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Re: storing a food source

2009/9/16 Dann Pigdon <dannj@alphalink.com.au>:
> On Thu, Sep 17th, 2009 at 8:48 AM, Augusto Haro <augustoharo@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Thanks for the data on snakes. May it be that these snakes lower their
>> metabolism after the abundance season?
> I suspect they'd almost certainly have to lower their metabolism, since 
> they'd be waiting for at
> least eight months for their next major meal. That doesn't stop them gorging 
> themselves on
> hatchlings when they're available though.

Well, if they barely hunt after the bird breeding season, perhaps the
time they are fat they have little locomotion to perform (few prey to
which move for), so their obesity may not hinder their locomotion...

> I doubt they'd simply let the food hang around in their
> stomaches undigested for that long though, so they'd pretty much have to 
> store fat on themselves
> for the lean times.

Neither do I think they simply let the food stay in their stomaches. I
was told once that it is not good to feed snakes close to the winter
(at least those species which are inactive at that epoch), because in
winter they do not digest what they swallow. Apparently because food
items rotten within their guts, because of microorganismal
proliferation, and the scarcely active animal dies because of