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    Rat Pup vs Adult Mouse

    Which is more nutritious, Rat pup or adult Mouse?

    Just curious since I have seen people switch from mice to young rats.

    Thanks!






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    Rat pups have more fat to them They certanly help snakes grow alot quicker
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    rats get my vote! Once i started feeding my one snake rat pups i noticed a very healthy fast growing snake...putting on weight nicely.

    From then i started to breed rats and fed everything rats...i won't go back. i also found that i never got as many snakes fasting...feeding was much more succesful. I only had one snake that did not convert to rats(Trimereserus albolabris)...but they are known to be tricky feeders anyway...she ate ike a pig on mice tho.

    What was nice about that tho is ii could compare growth rates from mice vs rat food. The one eating rats grew much faster! and the prey items weighed the same!
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    I think rats are easier to digest then mice. I either heard this or read this.
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    I believe I also read somewhere that bones in rats are softer and easier to digest...could be wrong, lol.
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    Y'all just make rats sound sooo delicious! I think I'd like mine with curry sauce... Would that be a red or white wine, do you think?
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    What about the differences in the bone mineral of adult mice versus rat pups?

    Calcium is gained from the bone and gut of the animal, especially dependant with snakes, and since pups have a lesser Ca content. Do you guys add supplements to attribute to the loss since the pups do attribute more to the growth rate than mice; I doubt the mother's milk is adequate enough.

    I've always fed adult mice oppose to the pups due to this idea. Never been interested in having a fast growing animal. If my animals get large enough to feed on rats, that's when I changed over completely. (I did mix it up a bit.)

    Just my thought, never really dug into it.

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    i feel if an animal is growing at a better rate on the exact same weight of food given...then i feel it must be more healthy.
    Right now probably in a plane somewhere or trekking through a jungle...see ya'll soon! Watch your back :D

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    I fed rats & mice to my snakes! I don't have a preference. I use frozen fuzzie mice for my diamond X jungle carpet python- and i feed my baby kenyans live pinky mice. I do use baby rats to feed my ball python and rats to feed my bull snake! Then again with the rats i also did see a sufficient growth rate in them. Hope that helps!

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    So if you wanted to keep your snakes with a conservative feeding schedule, would it be advisable to therefore stick with mice as long as possible? I am fortunate that the strain of mice in our research lab gets fairly large (males are 50 g or so, ex breeder females are about 40-50 g). I have no interest in having giganto snakes and I'd like my male boa constrictor imperator to stay relatively small and handleable as an educational talks animal. With my Jungle Carpet Python being as moody as she can be, I'd rather have a 5-7 foot moody snake than a 8-10 foot moody snake!
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