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    How to convert to frozen thawed?

    My ball currently was only fed once by me, and had no problem eating fresh killed prey. My friend told me that as long as you thaw and warm the mice after freezing, it would be no different to the snake than fresh killed. Do you think my baby ball will readily accept frozen prey? If not, how can I train the snake to eat frozen thawed prey?

    I think I may have located a shop that has different sized mice (they breed lab rats for laboratories), but they are located in the middle of nowhere and I can't go there every week. So I'm thinking of buying like 4 or 5, killing them and putting them in a tupperware and into my freezer. Is that ok?






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    I have adopted all of my ball pythons and been told that they only eat live mice or fresh killed. Some people have problems feeding the frozen thawed. Each and every ball python I own have taken frozen thawed the first time around. No problems. I would just thaw, heat and offer. Chances are, he will take it. Good luck.

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    I would also put them in freezer bags along with tupperware, just to help keep them fresh

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    If it will eat freshly killed it should have no problem converting to the frozen thawed. The biggest stumbling block is people think that just because it is thawed to room temperature that is enough. And for some BPs it is. My female will take it immediately. Occassionally my male wants his a bit warmer so I lay it under the heat lamp for a couple of minutes. However don't leave it too long or it may get to hot and the abdomen burst. ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
    And DON"T try to warm it in the microwave. It won't be pretty!
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    Some people use a hairdryer to heat their F/T mice for the snake. It's worth a try.
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    Hair dryer, heat lamp, hot water (with rodent in a plastic bag) Whatever works to get the rodent warmed up enough to get the snake interested.
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    It should take the frozen mice but make sure to follow the suggestions about using a bag and tupperware container, you don't want freezer burn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Manhirwen
    Some people use a hairdryer to heat their F/T mice for the snake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petsareusrescue
    It should take the frozen mice but make sure to follow the suggestions about using a bag and tupperware container, you don't want freezer burn.
    What's freezer burn? The mice will burn my fridge? They're dead!

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    The same thing as a (hot regular) burn but caused by extreme cold.
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