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Q: What size mouse should I feed my ball python?

November 6, 2008 | By Kristen J. | 7 answers | Expired: 2106 days ago

I think my ball python is getting big enough to eat baby rats. What is a good way to tell?

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Samantha N.
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Nov 07, 2008

Well actually they are correct, somewhat. A full grown adult ball python can and will eat a Large Rat! It also depends on how often you are going to feed the snake. If you got an adult python eating large rats, you probably should feed every 2 weeks. Smaller meals in larger quantities (example instead of a large rat 2 med rats)also wok. Baby pythons can start on rats or mice. Rat pups or subadult mice. If you are feeding smaller sized meals, to switch to the larger size, you need to increase the number by 1. If the snake handles (eats it) then move on. So really the facters here are 1)how big is the snake 2)what feeding schedule do you want 3)live or frozen? sometimes that makes a difference too. I wouldn't feed my snakes a live Large rat (thats just me). I have worked with professional herpetologists and had worked with & rasied & rescued several species of snakes (including the green anaconda) so feel free to ask me anything you would like to know. Hope I have been of use.

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Matthew14
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Nov 06, 2008

Y ou have to measure around the biggest part of the snake. Then you will know if it can swallow a rat. The rat can't be any bigger than the part you measured.

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Michael
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Nov 07, 2008

My brother had a small ball python about four feet and he fed it one or two of the large rats a month. Hope that helped. Oh and he fed them doa to keep them from harming the snakes pretty skin and color, until it lost interest in all things not moving...

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