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Old 01-29-04, 02:49 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Snake sausages already exsist. They are ground up rodents minus fur and intestinal track I believe.

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No kidding. Has anyone ever tried this stuff? Where can you get it?
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there is an article in the Herps 2004 magazine this month. I'll look it up and let you know.
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Its available at pet stores normally.

But I believe the cost of one sausage is higher than one mouse.

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DAVER: It's probably as good as dead rodent, but you can be sure it is more expensive.. So what's the point if dead rat doesn't gross you out

CHOKE: Exactly... That's what I'd like to know because for sure we can find a good source from a farm so that there isn't any antibiotics or other stuff in the meat.


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Oh I have no problems with dead rodents. It's something my mother always complains about when it's time to feed the snake. "Poor little mouse", she always says.
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lol, I hear that sometimes also from the kids

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haha my daughter thinks thats the best part
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On the snake sausage. I have a cousin in california that is a manager of a pet shop (he absolutely LOVES, and ADORES animals) and he said that he has had snakes come in that has had snake sausages before. They end up getting really bad bacterial infections because the casing of the snake sausage is so tough to digest that by the time they digest the case the food inside the case is rotted. So they no longer use the snake sauseages and he says that he doesn't even know of anywhere that even sells them anymore.


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He lives in california and is in a Group that works with the ASPCA, wild life rehabilitation, and another up there group going around telling the "big chain pet stores" (the ones we are not to mention here) to fix things like cleaning up, putting proper heating on reptiles, putting proper toys in with the birds/rats/ferrets,mice/rats etc...you get my point.

And at one time this group had about 30 of these store in SanFrancisco shut down for about 3 days because they refused to update and take care of their animals!
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On the snake sausage. I have a cousin in california that is a manager of a pet shop (he absolutely LOVES, and ADORES animals) and he said that he has had snakes come in that has had snake sausages before. They end up getting really bad bacterial infections because the casing of the snake sausage is so tough to digest that by the time they digest the case the food inside the case is rotted. So they no longer use the snake sauseages and he says that he doesn't even know of anywhere that even sells them anymore.


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He lives in california and is in a Group that works with the ASPCA, wild life rehabilitation, and another up there group going around telling the "big chain pet stores" (the ones we are not to mention here) to fix things like cleaning up, putting proper heating on reptiles, putting proper toys in with the birds/rats/ferrets,mice/rats etc...you get my point.

And at one time this group had about 30 of these store in SanFrancisco shut down for about 3 days because they refused to update and take care of their animals!
I never plan on feeding this stuff, even if I could find it. Just curiousity. Kudos to your cousin and the ASPCA for looking out for the reptiles, and trying to keep pet stores in line out there.
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the sausages are called snake steak suaages and are made by T-Rex
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The reason that chicken is so much cheaper is because of the steroids (growth hormone in the food) This makes them butcher size very quickly. there for making room for more chickens in less time and not having to feed as much food. Also chicken food itself is very inexspensive.

Chicken parts have less nutritional value then whole chickens and whole rats. It is true that many snakes eat bird prey in the wild, But we are not talking about wild birds or wild snakes.
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You can feed your snakes Chicken BUT it is full of steroids and other artificial additives for one thing or another ..not to mention if there is a problem with unsanitary handling "Samonella".....and when they do eat poultry the snake dropping stinks to high heaven...wwhhoo
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maybe the rats are much more expensive because its 'organic' meat...they're brought up on natural and nutritious food to make them 'feeder' worthy, a organic chicken or any other type of free range, organic meat for human consumption is alot more expensive then the regular meat. Have you done a comparison to the prices on organic poultry? I think it may narrow the price gap. Although rats will produce faster than chickens regardless of food quality (and should be cheaper) I think when it comes to our pets we'll always be paying out the wazzoo!
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not if you breed your own, I have 8 rats now (convinced to keep two pets that will be weaned next week and just opened their eyes tonight) and one more breeder. and we still have like 6 pounds of food left, from about 2 months(which the food only cost 6$ for 8 pounds)....and only 5 dollars for bedding for the last 2 months, which should last another 2 months........so cheaper to breed!
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Believe me i have raised chickens and it is alot cheaper then rats.
people who do it for a living feed growth hormone to make it even cheaper.
Chickens lay an egg every day that is 30 chicks a month. Show me a rat that dependable!!
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