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    Feeding and Weight Questions

    Hello again everyone!

    Just a couple of quick ones on feeding/weight. My new guy was hatched on 7/19/20 and is coming up on what will be his third feeding with me. When he got here I weighed him and he came in at 82g on 8/25. I weighed today while I was spot cleaning his enclosure and he's at 107g. Is this a healthy weight gain or should I be looking for more/less?

    He's chowing down on rat fuzzies and (knock on wood) has eaten great for me the first two goes, so wish me luck on the third!

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    Re: Feeding and Weight Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugsplox View Post
    Hello again everyone!

    Just a couple of quick ones on feeding/weight. My new guy was hatched on 7/19/20 and is coming up on what will be his third feeding with me. When he got here I weighed him and he came in at 82g on 8/25. I weighed today while I was spot cleaning his enclosure and he's at 107g. Is this a healthy weight gain or should I be looking for more/less?

    He's chowing down on rat fuzzies and (knock on wood) has eaten great for me the first two goes, so wish me luck on the third!
    I donít see a issue. Looking at the weights of my snakes when they were smaller showed a weight gain between 20 and 30 grams over a 2 week period. Keep in mind your rodents will vary in weight as well.


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    Re: Feeding and Weight Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigkrash View Post
    I donít see a issue. Looking at the weights of my snakes when they were smaller showed a weight gain between 20 and 30 grams over a 2 week period. Keep in mind your rodents will vary in weight as well.


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    Thanks!

    That's really what I was looking for is just some comparative info. I looked online for some growth charts, but like with everything else with reptiles, everyone has a different opinion on what's right and what's terrible lol.

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    BP feeding chart, snake weight to prey weight. An I'm one of the bad keepers that uses that chart for other snakes.

    https://ball-pythons.net/forums/show...=feeding+guide


    When weighing snakes, empty weight is a good weight.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Feeding and Weight Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by 303_enfield View Post
    BP feeding chart, snake weight to prey weight. An I'm one of the bad keepers that uses that chart for other snakes.

    https://ball-pythons.net/forums/show...=feeding+guide


    When weighing snakes, empty weight is a good weight.

    Good luck!
    This is super useful thank you enfield! I took a pic on my phone so I'll have it handy moving forward.

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    That feeding chart is fantastic. Only issue is it doesn't mention that it's really only applicable to juvenile and subadult BPs.

    Another thing worth mentioning is that there are far too many variables at play to determine "proper" growth via weight. You want to pay more attention to body structure. They should maintain that triangular shape and be pretty solid muscle. Weight can vary animal by animal drastically, but body structure always tells you what you need to know regarding your snakes "weight".

    They also vary drastically before and after going to the bathroom. The "empty" weight (after vacating) is the most accurate weight, but it will fluctuate depending on when the snake ate, pooped, etc...
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    Re: Feeding and Weight Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Craiga 01453 View Post
    That feeding chart is fantastic. Only issue is it doesn't mention that it's really only applicable to juvenile and subadult BPs.

    Another thing worth mentioning is that there are far too many variables at play to determine "proper" growth via weight. You want to pay more attention to body structure. They should maintain that triangular shape and be pretty solid muscle. Weight can vary animal by animal drastically, but body structure always tells you what you need to know regarding your snakes "weight".

    They also vary drastically before and after going to the bathroom. The "empty" weight (after vacating) is the most accurate weight, but it will fluctuate depending on when the snake ate, pooped, etc...
    I figured as much. Bearded dragons, which I have a ton more experience with, are the same way. They have a healthy weight range as adults and that's about it. I guess I'm fine as long as he's eating, pooping, and shedding.

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    Re: Feeding and Weight Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugsplox View Post
    I figured as much. Bearded dragons, which I have a ton more experience with, are the same way. They have a healthy weight range as adults and that's about it. I guess I'm fine as long as he's eating, pooping, and shedding.
    Exactly, there you go!
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    Re: Feeding and Weight Questions

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    Exactly, there you go!
    While I've got your ear Craiga, I've read a lot of your other comments/posts. You and Mr. Misha have helped me out a ton without even knowing it!

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    Re: Feeding and Weight Questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugsplox View Post
    While I've got your ear Craiga, I've read a lot of your other comments/posts. You and Mr. Misha have helped me out a ton without even knowing it!
    Happy to hear it!!! I love helping others enjoy these awesome, misunderstood animals.
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