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    I bought multiple food items can I feed them all to my snake?

    I haven't had measured my snake since I got it from the breeder so I wasn't exactly sure what size too feed him. Plus I had a HARD time findig the right sizes at my local pet shops.
    Now I have multiple sizes.

    And I finally weighed my ball today and he weighs 127 grams.
    And the feeders I now have are baby rats 7-14 grams, small mice 11-15 grams and small rats 20 grams.
    Since the baby rats are too small for him I probably have to throw them out I guess.
    I was planning on feeding the mice and when they 're gone I was gonna start with the rats.

    But feeding him the mice would be a downgrade now.
    Initially I was feeding him mice 17-20 grams the last 4 weeks but it always looked a bit too big for him that's why I looked for smaller sizes.
    He didn't have a problem eating them but in relation to his body tgey looked rather big and I noticed he's gotten thicker very fast after feeding that.

    So what do you think? Would it be alright to downgrade for a few meals?
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    I would feed the 7-14 gram baby rats first rather than waste them. Small meals won't hurt your snake. Then feed the mice in order of size, then the 20+ gram rats.

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    Re: I bought multiple food items can I feed them all to my snake?

    Quote Originally Posted by bcr229 View Post
    I would feed the 7-14 gram baby rats first rather than waste them. Small meals won't hurt your snake. Then feed the mice in order of size, then the 20+ gram rats.
    But then I would have to feed more than one right? And I don't know how you do that.

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    Re: I bought multiple food items can I feed them all to my snake?

    Quote Originally Posted by CakeLike View Post
    But then I would have to feed more than one right? And I don't know how you do that.
    As bcr229 already said, small meals are just fine. Also (if your snake appears to be hungry & not in shed) you can also just feed maybe a day sooner- ie. if you'd normally feed every 7 days, then feed in 6 days. But at no time feed more often than every 5 days (ie. don't feed one item & decide the next day or so to feed another!) because you don't want to cause a digestive upset.

    This ^ ^ ^ is preferable to feeding more than one item per meal, especially for a BP. BPs can be fussy eaters, & some won't accept more than one item per meal.
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    Re: I bought multiple food items can I feed them all to my snake?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bogertophis View Post
    As bcr229 already said, small meals are just fine. Also (if your snake appears to be hungry & not in shed) you can also just feed maybe a day sooner- ie. if you'd normally feed every 7 days, then feed in 6 days. But at no time feed more often than every 5 days (ie. don't feed one item & decide the next day or so to feed another!) because you don't want to cause a digestive upset.

    This ^ ^ ^ is preferable to feeding more than one item per meal, especially for a BP. BPs can be fussy eaters, & some won't accept more than one item per meal.
    So what do you suggest? Not feeding more than one ?
    But feeding one 7-14 gram baby rat every 5 days wouldn't be enough for him, would it?

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    Re: I bought multiple food items can I feed them all to my snake?

    Quote Originally Posted by CakeLike View Post
    So what do you suggest? Not feeding more than one ?
    But feeding one 7-14 gram baby rat every 5 days wouldn't be enough for him, would it?
    It will be fine. A wild snake isn't presented with a perfectly-sized prey item on a regular schedule.

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    Re: I bought multiple food items can I feed them all to my snake?

    Your snake can eat each of the prey items you bought. If you want to offer two of the smallest prey items in a feeding thatís fine too. If heíll eat a varied diet Iíd alternate between the mice and rats and between the smaller and larger prey sizes. You can adjust the intervals between feedings based on the size of the last meal.
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    Re: I bought multiple food items can I feed them all to my snake?

    Quote Originally Posted by bcr229 View Post
    I would feed the 7-14 gram baby rats first rather than waste them. Small meals won't hurt your snake. Then feed the mice in order of size, then the 20+ gram rats.
    Going back and forth between feeders like that don't you run the risk of getting a BP hooked on one food item? It would be smarter to just feed the rats from my understanding??
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    It's a baby ball python. If it's getting smaller than typical meals it's going to be hungry enough to eat anything.

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