Dadgum RATS!!!!

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  1. Ratshnit

    Ratshnit Banned

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    JK...I love my new guys... They crack me up every day. I kinda fell into them accidentally, because I have a rat snake and got a couple to produce food.

    I didn't expect them to be such good pets.

    They're nuts....just like daddy!!!!
     
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    FatherOfFlo PetForums Junior

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    You won't be able to feed the babies to your snakes. I did this when I was 13. Had snakes, bought rats to produce free food, fell in love with the rats and babies, couldn't feed my snakes rats any more, sold my snakes, became a rat person. It'll happen to you too.
     
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    poor rats , do you feed them alive or do you kill them first ?
     
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    simplysardonic Commander of a tiny, furry army
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    In the UK legally vertebrates used as food have to be dead, although it is a bit of a grey area as some snakes will categorically refuse dead prey.
     
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    I'm not in the UK.... I'm in Texas. I feed live and dead, ( my snake isn't picky).

    When she was smaller, I raised fancy mice. I kept some of the really pretty ones for pets and fed the rest to her.

    I think I'll be fine feeding her the offspring.

    Not going to say I'll enjoy it...but I'll do it.
     
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    if your snake isn't picky then why feed live?
     
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    simplysardonic Commander of a tiny, furry army
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    I was wondering the same thing, prey species can & will defend themselves & can cause nasty injuries to a snake.
     
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    Exactly.

    Why have a snake at all, really? They can't snuggle in your bed and give you kisses.
     
  9. Ratshnit

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    Well, sometimes for whatever reason, a snake will not eat. A dead rodent spoils fast, a live one doesn't.

    Its true that they can cause some damage to the snake, but...if the snake does it's job properly, it really doesn't have a chance.

    Oscar has been bitten twice in 15 years, and fed live 90% of her life. (I've been bitten more often than her!)

    As to why even have a snake...that's an asinine question. Why have ANY pet? Dogs crap the lawn , run away, and get in the rubbish.

    Cats poop in the garden. Birds crap everywhere. Can't cuddle with a fish.

    Different strokes for different folks...I like all kinds of animals, wild and domestic.
     
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