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Old 07-25-19, 05:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone. So Iíve had my little girl for just about 4 months now. Sheís been doing great my only issue is the pet store I got her from gave me a few weaned rats for her. The only pet store within an hour from me is a petsmart and their large mice are too small and small rats are too big and I can not find weaned rats around anywhere. Iíve been feeding her 2 large mice (only about 20-25 grams each) every week and occasionally 3 if they were really small for about two months now. I drove about an hour and a half away to a pet store and picked up some small rats that were smaller than petsmarts but still seem a little big. I gave her one two days ago and she took it and swallowed it quickly and without problem. My only concern is she has quite a lump in her belly now and just wanna make sure Iím not over doing it. Any suggestions on what to feed her instead would be great. I havenít weighed her in about a month and a half but last she weighed 277 grams I would bet sheís up over 300 easily now. The rat I gave her was probably around 60-70 grams. Any tips or help would be greatly appreciated! Iím not sure if it would be better to switch her back to 2 large mice until she gains some more weight and thickness and then go over to the rats or what. Thanks again!
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Old 07-26-19, 12:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I think a 60-70g small rat is a pretty big meal for a 300g boa. I wouldn't make a habit of feeding that large a prey item. I feed my 320g boa weaned rats or 1-2 adult mice. My 700g boa gets small rats. If you're feeding f/t why not just order in bulk online? You'll always have the right size.
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Old 07-26-19, 07:11 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Okay that’s what I had thought Ziggy. I just didn’t like making a habit of feeding her 2-3 adult mice I just don’t wanna over do it. I think I’ll end up ordering online just every website I’ve found it’s insanely expensive for shipping which I do understand cause they have to get them to you quick. I’ll probably end up taking a ride to the pet shop where I got her just to get a few weaned rats to hold her over until I can order some online. Do you mind me asking which website you use to order from? And also do you think I should skip this weeks meal since she got the large meal this past week? Thanks again.
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I would delay her next feeding by at least a few days if not an entire feeding cycle. My boas eat every 2 weeks on average. How much are you paying for your weaned rats? I usually order my feeders from Perfect Prey or Big Cheese. I use PP more because BC is quite often sold out of the medium and large rats I need.
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Old 07-27-19, 12:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Okay I’ll hold off a couple days then. At the stores near me they’re about $3 a piece depending on which store I go to. I’ll check out that website. The one website I found it was a pack of 10 I think for $28.99 and it was like $60 shipping for overnight. I managed to pick up some weaned rats today from the store where I got her from about an hour and a half from me. I haven’t weighed any yet but they seem slightly larger than when I got them the first time. I would assume between 35-45 grams by looks. Would that be fine weekly or maybe stick to every 10 days if they’re around that size?
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You can get a pack of 20 weaned rats from Big Cheese for $27. With their $29 two day flat rate shipping it's $56. That'll last you roughly 7-9 months depending on how often you feed and you won't have to drive to the pet store every 2 weeks. I think every 10-14 days is a good feeding schedule for a young boa.

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Old 07-27-19, 12:57 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Okay. I’ll definitely start ordering from them. I’ll start switching her over to feeding every 10 days from now on. Really appreciate all your help!
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Wow, when I read the title I thought someone was eating their Boa!!
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Okay. Iíll definitely start ordering from them. Iíll start switching her over to feeding every 10 days from now on. Really appreciate all your help!
Yeah the shipping cost may seem like a lot but at the same time it saves you a lot of time and money in fuel. Good luck!
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