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    Mice vs Rats

    Just wondering peoples thoughts on Mice vs Rats for bps? Is there a huge difference in nutritional values?

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    In nutritional value, no. Not much difference.

    The biggest "pro" to rats is BPs will never outgrow a single rat per feeding. Where an adult BP would need 4 or more mice per meal.
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    No real difference in nutritional value, it's mostly a matter of size convenience. Let me explain- hatchling BPs' first food is usually a mouse hopper (very young mouse
    that's fully furred & eyes open), they're just the right size & active enough to interest a hungry BP. (some are even too active ) But when a BP grows to adult size
    they often will only eat one rodent per meal, & an adult mouse is not enough food for an adult BP, so as BPs grow to adult size many keepers get them switched over
    to young rats of the appropriate size, so that they can feed their BP just one item per meal & it will be large enough for the snake. See? There's nothing wrong with
    feeding mice, and some BPs show a marked preference for their taste, but many adult BPs will not accept more than one item at a time.
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    Gram per gram it's all the same the difference is when it comes to feeding an adult, you are looking at feeding multiple vs one which obviously means easier and more cost effective (not to mention some BP will not take multiple preys)

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    Re: Mice vs Rats

    Thanks for the feedback glad to know its only size differences and not anything nutritional.

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    This gets asked fairly often...the rumor persists that "rats are better nutrition", but it's just not the case. Feed whatever works for you & yours.
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