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By feeding your snake/tegu/herp prekilled food, you remove the risk that your pet will be injured by its intended prey.
I can most certainly understand your concerns, my boyfriend works at Petsmart. However, Petsmart does not sell feeder mice, they sell them frozen, which I think is a way more humane way to get snakes their food. My boyfriend is the best salesman on the floor, even the managers ask him questions about pets. He takes time with every customer making sure they know everything about the animal being purchased and makes sure the pet is going to a proper home. Petsmart does sell feeder goldfish, so he does hate that part. I wish there was something to be done. What I do like about Petsmart however is their cages and tanks are always very clean- whereas Petco I always find them to be in much lower condition 🙁
It’s fine to say that the animals at the pet store were not well cared for, and even the animals designated as feeders should be properly handled and treated, but feeding mice to snakes is just life. Don’t you feed your dog chicken? It might not be alive at the time, but dogs don’t have the same prey drive as snakes. And I realize that PETA is currently engaged in depriving reptile-lovers of their pets, but I equate the bond that I have with my ball python, Dionysus, with the bond I had with my cats, dogs, rabbits, etc. I am fortunate to be able to feed Dionysus rodents that have been humanely euthanized and frozen post-mortem, but demonizing snakes just because some of them take live prey is like yelling at a cat for eating a bird. It happens.
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How should I feed my pet snake? What’s the best feeding technique to use? These are common questions we receive here at Reptile Knowledge. How you choose to feed your pet snake is really a matter of preference. There are several different techniques you can use, and each of them has distinct pros and cons.
In this snake care lesson, I’ll explain three of the most common feeding techniques used by keepers. Here they are, in no particular order:Some keepers will move their pet snakes into a separate container or “feeding tub” when it’s time to offer food. The logic is that this prevents the snake from developing a feeding response every time its cage is opened. Thus, when you simply want to remove a water bowl or pull the snake out for a cage cleaning, the snake won’t think that it’s feeding time. It will only associate the separate feeding tub with food time. Rubbermaid tubs are commonly used for this purpose.This is the easiest way to feed a snake, and it will work just fine for most species and specimens. I use this option most of the time when feeding my pet snakes (which includes several different species). The process here is simple. You take the frozen / thawed rodent, place it inside the cage where the snake can easily find it, close the cage and go away. I told you it was simple!It's common for ball pythons to refuse a meal once in a while. I know this for two reasons. First, I've kept several of these snakes over the years. So I'm very familiar with their feeding habits. Secondly, I publish a reptile-care forum, and this is one of the number-one complaints among ball python keepers. "Help! My snake won't eat. What should I do?" The forum caters to other types of pet snakes, as well. But it's the ball python in particular that generates so much feeding-related frustration among keepers.