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    Susan, I love snakes, but what stops me from getting one is the issue of how to feed them. From what I've heard, some of them need live prey, and for some of them you have to warm up a dead rat every few days... It almost always involves something unpleasant (to me) If they would eat vegetables and fruits and pellets and nuts (like my birds do) or a nice naan and some curried chicken every once in a while, I'd love to keep one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delilah View Post
    Susan, I love snakes, but what stops me from getting one is the issue of how to feed them. From what I've heard, some of them need live prey, and for some of them you have to warm up a dead rat every few days... It almost always involves something unpleasant (to me) If they would eat vegetables and fruits and pellets and nuts (like my birds do) or a nice naan and some curried chicken every once in a while, I'd love to keep one.
    Captive bred snakes are generally reared on prekilled prey which is a bonus as keeping a stockpile of frozen mice or rats is far cheaper and convenient for most folks than trying to keep live prey items. As far as thawing the prey out ... not really that big a deal. It's not much different than thawing out a steak, fish or other meat item to serve for dinner. Only difference is you don't have to cook it and it isn't for your meal.

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    Pavel, it may have been inexperience that caused my squeamishness... My son had a beautiful but finnicky royal ball python. When we went to the vivarium for help with feeding it, they said to feed live rats to her. We had to stun them first...& I guess I had issues with that. We eventually took her back to the store and I'm sure she is snug and happy with somebody who understands her better and can meet her needs.

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    While some snakes do better with live prey, and ball pythons are more notorious for being finicky eaters, Pavel is correct. My Roger is a great eater and has always done well with frozen/thawed mice. I also have a life sciences background, so feeding doesn't bother me. In fact, how snakes catch and eat their prey is one of the things I find special about them.

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    wow- Not that we actually want snakes in NZ, i do sometimes wish for them for the same reasons you like them...thing is they would eat all our endangered fauna. Hmmmm...Perhaps a grass snake of some desript wouldnt be too bad...

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    I thought there might be another snake photo posted! Would love to see more of Roger- he looked kinda ghostly in that photo...

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    thoroughly hate the critters . keep them away from here!

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    I love snakes and respect them. I had a red tail boa for a while. Around here we have rattlesnakes and they must be respected. My husband works in the woods and gets surprised by them often.

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    I like snakes, also. I think to appreciate snakes, a person has to be knowledgable about them and understand how they benefit us. I don't kill snakes, and I don't allow anyone to kill snakes on my property.

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    I most certainly agree! They have their place, and only when we find a large poisonous one do we deport it from our property! We never harm snakes...Betty :-)

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