Monday, May 15, 2017

Eating Like a Snake...Finally

BIG news!!
Sunday is feeding day for Olympia, so in the morning I get a small frozen rat out and put it in a ziplock bag, then put the bag in a bowl of warm water to help start thawing it. It stays there until about 8pm when I change the water again and wait until Olympia sticks her head out for the night after her light is turned off, then she is fed with tongs. I try and feed it to her but she sniffs it for a little bit and headbutts it, then ignores it. So it is left on the ground while I wash the tongs and by the time I get back she is eating it.

Well yesterday I had warmed it up and saw Olympia coming out of her hide and rubbing against the glass front of her tank. So I took that as her actually being hungry and grabbed the rat and held it next to her and wiggled it a bit. She got really excited, sniffing it with her tongue really fast, then backed up and in a split second snatched the rats head and coiled her neck around it, pulling. Scared me half to death, but I let go of the rat and she stood up, half out of the hide and continued squeezing the rat.

Very excited she finally struck it! Might need to get some bigger tongs now...


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