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    Re: How to help BP stop trying to eat sideways?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    Some of this just comes down to "practice makes perfect". Your snake is still in kindergarten- she has a lot to learn.
    Totally! Snakes are so good at being snakes and can seem so independent that it's easy to forget she's still really just a baby.

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    My Hognose always, always eats his mouse sideways and squishes it in the middle. I think it's an acquired taste.

    You definitely aren't alone. The whole 'eating sideways' thing is so well known that it's actually become a meme in keeper groups:


    me: *gives prey to snake with snout facing him so it's easier to eat*
    me: here, please eat. I literally can't make this any easier for you to eat short of shoving it down your throat with my bare hands.
    my snake: Eat Sideway?
    me: Please, no
    my snake: Eat Sideway.
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    Re: How to help BP stop trying to eat sideways?

    I wouldn't worry about it for all the reasons stated.

    However, be sure to feed appropriate sized meals. Feeding meals too large can make the situation worse and can be bad even if swallowed "correctly."

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    Re: How to help BP stop trying to eat sideways?

    Caitlin - that's great! It's funny that my own hognose knows how to find the head no problem but my bp is so persistent about trying to eat it sideways. It hasn't worked the past ten times, but maaaaaaybe this time?

    Quote Originally Posted by dakski View Post
    However, be sure to feed appropriate sized meals. Feeding meals too large can make the situation worse and can be bad even if swallowed "correctly."
    Absolutely! Right now, my girl is at a bit of an awkward size where small mice seem too small for her and medium mice seem too big. I'll definitely be careful, and I'm going by her weight so I'll never give her anything she can't handle.

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    Re: How to help BP stop trying to eat sideways?

    Quote Originally Posted by arpowell;[URL="tel:2763143"
    2763143[/URL]]Absolutely! Right now, my girl is at a bit of an awkward size where small mice seem too small for her and medium mice seem too big. I'll definitely be careful, and I'm going by her weight so I'll never give her anything she can't handle.
    This sounds like a good plan! Yeah when in doubt always better to have prey that is too small rather than too big. Plus most snakes in captivity are probably actually over fed given their lower level of activity than wild snakes.

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    Re: How to help BP stop trying to eat sideways?

    Quote Originally Posted by Luvyna View Post
    This sounds like a good plan! Yeah when in doubt always better to have prey that is too small rather than too big. Plus most snakes in captivity are probably actually over fed given their lower level of activity than wild snakes.
    Yeah I weigh all my meals I have one of those little jewlry weighing scales so I know each snake getting appropriate meals


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