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Old 03-13-17, 07:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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retic feeding schedule

alright, so how does this sound?

she is 5-6ft right now

5-6ft feeding on 1 medium rat every 10 days

8-9ft 1 large or jumbo rat every 14 days

10-13ft 2 jumbo rats every 3 weeks

15-17ft 1 big rabbit once a month.
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Old 03-13-17, 08:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks pretty good to me but I'm on my first retic also... So what do I know!
My guy is about 6 feet now and I give him a medium rat every 7 days...
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Looks pretty good to me but I'm on my first retic also... So what do I know!
My guy is about 6 feet now and I give him a medium rat every 7 days...
how big are the medium rats you're feeding him.
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Their a pretty big medium... I don't have a scale, so I don't know the weight...
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Their a pretty big medium... I don't have a scale, so I don't know the weight...
Yeah mine are too. i buy from rodentpro and the medium are big. Do you think 1 medium rat every 10 days is to long or is it fine?
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Looks pretty good to me but I'm on my first retic also... So what do I know!
My guy is about 6 feet now and I give him a medium rat every 7 days...
I feed my retics the same; medium rat every week. They're both about 6 feet long, not yet a year. I buy from Perfect Prey, and the mediums are a pretty good size.
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I feed my retics the same; medium rat every week. They're both about 6 feet long, not yet a year. I buy from Perfect Prey, and the mediums are a pretty good size.
Do you think 1 medium rat every 10 days is fine?
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Re: retic feeding schedule

I'm sure your snake will do well on that feeding regiment. Those sound like good sized meals and feeding frequencies for a snake that large even though I feed prey items based more on the weight and girth of the snake than it's length. Most of the medium rats I get from Perfect Prey are 100-150g each. I'm sure your retic can eat a medium if not a large rat every 7-10 days. The smaller the meal the sooner they eat, the larger the meal the longer they wait to eat again.
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Yeah mine are too. i buy from rodentpro and the medium are big. Do you think 1 medium rat every 10 days is to long or is it fine?
That's where mine come from also, so their probably the same.... As long as she does not look underweight you're probably fine... Try pinching her on the back... If you come up with a full pinch of skin then she's underweight...
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Re: retic feeding schedule

I have a 4lb rabbit dethawing for my 10-11ft girl right now. Probably won't feed her for 3 weeks or so maybe after this meal. If she was getting rats it would probably need to be weekly since they wouldn't hold her over at all.

My 6ft girl gets large rats every 10-14 days. The boy that's slightly smaller than her gets medium-large rat every 14 days. The other 3 smaller ones are on small rats every 10-14 days.
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Re: retic feeding schedule

Sounds good to me, but I'd try to at least do a rabbit every other feeding than multiple adult rats. I'd do rabbits every meal once a single rat was too small myself, but that depends on what you've got available.

My 8' girl is taking colossal rats or 1/2-1 lb rabbits every 2-3 weeks, she didn't start on larges until she was 5.5'-6' and I put her back on a 2 week schedule when she started on larges. This has kept her nice and lean without being underweight, and her growth is about the same as it's always been.

I vary the rabbit sizes with her because too many of the 1 lb rabbits gets her lazy about taking her food, so I mix it up with rats and smaller rabbits to try to keep her appetite up. She has an unusually low feeding response for a retic, though, so you may not have to do that with your's when it gets to her size.
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