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Old 05-12-18, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Suggestion on prey size

Just picked up my first ATB last week at a reptile show. Just trying to determine what size mice I should be feeding him. I recently fed him a pinky which he took readily. Should I move him up to fuzzy's based on his body size? Unsure as his neck seems so thin.
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Old 05-13-18, 12:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Suggestion on prey size

I would move him up to hoppers, but don;t buy too many of them because he will quickly transition up to small mice.
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Old 05-16-18, 06:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Suggestion on prey size

Hopper mice might be a bit too big. Fuzzies should be fine. Itís not to say it canít eat hopper mice, itís just more food than a snake at that size needs.
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Re: Suggestion on prey size

Don't measure their prey size based on the neck or head size of the snake. Try to feed a prey item that's roughly 1-1.5x the width of the snakes body. I like to feed prey that leaves a small bulge afterwards. In your case, I'm inclined to agree with Jim, I think hopper mouse would be a good sized meal for your critter. Fuzzys would be fine too but he'll outgrow them very fast.
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Re: Suggestion on prey size

I appreciate the replies. Most of my experience with snakes has been with the Rainbow Boa I've had for the past couple of years (and a ball python before it). The super thin neck had me worried about going up in size.
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