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Posted by Rich G.cascabel on January 20, 2003 at 23:37:30:
In Reply to: Re: Overfeeding Crotalus? posted by coluguy on January 20, 2003 at 18:32:25:
growing babies too fast is just as bad as letting adults get obese.How fast you grow a baby can make the difference btween the snake living ten years or thirty plus years. Even though they look fine they are sustaining kidney and liver damage from the heavy work load. I start out baby molossus on one fuzzy a month for the first year. Then go to one every two weeks for another year or so, and then increase meal size accordingly. I do feed breeding adults on an accelerated schedule, one adult mouse every four or five days, but my adults are four feet long, have a good basking area,and are hibernated four months of the year not to mention the rigors of reproduction so this is really not that excessive either. I have a good number of snakes over twenty years old. Buddies of mine who got snakes from the same clutches/litters and fed them fast have already had them die and gone through two more generations.