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    What to do with uneaten thawed rodents?

    I figured Iíd ask this here because itís somewhat related, but will frozen feeders go bad if kept for too long? I would imagine that if they could it would take a very long time, but about how long is their shelf life?

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    Re: What to do with uneaten thawed rodents?

    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoCheese View Post
    I figured Iíd ask this here because itís somewhat related, but will frozen feeders go bad if kept for too long? I would imagine that if they could it would take a very long time, but about how long is their shelf life?

    This forum has been a great help. Thanks, you guys!


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    It really depends on how well they're wrapped. If you want the best quality & longest shelf life, you want to keep them vacuum-sealed -get a "Seal a Meal" gadget if the
    rodents you buy don't come vacuum-packed. Assuming the best wrap, they should last 6-12+ months & even then won't go "bad" as long as your power was never off to
    the extent that they thawed out & were re-frozen. You will lose some "quality" after a while, but "freezer burn" is mostly a cosmetic issue, your snake won't care.

    I recommend you don't re-freeze any uneaten rodents though: bacteria grows rapidly at room temperatures, & freezing doesn't kill bacteria, it's just dormant until thawed
    again. Bleah! They also get mushy & are prone to fall apart if the snake is even willing to bite or squeeze them. And when you sniff them, even you'll know they're bad.

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    Re: What to do with uneaten thawed rodents?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    It really depends on how well they're wrapped. If you want the best quality & longest shelf life, you want to keep them vacuum-sealed -get a "Seal a Meal" gadget if the
    rodents you buy don't come vacuum-packed. Assuming the best wrap, they should last 6-12+ months & even then won't go "bad" as long as your power was never off to
    the extent that they thawed out & were re-frozen. You will lose some "quality" after a while, but "freezer burn" is mostly a cosmetic issue, your snake won't care.

    I recommend you don't re-freeze any uneaten rodents though: bacteria grows rapidly at room temperatures, & freezing doesn't kill bacteria, it's just dormant until thawed
    again. Bleah! They also get mushy & are prone to fall apart if the snake is even willing to bite or squeeze them. And when you sniff them, even you'll know they're bad.
    Thank you! And yeah, Iíve heard enough stories before joining to stay away from refreezing, lol


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    And there's always "ratatouille"? (I'm kidding, there's no rats in ratatouille, but it sounded right.)

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    Get a Monitor

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    Re: What to do with uneaten thawed rodents?

    My rodent trash can is named Ozzy. He never refuses a rat


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    Re: What to do with uneaten thawed rodents?

    Quote Originally Posted by Monty's Python View Post
    My rodent trash can is named Ozzy. He never refuses a rat

    Super cute!


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