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Posted by SammyVelazquez on April 18, 2003 at 23:05:50:
In Reply to: Newbie Feeding Questions posted by jbudd on April 18, 2003 at 11:39:08:
It might be OK to feed your retic in another container while it is small, but as it grows larger this will become extremely dangerous. I have 3 retics. The largest is an 11 ft. male that has a terrific appetite. He usally gets a 5-6 lb. rabbit every week. During the week he will usually get 1-2 lrg. rats. He is by no means underfed; but he still looks for more food after every feeding. Large retics will sometimes still be hungry after being fed a good meal. Having to handle a large snake that is in feeding mode can cause you to get bitten or even killed. You also run the risk of having your snake regurgitate after eating a large meal. You can "teach" your snake not to expect food every time the cage opens by using a snake hook when removing it from it's cage.
:I keep several species of snake, including a Burmese python. However, I just bought a tiger retic from Bob Clark and would like to know your opinions on feeding in the enclosure or in a seperate "feeding container". I know the topic has been covered before, but I would like even more opinions. I'm nervous and excited about my new retic and would like to be as prepared as possible.