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Difference in Feeding Mice or Rats to My Boa?

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    Re: Difference in Feeding Mice or Rats to My Boa?

    I think it's best for you to just expect that not every food order you make is going to work out perfectly and get your snakes feeding and growing consistently then make the transition to rats.

    If you try to start feeding rats and the meals are refused, it'll get confusing for your snakes if you switch back to mice.

    I would stick with mice for a few months until your snakes are stable and then switch to rats.

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    Re: Difference in Feeding Mice or Rats to My Boa?

    Actually I would go ahead and switch them. Do it now while they are young. You will need to switch to rats eventually anyway.
    I have never had an issue with going from mice to rats.
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    Re: Difference in Feeding Mice or Rats to My Boa?

    Ok thanks, my male boa is around 24 inches. How many months do you think he will be on rat pups for?

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    Re: Difference in Feeding Mice or Rats to My Boa?

    You could probably get 6 months out of them. It just depends on how fast he grows.
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    Re: Difference in Feeding Mice or Rats to My Boa?

    Like Merlin said, it's all based on how fast your boa grows, I don't believe there is a set guide for how long any breed would be on a size and type of prey, just depends. Your snake make be on them for 6 months, to where mine could be on them for 7 or 8. Like humans, snakes are all different and all grow and mature and different rates. There are a lot of factors involved when it comes to growth rate (birth, diet, enclosure temps/humidity, ect) All these things play a big factor. Just remember to use the guide:

    Feed your Boa a size prey equal or 1.5 times the size of their thickest part of their body.

    Follow this and you should be just fine. Don't worry too much about when they should move up in size. As long as he/she is eating, and is healthy, thats all that matters for the time being. I wouldnt expect sudden or drastic changes, but just keep it in the back of your head after two months of feeding to compare the size of the prey to the thickest part of their body and after they take the prey ask the question "Do I see a noticeable lump in their body from the prey?" If the answer becomes anything like "Well... I guess..." then I would start considering the idea of moving up in size.

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    Re: Difference in Feeding Mice or Rats to My Boa?

    Quote Originally Posted by xViLLaiN View Post
    Like Merlin said, it's all based on how fast your boa grows, I don't believe there is a set guide for how long any breed would be on a size and type of prey, just depends. Your snake make be on them for 6 months, to where mine could be on them for 7 or 8. Like humans, snakes are all different and all grow and mature and different rates. There are a lot of factors involved when it comes to growth rate (birth, diet, enclosure temps/humidity, ect) All these things play a big factor. Just remember to use the guide:

    Feed your Boa a size prey equal or 1.5 times the size of their thickest part of their body.

    Follow this and you should be just fine. Don't worry too much about when they should move up in size. As long as he/she is eating, and is healthy, thats all that matters for the time being. I wouldnt expect sudden or drastic changes, but just keep it in the back of your head after two months of feeding to compare the size of the prey to the thickest part of their body and after they take the prey ask the question "Do I see a noticeable lump in their body from the prey?" If the answer becomes anything like "Well... I guess..." then I would start considering the idea of moving up in size.
    Ok thank you, I'll keep that in mind

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    Re: Difference in Feeding Mice or Rats to My Boa?

    Just my 2 cents, My youngest boa constrictor imperator is around 30 inches and eats "Medium Rats" they are about 6 inches in body length (not counting tail), a tad bigger than her largest part of her body, and she gets one a week. She could probably eat a large, but I'll wait. If your snake is 24inches, it should be plenty ready for a small rat. Whoever you get your feeders from will probably show you stock if you ask, go in and pick one of appropriate size, then ask what they call them, and keep purchasing that.

    Boas are hardy, Ive never had problems swapping food items. My adult eats rabbits, rats and guinea pigs, She never turns a meal down!

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    Re: Difference in Feeding Mice or Rats to My Boa?

    Boas are awesome. I would go by size more then by "name". It seems to me everyone has a different idea of what a certain size is in regards to actual size. Some small rats I've seen the size of "medium" and vice versa. Just stick to the 1.5 rule and you'll be okay.

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