Do ball pythons eat live rats?

Ball pythons, like other snakes, eat varying sizes of prey depending on how big they are. Smaller and younger snakes may eat large crickets, but should ideally be eating pinkies and fuzzies until they grow larger. Adult ball pythons will eat adult mice and rats when they get big enough.

How often do ball pythons eat rats?

Adult ball pythons should be fed every 10-14 days. They need to eat one appropriately-sized meal (usually a large mouse or rat) per feeding. Baby ball pythons eat every 5-7 days. Look ahead for more details on the answer to this question and others.

Can baby ball pythons eat rats?

In general, the youngest, smallest ones eat small frozen feeder mice or rats. Larger ball pythons typically eat larger mice or rats.

Is it better to feed ball pythons live or frozen mice?

Snakes should be trained to eat dead prey. It is more humane for the prey and safer for the snake. Snakes can be offered either thawed, previously frozen prey, or freshly killed ones. You do not have to kill the prey yourself, as most pet stores will supply freshly killed or frozen rodents to feed.

Is feeding live rats cruel?

Live-feeding of animals is an inhumane practice that must be avoided whenever possible. It is only justified if a predator absolutely cannot be trained to eat anything but live prey.

Can you feed a rat to a ball python?

Rats obviously aren’t available quite as small, and can be rather more expensive. An adult ball python, however, will probably require something bulkier than even the largest mouse; feeding rats of varying sizes therefore makes sense (and can be cheaper than feeding multiple mice).

How old does a ball python have to be to eat mice?

If ball python is over 2 years of age, calculate 5-7% For example, for a juvenile ball python, you can get a bag of frozen adult mice like this. Larger mice will be around 1-1.5 months old. However, as your ball python gets larger (up to a year old or so), you will need to either feed 2-3 mice, or switch to small adult rats.

When does a ball python go off food?

General agreement in the hobby suggests that this is especially so for males, who often seem to go off food around the same time each year. Such a ball python may go off food for months on end; not just weeks.

Can a ball python bite a live rodent?

A live rodent, as discussed, can bite and nip at your snake. But even frozen food left in the cage for long periods isn’t good news; it can quickly go off in the warmth of a ball python cages and smalls rancid! Leftover food should therefore be removed from the cage promptly.

How big does a ball python have to be to eat rats?

You should transition your young ball pythons of over 200-300 grams to eating rats, as they are bigger in size. Please note, that most ball pythons get used to eating only one type of prey, and will have issues switching to something else.

When to switch from rats to ball pythons?

Weighing your ball python and food items will be the most reliable way to determine how much to feed your ball python. This is how to break it down: Small fuzzy/hopper mouse or similar. First meal is often 2 weeks after first shed 12-15% of your ball python’s weight. Start switching to rats at 150 grams+

How old do you have to be to feed a ball python?

You should feed a baby ball python, which is under a year old, smaller mice or rats. As your ball python grows and gains weight, switch to larger sized rodents. That will make sure that your ball python perceives and accepts what you offer as food. If feeding frozen mice or rats, make sure to thaw them properly before offering.

What kind of mice can you feed a ball python?

You should start with feeding your hatchling baby ball python smaller mice fuzzy or hopper mice for the first few feedings. However, most people get a ball python that’s over 100 grams, and you can start switching to rats straight away. Feeding one larger meal is always better than trying to feed two smaller ones.