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Old 08-07-2009, 08:37 PM
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When does a snake start to strike feed? I'm putting pinkies in with her at the moment but just wondered when you should start to get them to strike feed and how its done? She's only a few weeks old at the moment so I'm thinking that it may not be for a while yet!

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Old 08-07-2009, 09:04 PM
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Theres no need to get a snake to strike if its feeding if its feeding alright without. for royal pythons sometimes they feed better like that if you can get them onto it
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Many snakes never strike feed. Why would you want to change the way she feeds if she is happy with it? After all, the pinky is dead, so striking is not necessary.
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striking only causes many sore fingers if she misses!!!
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Its just nice to see them acting as naturally as possible in a captive environment... although the mouse is dead its always exciting seeing a strike feed... I find
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I just assumed it was a natural progression for their feeding? I have another snake that is nearly a year old and when I got her she was already strike feeding so just thought it was something they 'grew into'?
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Old 09-07-2009, 09:58 PM
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Most do naturally progress, they tend to recognise the smell when its feeding day and know food comes in when that smell is about, they tend to be waiting with their head being where you open the lid so you cant get it past them, when you see them like this then dangle it with tongs, mind your fingers. But as others have said some never do, they seem to catch on anywhere from a few weeks to 6 months old, when they are ready you will notice.

As for your first corn she learnt at about 4-5 months without any extra encouragement.
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