Feeding Wild Animals

Questions have come in about caring for our animals and how we use funds so here’s a quick overview.

We are breeding meal worms (Tenebrios) for some of the animals who need a lot of protein in their diet. The breeding of other animals is problematic as our monkeys are free and it would mean more labor and more eventual veterinarian problems and fee . . . so ultimately it would probably not be any cheaper than buying meat.

Plants needed for the butterflies are all grown on my land and are practically all the plants we need for the maintenance of the animals.

2012BoaConstrictorFor the Uakari monkeys we have planted more than 60 different tree species and over 160 saplings; they eat either their shootings or the seeds. Some of the plants are already producing and many will have to grow a few more years.

The tiny sloth is doing well, actually already increased its weight from 400gs to 600! But it still has a long way to go.

I have to visit the Institute of Natural Resources to pick up a boa constrictor and a big turtle to get the papers. (The Institute focuses on establishing national sanctuaries for the protection of the habitat of specific species of flora and fauna, and natural formations of scientific or scenic interest.)

The coloring of Boa constrictors can vary greatly depending on the locality. However, they are generally a brown, grey or cream base color, patterned with brown or reddish brown “saddles” that become more pronounced towards the tail. It is this coloring that gives Boa constrictor constrictor the common name of “red-tailed boa”, as it typically has more red saddles than other boa constrictor subspecies. The coloring works as very effective camouflage in the jungles and forests of its natural range.

boaConstructorDrawing1Illustration of Boa Constrictor.The markings on snakes such as a Boa are exquisite. If you get a chance, take time to view not only the snakes but graphic illustrations to consider their geometric perfection.

Boa constrictors are solitary animals, and will only associate with conspecifics to mate. They are nocturnal, however they may bask during the day when night-time temperatures are too low. As semi-arboreal snakes, young boa constrictor individuals may climb into trees and shrubs to forage, however they become mostly terrestrial as they become older and heavier.

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