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Enn's bunch - the legless one

Discussion in 'Vertebrate Pet Talk' started by Enn49, May 8, 2016.

  1. Enn49

    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    Wow, quite a few then!!
    The only others I know that fast regularly are the Western Hognoses. I was given 2 when I first started keeping snakes and I'd only had them a short time when they both stopped eating, one for 7 months and the other for 9. I was scared that I'd lose them but they were fine and although they fasted every winter it was only ever 2-3 months.
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    Yeah, there are some other species, of snakes, that are susceptible to going on a fasting period.
    I guess Hoggies are one. Although a pair, that I used to have, didn't do that.

    Another group, that is susceptible, are those in the pyromelana category. Not all will but there are those who do answer to that internal clock (no matter their temps, lighting, etc.).
    Had a pair of Arizona Mountain Kings and, while the male wouldn't go on a definite fast (would just eat, on/off, for a short bit, during winter, before going back to consistent eating again) the female did go on a fast each winter, for a few months, without fail (even without my brumating them).

    Of the species I have, now, only the Balls will go on a fasting period.
    Well, sometimes, the Garters will too (though not always).
    Anyway ...
    Some of the Balls will fast for a short period and some for a longer period.
    Then, I do have those Ball Pythons who do not fast consistently, each year, and some who do not fast at all.

    Despite being used to it (fasting snakes), and though I know they will be fine, etc., I still dislike it very much.
    However, love the snakes ... so gotta take the good with the bad.;)
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    Every collection should include a Ball. These guys are awesome and easily to care for. I have a 1 year old male, Royal i believe. He will eat live or frozen thawed. I order my frozen feeders from South Florida Rodents and it does save money in the long run. I never had any luck in breeding rats, always too many or not enough. I do breed rabbits for my Boas thou and those guys do great.:)
  4. Enn49

    Enn49 Moderator Staff Member 1,000+ Post Club

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    I totally agree. They are one of the gentlest snakes I know. I used to use Royals to overcome peoples fear of snakes.
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