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New Owner PLEASE HELP


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Posted by oldherper on May 12, 2003 at 17:06:53:

In Reply to: New Owner PLEASE HELP posted by momof3 on May 12, 2003 at 16:00:21:

Start out feeding him live, but stunned mice. Then after a few feedings, try him on a freshly killed mouse. Once you get him eating freshly killed mice, then you just thaw a frozen mouse and get it up to 85 or 90 degrees body temp and he should take it. If he doesn't, go back to freshly killed mice for a while and keep trying him periodically...should be no problem.

::How do you get a snake to eat a thawed mouse? This one has been eating live for 7 years...

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::First, a mouse can and will injure a snake if it isn't eaten right away. As a matter of fact, a mouse can kill a snake. I've seen cobras killed by mice that were intended as food, and I've seen many snakes seriously injured my mice. If the wound isn't bad enough to kill the snake immediately, infections can set in and kill him slowly.

::Second, freezing kills many of the parasites that can be carried by mice. These parasites can have grave effects on your snake, given a chance to infect him.

::If you intend to feed live mice, at least knock them unconscious before putting them in with the snake, and don't leave them in there unattended if he doesn't eat them right away.

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:::Why frozen/thawed mice? What's the benefit?

::::If the snake is doing well and thriving with the current owner, I would try to as closely as possible approximate the conditions he's living in now...temperature wise, humidity, cage furnishings, cage size, etc. The only thing I would look to change in the near future is to try to get him switched to frozen/thawed mice.

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:::::I am getting a 7 year old Ball Python from a relative. He has owned it for 7 years and is the only owner. He seems to be very docile and friendly. He eats live mice with no problem. He has also had a heat rock for his heat since he was a hatchling. I know very little about snakes but I have always wanted one, and am very excited about this one. I am looking for any tips tricks advise and what to expect from this snake when I move him...

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