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    First time live feeding, advice?

    First time owning a snake (beautiful spotnose named Monet <3) and first time live feeding, Iím pretty nervous. I had no luck in trying a thawed rat but sheís still fairly new to her enclosure. Iím planning on feeding her tomorrow but Iím worried about the rat seeing as I got it today. What should I offer the rat for hydration and feed? I want it to be well for my BP but Iím admittedly in the dark about this. Itís a pup if thatís important, my BP was hatched in April.

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    You say it's a rat pup- are the eyes open or closed? For rats & mice, eyes open means they will fight (bite) back, but eyes closed are no danger to the snake. And in terms of food, eyes closed means it wasn't weaned yet, it was still nursing. Eyes open will take variety of solid food & water.

    And for hatchling BPs, the normal "first food" (unless undersized) is a hopper mouse. You might want to refer to some of the sources of frozen prey & compare the size (wt.) of the feeder you bought to that of hopper mice- to ensure that your prey isn't overly large.

    You said you had no luck offering a thawed rat? Did you warm it first? BPs rely on their heat sensing pits to recognize their prey- they like it warm. After thawing, many have luck using a blow dryer right before offering it. Getting her on f/t prey is kinder for the prey (rats are intelligent) & safer for your snake.

    Another reason snakes refuse food is when they're in a new home. How long have you had her? Usually best not to try to feed a new snake for a week or 2- also avoid handling, as that's a distraction & causes them stress, even when it's not obvious to you.
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    Re: First time live feeding, advice?

    Thank you!! They eyes were closed on the live, I did manage to get her to eat the live one. But I agree, after this I think Iíll keep trying f/t, I did warm it but I donít think I let it thaw for a long enough time. Iíve been researching like itís my job so I know more for next time! Iíve had her a little over a week now, it was time for her to feed.

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    If the snake was eating FT before you got it, I would recommend trying everything to continue that. Having a live feeder is way less than ideal.

    It would be a good idea to find out exactly how the snake prefers its prey presented (on tongs or on a plate, in the hide box, temp of the prey item, etc) and replicate that exactly. It is also a good idea to find out how the breeder was keeping the snake (enclosure size/type/temps) and replicate that as closely as possible; a snake that comes from a warm rack will not respond well to a cool fish tank, for example.

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    Your snake could use more time to settle in its new home.
    I feed my BP F/T. When I take the rat out to thaw I treat it as I do frozen my own food and give it at least two days to thaw in the fridge before I warm it up to feed. Different species I know, but I think the method is the same for feeding. My snake hasn't missed a meal yet.

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