The four-foot-long orange Corn snake, Goldilocks, who lives here and helps by eating rodents we catch, went on a field trip last week. A young lady from the local herpotology club picked her up from Jay’s office and then brought her back home after she had visited the local middle school. She is a perfect color for a Halloween visit!
When the young lady learned that we feed Goldilocks live and freshly dead mice and voles, she was alarmed. It seems to her captive snakes should be fed only freshly dead captive raised mice! When I inquired about the reason for her belief, she said that “wild rodents carry disease and may bite the snake”!
Umm. Yes. We think that God designed snakes to deal with bites and germs.
Now I am assuming, which is not a wise thing to do, but it is to make a point. Why would a good Darwinist not want a snake to be challenged by live prey? Survival of the fittest, and all that.
For my part, I think it is cruel to keep a snake in a tank all its life and never be able to constrict its own prey, never able to hunt, however artificial it is in the confines of the tank, never to eat “natural” food.
For a similar reason I take Goldilocks outside and let her slither around. Under observation. Perhaps that is not “safe” either, but, gee whiz, life is not all about safety, even for a pet snake!