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Sensory Stimulation
Moving Prey and Scent Trails

The methods outlined in this section relate to stimulation by means of sensory inputs, including the use of sounds, smells, temperature differences and movement.

Moving Prey and Scent Trails

Method A dead mouse or rat is rubbed along the ground in front of the snake, or for lizards hidden at the end of the ‘trail’ under bark or in a pipe. Alternatively, live snails may be put into the enclosure.
Species Snakes, Large Lizards. (Snails for Blue-tongued Skink).
Purpose Increase exercise and foraging time, simulate hunting behaviour, and reduce undesirable behaviours.
Pro Increases activity and exercise of reptiles, and helps to reduce obesity.
Con Potential for aggression between animals sharing an enclosure.
Improvements Using gravel and small rocks instead of sand to bury the food requires greater effort by the lizard to obtain the food.
Comments Animals not eaten should be removed to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
Frequency of Use Once per Month.
Ratings Usefulness 7
Convenience 5
Value For Money 9
Range of Users 1
Contributed By Reptile Section

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