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    Re: Changing Prey

    In reading through the thread, you say you have fed adult mice. That being the case, your guy should be able to take pups no problem. If he gets big enough to switch to weanlings, then you can finish up the pups by offering him multiple animals at a single feeding or feed him at shorter intervals like every 5 days instead of once a week until the pups are gone. I usually do not switch to weanlings until they are about 350 grams.

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    Re: Changing Prey

    Quote Originally Posted by rlditmars View Post
    In reading through the thread, you say you have fed adult mice. That being the case, your guy should be able to take pups no problem.
    the "adult" mice I've found have been similarly sized to the "fuzzy" rats I've found.

    how much larger is a "pup" compared to a fuzzy?

    note: snake is roughly 200g as of about a week ago.

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    Re: Changing Prey

    At Big Cheese Rodent Factory they show the average size of rat pups is between 19 and 29 grams. They would be perfect for a 200 gram snake and they would have more fur, thus more scent, than a rat fuzzy. A pack of 25 is $40 plus $29 for shipping. I have used them for years and they have been very good.

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    Re: Changing Prey

    Quote Originally Posted by rlditmars View Post
    At Big Cheese Rodent Factory they show the average size of rat pups is between 19 and 29 grams. They would be perfect for a 200 gram snake and they would have more fur, thus more scent, than a rat fuzzy. A pack of 25 is $40 plus $29 for shipping. I have used them for years and they have been very good.
    I'm going to weigh him again in a day or so (letting him finish digesting first) to confirm his weight since he went 3 weeks without a meal.

    From there, I'll probably order some online somewhere.
    there is another local guy here that breeds them live, but doesn't sell them frozen, and is only available on certain days due to his work schedule.

    may have to get my 10 gallon tank out of mothballs and just keep one or two alive for a couple-few days or so, then kill it right before feeding.

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    Re: Changing Prey

    Quote Originally Posted by rlditmars View Post
    They would be perfect for a 200 gram snake

    so i think i need a new scale.

    weighed him 3 times today.
    132g
    172g
    158g

    all 3 times he was pretty still and in a semi coil, so it wasn’t because of him moving.

    so unless he had a 40g swing during the course of today (a 70g drop from about a week ago), my scale is junk
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    Some scales don't like off-center loads. Bag or cup the snake securely before weighing, and make sure it is centered.

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    Re: Changing Prey

    You may also try changing the batteries in your scale if you haven't in a while.
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    And make sure it's sitting level- maybe a corner pad underneath has come off, etc.
    Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
    Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)

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    I will try again a few times today using y'all suggestions.
    will update later with results.

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    Re: Changing Prey

    Quote Originally Posted by Nutriaitch View Post
    I will try again a few times today using y'all suggestions.
    will update later with results.
    put him in a big cup and tried again.
    got 5 consecutive reading between 184g and 187g

    so now iím going to say thatís probably about where he is.

    he looks healthy and growing.
    but he was severely underfed by the pet store (and by me before i properly educated myself).
    hopefully i didnít stunt his growth too much and he can end up being as big as he can!

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