With regard to the live prey thing.. I got into a debate with someone who only feeds his snake live prey. I lectured him about it, telling him what the end result can be. Finally I said "Ok, tell you what.. next time you want a steak, I'm going to give you a live cow! Let's see if you still get your steak without an injury!"
I mean, I've never heard of a live pinkie hurting a snake, but really... when the prey can bite back, it's time to force feed F/T, IMHO.
- Ken LePage