Today is feeding day for the snakes. What, they only get fed on Mondays?!
That’s right. Put your hand on your neck. Does it feel warm? Oh good, that means you are still alive. Humans are endothermic that means that we have a heater inside our body to keep us a nice warm 98.6 degrees F. What powers that heater is the food you must eat every day.
Reptiles are ectothermic or exothermic meaning “outside temperature.” They are the same temperature inside their body as the temperature outside their body. That means they don’t burn much food to make heat energy. That is why we must eat much more than reptiles do.
Some of the snakes don’t even eat every week! One snake, the Kenya Sand Boa, often goes nine months in the wild without eating!
Lot’s of people ask us what we feed our carnivores.
Since snakes aren’t to excited about the culinary delights of dog food or hot dogs, we have to resort to a morewholesome approach to their diet; ratcicles! These are humanely killed rats from a zoo food supply company are shipped frozen. We defrost them in warm water and its lunch time!
The baby alligator sure looks excited about his lunch.
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