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    Elite Member TamJam's Avatar
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    Re: My Red Tail Boa Wont Eat. Help!

    We live and learn - hopefully. Sometimes at the expense of our precious animals.

    Some people have just been lucky so far, that their snakes have managed to escape being bitten and badly injured by the rat/whatever.
    What's the problem just killing the prey first? Or feeding F/T items? I agree with Merlin that the F/T has been proven to be perfectly good nutrition wise.

    I have seen awful injuries to snakes caused by their intended prey trying to defend itself in the best way it knows - CRUNCH.

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    Re: My Red Tail Boa Wont Eat. Help!

    feeding live is definitely a bad idea. listen to dragoness and merlin. f/t or pre-killed is the best idea.
    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
    It's about learning to dance in the rain.

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    Re: My Red Tail Boa Wont Eat. Help!

    hey met, sweet picture!!

    A Fluffy beardie is a happy beardie!

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    Re: My Red Tail Boa Wont Eat. Help!

    WOA MrBoaJangles...You're just waiting for an accident helping.

    To feed my snakes (I have four ranging from 7 foot to 5 foot) I feed in a large plastic tote, that's their designated feeding place and when they go in there they know it's feeding time, This keeps them from being aggresive when I try to get them out of their tank. I feed live, however, I knock the rat out prior to giving them to the snake. and then watch with a spoon to put in between the rat and the snake in the event that the rat starts scratching...I have yet to have an injury on my snakes and have only been bit by my snakes once (which involved me driving him three hours to go get seen by a vet, he was not happy once we got there and stuck out at me) (P.S. being bit by a 7 foot boa isnt that painful)

    Make sure your keeping them on a roughly 12 hour light, 12 hour dark schedule, while I was in desert training my buddy left their daytime light on 24/7 and they all refused to eat, also if a snake is pregnant they most likely won't eat

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    Re: My Red Tail Boa Wont Eat. Help!

    This thread is almost a year old.
    My name is Jen.

    "Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar."

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