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    Wet mouse

    I feed my snake f/t and sometimes I soak the mice, still sealed in plastic, in hot water to thaw them out more quickly. This time the plastic must have either not been fully sealed or a hole opened up when I poured the water in because when I pulled the mouse out there was a lot of water in the bag and the mouse was soaking wet. I am going to leave it under his heat lamp for a while so that it dries out and warms back up a little bit but is here any problem with still feeding this mouse to him?

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    Re: Wet mouse

    No, you can dry out the rodent with a hair dryer too if you want. Some snakes are picky but it's fine to eat.

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    I always thaw rodents right in the water, no baggies...they thaw faster that way, then I blot them off on paper towels, & if a snake wants more scent, I pinch-damage
    the nose a bit using my tongs right before feeding. If you're feeding a BP or other snake that needs it warmer, do the blow dryer last before feeding. Most snakes don't
    mind damp rodents at all...in fact, if you ever have a wild-caught desert snake as a rescue, they absolutely love a wet rodent...it helps any snake with better hydration.
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    All of my snakes eat wet feeders unless they're getting a live feeder. It just means they pee more 2-3 days after eating, especially the retics as bunny fur holds a LOT of water.

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    I do the same, and sometimes water gets in. The only issue with feeding your snake a wet feeder, is that more substrate can get stuck to it. If you place it on a plastic plate, feed it with tongs, or don't use a loose substrate/paper towels, you'll be fine.

    Paper towels can really cause of issues though, if you mouse sticks to it.

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    I have been feeding wet prey to all my snakes for many years.
    The added hydration is never a bad thing.

    Snakes drink water, mice drink water, a mouse wet with water is not going to hurt your snake
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