How often should a snake be fed?
Specifically a ball python
- 4 weeks agoFavorite Answer
Hatchlings can be fed once a week, as long as they take prey. Sub-adults can eat once a week or every two weeks, and once they reach adulthood, they can eat once every two weeks, so twice a month or so. Snakes should ALWAYS be offered prey after they shed, regardless of the last time they ate. It take a lot of energy to shed skin, so something should be offered.
Also, keep in mind that with sub-adults, you may get months of them not eating. Both of mine went through this; one for 5 months and the other for 6. Didn't touch anything, then out of the blue, started eating again like nothing happened. Also, depending on sex, during their breeding season, they will not eat as much. Balls are also notorious for being finicky eaters and really inconsistent with offerings, but you should still try. Many balls can go about 8-9 months without food at all.
- Anonymous3 weeks ago
The general rule of thumb is about once a week because it takes them 2-3 days to digest a meal anyway. So feed them only after they have eaten and completely digested a meal would be good practice.
- Bone AloneLv 74 weeks ago
Depends on how big the snake and the prey are.
Say it’s a small snake, around 6”, it only needs to feed on a pinky once or twice a week. If it’s a boa that’s 6 feet long, it will need to eat an adult rat or a few mice once a day.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
every other day.
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- 4 weeks ago
daily so they can grow real good
- .Lv 74 weeks ago
An adult eats twice a month.