Feeding Pet Gopher Snake

Not everyone likes snakes and quite a few are afraid of them. However, many other folks like snakes and wouldn’t hesitate to have one as a pet, if they knew enough about the snake. A lot of those people feel that gopher snakes are one of the best snakes to have as pets. A large part of this is because of their extremely docile nature, more so than nearly any other kind of snake. Though they can grow in excess of five feet long and occasionally almost double this, and although they tend to be full-bodied snakes, their needs are simple. I’ve even written about their suitability as pets. Even feeding them is normally quite easy. Gopher snake diet in nature In nature, the gopher snake is an active carnivore. They eat mostly mice, gophers, squirrels, rats, lemmings, voles and rabbits; however, they will also sometimes eat bird eggs and even small birds. It isn’t uncommon for a gopher snake to go down into burrows to catch its rodent prey, which it usually grasps in its mouth, bludgeoning it to death against the sides of the burrow if it can’t wrap around it, and then eating the prey. This is a key to giving this pet its food since, unlike many other snakes, the food doesn’t need to be alive for the reptile to accept it. They don’t have to actually catch it in order to be willing to eat it. Food for a pet gopher snake Most people would Continue Reading →

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What Do Wild Coyotes Eat?

Amazing as it seems, even though we know a great deal about coyotes, there is a huge amount of misinformation floating around about them. A lot of these exaggerated ideas that people have about coyotes revolve around what they eat. Of course, a large part of this is that they belong to the canine family. Canines include the familiar domesticated dogs, as well as wolves, foxes, wild dogs and coyotes. When people think of wolves, they often think of a carnivorous predatory pack animal, killing and eating whatever they need to, in order to survive. This isn’t very far off the mark. Coyotes look a great deal like a little wolf, except that their snouts tend to be longer and more narrow, while their legs are more slender. Thus, the common conception is that coyotes eat the same things wolves eat and they hunt in the same way. Indeed, coyotes are carnivorous predators. Most of their food is prey that they’ve hunted and killed. Mostly, the prey animals that they eat are mice, voles, squirrels, lemmings, mice, rabbits, hares, birds, bird eggs, usually of ground nesting birds, reptiles and even insects. However, this is far from all they will eat. These animals have very little problem with eating carrion, including road kill and even meat that is already turning rancid and is spoiled. It has a strong enough constitution that this food doesn’t seem to bother them. They will even eat a dead porcupine and know that they need to Continue Reading →

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Make Your Own Liquid Stevia Extract

I’ve written a couple of articles so far about the wonderful plant called stevia or more properly, Stevia rebaudiana. It is easy to grow and it is fantastic for dieters and diabetics because it has no calories and no glucose. In fact, some studies suggest that it might actually lower insulin resistance of cells and reverse some of the problem with diabetes. It can easily take the place of refined sugar in your diet because the plant is about 600 times sweeter than sugar. It is potent stuff. Stevia can be purchased as an extract, either powdered or liquid. This can be cost prohibitive. It can be purchased in the store, for instance as products called “Stevia-in-the-Raw” and “Tuvia“. However, these have other non-glucose sugars added, such as erythritol or isomaltulose (corn sugar). Part of the reason is that stevia is so powerful that a teaspoon of powdered stevia has the same sweetening power of over a cup of refined sugar. The additives make it less likely that a person will use so much that it is bitter. Still, considering the amount of stevia in the package, this is also expansive. I recently priced a bag of Stevia-in-the-Raw that weighed less than a pound and the cost was $9.97. Naturally, your health is worth far more than this, so it is worth it. However, most of this was taken up by other sugars, so the amount of stevia in the bag was minimal. A person can also buy dried stevia leaves and Continue Reading →

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A Close Look at the Feeding Behavior of Marmots

Often thought of as pests, marmots can cause a lot of destruction and damage. This is partly because of what and how they eat, and other behaviors. The are worth preserving and some people even eat them, but farmers and ranchers tend not to like them. Either way, learning what their feeding habits are can result in a greater understanding of the critter. What marmots are Marmots are the largest members of the squirrel family. There are quite a few different kinds, but the common names for them often relate to the type of country they are most often found in, even when the species is exactly the same. The common names also don’t always use the term; marmot. For instance, woodchucks and rock chucks are marmots that live in the woods or in and around rocks, though there is nothing in the name that would lead a person to realized from the name alone that they are marmots. Marmots den Marmots are burrowers and their dens do relate strongly to their feeding behavior. They have tunnel systems that tend to be expansive, which is understandable since these animals can grow in excess of 15 pounds. Sometimes the tunnels can reach a depth of about six feet and a total length of over 30 feet. Most tunnels also have multiple exits. It is common for other ground squirrels to have a lot of exits, too. The size of the tunnel system allows the animal to not only eat while in the tunnels, it lets them stock up on food, which they store in underground chambers for later Continue Reading →

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