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    Re: Food Size Question

    Unless you are feeding for breeding, you might try introducing a prey size that produces a small bulge in the snake's body. The bulge should go away in two to three days. I've done that with my 21 month old BCI and he seems to be doing well. I learned that system from a top breeder on line who does a lot of educational videos. He does not weigh either the snake or the prey. All snakes are different so just take this as something to think about. You have a beautiful snake with a healthy rectangular body. Thanks for the great question!

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    It is kind of troubling that playing musical food (offering a refused prey item to another animal after the item has been in the other animal's enclosure) goes without comment. Not criticism, exactly, but just an expression of surprise.

    It should be considered, anyway, that best care practices should include biosafety protocols between all animals in a collection: hand sanitizer/washing between handlings of one animal and the next, disinfection of equipment before reuse with next animal, and discarding of refused prey items that have contacted another animal or its enclosure contents, or been possibly exposed to respiratory droplets. Refreezing the prey item (bagged separately, of course, and labeled clearly) for future offering to the original animal is a safe way to reduce feeder waste.

    This is especially relevant since snakes can and do carry pathogens asymptomatically that are fatal to snakes of other taxa; nidovirus is carried usually asymptomatically by boids and is symptomatic to quickly fatal in pythons. P. molurus carries the internal parasite Raillietiella orientalis with minimal symptoms but the worm affects colubrids and vipers much more strongly, as was found in Florida wild populations.

    We don't know about all the possible reptile pathogens, nor will we ever have identified them all, so assuming that each animal is possibly contagious is one way to help make sure that if it is in fact carrying a pathogen that pathogen won't spread throughout a collection (where 'collection' means 'two or more animals').

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