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Old 11-23-03, 03:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Baby rat...?

today at the expo i bought a baby rat for my cornsnake but my corns being stubborn and not eating it
i feel really bad for the poor little guy. does anyone know how to take care of him like feeding water tempature that sorta thing and like how would u feed a 3 week old rat? is there any chance i can save him/her if not then any ideas on how to get my snake to eat or if that fails the fastest way to kill him/her so he/she dosen't suffer?
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Old 11-23-03, 03:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Some corns are picky about switching to rats. The one we have at the nature center will only take mice. There is not much you can do with an un-winged rat. I would suggest putting him in the freezer. Next time you have a mouse rub it all over the rat and try again.
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When is the last time u fed ur corn normally it should eat it right up. sorry i cant help ya with the raising part but other then that i dunno wut the problem would be
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Oh, and the quickest kill if you do not have Co2 is to hold it by the back legs and hit the back of its head on something solid.
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she always eats normaly i think it might be the the fact thats its a baby rat and shes used to adult mice that run around alot
as for the killing part i don't really want to hit it over the head maybe the freezer part man i hate killing baby rats or mice
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Old 11-23-03, 03:48 PM   #6 (permalink)
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hmm well the rats taking some cream i gave it i dunno i guess cream would be better than milk i'm gonna call up a vet or someone who can help hopefull it'll survive it would be a shame if it died what a waste of life feedings ok but dying for no reasons horrible
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Good luck hopefully it will survive
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Old 11-23-03, 04:20 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Kill it and freeze it... when you get your snake switched to dead prey and dead rats you can thaw it out and feed it to your snake.

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you can buy formula from a pet store
Do a search on the net there is a bunch of info
I had the same problem happen to me but with mice and couldn't kill the little guys so I got a syringe and fed them from that(without the actual needle on it)
They lived for probably 2 weeks and then both dies in the same day. Must not have been getting something they needed.
When I started to feed them they were only a week old I think not even a fuzzy yet. You have to feed them a bunch of small meals everyday and help them defecate by rubbing their bums with a warm wet cloth or something of sort.
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I would kill it and freeze it. I, too, have been in that situation. I had fed baby rats to try and raise them..it never works. They always die eventually. Save yourself the effort.
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Start feeding your snake dead mice, then get it on dead rats.
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NO CREAM!! Rats are not kittens, they cannot digest cream or milk. If it is 3 weeks old like you say, it should be weaned, or really close to being weaned. It should eat on its own. If you do not have the knowledge or space to raise a rat, kil it and freeze it. Best for both you, and the rat.
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NO CREAM!! Rats are not kittens, they cannot digest cream or milk.
unless im wrong cats are lactose-intolerant?
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Situations like this make me wonder why some folks get snakes. You would think that they would fully understand the problems that arise with keeping them. I personally would kill it, freeze it and use it on a later day.

In the future I would suggest purchasing some frozen mice. That way you do not have to deal with the killing, and all this can be avoided. But understand if you cannot kill prey, then do not buy live again. Honestly, something you have to deal with....
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Old 11-23-03, 06:52 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Maiden, you are correct, CATS are lactose-intolerant. Not kittens.
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