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Old 05-31-12, 07:14 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Fecal matter retention- evolutionary adaptation and consequences to the animals

I think the people that are concerned that their Wagler's are not defecating more frequently are using massages and castor oil. Some Wagler's do defecate more frequently than others- it's also somewhat determined by locality. Very little is known about the Malaysian/Sumatran phase- these seem to be the ones that most often succumb to impaction and failure to thrive in captivity....I suspect it has to do with keepers being nervous that the snake is not producing bowel movements and withholding food.
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