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    Feeding mice that are too big?

    Okay so I recently went to a reptile convention and purchased f/t feeders for my albino cinnamon. The guy selling feeders ran out of adult mice and said if sheís big enough I could go for the jumbos. I miscalculated her girth and hadnít weighed her since three meals ago. I fed her and it took her about 5 min to fully pass through her mouth/throat. I noticed itís bigger than her size and I was wondering if thereíd be any issues. Should I buy a smaller size for her or continuing feeding jumbos to her?

    Hereís a picture after she ate for visuals:

    (the hide on top of the black hide is just used for weight since she has a habit of moving it off the heat tape)

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    Re: Feeding mice that are too big?

    My .02 would be to go back down a size. She looks really plump from that mouse. But I'm not really up on BP's, I'm only into Retic's and Bloods at the moment.

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    Re: Feeding mice that are too big?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stout76 View Post
    My .02 would be to go back down a size. She looks really plump from that mouse. But I'm not really up on BP's, I'm only into Retic's and Bloods at the moment.
    Yeah I just read how this guy made the mistake of feeding his snake two meals that were too big for him and it regurgitated and died. Worst case scenerio and I hope sheís able to fully digest the big guy with no issues. Iíll definitely be going down a size after reading up on such heartbreaking experiences with feeding larger meals.

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    Re: Feeding mice that are too big?

    I've fed Pylox one size bigger out of desperation before, and it didn't have any side effects. Not sure about the proportions but your snake and the jumbo mousr look about the same size when I fed it to Pylox. All I did was skip a meal the next week to let her fully digest, then I just continued feeding normally, so maybe you could try that. Not sure if this will work but I hope it helped in some way!

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    Re: Feeding mice that are too big?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tonald Drump View Post
    I've fed Pylox one size bigger out of desperation before, and it didn't have any side effects. Not sure about the proportions but your snake and the jumbo mousr look about the same size when I fed it to Pylox. All I did was skip a meal the next week to let her fully digest, then I just continued feeding normally, so maybe you could try that. Not sure if this will work but I hope it helped in some way!

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    That made me less worried! I was planning on skipping out on feeding her next week anyways, since Iíll be going out of state for a bit towards the end of this month. She usually poops sometime within the week before her next meal so Iíll definitely be keeping an eye out.

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    I would give her extra time to digest since this meal was larger than usual.

    What's her weight and what is the weight of the prey?
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    Re: Feeding mice that are too big?

    Quote Originally Posted by craigafrechette View Post
    I would give her extra time to digest since this meal was larger than usual.

    What's her weight and what is the weight of the prey?
    Yeah I planned on skipping next weekís feeding. Last time I weighed her was some time last month. She was around 200 grams. Iím not sure about the mouse though, I just knew it was a jumbo. I honestly didnít think it looked much bigger than her until after she went for it.

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    Re: Feeding mice that are too big?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hannie View Post
    Yeah I planned on skipping next weekís feeding. Last time I weighed her was some time last month. She was around 200 grams. Iím not sure about the mouse though, I just knew it was a jumbo. I honestly didnít think it looked much bigger than her until after she went for it.
    Ok, try to get a weight of both when you can. The "widest part of the body" rule of thumb can be double checked with the "10-15% body weight" rule.
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    hi OP! i haven't seen any other posts by you except this one, and you've already gotten good advice, so i just wanted to say welcome to the forum!
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    Yes, welcome! You should also know that "jumbo" mice are older retired breeders, higher in fat & not all that great to feed long-term. If I were you,
    I'd get some regular size mice, and hold off feeding more jumbos for a while, then alternate them with regular mice. We've probably ALL made the same
    "mistake" at some point, feeding a rodent that's bigger than we should have fed...usually the snake gets the job of digesting done, but don't handle for a
    while, & don't rush for the next feeding.

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