posted on Dec, 7 2011 @ 08:43 AM
Originally posted by GogoVicMorrow
reply to post by SecretFace
Yeah.. I meant to ask reptile owners earlier, but was sidetracked by lunacy in here.
I know snakes will eat dead things and I know that they prefer living. My question though is, will they eat dead animals regularly, or do they
generally wait until they are hungry. Like will they avoid eating dead food in hopes for living prey if they are not particularly hungry at the time
In my experience and from talking to many other reptile owners in the past, obviously more so with regards to snakes, but a common misconception is
that a snake will only eat live animals. This is not true, in the wild it is so because generally that is what they will more often than not come
across, but they will also eat dead animals that are generally intact, shall we say. A snake does not have the understanding of preference, a warmed
up prekilled defrosted mouse/rat is the same as a live mouse/rat to the snake and the snake's instinct is the same, the snake will often strike feed,
if the snake understood that the food was already dead it would understand not to strike. There is also a general understanding that this causes a
lack of hunting instinct in the snake, first of all the snake does not understand captivity, it understands its surroundings and food placed within,
as far as the snake is concerned, should be hunted and its movement and behaviour is exactly the same.
As I have said, there is no positive to feeding live mice, rats, or in this case a kitten to a snake except for some depraved pleasure. I have kept
snakes for over 15 years now and I have never had trouble feeding. My list of snakes include/included Royals, Corn, Garter, Boas, Kings, Rat and a
Burmese and I never had trouble feeding and all have gone on to live or are living very healthy lives. I've known keepers of DWA snakes (venomous
snakes mostly) that have never needed to. There are instances that can result in the need to feed live prey due to not feeding, though I have not
needed to do this, I have also known for it to still not work as the non-feeding is usually related to an underlying condition.
The bottom line is videos such as this are not necessary and even if you have to feed live food, why record it and distribute around the internet?
Nature is nature, but this is sickening and I honestly believe that the Police should do more towards seriously looking in to these people because
this type of behaviour is usually a prelude to just as sickening behaviour towards Humans.