I have a three year old Nelson's Milksnake female I am interim housing for a friend who neglected to tell me that she eats exclusively a diet of rat pups. He was away and so I could not ask him over the five weeks she refused mice of every plausible size and color that RodentPro could find for me. However, in desperation I tried rat pups..and she scarfed them down. Poor thing was ravenous. He'd told me she was an avid eater. He just forgot to tell me of WHAT.

Is that a healthy diet to exclusively feed a snake? I can't see why not but any information would be welcomed..I'm likely to have her for quite a while yet. Her owner is not in America now, and it's impossible to foresee when he'll be back.
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I have a three year old Nelson's Milksnake female I am interim housing for a friend who neglected to tell ... tried rat pups..and she scarfed them down. Poor thing was ravenous. He'd told me she was an avid eater.

Then feed her avids.
Phil
Phil, thank you for your helpful and informative answer.

This, as much as anything, as another poster wrote on a different thread, is why a lot of us now write our friends from this list privately when we have questions about our herps. Did you ever read the classic Jim Kirkwood book, "There Must be a Pony."? He was wrong.
Phil, thank you for your helpful and informative answer. This, as much as anything, as another poster wrote on a different thread, is why a lot of us now write our friends from this list

Babs, this is not a list. How many times do I have to tell you this? Do you enjoy being wrong over and over and over again?

Jeff
btw my herps and non herps are doing great.
I guess you'll have to tell me every time I call it a list.

With all the ** that's been written on this..usenet group..MY CALLING IT A LIST IS WHAT BOTHERS YOU??

By the way, no one named Babs on rec.pets.herp that we know of.
By the way, no one named Babs on rec.pets.herp that we know of.

Then why did you answer him??
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Cindy
Cindy, I answered him because it was clear from his quote who he was correcting.
What I was really interested in my original post is whether I can 'safely' feed a diet of rat pups exclusively to a grown Milksnake. I think they (the pups) are higher in fat content than adult prey animals and I don't want to damage the snake that way; also I don't know if their calcium input is as great as a result of their wee undeveloped bones.
OffLIST I've been advised to call Kevin from RodentPro where I do my f/t ordering, as he's a snake breeder as well as my mouse and rat vendor, which I will do...as he ought to have some expertise about this...but if anyone here has any information or knowledge, that does not cost a rap in the teeth to obtain, I'd be grateful to hear your thoughts on the question.
Phil, thank you for your helpful and informative answer. This, as much as anything, as another poster wrote on a ... our herps. Did you ever read the classic Jim Kirkwood book, "There Must be a Pony."? He was wrong.

You're welcome, Barbara.
While I'm new to this newsgroup and have asked more questions than answered, I think you're more out of line than I was in my original posting on this thread. I simply threw in a small joke where I saw an opening.
I'm sorry if I offended you and the integrity of this list. I will restrain myself from any postings in the future.
Phil
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