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Discussion in 'Common/Red Tail Boa' started by Jem_Scout, Dec 3, 2004.

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  1. Jem_Scout

    Jem_Scout Elite Member

    My baby RTB ate today! I tried a f/t rat pinkie but he struck at it and then let go of it and wouldn't strike again :(
    So I went to town and got him a small mouse and he hit that so fast I jumped! :p (The guy that we got him from said he hadn't eaten for a week before we got him).
    For such a tiny little thing, I can see how strong he is already!
    Yes, he will be switched to pre-killed the next feeding and switched over to f/t ASAP.
     
  2. steel rip

    steel rip Elite Member

    awww, thats so cool, glad he ate for you, :D
     
  3. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Good to hear Jem! One thing I found with mine is she is very shy about feeding. She would stricke and coil but them let go. Once I started to put the f/t in her hide with her she took it right down. And it will be a good idea to get her switched over to rats as soon as possible. You don't want the chance that she fixates on a particular food item. It will take a lot of mice to fill up an 8 ft boa!
     
  4. Jem_Scout

    Jem_Scout Elite Member

    Hey Merlin? What happens when he gets really big? (I'm getting prepared early :p)
    I can't find anyone with rabbits or chickens for sale as feeders around here and hubby put his foot down and said "NO! You will not turn our yard into a farm!" LOL
    The question is: Is it ok to feet a RTB 2 (or more) big rats at one feeding or should they be fed twice a week instead? Or what?
    I don't want to power feed him and end up with a fat lazy boa either.
     
  5. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Rats will do you for a good while. Depending on the size of the snake a large rat is pretty big! The on line suppliers carry a variety of frozen. I know Rodentpro also carries rabbits.

    I have heard from several keepers that feeding chickens causes the snakes waste to be rather,...hmmmmm,......potent!
     
  6. Jem_Scout

    Jem_Scout Elite Member

    Thanks Merlin! I'll just grow the rats even bigger!! :D :p LOL
     
  7. Microscope Jockey

    Microscope Jockey Elite Member

    Boyd eats rats the size of lap dogs. NO I am not exaggerating. They seem to fill him up because I have yet to get him to eat two per sitting and I only feed him like twice a month.
     
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