I have the pets so therefore I commit to whatever costs are incurred by keeping them.
Amen to that! I say find out what your pet eats then how much it's going to cost. If you can afford it then go for it if not then I say leave the animal there. I think that is much better thenlooking for cheaper alternatives after the fact. If there was something better for our snakes then rats people would have been on to it years ago and we wouldn't be having this conversation.