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Ideal Feeding

Discussion in 'Ball Pythons' started by SomeLizardsInABucket, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. SomeLizardsInABucket

    SomeLizardsInABucket Active Member

    I purchased a Mojave Pewter Ball Python after his owner needed to do some downsizing. I estimate him to be about 4 feet long, and was told he weighs 1769 grams. I don't have a good scale, so when the weather warms up I'm going to take him down to my snake guy and use his scale and get him a general health check. I was told he was getting a medium rat, but I think he looks a bit underweight (canot be seen in picture). I read somewhere else that a snake of his weight should be getting large rats. I'm only hesitant because he will very rarely take f\t, and mostly only eats live, a finding that was confirmed by his previous owner. I was just looking for some input 20170315_161823.jpg

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  3. Jsilverback64

    Jsilverback64 Well-Known Member

    You could try a fresh kill large rat. It'll still be warm naturally and will not risk injuring your snake. You just want to kill the rat as humanely as possible.
  4. SomeLizardsInABucket

    SomeLizardsInABucket Active Member

    Yeah, that might work. I'll give it a shot
  5. Darkbird

    Darkbird Subscribed User Premium Member

    Nothing really wrong with feeding live if done responsibly. More important than the size of the prey is how often was it being fed? A medium rat once a week should be plenty even for an adult, unless breeding activity is involved.
  6. SomeLizardsInABucket

    SomeLizardsInABucket Active Member

    That's what I was thinking. I don't leave live in there with either snakes any way, so I was just curious.

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