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  Issue 9 Vol 5 September 2010
Feeding Your Pet Boa Constrictor In this Issue

coiled boa constrictor in the wildBoa Constrictors are said to be among the most beautiful snakes in the world. This may explain the popularity of owing a Boa Constrictor for a pet. Many people worldwide enjoy pet Boa Constrictors for many years as they can easily live to be 20 years old or more.

When it comes time to feed your pet Boa Constrictor you need to know two things about your pet; size and age. Boas can grow to be 13 plus feet long and obviously the bigger your Boa Constrictor, the bigger the prey will be that you feed it. Additionally, the older your Boa is the bigger the meal it usually prefers.

Boas tend to favor such meals as mice, rats, and maybe even rabbits when fully grown. Again this all depends on the size of your snake. A good rule of thumb is to feed your Boa Constrictor prey that is no bigger in diameter than the fattest part of the snake. This will ensure that the prey goes down and stays down without an increased chance of regurgitation.

Boas are instinctively ambush predators and most prefer to take their meals live. However, there are some snakes that may require that you give them prey that has been frozen. If this is the case with your Boa, always warm up the prey to room temperature if possible before you feed it to your pet. Never use the microwave to warm up the prey.

Keep in mind that Boa Constrictors are private eaters. When you feed them you will want to give them a dark place , drop the prey in with the snake and then let it do its thing. Once you have fed your Boa, leave it alone for at least several hours other than to check on it to make sure it is ingesting the prey properly. If disturbed too much it is normal for a Boa Constrictor to regurgitate its food and leave it alone once it has.

Refrain from picking up your pet Boa Constrictor for at least 24 to 48 hours after it has eaten. This will keep from any damage occurring to the snake's digestive track. Remember that Boas only need to eat every 7 to 10 days and if you overfeed them, it could prove detrimental to their health.


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The Evolution of the Sea Turtle

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The evolution of sea turtles is interesting indeed. Most believe that sea turtles first roamed the Earth some 250 million years ago, though they would have looked much different back then.

Early ancestors of the sea turtle are believed to be large land dwelling animals that had four appendages, or legs, as opposed to the flippers that sea turtles now have. These large land dwellers would have eventually migrated to the waters perhaps for safety or food and then over millions of years, they would adapt to the water and thus have their flippers evolve.

It is further theorized that the early relatives of the sea turtle had a different diet that consisted mostly of meat, which it would have derived from different prey on the ground. In fact, it may have been a shortage of this food that drove the giants into the seas and forced them to switch the way in which they gained their sustenance.

While sea turtles did go back and forth between both land and water for many millions of years, by the Cretaceous period they were primarily in the waters on an almost full time basis. The only time that they would venture onto land is for the same reason as the sea turtles of today, which is to lay the eggs of their young and then bury them in the sand.

As more time passes, scientists keep finding more evidence of different types of sea turtles that existed, but didn't make it and are now extinct. The most recent example of this was in recent years when scientists found the fossil remains of the Archelon that dated back around 65 million years. These sea turtle-type creatures would have roamed the Earth as the largest ever at a whopping 13 plus feet.

As with many of the species in the past, the sea turtles of today face many problems. Most species are on the endangered species list and if more awareness is not brought to the general public with more done to protect these majestic creatures, it is feared that they too could be just another in a long line of sea creatures that go extinct. Hopefully the evolution of the sea turtle will not stop with what currently lives in the oceans of the Earth today.



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