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Posted by patricia sherman on April 05, 2003 at 15:06:57:
In Reply to: You think a live medium rat is ok since WC...N/P posted by hoodedserpant on March 31, 2003 at 20:35:31:
Aside from the very real danger of the rat doing serious damage to the snake, feeding live prey is inexcusable from a humanitarian standpoint.
Your snake will take pre-killed. If he won't take it at first, he'll soon adapt to it when he gets hungry enough. At five-ft, he can take a medium rat. But I'd recommend first offering him a pre-killed small rat, in order to get him used to the idea of taking pre-killed. About ten days later, offer him the medium.
For mine, I don't bother offering them food unless I notice them actively "prowling" for it. I usually leave them about 24-48 hours after I first notice them beginning to prowl, that way they're very quick to take it when it is offered.
Be careful. A really hungry rat snake will strike at anything that it sees moving, and that could be your hand. Offer the prey by tongs, or drop it in when the snake is looking elsewhere (not easy).