doubt a "small rat" is enough for an adult BP to eat only once per month. Granted I'm sure most of our snakes get much more to eat in captivity than they ever do in the wild... But i'm fairly certain that with most BP care sheets i've seen they suggest an appropriate sized prety item once every 5-10 days. I feed mine a good sized rat once a week, and she's coming up on 6 years old now.
From the Caresheet at http://www.ballpython.com
If you have purchased an adult or sub-adult ball python, about two feet in length, it will naturally eat larger food items. A feeding schedule of once a week will be enough to keep your snake healthy. It is important not to over feed your snake. A fat snake is not a healthy snake. Once again it will be important to train this snake to accept dead food items. Remember to leave your ball python alone for a couple of days after it has eaten.
From the Caresheet at http://www.ballpython.ca
Hatchlings should be fed every 5 - 7 days, and adults can be fed every 7 - 10 days. Try to feed the appropriate sized food item. We try to match the girth if the rat with the girth of the snake. This lead to optimum growth potential and healthy snakes.
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