snakes of the genus Emydocephalus (Turtle Headed Sea Snakes), The Sea Snake Aipysurus eydouxii and the Australian elapid known as the Half Girdled Snake. The key to this natural venomoid producing is THE CHANGE OF THESE SNAKES' DIETS FROM ACTIVE PREY TO FISH AND REPTILE EGGS which are INERT PREY.
Here is the point I'm getting to with this. While some of the testosterone types feed their snakes live prey in order to "enjoy the show" most responsible keepers feed their snakes hot and not some kind of INANIMATE PREY, (usually a dead animal but "snake sausages" are starting to become popular in the hobby especially amongst the "non hot" herpers with the "cute and fuzzy" syndrome that are new to the hobby in general.) Either dead mice or "sausages" however in effect ELIMINATE THE NECESSITY OF A "HOT" SNAKE TO BE "HOT". So my question is do you think that responsible keepers who feed their animals inert prey may be on the way to making venomoids NATURALLY through the keeping and breeding of snakes on inert prey just like the four snakes that are heading in that direction through the evolutionary process I cited above due to their natural switching from an active to an inert prey.
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- Venomoids Through Breeding and Natural Selection - CoralSnake, Wed Jun 22 05:22:33 2005