Can i feed my baby ball python a Fancy mouse from petsmart?
My snake is about 1-1.5 ft long and i have had him for 2months he has not eaten yet and i think it is because i am trying to feed him frozen mice, i want to try a live mouse, my snake is a ball python and i am not sure if he can eat a fancy mouse for 2 reasons:
1. Is the fancy mouse too big?
2. Can snakes not eat fancy mice
Thank you the link for the fancy mouse is here: http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productI...
- VaranamanLv 68 years agoFavorite Answer
Ball pythons, especially babies, are notoriously difficult to get feeding.
You should really only have bought this python if it was guaranteed to be feeding already on defrosted rodents...
I would not recommend that you use live rodents, they can do a lot of damage to a snake in a confined space.
Use defrosted rodents held by the base of the tail with proper "feeding tongs" - move the mouse around the head of the snake and try and provoke it into striking at the mouse. It may take 30 minutes or more to get a new snake to strike.
What size rodent to feed?
For snakes under 4 feet - measure the widest part of the head of the snake - - - the rodent should be twice as fat as that measurement.
For larger boas and pythons the rodent should be no fatter than widest part of the body of the snake.
You should ideally only feed one rodent every 7 days to a snake this size.
A "normal" meal for a snake should take about 10 minutes to ingest and swallow.
If the snake eats quicker than this then the mouse is too small.
If it takes more than 45 minutes then the rodent is too big.
Next feed offer the next size up or down as appropriate..
I suggest you offer a defrosted fuzzy or small mouse warmed naturally to room temperature.
Providing you supply the correct temperature gradient a snake will digest a meal in 5 days; you then let the gut rest for 48 hours and then feed the next meal.
For a snake that has not eaten within 4 weeks you need to keep a weekly record of the weight of the snake.
If it is loosing weight you should "assist feed". Hold the snake gently but firmly in one hand and push the head of a suitably sized rodent in the mouth with the other; keep hold of the rodent until the snake gets a good grip on it with its teeth. Now keep still and see if it will actually eat the meal.
As a last resort - - consult a specialist reptile vet.
.Source(s): 50+ years of reptile keeping. Member of the BHS Education Committee - http://thebhs.org/
- 8 years ago
Te mouse mite be to big and it could be that he/she does not want frozen mice. But snakes can go up to 8 months without food, so dont get to worried bit u should offer it food every week
Hope this helps
- 8 years ago
NO snakes do NOT eat fancy mice. Petsmart does not sell feeder mice you need to go to petco to buy feeder mice. They can assist you in purchasing the correct size rodent.
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- GanalLv 78 years ago
Petsmart does not sell live mice as food. It is against policy. I think petco still does but I do not recommend feeding live unless absolutely necessary. Live mice can cause injures that can be bad enough to be fatal. Its also more likely for them to have parasites and various diseases.
- 8 years ago
WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE FANCY? WHAT CLOTHES IS HIS WEARING? DOLCE AND GABONNA? HAHA LOL NO JUST FEED HIM A REGULAR MOUSE YOU CAN ASK FOR CERTAIN SIZES AND ADULT MICE ARE FINE I KNOW TONS OF BREEDERS LIKE BHB STUFF LIKE THEM THAT FEED ADULT MICE FIRST WEEK THERE HATCHED!!! SO IF HE IS NOT EATING LIVE MICE IS PREFECTLY FINE!