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Posted by BILLY on May 07, 2003 at 00:44:54:
In Reply to: Feeding Questions posted by Jud on May 05, 2003 at 19:46:38:
I will relate to you with my experience and how I feed my own collection.
I feed about all my snakes once a week. I have 4 full grown adult pits, and the rest are yearlings, sub adults. 3 of my adults I feed 1 rat pup (20-25g) a week, the biggest pit I have I feed 1 weaned ( 30-50g )about every 10 days. This has been the best for me and most importantly, the best for my snakes. My yearlings, one rat pinkie a week, sometimes two. It is my opinion that feeding them too much can lead to obesity, which is very bad for them. Some snakes I have had would become obese even on this type of feeding schedule! Thing is, you just need to keep an eye on their weight. If they show wrinkles when they curl up or bend their body into a coil, they may be too heavy. A lot of times, if I see my pits or other snakes and right before I thaw out food, and a snake doesn't really look like it needs to eat, I wait till the following week.
The rats I give my snakes give them a lump in their body, but not TOO big.
The growth rate in my pits is good. My Applegate gopher was the fastest grower I have ever had, maxing out in about 3 years on his one mouse a week diet.
So, this is what I do, and it works for me. Try it out if you like!
Hope this helps!~