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Old 09-12-03, 05:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What a meal-size should be.....

I have never been one to agree with the people who fret and fret and fret over power-feeding. I think 99% of the keepers out there don't feed their snakes enough. They feed them tiny items that don't even put a noticable bulge and they "feed" far too infrequently. Snakes are built to eat largish items (especially Boids) and they are built to thermoregulate and then eat again.

Here's a small Jungle Carpet Python (2 months old) with a typical food item inside. Not a large food item at all. Believe me, I've fed larger.

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Right on Jeff!

Here's my Lavender King Snake after a meal. This, like the pic above, I don't consider to be a large meal. This was a jumbo fuzzy:

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Now thats how you feed a snake.

good photo jeff, he looks like he wants a piece of you too....LOL
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same with me, i always feed larger than i am suppossed to
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yep i agree totally. in the same situation with the kingsnake owner i know.

This isnt a good picture of how much of a bulge it puts in his belly(ran out of medium rats) it isnt a big item but he took it down SIDEWAYS! . I believe most people feed small for the fear of their snake not being able to take it down also.

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I always have and always will feed larger items. IMO if can't see a lump you haven't fed enough. Great pics guys.
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The ETBs look the funniest when they eat a big meal ..you swear they would fall off the branch..
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Here's my best big meal pic She kept it down, but she looked so damn uncomfortable that I felt bad... lol... Looked like she swallowed a bunch of golf balls or something...




I tend to feed all my snakes the biggest meals they can get down... and it really is amazing what they can get down...
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beautiful snakes. The BRB looks like a sausage casing! But thats what my little female looked like last night after her first small rat! We thought the rat was going to explode!!!! ech! Now she refuses to stay on her warm side...... She NEVER stays on her warm side...
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When the meals given here stop leaving a lump in the belly we move up to the next sized prey item. Only the young boas get fed once a week. Once they are about 3-4 feet long and about 2 yrs old they move up to 2 weeks. I do have an 8 foot female boa that went on a hunger strike (we thought sh ewas gravid) that we have on a 10 day schedule for now. When she finally puts her weight back on she will get dropped back down to 2 weeks or she will get bred.
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Sweet man! I should send you a pic of what that "mystery snake" is eating now...
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Sweet man! I should send you a pic of what that "mystery snake" is eating now...
Did it shed yet?
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HFH, that BRB picture was awesome!
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That it was Jeff.
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HFH, no not yet but they way she's been feeding, she'll shed soon.
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