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I have noticed that my garter snake only eats after it has smelled it's prey to make sure it is a slug, and it doesn't matter whether it's moving or not. If I were to coat, say, a caterpillar with slug slime, would my snake try eating it?

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Probably, try it and let us know. –  terdon Oct 7 '13 at 2:21
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He's not hungry right now I tried feeding him a slug but he barely noticed it. I'll try tomorrow and let you know the results. –  Skyhawk Oct 7 '13 at 2:51
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Not sure about garter snakes, but this is a common technique to get "difficult" snakes to eat. Back when the Madras Crocodile Bank used to keep king cobras (which exclusively eat other snakes), they would coat rats with a concoction consisting of the shed skin of other snakes (usually Indian rat snakes) to get the king cobras used to the new prey. –  Chinmay Kanchi Oct 7 '13 at 11:53
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He still isn't eating anything. I fed him a lot though, so he's probably just still full. –  Skyhawk Oct 10 '13 at 21:25
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