Feeding your snake is among the most important sections of snake ownership. However snakes do not eat very often, baby snakes may eat twice a week, but as they grow they get onto a more once a week program. Snakes eat small rodents, generally mice, rats and rabbits. There are lots of distinct sizes for to pick from so that your snake is joyful and health from birth all the way until he is a 10 foot long monster (just joking).
Everything you start with when you’re feeding a baby snake are known as pinkies.
Pinkies are baby mice that are from 1-5 days old.
They are.5-3 g in weight
and They’re anywhere from.5-1″ in length
The next step up are called fuzzies
Following that comes hoppers
After that you simply continue to continue to get larger mice as your pet snake continues to grow. If your snake is no longer able to be sustained off of mice, you may need to step up to rats, and if you have a real monster you could even feed rabbits
You always want to be sure you have the proper size rodent for your snake. You want to make certain the mouse does not go beyond the circumference of your snake’s body at its largest point. However you also want to make sure the bark you select is not to small since it will not fill up the snake.
There are two distinct methods available for you for feeding your pet snake, live and frozen.
Frozen is normally more convenient because you can get them at mostly any pet shop and all you will need to do is thaw and feed. Frozen rodents can also be a guaranteed weight and you can be sure your snake is getting the Right nutrition for his size
Lots of individuals still prefer to go the live course. This can be a little more difficult as if you purchase more than one mouse at a time; you need to make certain to keep them alive and fed until it is time to feed your snake.
With a live animal that you wish to make sure that you keep an eye on it while your snake is pursuing its dinner You want to be sure the rodent does not bite your snake as they can carry disease and could make your snake ill or hurt your snake. Because of this I generally like to go the suspended route.
Many individuals are fearful of feeding live rodents for their snake because they think that this will make him more aggressive or abusive towards them. However in the event that you continue to handle your snake on a regular basis this should not become a problem. You want to make certain that you aren’t only putting your hand to the snake habitat to feed him or else he’ll begin to believe that your hand means it’s feeding time and may lash at you.
When feeding your snake you want to be certain he knows the food is there so it doesn’t just sit there and start to rot. The simplest way to do this with a frozen mouse is merely to dangle it (with a pair of tweezers) in front of the snake making it look like it’s moving around, many times the snake while hit right out in the mouse, grab it and start eating.
When feeding your snake you want to make sure not to manage him the whole day prior. This sets the snake into a different mindset and that he will not want to eat. You also want to be sure not to handle the snake for a minimum of two days afterwards. Snakes need time to digest there food, and if you handle him during this time he can vomit his food back up because of messing with digestion process.
If you’re ever having trouble getting your snake to eat, try to put his food straight into his hiding area. This way the food is right in his safe place and he’ll feel secure eating. The other thing you can do is called the deli cup technique. This should help the snake feel protected and help facilitate feeding.