Caring for your snake

Free stock photo of animal, reptile, snakeFeeding your snake is one of the most important sections of snake ownership. However snakes do not eat very often, baby snakes may consume twice a week, but as they grow they get onto a longer once a week schedule. Snakes eat small rodents, generally mice, rats and rabbits. There are lots of different sizes for to pick from so that your snake is happy and health from birth all the way until he is a 10 foot long monster (just joking).

What 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 grams in weight
and They’re anywhere from.5-1″ in length
Fuzzies are 6-13 days old
They weigh 3-6 grams
and They’re 1-1.5″ in length
Following that comes hoppers

Hoppers are between 2-3 weeks old
They weigh 7-12 grams
and They’re 1.5-2″ in length
After that you just continue to continue to get bigger mice as your pet snake continues to grow. If your snake is no longer able to be sustained from 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 make certain you have Bee Relocation the appropriate size rodent for your snake. You want to make certain that the mouse doesn’t exceed the circumference of your snake’s body at its largest point. However you also need to make certain that the bark you select is not to small as it won’t fill up the snake.

Methods For Feeding Your Snake

There are two distinct methods available to you for feeding your pet snake, live and frozen.

Frozen is normally more convenient as you can get them at mainly any pet shop and all you will need to do is thaw and feed. Frozen rodents are also a guaranteed weight and you can be sure your snake is getting the Right nutrition for his size

Many people still prefer to go the live course. This can be a bit more difficult as if you purchase more than one mouse at a time; you need to be sure to keep them alive and fed until it is time to feed your snake.

With a live animal you want to ensure you keep an eye on it while your snake is pursuing its dinner You want to be sure the rodent doesn’t bite your snake because they may carry disease and could make your snake sick or hurt your snake. For this reason I generally prefer to go the frozen route.

Many individuals are fearful of feeding live rodents for their snake because they think this will make him more aggressive or violent towards them. However in the event that you continue to handle your snake on a regular basis this shouldn’t become a problem. You want to make certain that you are not just putting your hand into the snake habitat to feed him or else he’ll begin to think that your hand means it is feeding time and may lash at you.

When feeding your snake you need to be sure he knows the food is there so it does not just sit there and start to rot. The easiest way to do this with a frozen mouse is merely to dangle it (with a pair of tweezers) in front of the snake which makes it look like it’s moving around, many times the snake while strike right out at the mouse, grab it and start eating.

When feeding your snake you need to make sure not to manage him the whole day prior. This sets the snake into a different mindset and he will not want to eat. You also want to take care not to deal with the snake for a minimum of two days afterwards. Snakes need time to digest there food, and if you handle him through this time he can vomit back his food up because of messing with digestion process.

If you’re having trouble getting your snake to eat, try to put his food straight into his hiding place. This way the food is right in his safe place and he will feel secure eating. Another thing you can do is called the deli cup technique. Just place the snake and the food item into a deli cup along with a half sheet of folded paper towel and place in a warm area overnight. This should help the snake feel protected and help facilitate feeding.

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