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Hampster & A Rat Snake are Bedfellows

by Rolway / January 19, 2006 6:27 AM PST

This ones for Mark I guess....

TOKYO (AP) - Gohan and Aochan make strange bedfellows: one's a nine centimetre dwarf hamster, the other is a 1.2-metre rat snake.

Zookeepers at Tokyo's Mutsugoro Okoku zoo presented the hamster - whose name means meal in Japanese - to Aochan as a tasty morsel in October, after the snake refused to eat frozen mice. But instead of indulging, Aochan decided to make friends with the furry rodent, according to keeper Kazuya Yamamoto. The pair have shared a cage since.

RE: Do they feed these snakes LIVE hamsters.Sounds like some kind of Japanese sport going on over there..

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2006/01/18/1399667-ap.html

George

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well
by Mark5019 / January 19, 2006 6:53 AM PST

if you look at snakes eyes its in blue going to shed.
and feeding live isnt safe for snake.
and as to why not eat sometimes snakes go off food at certain times.

my ball python stopped in decmer will start again spring.

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Well now...
by Rolway / January 19, 2006 7:36 AM PST
In reply to: well

It sounds like these Zookeepers over there do not know how to take care of these snakes. According to the article, they fed it a Live hampster and did'nt know why it was not eating. Hmmmm. At least I'm happy for the hamster anyway. Both for that matter. Love is great, eh.

Thanks for the info Mark. Happy

George

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im not saying its not right to feed live
by Mark5019 / January 19, 2006 9:33 AM PST
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sometimes we have no choice on a new capture.takes a while to get snakes to eat prekilled sometimes.

but its not i say not safe to leave a live rodent in with sanke as it may wind up bitten

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Maybe the snake is just showing
by Steven Haninger / January 19, 2006 7:39 AM PST

patience and Gohan is still toast. Happy

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