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Posted by deathstalker on February 21, 2003 at 00:48:16:
In Reply to: switching to pinkie rats posted by ehartwig on February 16, 2003 at 19:23:38:
A specimen about as thick around as a quarter or even a nickel should be able to take down a few-days-old pinkie rat or even two, no problem. However, some westerns might reject rats due to the stronger smell, taste, too much "beef" which could possibly lead to minor fatty liver disease if kept exclusively on pinkie rats, or another reason.
Technically, not as many rats--if any--have been found in the stomaches of wild western hogs as have mice, to note, and so, many keepers (at least ones I've communicated with) just continue to stick with mice. But yes, your snake should be big enough if you desire to feed pinkie rats to him.