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Posted by cpn_aaron on April 10, 2003 at 14:58:52:
I was moving my year old 3 foot northern pine up food types yesterday. he's growing like a weed and p/k or f/t weanling rats two times a week won't keep him full. He needed a bigger meal, so I went up to p/k small rats. I chose one of the smaller rats I could find that had similar, if only slightly thicker body size than the weanlings he normally consumes. I fed him and he pounded the thing like a champ and swallowed it down without complaints or second thoughts. I left to run errands and returned an hour later to find a freshly regurged rat in his cage. I cleaned the cage and have started soaking him to gain fluids back. Today as I was in my physics lecture wishing I was elsewhere it dawned on me that it could have been the length of the prey as opposed to the thickness that troubled his stomach. The small rat while similar in thickness was longer than the weanlings. The longest part of the rat is the tail. The weanlings only have little tails. I was wondering if any one might have had a similar problem when moving their snake up in foodstuff size? I would like to get him on the small rats since feeding him 4 or 5 weanlings a week is expensive compared to 1 or 2 small rats a week. Should I try cutting a tail off and feeding him the tailless rat? I'm open to any suggestions or tried and true methods. Thanks in advance.