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Thoughts on force/assist feeding.
What do you guys/gals think about the subject of force feeding? Do you think it stresses the snake? Do you think it has an effect in the eventual unassisted feeding process?
I for one don't think it does and have always got my snakes feeding within a few assisted feeds - when assistance was warranted. The snakes always seem to feed on their own within a couple of feeds and don't seem too disturbed about the assistance the had received. I've never had a snake complain yet
What are your thoughts?
BTW, I'm talking about both assisted and forced feeding.
starving causes more stress than an assist or forced feed lol.
some species require this proces especially elpaids,to get them feeding on a captive diet,and if done properly has no negative effect.
I've 'force fed' a couple of hatchies to get them going. They are now growing well and on a fast to inspire them to eat without any extra assistance . It's better than starving to death, as Rob says. In a wild situation most of the hatchies would die. We are in an artificial situation anyway, so I don't see a problem with assistance as long as the animal is otherwise healthy.
- 27-Apr-11, 03:48 PM #4
- 27-Apr-11, 04:11 PM #5
It can stress the snake but they usually settle down quickly enough
Food in the guts is better than starving but a few hatchies dont seem to understand that very well
recently I began to wonder about exactly this question
If nature allows the silliest/weakest to die as hatchlings because otherwise they might weaken her gene pool
are we doing the right thing by trying to save them??
- 27-Apr-11, 04:30 PM #6
- 27-Apr-11, 04:39 PM #7
While I completely agree that it would be virtually impossible to watch anything die of starvation without trying to help it I still feel the question is possibly a valid one
It would need a zoologist/geneticist etc who has access to lab equipment to prove it one way or another and would require a very long study over several generations
Actually I do have a little problem one right now
More than welcome to give it a go if you like
About 3.5 metres of pretty angry retic that doesnt want a feed yet
So drop in anytime
I will even get a few bandages in before you come
- 27-Apr-11, 04:48 PM #8
^ lol Im keen . Damn scars are hott arnt they , mind you not really in my line of work but Im up for the challenge .. Should be over in afew months anyway lol ... This time I may just stay .... Much for rent near poppies or in ubud atm ???
darwin a couple of weeks ago? Surely there was absolutely no need to force feed her that early as she was most probably still settling in... Unless she was bought as a problem feeder?..Cheers, Sam
- 27-Apr-11, 05:03 PM #10
after seeing " lucky the Albino it put me off ..
- 27-Apr-11, 05:11 PM #11
- 27-Apr-11, 05:12 PM #13
its not about feeding the weakest/smallest , it is getting to feed young snakes that are not acustomed to a captive diet of rodents where in the wild they would be taking frogs and small skinks,with out scenting/assist/forced feeding would not accept the prey item.
most Elapids are the best example as they are smaller and take alot longer to grow than do pythons to a size where they can eat even pinkie mice
- 27-Apr-11, 10:39 PM #15
I can understand exactly what you mean when it comes to feeding various snakes a different diet than their natural one
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