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Switching from Live to F/t

Discussion in 'Snakes - General' started by SurvivorSteph, Sep 25, 2008.

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  1. SurvivorSteph

    SurvivorSteph Subscribed User Premium Member

    As a new snake owner, I appreciated these posts (http://www.herpcenter.com/general-discussion/20008-love-hunt.html). The breeder from whom I purchased Cisco told me that he feeds live only (he raises feeders). I've fed Cisco (live) twice now that I've had him. I witnessed the second time... amazing! Obviously pinkies don't pose an injury threat (could pose a parasite threat, though), but I want to eventually switch to f/t.

    Given that the consensus seems to be f/t, how soon should I make the switch, and how do I go about it?
     
  2. fire2225ems

    fire2225ems Subscribed User Premium Member

    I would suggest trying it with the next feeding. He might just make the switch no problem...
     
  3. DarkMagician207

    DarkMagician207 Elite Member

    My snakes were fed live pinkies and fuzzies then fresh killed when they moved to hoppers and mice. They are still on mice but I figured months ago I would give frozen/thawed a try. I was amazed at how easy they made the switch. They took to them the very first time I tried, just put it in their feeding tubs.

    Just make sure you have them warmed up enough so there are no cold spots left.

    Or you can feed what you originally feed then put a frozen/thawed in right after to see if he'll take it.
     
  4. titus

    titus Elite Member Premium Member

    DarkMagicians method is best. I raise my own feeders but only feed Pre-killed from the second feeding on for hatchlings. All my snakes eat Frozen-thawed when my supply of live mice is low. Though now and again my Ball pythons won't eat untill their offered live.
     
  5. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    With as strong a feeding response as California Kings usually have, switching them over should not be a problem. Next feeding just substitiute the f/t.
     
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