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Posted by Steve G on March 16, 2003 at 18:55:23:
In Reply to: Feeding... posted by Animal on March 16, 2003 at 18:11:19:
:My Gopher usually eats F/T but sometimes I give her live for some exercise. Yesterday she ate three with no problem. But today I gave her another and on the firs attempt she missed the head and grabed the body. I saw the mouse biting her, but it was over pretty fast. After she gobbled it up I picked her up to clean any wounds. I checked her everywhere, but not a scratch on her! I definately swa the mouse bite her, has anyone had this happen to their Pit? Are their scales so tough that they protect them against small bites? Anyway, I think I will stick to F/T from now on, just incase.
You would be hard pressed to find a wild caught adult gopher snake without a scar or two from rodent bites. Try to resist that urge to watch the "thrill of the kill". I personally winessed the results of two live rats that were left overnight with a retic python. They ate huge patches of skin off of the snake, so much they regurgitated the skin in the cage. It was ghastly, and the snake did not recover. Since your snake accepts frozen/thawed, this is the way to go. If your snake was permanently injured from a rodent bite, who would be at fault?............that's right.........YOU! Remember that as keepers, we are the ones that are responsible for the best welfare of our charges.