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 Overfeeding

I usually deal with leopard geckos, but we recently adopted a beautiful 19 inch female ball python (her name is Bella). We have done alot of research, but I just couldn’t find the answer to one question...Can you overfeed a snake? She is a wonderful girl who gets thawed frozen once a week. Right now she is eating one medium mouse and one fuzzy ( I bought fuzzys when we first got her and I’m trying to get her to finish them up). We started with fuzzys (she’d take 3) then we went to smalls mice ( very happily took 2) so we went up to medium mice. When I feed her today, she took the medium very easily and started to look for more. That’s when I gave her the fuzzy. She has put on a bit of weight, but looks great. We have had her since Christmas eve and she’s shed once. Sorry for the long story, but would appreciate any help. Thanks so much, Shari



02/08/10  06:59pm

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  Message To: Shari5002000   In reference to Message Id: 2121640


 Overfeeding

you can over feed a snake, especially one that hasn’t been fed well. in the wild, snakes will go for weeks, or even months without food, so when they do get it, they eat as big, or as many meals as possible, however, if she is at an okay weight, I would just keep her on a regular feeding schedule and increase prey size as she grows, but she shouldn’t eat anything larger than a large medium rat. hope it helps
-Cody



02/08/10  08:09pm

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  Message To: CAM95   In reference to Message Id: 2121667


 Overfeeding

Thanks so much for the quick response! It helped a lot. I’ll try to get pictures of her as soon as I can, she’s a beauty!! Shari



02/08/10  09:42pm

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  Message To: Shari5002000   In reference to Message Id: 2121700


 Overfeeding

your welcome. any time.



02/08/10  09:47pm

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  Message To: Shari5002000   In reference to Message Id: 2121640


 Overfeeding

Before I answer the question what is the weight on her?

Fuzzies are way too small so when you were feeding those you were really under feeding your BP, the average hatchling is usually started on hoppers moving quickly to small adult and adult. (to give you an idea)

Once a BP is "overfed" it will stop eating and fast, when they are young they will be aggressive feeders and not likely to even reach that point once they reach adulthood they will slow down and a small to medium rat once a week will be all that is needed for a female BP.

Feeding smaller prey weekly will allow you to have a BP eating with consistency throughout the year.



02/08/10  10:23pm

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Shari5002000
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  Message To: GA_Ball_Pythons   In reference to Message Id: 2121724


 Overfeeding

Thanks again. She truly loves her food, and has never turned it down. I will get her weight as soon as I can. She ate today and we try not to disturb her for at least a couple days. I’ll let you know. Thanks Shari



02/08/10  10:41pm

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  Message To: Shari5002000   In reference to Message Id: 2121734


 Overfeeding

I feed mine one rat a week that is no bigger than the snakes stomach at the widest part, at the very most seeing a slight bump. Every 4-5 weeks, i miss a feed for 2-3 weeks to keep them aggressive at feeding. They don’t need a great deal to put on weight. I have a female that’s 2200g and she eats nothing more than a weaner a week. When I got her, she was 1500g and i reduced her food for a while then started her on weaners only. She’s a slab of muscle. If you think about it, if a rat weighs 40g and you feed a snake that, it’s not going to lose 40g in a week or burn it off. It takes about 5 days to digest. So in answer to your question, yep a snake can be overfed and when they fast, they fast!!



02/09/10  06:55pm


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