help whith corn snake

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by elsfieldchickens, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. elsfieldchickens

    elsfieldchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am getting a 8 year old corn snake who has been fed rats one a week but there is nowhere near me that sells prekilled rats
    could i feed it mice instead if so how many per week thanks for any help
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Just an equal weight. Perhaps 3 or 4. What about live prey?
     
  3. elsfieldchickens

    elsfieldchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I dont like to feed my snakes live prey as had a rat kill one of my snakes so would be more comfortable feeding dead i breed mice already so can have lots of mice
     
  4. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    Be prepared that the snake might not eat the mice, even if you feed many to make up the difference. Some snakes can be picky eaters!

    That is great you don't feed live. Yes, they eat live in the wild. But in the wild, a terrified prey animal isn't being dropped into a very enclosed space, to be cornered with no escape. It turns the mice or rats into fighters, potentially injuring the snake.

    You can do a couple of things if you cannot find prekilled. You can buy the live then kill yourself. There are methods that are more humane than others out there, like cervical dislocation. Or you can restrain the rat in a way that it cannot harm the snake until it is securely wrapped by the snake and cannot bite. This usually involves holding the rat with a set of tons by the scruff, then offering the snake the rat butt first. Keep holding the scruff to control the rat's head as the snake wraps it, and then only let go when you feel it is safe.
     
  5. elsfieldchickens

    elsfieldchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks that is a great help
     
  6. elsfieldchickens

    elsfieldchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think im getting her at the week end
     
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  7. sandovaljose214

    sandovaljose214 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hate snaks
     
  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Why are you posting here then?

    Corn snakes are beautiful, wish they were found around here.
     
  9. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I love my native snakes. Great rodent control. I wish we had more of them.

    I'm just glad I don't live in Florida where all the morons released invasives.
     
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  10. elsfieldchickens

    elsfieldchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Me two i like native none invasive species
     

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