Pre-post Disclaimer: Yes we all know that we should feed prekilled rodents to serpents whenever possible due to the danger posed to the snake by the rodent following it's instincts and doing everything in it's small fuzzy bitey power to survive, including inflicting serious, sometimes fatal damage on your snake. However, those of us not trained to force feed who own finicky snakes are sometimes forced to comprimise so................... Actual Post: At one point in time or another all of my snakes (except Ginger) have had to kill a rodent in order to eat it and I've noticed that all my different kinds of snakes have different ways of eating. Ginger, the bullsnake, who has never ever eaten a live rodent since the day she hatched, does not constrict. She prefers to gnaw on her food after the initial strike, which never is aimed at any particular part of the rodent. Boyd on the other hand, who by all accounts has never once eaten a dead rodent, eats rats the size of lap dogs (I am NOT exaggerating) always strikes the rat under the throat and only constricts with the first 12-14" of his 7ish feet. He is either a very efficient hunter or extraordinarily lazy Now Rose is a complete failure at hunting Ok so maybe she can be excused because she is slightly malformed either due to congenital problems or because a large live mouse worked her over when she was a baby BEFORE I aquired her. Anyway she makes an enormous deal out of stalking very cute juvenile mice and acting like she is insatiably bad while doing so. Anyway when she strikes she always does so in a way that invariably leaves the rodent head exposed in a way that ensures she will be bitten if the rodent is anything but a juvenile. She had some very extensive scarring when I first got her but fortunately it has cleared up with her shedding. The ball pythons have kind of a mixed reaction: Clove was started on hoppers as a hatchling before I got him and I immediately switched him to prekilled. He's always had a very strong strike and constrict even if the meal isn't very warm. He usually hits the prey item near the head in a way that he is very unlikely to be bitten. Godiva has always been slightly pickier. She also had been fed prekilled since hatching but I decided to give her a ratling this evening (graciously bred by Lyn, very plump and nutritious). She did very well constricton-wise but the head protruding in a way that would have been troublesome with a larger rodent. Anyway that's my speil, I just thought it was interesting to see the different ways that they all eat. Any other interesting observations?