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Can you overfeed a ball python?


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Posted by themaester on May 20, 2003 at 15:37:56:

In Reply to: Can you overfeed a ball python? posted by serpentcity on May 16, 2003 at 23:55:29:

::Two fuzzy mice every 5-7 days for the first couple weeks, then going to a hopper or small weanling every 5-7 days, then a little more often, slowly increasing the size. If you want it to grow fast then feed every 3-4 days. I don't know how a snake a little bigger than yours (say 18") could possible safely eat 2 adult (say 21+ gm) mice. WOW! Not a safe thing to do to a neonate (recently born) snake. Could be the baby does gag this big a meal down, finds out it was too much (ie, rips a gut in the process), then croaks upon attempting to regurgitate it. Much better to feed smaller meals more frequently than trying to set some kind of Coney-Island-Hot-Dog-Eating Contest sort of record! Also, on a serious note, many breeders try feeding small fuzzy rat pups from the start so they can avoid the trouble some BP's have transitioning from mice to rats when they're at that point. Good luck...Scott J. Michaels DVM
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my snake is about 19 inches and she eats two 15 grams mice every five days...

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