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    Creatures of Conditioned Routine

    My ball python is definitely a creature of routine, as are we. He knows when I'm going through my weekly ritual of preparing his Frozen thawed meal. He comes out of his hide and just sits there and waits and watches me. Pretty cool
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    When it's time to feed, most of my snakes start staring at me...almost as bad as my dogs, but just not daily. It's pretty cute.
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    He always amazes me. One can learn a lot by just observing a snake. They have a calendar in their head and know when meal day is approaching. Mine starts cruzing his enclosure on day 6. But doesn't it suck when you try to share your fascination with a person that doesn't even hear what you're saying becuz you are talking about a snake? . My roommate doesn't get it. Has zero interest.

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    Re: Creatures of Conditioned Routine

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    He always amazes me. One can learn a lot by just observing a snake. They have a calendar in their head and know when meal day is approaching. Mine starts cruzing his enclosure on day 6. But doesn't it suck when you try to share your fascination with a person that doesn't even hear what you're saying becuz you are talking about a snake? . My roommate doesn't get it. Has zero interest.
    Yes, sadly it happens a lot. We must persevere to enlighten the uninformed...(sigh!) Seems people find hate (or ignorance) easier to manage than admiration or
    understanding. Especially if it means actually changing one's mind... Good luck with your roommate. At least we can share it all here, among the like-minded.

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    That's so cute haha, reminds me of a cat or a dog!

    Mine starts poking his head out of his hide around day 5-6 to wait for his next meal to "wander by".

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    Re: Creatures of Conditioned Routine

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    When it's time to feed, most of my snakes start staring at me...almost as bad as my dogs, but just not daily. It's pretty cute.
    Yes Noodle does this to me and it's kinda disconcerting! LOL! She will also do it right after she just ate, like "Do I get more?"
    Our familiy: Noodle the albino ratsnake; Spot the Banana BP, Lucy the massive pinstripe BP, Harold the panther chameleon, Poppy the hedgehog, Bob and Ross the beta fish, Maya the dog, Max and Momo the cats, Tauntaun the Light Brahma Chicken (lives at the high school barn), two teenagers, and a very nice partner, all well-loved and cared for.

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    I can tell mine are due to feed*...yesterday one of my female Florida rat snakes kept watching my every move near her cage. She had just shed & I noticed
    she left about 1.5" still on her tail tip, so I got my (water) spray bottle to moisten it, then reached in for her tail to work it off. The old skin came off easily, but
    Lainey kept intensely studying my hand ("are you sure that's not for me"), ha ha! I got away unscathed... She slams her food, a feeding-bite wouldn't be
    nice.

    *This being winter, my all-adult snakes are fed at longer intervals, closer to 3 weeks sometimes (instead of 2). I keep track on calendar of last feeding & note
    any that don't eat, but do not feed on a precise schedule.

    And yes, most of mine give me that "do I get more?" look too, after feeding. LOL
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    My boy would probly eat every day if I offered. He's all about his food !

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    Re: Creatures of Conditioned Routine

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    That's so cute haha, reminds me of a cat or a dog!

    Mine starts poking his head out of his hide around day 5-6 to wait for his next meal to "wander by".
    Same! We feed on Saturday evenings, and usually after a mid-week poop, Thursday they're "hunting" in their cages. I just say hello and go about my business!
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    Re: Creatures of Conditioned Routine

    I don't really feed on a set schedule so the critters don't necessarily know when food is coming but they sure do perk up when I start defrosting their meals. My snakes eat anywhere from every 10 days- every 6 weeks depending on the season and my mood.
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