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Posted by EdK on May 07, 2003 at 11:07:29:
In Reply to: one more feeder question posted by mred on May 07, 2003 at 08:09:51:
As a general rule of thumb, the sooner you can switch them to a food source that you can "control" the quality of the food item the better your snakes off your snakes.
That said a trick I used on newly born fitchi was to chop up one day old pinks and submerge them into a bowl of water and put two or three rosey reds into the water. The fish attracted the babies to feed and when they grabbed around in the water they grabbed and ate the pinkie parts. By doing this I was able to switch them onto pinkies very quickly (after a couple of weeks, I only used one fish and they ate the parts well, then I removed the fish and by this point they were used to the mouse taste and the hunting method allowed them to grab the parts and feed.
:Ok, here goes. I've got two captive born (last summer) Checks and several more on the way this year. My adults & near adults are eating f/t pinkies, no problem. The two juvies will eat nothing but fish - rosies mostly. I've tried worms, etc but with no luck. I plan to switch them to rosie & "pinkie parts" asap, but in the meantime am I doing them harm? Any suggestion?