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PostSubject: Cerastes cerastes feeding question   Sun 16 Sep - 10:28

Fed my new C. cerastes a live mouse. She bit it and the mouse was dead in about 2 seconds. She ate it after resetting her fangs. I offered a second live mouse which she bit and this time hung onto it rather than releasing it. This mouse took a full 10 minutes to die. Is it possible she dumped her whole supply of venom into the first mouse for whatever reason? Also, the second mouse she held until it died, then released it and showed no interest in eating it. The second mouse was dipped in water before being offered to her - perhaps she held it as long as she did to get then water from it? Any thoughts?
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PostSubject: Re: Cerastes cerastes feeding question   Mon 17 Sep - 4:58

Hello Daniel,
Im still missing the size,of both animals.
Maybee your Cerastes was "full" and left the second mouse.
Sometimes I see also a second kill of the mice and not eating them,for no reason.Dont worry.
Maybee the first stike,of your Cersates, was a good wone,a hit and shock to the mouse.
If they destroy,with the bite(fangs) a vital organ,they die very quick.

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PostSubject: Re: Cerastes cerastes feeding question   Thu 20 Sep - 3:56

Yep agree.
Just a good hit.
Straight in the hart or back spine. Least amount of stress for the prey (Ihope/think).

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PostSubject: Re: Cerastes cerastes feeding question   Thu 20 Sep - 9:36

Thanks guys. New question - how often should she defecate? It has been about a week and a half, she has eaten twice and has not defecated yet. At what point should I start to worry that she is impacted, and what would be the recommended treatment for impaction? Just massage down towards the clocia?
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PostSubject: Re: Cerastes cerastes feeding question   Tue 25 Sep - 0:37

It may take a month or more for it to defecate especially if it was empty when you fed it the first mouse. As long as it has fresh water it should drink when necessary and it will defecate when it is time. You need not worry at this early stage.
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PostSubject: Re: Cerastes cerastes feeding question   Thu 27 Sep - 11:22

Thanks all. She defecated two days ago and has eaten her third mouse in as many weeks Smile
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