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Old 03-13-16, 06:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How often to feed?

Okay so I was feeding Ozzy every 14 days medium rats. The mediums seemed a bit small so I ordered large this last time. Should I still feed every 2 weeks or bump it to every three weeks?
He is full grown, a little over 6ft.
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I'd probably keep him on a bi-weekly schedule as long as he's active and in good shape. I'm sure feeding every 3 weeks wouldn't hurt either so mix it up a bit.
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Re: How often to feed?

I would just do every 14 days, nice easy schedule
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He tends toward chunkiness so thats why I asked. I think mixing it up might be the best idea. I was just curious how often others feed their adults.
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As a general rule it's better to feed smaller meals more often than to go bigger and spread it out.
Several reasons for this but the main one is the processing of said large food type in the gut. The farmed rodents we feed are loaded with unnatural fats and proteins ( from their commercial diet) that these snakes do not get in the bush and can be harmful over time.

If a med seems small for your animal...... I'd still feed meds but shorten the days inbetween feedings.
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A fully grown carpet don't need to eat so much or often. I feed my adult female one 200-300gr rat every four weeks and under a few months in the winter, she don't eat at all. This winter she refused to eat for four months. But that's pretty normal
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Actually these animals in the wild eat way more often than keepers realize. I always wondered why keepers think these animals only eat every so often when in actuality they eat very often......just small meals.

So, when I say small meals more often, this more closely represents the way reptiles most often eat in the bush. Thus mimicking their behavior in the wild more closely.

Will snakes "do fine" when fed like most suggest?.....yes, will they do better when fed smaller meal and more often?.....like they do in the wild?....most certainly.

In fact, 20 years ago when I started feeding this way I noticed an almost immediate difference in the skin tone, shine and muscle tone of all my snakes.

Not to mention that I have 3 of the oldest BHPs in captivity in my collection that I attribute 100% to diet. In fact, most of my snakes commonly live to over 20 years old. Most keepers average about 10 to 12.

This is something Ive researched thoroughly over the past 15 years.

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@ Derek- What sort of feeding schedule would you recommend for an adult, or even a juvenille carpet? A small meal every 7-10 days? By small meals for the adults I'm thinking a medium rat. Right now I'm feeding my 6 m/o Bredl a mice fuzzy or two every 5-6 days, 8 m/o jungle eats a rat weaner every 5-6 days, and my yearling coastal gets a small rat & a chick every 7 days on average. All of the meals are roughly 10-15% of the snake's body weight.
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Actually these animals in the wild eat way more often than keepers realize. I always wondered why keepers think these animals only eat every so often when in actuality they eat very often......just small meals.

So, when I say small meals more often, this more closely represents the way reptiles most often eat in the bush. Thus mimicking their behavior in the wild more closely.

Will snakes "do fine" when fed like most suggest?.....yes, will they do better when fed smaller meal and more often?.....like they do in the wild?....most certainly.

In fact, 20 years ago when I started feeding this way I noticed an almost immediate difference in the skin tone, shine and muscle tone of all my snakes.

Not to mention that I have 3 of the oldest BHPs in captivity in my collection that I attribute 100% to diet. In fact, most of my snakes commonly live to over 20 years old. Most keepers average about 10 to 12.

This is something Ive researched thoroughly over the past 15 years.

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Isn't 200-300gr rats a small prey for a snake of 4 kg ( 5-7,5% )? What is small preys and often, translated in percent and time?
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Ive noticed by feeding less often my reptiles are more active and I get to see them more. From hatchling to adult. This does not include the gravid females who I always feed extra. Up to 30% more.
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Actually these animals in the wild eat way more often than keepers realize. I always wondered why keepers think these animals only eat every so often when in actuality they eat very often......just small meals.

So, when I say small meals more often, this more closely represents the way reptiles most often eat in the bush. Thus mimicking their behavior in the wild more closely.

Will snakes "do fine" when fed like most suggest?.....yes, will they do better when fed smaller meal and more often?.....like they do in the wild?....most certainly.

In fact, 20 years ago when I started feeding this way I noticed an almost immediate difference in the skin tone, shine and muscle tone of all my snakes.

Not to mention that I have 3 of the oldest BHPs in captivity in my collection that I attribute 100% to diet. In fact, most of my snakes commonly live to over 20 years old. Most keepers average about 10 to 12.

This is something Ive researched thoroughly over the past 15 years.

Cheers,
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Interesting stuff. Does this apply to all snakes or is it species specific?
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Old 03-16-16, 01:17 PM   #13 (permalink)
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If what derek says is true I will have to wait until all my frozen large rats are gone before I go to the mediums more often. And that will be at least 6 months.
I have no idea how many grams my rats are but they are Rodentpro large rats. Everything Ive come across on the internet always says carpets can handle larger then normal prey so I figured medium were way to small.. I could start feeding him AFS, I think two of them are about equal to a medium rat.
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If what derek says is true I will have to wait until all my frozen large rats are gone before I go to the mediums more often. And that will be at least 6 months.
I have no idea how many grams my rats are but they are Rodentpro large rats. Everything Ive come across on the internet always says carpets can handle larger then normal prey so I figured medium were way to small.. I could start feeding him AFS, I think two of them are about equal to a medium rat.
A workmate has a male coastal that he feeds 5-6 times a year. This snake is 22 years old I think the most important thing, is that the snake doesn't become unhealthy fat. It's a fact that obesity in reptiles decrease their lifespan with many years.
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Old 03-16-16, 05:36 PM   #15 (permalink)
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When I got Ozzy he was fat, the guy said he was his garbage disposal and I believe it.
He is still chunky but Ive had him out quite a bit for exercise. Next time I will get mediums and some chicks too but I dont have anything that eats large rats but him so he will have to make do for now.
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