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Acre
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 Rattlesnake Feeding Question

So I have my first rattler, a Northern Pacific about 2 1/2 ft. long. It took one thawed mouse after just having killed and eaten a live one. Are thawed mice an issue? Does envenoming live ones aid in digestion to the point where feeding dead ones only might be a health problem? Those male mice - which I will try to avoid from now on - sure stink up the cage while they die.



06/16/16  03:20pm

 #2318881


JEFF QUARLES
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  Message To: Acre   In reference to Message Id: 2318810


 Rattlesnake Feeding Question

I always feed l8ve mice..Well, almost live. I pop them on the ground and toss them in..I gI’ve them a smack a the ground so they can’t bite the snake.



06/24/16  03:03am

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  Message To: JEFF QUARLES   In reference to Message Id: 2318881


 Rattlesnake Feeding Question

I also have a northern pacific, I found it... it’s only 14 inches long, do you think it could eat a deer mouse? We have a problem with those on our property, could I just catch one and pop it on the ground first or do you think it would be too big?



06/11/17  02:29pm

 #2320760


Acre
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  Message To: Roguish   In reference to Message Id: 2320742


 Rattlesnake Feeding Question

At 14" it’s likely eating lizards and raiding mouse nests for the babies. Fuzzy or hopper mice would make appropriate food items. Deer mice would only be useful if you could locate nests and raid them for pinky/fuzzy babies.



06/14/17  10:18am

 #2320768


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  Message To: Acre   In reference to Message Id: 2320760


 Rattlesnake Feeding Question

I tried to find a nest but only ended up catching a pretty fat deer mouse but the snake ate it after biting it twice.. if he has 3 segments on his rattle, Is he still a baby? Can they get hurt from eating a mouse that’s too big?



06/15/17  06:31am

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  Message To: Roguish   In reference to Message Id: 2320768


 Rattlesnake Feeding Question

At 14" a full grown mouse is a bit of a feat. The venom aids in digestion of the prey though. He should be fine as long as he’s left alone and not bothered while digesting. A basking area of at least 80 degrees F and preferably 85 or even a bit warmer is essential or the mouse will spoil before being fully digested.



06/17/17  07:48am

 #2320794


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  Message To: Acre   In reference to Message Id: 2320775


 Rattlesnake Feeding Question

Thanks for the help... the snake is doing well I think I will try to catch another mouse soon, he is starting to be more active and rattling more...



06/25/17  01:00pm


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