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    lol...my snake is eating the rat right now from the tail end first and he's having so much problems..i can't help but giggle at him.

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    i'd be super careful, and stay close when this happens. I've heard of snakes having problems, and even dying, from trying to swallow a rat backwards.
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    In my experience, they will swallow them any which way when it isn't big enough that they have to take it head first. It usually takes longer, but if it's too big, or not going down like it should, they will back off it.
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    Typically they figure out it is the wrong end and go for the head. When he takes it make sure he grabs it in the neck area, cause then they always eat the head first.

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    Well, my experiences lead me to believe that there is not too much difference whether they take it head first or tail first. They don't plan on killing themselves, their not dumb.

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    Well, from the stories I was told, the feet of the rat kept the snake from being able to regergitate(sp?) the part of the rat that had already been swallowed.
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    All I know is when I feed my BP's, some of them (I'd say 3 out of 10 each time they feed) will take the rat feet first. They are doing just fine. Also, about regurgitation. I guess that may make sense. But you have to take into consideration that once it is inside the snake, it is decomposing at a super fast rate. By the time the snake MAY need to regurge, the rodent would be in a state of decompostion where it wouldn't matter what end was to come out first; it would all come out decomposed.

    One other thing. Why would the snake need to regurge a meal if it is being kept in excellent condition like they are supposed to be? (temps, humidity, stress from being handled after a meal, etc).

    I just think it isn't that big of a deal; but who knows, I'm no expert.

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    well, good points there. but what i meant was during the feeding period, if the snake felt it couldn't swallow the rodent in full it may feel the need to regurgitate, and with the rodent going in feet first that'd be a little tough. btw, you seem very educated on subject of bp's. i bet yours are happy and healthy as can be .
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    Thank you for the compliment That sure makes it worth all the hours of "homework" on these little buggers. I love them to death!

    Like I said, I sure am no expert. But I do every bit of research I can. And it sure makes me VERY upset when I see people coming in saying "I got a ball python last week, what do I do with it? GGRRRR... I just want to say everytime "Give It Back And Do Your Home Work BEFORE You Buy It!!!!!!!!!" I may know a bit on ball pythons, but rest assured, you ask me something about an afrock and I don't know night from day.

    And my BP's are as healthy and happy as nature will allow.

    I appreciate the comment, Wizill.

    Heh...That was ::my moment:: LOL
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    He finally got it down...looks like he's doing great to me. all my temps are perfect...so hopefully he won't be throwing up any time soon...btw....this was the 4th time i've fed him (once a week i feed him) and he still hasn't done his business...i know it takes a while, but goodness it's been a month!! nothing to be alarmed about is it?
    ~ Nate ~

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