April 30 at 5:17 am #74240
HOW TO FEED YOUR SNAKE FROZEN/THAWED
NOTE: DO NOT TOUCH THE MOUSE/RAT WITH YOUR BARE HANDS! USE GLOVES OR A PLASTIC BAG FOR MOVING THE RAT/MOUSE!
*THIS IS TESTED AND PROVEN TO WORK EVERY TIME!
*Based on Nocturnal Feeders (Ball Pythons, etc.) If your snake is not nocturnal, you may use these steps during the day.
STEP 1: Around 3 hours before sunset, take the frozen mouse and set it in the substrate of where you have kept live mice/rats. Which if you are trying to switch over from feeding live, to feeding frozen you will have this. If you do not have an old mouse cage with old substrate in it, do not worry. Just take the mouse/rat and put it in a plastic bag, and set it in room temp water. Make sure that the bag is water proof.
STEP 2: After 2 – 3 hours, take the mouse/rat and place them in a plastic bag, you can pick off all of the substrate, but try not to touch the mouse/rat that much. When in the plastic bag, run hot water over the bag for about 30 seconds, this ensures that the mouse is fully thawed. (If it was already in a plastic bag, in room temp water, just take the bag and run hot water over it for 30 sec.)
STEP 3: Take some kind of gripping device that you can hold on to the tail of the mouse/rat and maneuver it around with. Take the snakes hide out of the cage and anything blocking you from maneuvering the mouse. Make sure the mouse is dry! If water gets on the mouse, set it back in the substrate or set it on paper towels for 15 min.
STEP 4: Take the mouse with your gripping device, and move it around as if it was alive, far away from the snake. Just drag the mouse around, and slowly get closer and closer. It helps to drag the mouse a little close to the snake, then back off a little bit and then drag it closer. If the snake is really interested, it will strike the mouse/rat as you move it closer. If not, do not be worried, just keep on dragging the mouse around.
STEP 5: If the snake did not strike and take the mouse when you were dragging it, drag it closer to the snakes head, but not too close, and make sure you do not scare the snake by touching its nose with the mouse/rat. Dangle it a bit in front of the snakes head, then drop it in front of the snake. This seems to simulate you killing the mouse/rat then presenting it to the snake for food.
The snake will then check out the item and start to eat it. It could be a while, but in most instances, the snake will eat it 20 seconds to 1 minute after dropping the mouse/rat.
If the snake does not take the mouse/rate within 5 minutes, put the hide and anything else you took out of the cage back in, and leave the mouse there over night.
If the snake did not eat the mouse/rat overnight, take the mouse out of the cage with your gripping device and keep it in a cool area, you could put it in a plastic bag and place it in the fridge. Around the same time you tried to feed it before, take the rat/mouse out of the fridge and set it in substrate for about 30 min and repeat steps 3 to 5. When the snake gets hungry enough, it will take it.
NOTE:: The snake may not take it if it is going into shed, or the temperature is not set right. The temperature for feeding should be around 75 degrees to 80 degrees. (Based on Ball Pythons) which are nocturnal animals. If your snake is not nocturnal, you may keep the temp the same, and feed during day.
**OTHER NOTES/TIPS:: While thawing in substrate, periodically drip chicken broth over the mouse/rat. This seems to heighten the snakes interest in the F/T mouse/rat.
You can also cut a slit in the nose of the mouse/rat. This gives off the scent of blood. You can also try cutting the mouse/rat down its belly to expose its guts (gutting).
Another secret is to pull the tongue out, so it looks like the rat/mouse is sticking its tongue out. This is proven to heighten the snakes interest in the food!
I HOPE THIS HELPS, AND I KNOW IT WILL! WRITE BACK TO ME IF IT DID AND GIVE YOUR THANKS!!
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