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Old 09-02-03, 12:29 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I always use a feed box. I've NEVER had any problems with any bites.

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I only have corn snakes 2 adults and 7 baby corns. I feed the babies in thier homes cause they are all in individual containers.

My adults i feed in a box so they will not consume their substrate. I've never had a problem with them trying to bite me. I think they know when they go in the box that it's time to feed cause as soon as they hit the box they are searching for food. Even if it's a box i never used before. But then again i think it would be hard to get a corn to bite ya. If i had more aggresive snakes then yes i would feed in the cage.
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I know people who feed outside the enclosure and swear by it. I find it easier for me to feed in the enclosure. I really don't think they will associate your opening the door and seeing your hand with food. You have to open the enclosure and put your hand in to take the snake out to bring it to the feeding box. If they are going to associate your hands with food, they will nail you taking them out of the enclosure.

I have a 13' burm and a baby burm and retic now. I don't find it an appealing idea to have to have to move a 100+ pound snake before feeding and more so after feeding. Just my opinion.
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I don't use feed boxes....I use hemostats and good reflexes..lol

--another thing is that you got to move the snake back in after feeding and I think that is stressful, besides moving large snakes around is a pain.

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I think a feeding box in most cases is a really dumb idea, I used to do it but it didn't work out too well for a few reasons, so I now feed in cage with hot dog tongs lol.
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But then again i think it would be hard to get a corn to bite ya.
You must have some nice corn snakes.. When we had a bunch of babies they would try to literally spring out of their enclosure at you..lol
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What's not to like about my avatar? LOL! That's the cutest thing I've ever seen. Besides, learning to communicate effectively is an essential life skill and sometimes that just says it all. I don't shelter my daughter from trivial things like naughty words but if you would feel better I'll put the one with the BCI swallowing a mouse back up.
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Do you not use ingestable sand for the Kenyans? Or is that stuff maybe less ingestable than the package claims?
I've never used sand and never will, for a couple of reasons:

1) It traps way too much heat.
2) Extremely poor air flow. Sand can get up their noses and into their lungs, causing a plethora of problems.

I use very finely shredded aspen for the Kenyans. They seem to like it just fine.

Oh, I should mention also.. we hand-feed. I've found that if you dangle the prey ABOVE the snake, there is pretty much no way they can tag your hand. If they have to look up to get the prey, they'll get it by the head, missing your hand by as many inches as the prey is long.
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Oh, I should mention also.. we hand-feed. I've found that if you dangle the prey ABOVE the snake, there is pretty much no way they can tag your hand. If they have to look up to get the prey, they'll get it by the head, missing your hand by as many inches as the prey is long.

i do this with my little ones, but there is no way in hell i would do it with my 6+ foot boa.

i hope you wont do it with your boas when they get bigger.
i would have to say my 6+ footer is the fastest snake i own, her feeding response is amazing.
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When I was a kid I had a WC garter that was missing an eye. I did the hand feeding thing with him and he once missed the feeder fish I was giving him and took my finger instead, past the first knuckle. Scared the hell out of me, I hadn't been bitten before. I used to use the calci-sand ingestible stuff but it's too expensive for me to replace as often as I'd like. It holds smell as well as heat. No more, newspaper in all my cages, though my N pine doesn't seem to like not digging.
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My husband feeds the larger ones by hand, but the way he does it makes it nearly impossible for them to bite him.. We keep racks and boaphile cages that open from the front, so no one is fed from overhead.. basically all they can see is the rabbit/Jumbo rat. I dont recommend hand feeding for everyone, but it is hard to dangle a 3-5lb rabbit with a pair of tongs.
In my opinion.. To each his/her own!
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For me it really depends on the animal, my JCP's get fed in cage becasue its easier on them but my corns are on aspen so they get fed in a container. I'm not strictly for or against on way or they other what ever works best for the animals in question. There are no absolutes!
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You must have some nice corn snakes.. When we had a bunch of babies they would try to literally spring out of their enclosure at you..lol
Ya the babies bite me but i don't count that i can't even feel it. my adults on the other hand have never bit me.
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I know what you mean there..Most of the time when they bite, you dont even know they did it..lol
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I do use feed boxes for mine now(6 feet plus) They get a full hour to calm down after feeding as well and I make sure I wash my hands twice after touching any rodents. Then again mine are quite smart now as they know they are getting dead prey they just grab it and pull it back they don't even constrict it any more even when it is warm to the touch.Who says they don't learn? they are pretty docile after an hour alone in the totes and i do not take any chances either they are removed carefully and placed back in the enclosures.



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