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Old 08-20-03, 12:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Burm Chasing Me

Today I went to feed my burm a f/t rat. I put the bucket the rat was in on a table in the room my snakes home is in. I lifted the lid off the rubbermaid bin he lives in, reached to get the rat and in a matter of seconds he was slithering out of the bin after me. I reached for a wood and screen frame that I use to adjust the temp and put it infront of him so he could not bite me (he was not striking). I eventually got him back in his home and fed the ungrateful S.O.B LOL! He is only 4 feet but I dont want this to happen again, I feed him 1 small adult rat every 4 days. I want to feed him medium rats but they are to thick for him, should I give him 2 small rats every 4 days? He ate 2 the day of the blackout because thats all I had left and they defrosted so I didnt want to through them away.
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Old 08-20-03, 12:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm not sure about not having him chase you, but at 4 feet you could switch to medium rats. When the snake swallows it, it will compress and smoosh out the rat. It will easily fit inside his stomach!
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Thanx Zoe, I forgot to mention that I want to slow down his growth a little he is growing 10 inches every month and I am building a huge exzibit for him. I dont care how big he gets in the long run I just want him to be able to stay in the rubbermaid untill I am done building his exzibit. Do you have any suggestions? or should I feed him the way you suggested?
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Well, you definitely aren't starving him by feeding him smalls, but maybe you could step up to large smalls? or small mediums? Feeding him 2 smalls is pretty useless because he's eating so much extra fur and stuff he doesn't need more of.

So what size enclosure are you planning? That would be really cool - when I get a house I'd like to get a burm. Or maybe a retic. Something I can set up a bedroom for.

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....

Tongs. Once they take it and start constricting, you have about 4-6 minutes to do pretty much anything you want to them. Its a great technique to move psychotic snakes that are bothersome to handle.
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Old 08-20-03, 01:19 AM   #6 (permalink)
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haha jeff good point. Sometimes my carpets fall out of the cage after striking their rat. I mean they are still in the cage but hanging out of it with the rat in their mouth. It's pretty easy to push them back into the cage if snakes could swear, I'd be getting the worst cursing of my life!

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The cage I am making is 8 feet by 4 feet and 5 feet tall. It takes up a quarter of my bedroom, it is almost done I just need to put the vinyle on the floor of it and then I have to wait a month or two for all the fumes from the paint and glue to get out.
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Just HOW do you want to slow down his growth? I hope not by feeding him less... that's just cruel... Good Luck with the new enclosure!
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Samba, I think feeding small meals as opposed to feeding big meals. There is a "range" in size when it comes to acceptable food size, and I think he's going with the smaller acceptable size as opposed to the bigger one.
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I am not going to starve him just feed him smaller meals so he does not grow extremly fast, LOL but I dont think it will matter because he grew 10 inches this month literally. I can't imagin how much he would have grown if I was feeding medium rats, he is just over 3 months and already 4 feet!
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If you didn't want him to grow really fast you should have gotten a different snake.
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Old 08-24-03, 12:32 AM   #12 (permalink)
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No thats not the point I was just hoping he would not out grow the Rubbermaid he is in for now, untill his home is finished being built.
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T.O-SK8TER, be sure to handle him a bit before you give him he's food. This way he want relates the opening of his cage door with food, because you will handle him and at other times, not related with feeding.
Be sure always to wash your hands and brush your clothes before you contact him, so he don't flicks rabbits' or rats' smell on you.
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...For Lisas' comment, Burms can eat all day
If you feed them a little less i believe it won't be any problem.
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I am putting a little door on the top of his cage so I dont have to open the front door at all and he won t know where the hell the food came from. This way he never confuses the front door opening with feeding.
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