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    Re: Should I Try Frozen Thawed???

    I got a f/t today and I am thawing it out right now. If he doesn't take when offered should I just leave the rat in the tank or should I refreeze it so I can try again later?
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    Re: Should I Try Frozen Thawed???

    Quote Originally Posted by Reptile$ 4 Life View Post
    I got a f/t today and I am thawing it out right now. If he doesn't take when offered should I just leave the rat in the tank or should I refreeze it so I can try again later?
    How old is this snake? (re shedding question, sometimes young ones can shed pretty fast)

    Re-frozen prey probably won't get eaten the second time either. Some spoilage occurs when you thaw & warm it to serving temperature, so after re-freezing & thawing again, they tend to be gross & fall apart, & even if they don't, your snake can smell it's spoiled (even if you can't) & he'll be even more turned off. So I wouldn't recommend doing that at all.

    It won't hurt to leave it in the tank for the night...some snakes want the lights out & complete privacy, & not some scary giant watching them eat! -Go figure? But BPs typically locate their food by the lifelike warmth sensed by their pits, so you'd do better to retry it later this evening (if he doesn't take it the first time) after warming it quickly with a blow-dryer. Refusals (by BPs) are often about the temperature of the rodent being too cool. You need to thaw, & then quickly warm & offer it before it cools too much. (NOT in the microwave, btw, it will explode, not kidding.)
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    Re: Should I Try Frozen Thawed???

    I offered it to him but he didn't strike at it, but he seemed curious about what it was. I left it in the tank and I just check on him and the rat was gone! Looks like he ate it! I'll search around a bit tomorrow afternoon to make sure he didn't push it somewhere but I am pretty sure he ate it! Now I can feed f/t! So much better and cheaper than live.
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