At Last ..... A live one

At Last ..... A live one

Postby rolandslf » Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:29 am

After the spate of Large DOR Brown House Snakes, I finally had my melancholy mood lifted yesterday.
Byron called me at about 10h30 asking me to attend a callout in my area of Montclair.
He had received the call for a long, very thick, black snake.
Yes, you are all thinking the same thing I first thought, "Black Mamba'.

Sanity however prevailed and the next thought was, "I have never heard of a Black Mamba in the area in the 22 years I have lived here".
I thus concurred with Byron when he said, "I'm not driving all that way for a Herald".

I went on the call only to find a very large Brown House Snake which I estimate to be about 90cm long. I think it is a female and she was indeed very thick.
From the pic you will see why I have not sexed or disturbed her too much.

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Re: At Last ..... A live one

Postby eyed_lizard » Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:39 am

Nice one Roland :D congratulations man!
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Re: At Last ..... A live one

Postby glencoco » Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:10 am

He/She is in good condition! with a nice full belly. :)
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Re: At Last ..... A live one

Postby Fooble » Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:13 am

Last third looks like it has something more then a meal.
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Re: At Last ..... A live one

Postby rolandslf » Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:16 am

I forgot to add that this episode had a humorous and a serious moment.

Humorous because I went in with 2 tongs in hand and a hook kept close at hand, not knowing what to expect. On seeing what it was, I dropped both tongs and grabbed it with my bare hands, the 12 or so spectators all almost wet themselves.

The serious moment was when the oldest of the group said to me, "The snake is lucky, if you did not come, we were going to kill it".

It took longer to give a bit of education than it did to locate and catch the snake.

Tyrone, my thoughts exactly. This is what I based my sexual identification on.
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Re: At Last ..... A live one

Postby Silvrav » Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:24 pm

Yip, would say she will be a mommy soon?
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Re: At Last ..... A live one

Postby Snakes4Africa » Mon Sep 27, 2010 5:22 pm

Nice catch! Thanks Roland, good to know there are guys out there who can be relied on.
She would not yet be carrying eggs if she was willing to take on such a large meal, but she may well have already mated. It never ceases to amaze me what size meal wild snakes will take and digest... I'd never feed a snake such a big meal in captivity!
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Re: At Last ..... A live one

Postby Durban Keeper » Mon Sep 27, 2010 8:34 pm

That's a mighty fine snake you got there! Very nice save & hopefully some perspectives were changed with the education!
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Re: At Last ..... A live one

Postby Bushviper » Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:06 am

I have caught Cape house snakes which had swallowed an adult rat. In captivity I would not even feed the same sized snake a weaner rat but it seems as if in the wild they have to take what comes along.
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Re: At Last ..... A live one

Postby martinshaun » Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:24 am

my big female will take weaned rats but refuses adult mice !
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Re: At Last ..... A live one

Postby rolandslf » Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:02 am

Thank You All for the positive feedback.

Regarding the size of the prey item, I actually thought that I may be feeding some of my snakes prey items that are too small. This in turn led me to think that I may be underfeeding my snakes.

The point made by Byron is very valid. In the wild they would possibly not be able to feed as often as they do in captivity.
They will then take whatever comes along, regardless of size.

Another interesting note is besides the law aspect of us feeding live prey items to our captive snakes and the fact that they could be injured, I would have expected at least a bad bite or two from her taking on such a large prey item. There is not even one, even though a rat this size must have put up a fight.
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