[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]

Re: True Predator

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. wrote
>To any ophidiologists on the net: is it true that most snakes will not eat
>food unless they are close to body temperature?
Not an ophidiologist :). But :

Only some snakes (most members of the Boidae family and Crotalinae
subfamily (pit vipers) of the Viperidae family) have heat sensitive pits on the
head by which they can detect warm bodied animals. Other snakes hunt by
smell and a recently dead animal would not smell differently than an alive one.
Snakes in captivity certainly accept dead animals.

Gautam Majumdar                 gautam@majumdar.demon.co.uk